A Blog to the Irrelevant

When I write my blogs, especially those about where I have visited or things that I have seen, I do a bit of research on it. I then include this to fill-out my blog and also to make them more interesting. Having just gone back and re-read all of my blogs, I discovered that I have picked up quite a bit of information, not all of it interesting, but still information. So I decided to collect these snippets and put them into this one blog. Taken completely out of context, this seems like a very random blog, but I believe it is still entertaining and informative.


Please enjoy this blog to the irrelevant.


G. Gibson’s has had a stall on Watford Market since 1976, and their most famous product is the Gibson Sausage. Recently they opened a shop, at 13 Charter Place, where they sell fresh British meats, vegetables and exotic meats and burgers. These incude, Impala, Kangaroo, Ostrich, Zebra and Moufflon amongst others. They are definitely the best butchers in the Watford area and well worth a visit.


The Royal Naval College was based in Greenwich, from 1873 until 1998, as a college to teach all aspects of naval sciences. More courses were added as and when new skills were developed.


The Cutty Sark was built in 1869, and, on February 16th 1870, the Cutty Sark left London on the first of eight trips to China. Throughout her working life, Cutty Sark transported cargoes such as Tea, wool and coal. She travelled to China, Japan, South and North America, Angola and more. In 1895, the Cutty Sark was sold to a Portuguese company, and her name was changed to Ferreira. In 1922, she was sold to another Portuguese owner, and she was renamed Maria do Amparo. She was then bought by an Englishman and, in 1923, her true name and nationality were restored. After being berthed in Falmouth and then Greenhithe, before being moved to her current, and final resting place. On May 21st 2007, a fire gutted the Cutty Sark, while she was having restoration work undertaken.


‘Company’ is a musical comedy, set in New York, that first premiered in 1970. The play is centred on the central character of Robert, a 35 year old single man, via his 3 girlfriends and his married or soon-to-be married friends. Robert has hit a point in his life where he cannot commit to a long-term relationship and looks to his friends for guidance.


The Lansdowne Road Stadium is the oldest International Stadium in the World!


Borough Market is one of the largest food markets anywhere in the World, selling food from all around the globe. It is said that a market has been in this locale since Roman times, but it is first referenced in 1276.


Because the River Thames is tidal, the English sea coast continues all the way up to Teddington Lock. The river has a tidal rise and fall of 23 feet and is the longest river in England.


The old Wembley Stadium was opened in 1923 and was demolished in 2003. Arsenal played their European Games there from 1998 – 2000. The new Stadium was opened in 2007, over a year later than planned.


The ‘London Stone’ is a piece of Limestone that it is rumoured was the point that all measurements were made from, in Roman times.


Snakeheads are usually found in freshwater in Africa and Asia. There are a number of different species of Snakehead and they can grow from 25cm to over 1metre in length. They are predatory and eat everything from aquatic insects to rodents. They can also breathe air and when they are out of the water they use their muscles and fins to ‘walk’. The female can lay up to 150,000 eggs a year! It is a great creature to see in a tank, but people have started to release them into the wild, especially in America, where they are causing havoc with the local ecosystems.


The Clink Prison was opened in 1144 and was one of England’s oldest prisons, if not the oldest! It covered an area of 80 acres and was in use for nearly 400 years. Conditions in the clink were diabolical. You had to pay to be a prisoner, which meant that you might get food and clean water. If you didn’t pay, you had to beg passersby for food at the ‘Grates’. Children were held there and they were treated as small adults. If the weather was bad the prison was prone to flooding with dirty sewer water and waste. Many inmates caught rats to eat.


H.M.S. Belfast was launched on St. Patrick’s Day 1938 and was commissioned in August 1939. in November of that year she struck a magnetic mine and spent two years undergoing repairs. She returned to action in 1942 protecting Arctic convoys. She played a major role in the sinking of the German Ship, ‘Scharnhorst’ in 1943. she also took part in the D-Day landings in 1944. In 1945 she joined the Pacific fleet and then saw action during the Korean conflict between 1950-52. She stayed in service until 1963 and was due to be scrapped in 1967. In 1971 the Government placed H.M.S. Belfast in the hands of the H.M.S. Belfast Trust. She is now part of the imperial War Museum. Her forward guns had a range of 14 land miles and are currently trained and elevated on the M1 Gateway, Scratchwood Services, 12.5 miles from the H.M.S. Belfast.


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