Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Just a steel town girl on a Saturday night

April 3, 2013

I was born in another age. remember the hooter in the steelworks over the road heralding the start to the day and the end of lunchtime.

It sounds like it was a hundred or more years ago. It looked like it was, too. My school was built, a model comprehensive of the future, with Modernist right-angles and swimming pool and youth wing, on top of a copper slag heap, in 1976. Here’s a picture I found of the site in 1963.


It’s from an excellent blog called Swansea Recalled. I hope they don’t mind me pinching it.


Pathé goes personal: communist footballing uncles

March 27, 2013

Here’s an extraordinary thing my sister found the other day. A Pathé Newsreel from 1935 of Hull City practising. Welshman Tabram? That’s my great uncle that is.

Watch it here.

This is him on a cigarette card:


I grew up two doors down from him. He looked the same as he did in 1935. He was a Communist and always got the Morning Star and then the Daily Star. I think the newsagent must have mixed the order up and he didn’t like to say.