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60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain

60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain

Can it really be 60 years ago that I visited the Festival of Britain held on the South Bank of the Thames, London, in May, 1951? The Festival of Britain came 100 years after the Great Exhibition in 1851, which had been a celebration of Victorian industry. The 1951 event, six years after the end […]

Donkeys work at the beach

Donkeys work at the beach

This postcard, over 100 years old, sums up the pleasure of seeing donkeys on the beach. The gentleman with his donkey team appears to be dressed in his Sunday best, complete with bowler hat. The child in front is no doubt waiting for a ride after the photographer has finished taking his pictures. Donkey rides […]

Ransomes manufactured the first grass cutting machine

Ransomes manufactured the first grass cutting machine

The name of Ransomes of Ipswich, Suffolk, England has been known around the world for two centuries. And in recent times I have been reminded on three Prince Edward County occasions of this venerable company from my hometown. The first was when I found a push-lawnmower in a yard sale. The cast iron wheels were […]

The magnificient Paris Galibier bicycle

The magnificient Paris Galibier bicycle

Once upon a time, well over 60 years ago, I (and some other hometown enthusiasts) pedalled all the way from Ipswich to the Herne Hill cycling track in London – some 80 miles each way – to see Reg Harris, who was the professional world sprint champion cyclist in the 1950s. I had a lightweight […]

Ad Astra stones honour air force service: 'a flower fades, a stone never'

Ad Astra stones honour air force service: ‘a flower fades, a stone never’

Around 10,000 “Ad Astra” memorial stones now line the shoulders of the walkways at the National Air Force Museum of Canada located at 8 Wing, Canadian Forces Base, Trenton. Campbell Monument in Belleville has manufactured these granite stones since the inception of the program in January, 1996.  The individual stones measure 6 inches by 10 […]

Masonry in Picton is alive and well in its bicentennial year

Masonry in Picton is alive and well in its bicentennial year

Prince Edward Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 18 G.R.C. marks its bicentennial year with many events “Lodges and fraternal societies played a very important part in early social life, especially after settlements had grown into thriving communities.” Edwin C. Guillet, N.A., made this comment in his book “Early Life in Upper Canada.” Prince Edward Masonic […]

A rose from Omar Khayyám’s Grave

A rose from Omar Khayyám’s Grave

Many years ago, when the world was young, I belonged to a couple of cycling clubs in my hometown of Ipswich, Suffolk. The members of one of these clubs enjoyed time trials and grass-track racing while the members of the other club enjoyed touring through the tranquil roads of Suffolk. In general, I preferred touring […]

Percy Edwards - impersonator, ornithologist and entertainer

Percy Edwards – impersonator, ornithologist and entertainer

Percy Edwards, who lived in my hometown of Ipswich, Suffolk, was possibly the world’s best imitator – his repertoire was enormous. He was able to reproduce the songs and calls of 153 birds as well as most animals from dogs to deer, from lions to sea lions. Over his long life – he lived to […]

Northgate Grammar School

In my joyful school days…

A letter to the editor from a woman in a recent issue of “Best of British” magazine recalled her early days at school were as a “mixed infant” rather than as a kindergartener. The first school I attended in my hometown of Ipswich, Suffolk, England also used this title. I recall the school as having […]

Recalling the joys of Biggles and Bunter

Recalling the joys of Biggles and Bunter

countylive.ca is delighted to welcome Alan R. Capon to our family of bloggers. Al Capon is an historian, local author and  former newspaper reporter. He has co-authored several books with his wife Margaret Haylock-Capon. They reside in Prince Edward County and plan to contribute weekly blogs. Many of the books read in my childhood still […]

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