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Most featureless place in Britain

How do you decide what is the most featureless place? The Cambridge dictionary defines featureless as ‘looking the same in every part, usually in...

The Quietest Place in England

If you were asked where the quietest place in Britain was, what would be your answer? You might say it all depends. Where there is...

Shippea Hill

What does Shippea Hill, a remote railway station in Cambridgeshire, have in common with Shinjuku railway station in Tokyo, Japan? It’s all a question of...

Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown

No one ever had to say ‘he’s gone for a Burton’, but how test pilot Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown survived 50 years of flying is remarkable....

Extremes of Britain – The Furthest North

What are the furthest points north, south, east and west in Britain? Are they worth a visit? How easy are they to get to?...

The Coriolis Effect

You may have heard that water flowing down the plug hole in a sink or bath always swirls anti-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, and clockwise in the...

What’s on tonight?

On 1 September 1939, a Mickey Mouse cartoon, Mickey’s Gala Premier, was the last television programme to be broadcast by the BBC before the service...

The Strange World of Planet X

The BBC screened adaptations of the 1920 play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek in 1938 & 1948. The word ‘robot’ was originally coined in this...

The Oldest of the Oldest Rocks in Britain

There was a news item on the BBC website a few days ago that tiny crystals of zircon, a blue semi-precious stone, that had been found in...

The Centre of Great Britain

If someone asked you where the centre of Great Britain was or for that matter where the centre of England was, would you know? Or more...

Fry’s Five Boys

Fry’s Five Boys was a solid milk chocolate bar that was once the most recognised chocolate bar in the world. It was still being sold...

Who Didn’t Appear in Z-Cars

Back in 1962, Dixon of Dock Green had been a regular staple police programme on Saturday night television for nine years. In it PC George Dixon,...

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