In the Stone Age period the British Isles was joined to northern Europe and Scandenavia by a single land mass. Massive tsunamis caused by land slides drowned this land mass known as Doggerland.
In the muddy waters of the River Medway a small flat island exists which contains the bodies of thousands of prisoners who died from the starvation and disease prevalent on the prison hulks.
In 1941 with Britain the only force fighting against Nazi Germany, a secret flight was set up to evaluate enemy aircraft and radar. It was nicknamed the "RAFWaffe".
Flying has always been a dangerous occupation but in war time life is precarious. It is not surprising that ghostly spirits return to the place of their death until they find peace.
Underground transport system in London since 1863 has a great choice of ghosts and spectral happenings and unusual events.
It wasn't until 1796 that the first successful moves were made to prevent and cope with the dreadful disease smallpox. Much was owed to Edward Jenner and the foresight of the London hospitals
Two words which describe both an act of contrition and a pie from the middle ages made from previously discarded intestines and lights.
In the early years of World War 2 Britain found themselves isolated against the crushing forces of Nazi Germany. They bought precious time by using tricks and deception.
In the early years of the Second World War, Britain stood alone against the Nazi hoards. However, our feared commandos started to test the German defences in a variety of ways.
Following the failure to take the bridges at Arnhem only part of Holland was liberated. The occupied part had little or no food and the people began to starve to death. The RAF started to drop food.
With the Nazi U-boats strangling the food supply to a battered Britain, the supply of fish was absolutely essential, but many of the fishing boats had been requisitioned for use as minesweepers.
In this probably the most famous of shipwrecks, the question is was it really the Titanic that sank or her sister the Olympic. Also we explore some other myths and facts
The start of the war created a requirement for ferry pilots to take new or repaired aircraft from the factories to the front line squadrons. Part of this hazardous job was done by women pilots.
When Australia joined the war against Germany their first contribution was 5 old destroyers which proved to be a potent force despite German propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels derisory remark.
One of the most complete 15in miniature railways in the world. It also had a combat history during WW2. A very worthwhile visit for anyone visiting England who has an interest in railways.
1941-1942 were dark days for Britain as she stood alone against the Nazi hordes. Ony her strong navy stood between her and starvation. This is the story of the bravest of the brave.
The unstable Emperor Caligula built for his personal pleasure and that of his friends, two fantastic barges which sailed on the volcanic lake of Nemi.
In 1885 a striking structure was built in Gillingham Kent by James Jershom Jezreel leader of a religious sect. Much of his teachings were influenced by the prophet Joanna Southcott.
Jellied Eels are a delicacy of the East End of London and have been eaten for centuries. They are eaten cold with a chilli dipping sauce and are a rather acquired taste.
Pie, Mash with green Liquor is an East London speciality. It was made from scraps from London meat and vegetable markets and in consequence was cheap but nutritious. Green liquor an acquired taste
On the 7th September 1940 events that became known as "The London Blitz" started with horrific day and night bomber raids on the industrial and heavily populated areas of London.
For those of you that enjoy haunted places, Pluckley in Kent is considered to be the most haunted place in Britain and attracts both amateur and professionals alike.
This was a tart that was a great favorite in the Manchester area during the wartime era. Its origins actually go back to the 1800s when it was called a "pudding," but because the recipe uses pastry dough, it became known as a "tart."
Following the treacherous invasion of Russia by the Nazis, convoys of vital goods were set up through some of the most dangerous waters in the world. Many ships and men were lost.
At the start of WW2 foodstuff, clothing and many items were rationed. Sweets gave a feeling of normality as the population suffered nightly bombing raids and widespread deaths.
In 1986 the nuclear power station at Chernobyl suffered a catastrophic fire which irradiated vast areas of land and killed or will kill thousands of people. Here we look at work to help the people.
Splinter fingernails are those with a vertical brown mark (like a splinter) which has been caused by a blow or other trauma. More seriously they can be an indication of endocarditis disease.
During the Great War 1914-1918 an incredible apparition of the Angel of The Lord appeared on the battlefield at Mons in Belgium and saved the British troops from annihilation.
Vitiligo is an incurable skin disorder of the pigmentation cells which can be quite disfiguring for those with a darker complexion. Conventional medicine has little offer but natural herbs can help
In 1933 a tiny provincial airport was built at Gravesend. It grew gradually until WW2 was declared when it expanded rapidly into a front line fighter station. It was the home for many nationalities that flew as RAF. We look at a brief history of some of the squadrons that fought here.
In 1944 the American Liberty ship Richard Montgomery ran aground, broke in half and sank while still containing between 1400 to 3600 tons of high explosives. Nearly 73 years later she still sits on the bottom only a mile from the town of Sheerness. Both the ship and her explosive cargo continue to...
The story of Pocahontas has been written and rewritten many times, but the most common is the fantasy version from Hollywood and Walt Disney. This version is based on the true facts which are no less gripping than the story book version.
In 1941 Britain stood alone against the ruthless Nazi war machine and was ill prepared to fight a major world war following the mauling at Dunkirk. London became the target of nightly bombing raids which used the River Thames to navigate to the heart of the city and docks. Guy Maunsell designed two...
Gravesend is an area full of tunnels and deep caverns. The reason is smugglers tunnels, very deep Dene Holes, under river tunnel, air raid shelter tunnels, secret underground sabotage hide outs and underground nuclear bunkers.
Victorian Pleasure Gardens became very popular during the 19th century and none more so that the Rosherville Gardens at Gravesend. This wonderful garden and entertainment centre eventually closed in 1914 following the disaster of the SS Princess Alice in 1878 in which at least 640 souls perished....
In 1349 the hamlet of Dowde in the county of Kent was wiped out by the Black Death. All that now remains is a Norman Church which was deconsecrated and sealed with iron bars. There is a ghost of a 7 year old girl known as the "Dodechild" that haunts the grounds. Many rumours circulate about this...
Treacle tart has been a favourite dessert in England for over 100 years. It can be made in two ways - with breadcrumbs or without, both using golden syrup. The Norfolk variety was a favourite of Charles Dickens.
Pain in the legs can have various causes, most commonly muscular but can have several other more serious reasons. There are many remedies you can try but you should talk to your doctor first.
Dogs are born scavengers and will eat just about anything. This means that they are at great risk of picking up toxic foods or eating poisonous foods.
Loss of eyelashes can be quite upsetting as they are a prized beauty aid for most women. The cause is quite difficult to identify and can have many and various reasons. In most cases it is a symptom of another illness which needs to be cured before the eyelashes will re-grow.
PCOS is a serious hormonal imbalance causing facial hair, acne, difficulty in getting pregnant and weight gain.It can be controlled by diet, acupuncture and herbs. Often caused by the production of excess insulin and testosterone with no conventional medicine cure.
Verucae's and warts are very common but can be quite hard to get rid of. Propriatory remedies can work but rather slowly whereas alternative natural materials can work faster and more effectively.
Lupus can be a life threatening disease with either genetic or pollution origins. It can also be triggered by sunlighjt or UV light (incl. sunbeds) Steroids is the usual treatment but there are more natural remedies such as herbs,vitamins and diet changes
The Kosmed/Scenar hand held machine offers amazing results in a wide variety of injuries and illnesses. Clinical trials back up claims and now in common use in Russian hospitals & privately
Following the war cakes were very much a luxury and various methods of producing something from nothing were tried. Some were delicious and this recipe for Nelson Squares is one
There is little doubt that big cats run wild in England. Many have escaped years ago and have bred in the wild. They present little or no danger as long as you leave them alone. However these are powerful animals and should be treated with great caution and respect.
Who were our imaginary friends as a child ? were they just the result of an overactive imagination or were they perhaps our previous existence.
Story from my childhood of exploring a disused military fort and its tunnels.Were there hidden secrets which even now are denied. There are several contradictory stories about this fort, but I know for sure because I've been there.
Fatigue has many causes but can be helped by essential oils. Using them instead of stimulents offers far greater relaxation with fewer side effects. In addition there are various herbs and minerals that will boost your energy levels.
The crusades were a time of religious war between the Christians and The Moors.Christian groups over hundreds of years traveled to the holy land to bring Christianity and destroy the Muslim. Early Crusades were badly organised and blood thirsty affairs against all religious principles. Only those...
Varicose veins can be painful and unsightly, but can be helped with essential oils. Gentle massage with oils can help both pain and appearance.In addition certain herbal supplements can help along with compression stockings.
Nazi Germany and Japan were well advanced in nuclear fission towards the end of WW2. Germany had perfected short range missiles and two stage long range missiles. They had also perfected a long range bomber that could reach the USA with their about to be perfected nuclear bomb. This gives some...
Burns can be very effectively treated using natural remedies such as lavender essential oil. It not only acts as a painkiller antiseptic, but also prevents blistering and scarring and is widely used by hospitals and the military for all types of burns.
Essential oil power in treating The Plague and other lethal toxins. Includes Lavender, rosemary, camphor, nutmeg sage and cinnamon. What is needed as a preventative is to eradicate fleas and lice before modern drugs came on the scene.
MRSA is commonly caught in hospital or gyms. Modern drugs do not work very well and leave you exposed to serious consequences. Natural remedies can offer a good alternative.
Mortons Neuroma is difficult to treat with conventional medicine. This hub advises how it may be treated using the alternative medicine of essential oils.