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.
During the Great War and Second World War the opposing sides were fairly evenly matched regarding conventional warfare. To gain an advantage leaders looked to the Occult to overcome the enemy.
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.
When Japan joined WW2 their advance through Burma towards India had to be checked and the unusual approach of the Chindits proved to be successful.
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.
This tart is one in a series of local foods from wartime or 1950s. Liverpool Tart and Liverpool Judy are very similar and both are still eaten widely in the area.
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.
This article looks at peace ships, transport for refugees of war or oppression and those used in both the European and Pacific theatre to transport prisoners and slaves during WW2
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.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a very serious disease of the prion protein disease family. There are various ethical pharmaceutical medicines but it can also be helped by a number of natural products including essential oils. It is a prime contender for treatment by stem cell therapy.
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.
This recipe goes back several hundred years and is based on a rich beef suet pudding full of raisins and liberally covered with smooth English custard. Just the thing for a cold winter day.
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.
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
Gypsy tart is perculiar to the county of Kent and is a very sweet tart made at a time when foods were still on ration in the UK? It is easy to make and delicious - however it is a dentist dream.
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.
Scabies is a very unpleasant condition which can be effectively treated with essential oils which will not damage your skin. It is very contagious and clothes and bedding will need to be treated. Sulphur soap also works very well.
Mumps is controlled by vaccination but some cases are still reported. There is no specific treatment other than pain killers but essential oils can help reduce the swelling and pain.
Scarlet Fever or Scarletina is a childhood disease identified by a sore throat and scarlet rash. It can be treated by use of essential oils to reduce fever.
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...
hair loss can be alopecia or male pattern baldness. Both can be helped with essential oils and by increasing the amount of iodine in your diet.. Nothing will replace hair totally lost but natural remedies can stop further loss and promote weak or thinning hair.
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.
HIV/AIDS is a dreadful illness but some of the symptoms can be helped with essential oil treatment and herbs to live a happy and fulfilled life
White asbestos is a problem so insignificant that it should not exist let alone cost the country billions of pounds. This hub looks at the risks and background surrounding white asbestos and its general use. Unlike blue and brown it is essentially harmless.
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...
Sinusitis can be a very painful problem that can cause patient to feel very ill. It can be treated with essential oils very sucessfully to relieve pressure and pain. Prescription medicines can help but will leave you feeling very drugged and may result in thrush.
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.
Treating diabetes with essential oils can assist in ensuring the condition is kept under control and will help supplement conventional medicine. In addition other herbs and supplements will also help.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tennis Elbow can be painful and difficult to relieve the symptoms. Some pain and inflammation can be reduced by using essential oils. In combination with gentle local heat, acupuncture or TENS machine a good degree of success can be achieved.
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.