Monday, 30 May 2011

You'll never guess what happened on 30 May...

So it’s the May Bank Holiday and I’m sitting up in bed sipping a mug of tea (made for me by my lovely Rod.)

I’ve got Charlie on my lap 
(sitting on a silk scarf because I don’t like cat fur on the quilt) 

and Mabel sitting under the dressing table 
(because she doesn’t do laps)

BBC Radio 2 with Miranda Hart and Jon Holmes is making me laugh and then they run a feature on this day in history and...

“Yessss!” I say. Charlie opens one eye in a moderately disinterested way. “That’s what I’ll blog about today!”

And this is it... except that I’ve done a bit of research and discovered some different events so that the BBC can’t complain about me ‘stealing’ their script (assuming that the BBC even know I exist.)

Did you know that on 30th May...
  • In 542 King Arthur died following a battle with Modred (assuming that either men actually existed!)
  • In 1431 Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in the market place at Rouen, France. (She was only a young girl of 19. Humans can be so cruel.)
  • In 1536 Henry VIII married Jane Seymour. She had been the lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn who had been beheaded just 11 days earlier. (Like I say, humans are cruel.)
  • In 1821 James Boyd patented the rubber fire hose. (Not amazingly interesting but the only item from the Radio 2 programme that was verifiable!)
  • In 1842 John Francis tried to assassinate Queen Victoria. (How different the history of our monarchy would have been if he’d succeeded.)
  • In 1939 the Labour Party had their first General Election win. (In those days many people despised working class men and thought they wouldn’t be able to rule the country. Haven’t we moved on.... erm... have we moved on?)
  • In 1989 Cliff Richard released his 100th single record called ‘The Best of Me’. (No, I’ve never heard of it either but you can see an ever-youthful Cliff singing it on the You Tube link below.)

  • And in 2011 in Leicester UK it poured with rain (which means that Rod’s vegetables are coming on a treat. The broad bean flowers are almost ready to turn into yummy pods. I may even blog about our first home-grown meal of the year.)



  1. Fascinating facts Rosalind! Love your cats too. I hate cat fur on the quilt and as we speak I can see both my cats stretched out on the bed where they'll probably remain for the day!

    Can't wait to hear about your first home grown meal!

  2. It's raining here as well Rosalind. A couple of your facts (Jane Seymour and John Francis) appeared in today's Times. I always check their 'On this day.'

  3. It's pouring rain here in London now, too. I love reading facts like these. Thanks, Rosalind!

  4. I've learnt more today, thank you and on 30th May, it was sunny and very hot - 36c in our garden, but that is here in Lanzarote...phew! xx

  5. Raining here too (Colorado) on May 30th. Tried to go out for a walk and got wet, but the flowers are loving it.

    Great facts!

  6. Very interesting events! Looking forward to hearing more about your vegetable garden! Julie

  7. These are some interesting facts. I'm fascinated with history, especially European history. :)

  8. I wish we still grew a garden - but there's no room now! Enjoy :)

  9. Very interesting events. And to finish with the typical rain in Leicester - how fitting!

    Duncan In Kuantan

  10. Hi Jo, I suspect Charlie rather likes the silk scarf or she wouldn't sit on it. She's quite a madam!

    Hi Bob, I didn't think to look in The Times. I scoured the Internet for the facts but good to know The Times has verified them for me!

    Thanks Holly and quietly smug to read that it's now raining in London as well, Talli.

  11. Interesting facts. By the way, of it all, Ann Boleyn might have deserved what she got, given that SHE was Katharine of Aragorn's lady in waiting and played Henry VIII, thinking she could control him...

    Of course, history would have been very different if it wasn't for her. Jane Seymore's son (the son Henry VIII wanted) didn't rule very long.

    Ann Boleyn's daughter was the one we all remember fondly. So...

    Lol I'll stop. (Total Tudor fanatic)

  12. Oh Pauline, 36 degrees! How could you taunt us with that on a miserable and chilly Bank Holiday weekend?!

    Hi L.G. sorry to hear it's miserable in Colorado too.

    Hi Empty Nest, I'll be blogging and bragging about our vegetables just a few weeks from now!

    Thanks Ciara, I love history too.

  13. Hi Jemi, Sorry you've no longer got a plot. Rod would miss his garden so much if he didn't have it.

    I can see why you say that, Duncan, but lately it's not been typical at all. It's just a shame that Leicester had to revert to type during a Bank Holiday.

    Gosh, Misha, you're well up on your Tudor history. What fascinates me is how different everything would have been throughout history if only... a bit like the film, Sliding Doors.

  14. Hi Ros .. everyone had rain but us!! Absolutely parched here .. I think I might come up to Leicestershire for some vegetables ... ?!

    Cats on laps or on beds, cuddling up to fend off the cold .. I love those facts - but how interesting most are about deadly deeds - no celebrating bright ideas. Good thing Victoria wasn't assassinated .. and it would have changed history ..

    Interesting facts .. please push the rain south .. cheers and thanks for getting to my blog before I alerted you .. everything's topsy turvy at the moment .. Hilary

  15. This is an interesting chain of events, Ros. It does beg the question: Have we moved on?
    Be well.

  16. Hi Hilary, you're right. They're mostly about deadly deeds because I couldn't find anything positive to include - except maybe Cliff Richard but not everyone would say that he was a plus!! (Just joking. I love him really.)

    And it was a lovely surprise to see my name when I wandered along to visit your blog yesterday. Thank you so much again for the mention and link.

  17. Hi Robyn, I think we maybe have moved on a bit. I mean, I can't see our Queen Elizabeth chopping off Prince Philip's head... at least I don't think she would!

  18. And make our mouths water for home grown veggies. But Rod has worked so hard in his garden, we want to hear about that meal. I love your new profile photo. Darling blouse or is it a dress?


  19. what fabulously fascinating facts! Your cats remind me of my own kitties. Muffin loves my lap (but only when I'm seriously trying to work in the home office), and millie loves to snuggle during bedtime. :D

  20. Thanks Manzanita, it's a little jacket top and it's coming in very handy with this chilly spring we're having here.

    Hi Nutshell, I bet your Muffin and Millie will be looking forward to seeing you when you get back home. Have a lovely rest of trip here in the UK :-)