Sunday, 23 October 2011

Amelia Earhart in London

Daily Mirror dated Monday May 23rd 1932
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Amelia Earhart, the pioneering aviatrix, left Newfoundland early in the morning of the 20th May 1932 in her single engine Lockheed Vega 5b and headed for Paris, France.  Nearly 15 hours later she landed in Northern Ireland and became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

Her nickname Lady Lindy refers to her being a female version of Charles Lindbergh the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic 5 years earlier.

Earhart disappeared during her attempt to fly round the World with co-pilot Captain Noonan in 1937.

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Unfortunately freak weather and widespread flooding is nothing new.

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I include this bit about Bournemouth simply because I live close-by. Radio sets were very expensive during the 1920’s and Bournemouth, being populated by retired gentlefolk in their suburban villas, was a good market place for them.  So much so that it had its own BBC Station (6BM) from as early as October 1923. 

Why don’t these inconsiderate people use their MP3 players with just the soothing buzzing of the earphones to disturb the peace?

Ramsey Macdonald’s Labour Government were obviously having a difficult time trying to balance the budget. Presumably ‘balance’ meant getting some sort of parity between income and expenditure – not, as in these happy days, trying to reduce the country’s debt from a few billion pounds to just under a few billion pounds.

Prohibition or the ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol, had been in effect in the USA since 1920 and was generally regarded as being a failed experiment, mainly because it led to the rise of the likes of Al Capone. By 1932 there was strong pressure to repeal the Volstead Act, which set down the rules for enforcing the ban.  The debate was being aired in Britain and this editorial shows which side the Mirror was on.

With gas prices going up and up, and, if you have a gas heated iron, this may be invaluable advice. Even if you haven't got one, standing a normal electric iron on a brick might win you the Turner Prize for Art.

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