‘Twas on the 9th of Joon – Happy Geordie Day!

Aa went to Blaydon Races, 'Twas on the 9th of Joon, Eiteen hundred an' sixty-two, on a summer's efternoon... So goes the famous Geordie anthem 'The Blaydon Races' penned by George 'Geordie' Ridley in 1862. It was written to celebrate a horse race and carnival in Blaydon, a small town situated a few miles from … Continue reading ‘Twas on the 9th of Joon – Happy Geordie Day!

The Industrial Revolution – Why did it happen in Britain first?

The Industrial Revolution, known to some as the First Industrial Revolution, was the transition to new manufacturing processes in Europe that took place between 1760 and somewhere between 1820 and 1840. It included going from hand production methods to a mechanised factory system using machines powered by steam. It led to an unprecedented rise in … Continue reading The Industrial Revolution – Why did it happen in Britain first?