DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK – 31st December 2018
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 31st December 2018
1 In 1934, Rolls Royce leased two hangars at the Hucknall airfield in Nottinghamshire, which was established in 1917, and created a testing programme there for aero engines and equipment. The building is largely intact and features many surviving fixtures dating back to the mid-20th Century, including an engine-testing control panel, observation windows, wing spar mount assembly, roller doors, pierced metal sheet lining, as well as fittings and support for a de-tuner. These hangars have now been given a Grade II listed building status.
The prototype of the first Jet-powered Vertical Take-off and Landing Plane TMR (Thrust Measuring Rig) more commonly known as the ‘Flying Bedstead’ was researched and tested at Rolls Royce in Hucknall. This came about as a result of discussions in 1952 to investigate vertical take-off and landing.
The airframe first saw the light of day on 3rd July 1953 and was the result of a contract for 2 experimental airframes from the Ministry of Supply. Its resemblance to a 4-poster bed soon earned it its nickname The picture is of the Flying Bedstead
2 Brits spend around £4bn a year on chocolate (Don’t include me in that!)
3 Westworld by Michael Crichton Is the most Popular out-of-print book
4 Sex by Madonna Is the second most Popular out-of-print book
5 Wind In The Willows is the 6th most chosen book to take with the castaway in Desert Island Discs radio programme since it began in 1942
6 Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri is No.1
7 Hewlett-Packard printer ink is 20 times more expensive than 2003 vintage Dom Perignon champagne
8 Someone in the UK is declared bankrupt every 60 seconds
9 TURNING UP MUSIC IN A BAR BY 22% MAKES PEOPLE DRINK 26% FASTER
10 British soldiers in the First world Warhad a tea ration of six pints a day
11 The British Standards Institute has a 5,000 word report on the correct way to make tea.
12 At its mouth the Amazon river is nearly as wide as the Thames is long
13 John Milton sold the rights to Paradise lost for £10
14 The Spice Girls are mentioned 5 times in the Oxford English Dictionary under: ‘girl power’ ‘big’ ‘merchandised’ ‘popularist’ and ‘tabloid’
15 Handel and Jimi Hendrix lived at the same house in London 250 years apart
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Over thinking will lead to sadness and happiness is found within
Happiness is…New Year’s Eve and looking forward to a brand New Year
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
- He who laughs last thinks slowest.
Love is…steering your own course to happiness
TRACK OF THE DAY
“New Year’s Resolution” by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
Highest Chart Position: Did not chart. A track from the King & Queen album by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas. Looking to replicate the success of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (and Kim Weston and more), Stax Records combined two of their biggest stars to knock an album together. The result, 1967’s minor soul classic King & Queen, was recorded in six days with Thomas and Redding backed by Isaac Hayes and Booker T & the MGs. The LP helped turn Redding into a major star a year before his tragic plane crash.
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Monday 31st December 2018
New Year’s Eve
Make Up Your Mind Day
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