Ricky Collard getting ready for the 2016 Formula 4 season

My son and I went to Snetterton today for the Formula 4 and GT cars pre-season testing today and bumped into Ricky Collard as he was getting ready to go to track for a Formula 4 media parade. Ricky kindly invited my son over to have a photo taken. It’s great when drivers encourage kids […]

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Essex and Herts Air Ambulance takes off from Blackheath, Colchester (HD)

Following on from my previous post about a spectacular helicopter crash in New Zealand, I was reminded of some HD footage I captured of the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance when in landed in a play park a few meters from my house a couple of years ago at Blackheath, Colchester. Having a chat with […]

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Police Refusing to Give Third Party Details After an Accident? Don’t let them.

We have begun to notice an increasing trend with various police forces across the UK, in particular the Met Police, when attending Road Traffic Collisions. The Police refusing to give third party details after an accident; but they shouldn’t be. Lately, the police are taking reports from all drivers involved in the collision (and witnesses) […]

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Interview with Jonathan Woodrow, author of ‘Wasteland Gods’

Wasteland Gods is the long awaited novel by British-Canadian author Jonathan Woodrow. Jonathan, who moved from England with his wife to Toronto Ontario in 2007 and began writing, is a father of three and family man with a passion for writing dark stories. Wasteland Gods will be his first major novel and will be published […]

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James Stanley Hicks (‘Stan’)

James Stanley Hicks (‘Stan’) was born in North Birmingham in August 1924. Sgt. James Stanley Hicks served in the British Army Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and was a prisoner of war sometime between 1939-1945 in Stalag IV-A. He was a Private at the time. He was wounded in battle (shot in the upper arm) […]

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Nurse Muriel May Jackson: The Forgotten Hero of Severalls

On 11th August 1942, the Luftwaffe dropped three 500lb bombs on Colchester. One of those bombs hit the West wing of Severalls and damaged a number of buildings including a ward, nurses accommodation and the laundry. 21 year old nurse Muriel May Jackson, armed with just a small torch, removed debris midst the chaos and […]

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German air-raid killed 38 patients at Severalls Hospital in 1942

On 11th August 1942 a German air raid (which Berlin would later confirm to have targeted at Colchester and Hastings) destroyed part of the West side of Severalls Hospital. 38 patients were killed, mainly women. There were a total of 63 casualties, two of which were nurses. 28 of those killed by the four 500lb […]

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Severalls Hospital Timeline

I have put together this Severalls Hospital Timeline to give an idea of important dates in the hospital’s history and also how changes in law and society influenced what occurred at the hospital. Much of the information come from my own research and, more recently, thanks to a document provided to me by Hugh Doherty. […]

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Warning: avoid XpressBuyer.co.uk / Bosi Tools UK Ltd / Ebay seller ‘Tradezone-UK’

I recently purchased an action camera for my 10 year old son from Ebay seller ‘Tradezone-UK’. It was a generic make, described as ‘1080P WIFI 12MP SJ4000 Waterproof Sports Camera HD’. On Christmas Day he plugged in the charger to charge the camera for first use. The plug exploded in his hand as he plugged […]

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