John Lennon would have celebrated his 80th birthday today, 9 October 2020, had he not died 40 years ago.He could never have imagined he’d only live to be 40 years old, because a deranged fan would shoot and kill him outside his home – New York City’s famous Dakota Apartments – on 8 December 1980.That […]Imagining John Lennon — words and music and stories
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There’s an old joke about the Moon landing hoax conspiracy. You know: “Sure it was a hoax, but they got Stanley Kubrick to direct and he insisted that they had to be on location.” I thought everybody knew that one. It’s an oldie but a goodie that suitably lampoons the lunatic fringe who imagine the […]
Today marks the anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi’s epoch making transmission of the very first transatlantic radio signal.
An event which was to effectively usher in the new telecommunications world of the 20th century, was sent from Britain’s extreme south west peninsula, namely Poldhu in Cornwall, to St. John’s on the island of Newfoundland on North America’s eastern coast, using a wireless transmitting station in Ireland.
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