The Invention of Christmas Cards

The Invention of Christmas Cards

You might think that Christmas cards have been around forever, and the annual card writing marathon seems to last an eternity almost as long. But you’d be wrong. And neither did they begin in Lapland!

The First Daily Paper

The First Daily Paper

William Caxton might have introduced the world’s first printing press in 1476 in Westminster, but it took until 1702 for the world’s first daily paper to surface – The Daily Courant.

Scotch Egg

Scotch Egg

If you assumed a Scotch Egg heralded from Scotland, it would be understandable, however, it would also be entirely wrong. The claim for the invention of Scotch Eggs lies at the other end of the British Isles in London’s Fortnum and Mason store and dates back to 1738.

Jousting & Driving

Jousting & Driving

The medieval jousting lance has been responsible for a lot more than running through galloping knights. Bizarre as it might seem, it is the reason why we drive on the left-hand side of the road in the UK.

The Smallest Police Station

The Smallest Police Station

Positioned in the south-east corner of Trafalgar Square, you could easily walk by this police station on a daily basis and not know it’s there. Thanks to Dr Who the world is familiar with the old style police box, but in this instance, there is no Time And Relative Dimensions In Space – this one is every bit as small on the inside as its diminutive exterior suggests.

The Daily Weather Forecast

The Daily Weather Forecast

It is said the British are obsessed with the weather and some say they speak of little else, so maybe it’s appropriate that the daily weather forecast is a British creation.