Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The Language of Death in Industrial Accidents

When, in 2017, the bomber at the Manchester Arena detonated his explosive device twenty two human beings were deprived of existence. Twenty three people died but, of the bomber who died, it could not be said that he was deprived of existence as he clearly chose it.
This description of death seems perfectly normal when describing a terrorist attack but would it be normal to use that expression in an industrial accident?
It might if it was considered that there was a person or organisation which was culpable in causing the death. but this is not now normal, largely because stringent safety requirements are imposed on industrialists

However, it was a normal concept two centuries ago in considering accidents in dangerous industries such as, but not limited to, coal mining.
In a Trade Directory of 1833 by John Sykes there is this report
An explosion took place in Felling colliery, by which six human beings were deprived of existence.
Another example in the same John Sykes Directory is this description of an explosion on Oct 11th 1799 at Lumley Colliery by which thirty nine human beings were launched into eternity
John Sykes also reports
An explosion took place, again at Lumley Colliery in 1843 when fourteen human beings were launched into eternity
another example at Lumley

Euphamisms for death still exist today with expressions like "kick the bucket" which stems from the hanging of criminals or this one from America which I particularly like "assume room temperature" which refers to normal body temperature of 37 degrees dropping after death to the temperature of the body's whereabouts eg 20 degrees room temperature
(see more here )

So, there  you have it. But look in again because I intend to make further enquiries and add more to this item

Monday, 18 December 2017

Santa at Felling Library

The Friends of Felling Park and Town Centre funded and hosted a Meet Santa event in a style that equalled or beat many of the commercial Santa grottos that charge £10 or more. Each child got a pressie and a chat with Santa and his numerous helpers for a cost of Nil.

Chief Santa Helper Margaret Maxted telling helpers Monika & Martin how they should walk when leading a child/children to the grotto...kidding!

l to r 
Jon, Jeanette, Monika, Peter, Lorraine, Ros & Martin

Two very happy visitors
In the grotto corridor
Anne, Lorraine & Ros

The snow trail through the Library to the Grotto
Monika, Lorraine, Ros, Anne

Let's approach the end with Dave (left), who struggled in, festively but under the weather, medically and Stephen Millen who took all these smashin' photographs..the last one of him taken by someone else but with his camera

To finish, here's Charley, with her grandson. Tho' not on duty this day she is one of the stalwarts of the Friends of Felling..Group

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Felling Soldiers Injured or Killed in World War One

C. H. Howes

J. W. Taylor

Corp. P. Humble

Lce Cpl J. Humble

Lce Corpl Jos Thompson

Pte Daniel Lawler

Pte David Jones

Pte Frank Smith

Pte George Jackson

Pte J. Cairns

Pte J. Avery

Pte J.M. Lightfoot

Pte John Ditchburn

Pte M. Sugden

Pte P. Mongomery

Pte T. Irving

Pte Thomas Tait

Sgt Fred Stewart

Sgt Joseph Lightfoot

Sgt William Taylor

Felling Park Spooktacular


Felling Park's first Spooktacular at 
Halloween 2017
The Friends of Felling Park and Town Centre, a small team of local volunteers, are in the course of bringing back Felling Park to the showpiece that it was, back in its heyday, when it had a large team of professional gardeners at its disposal. The first main event to which the public were invited is the Spooktacular held on 31st October 2017

And it can now be reported that it was a magnificent success, very well supported by the folk of Felling

This is the final preparation of several week's work for the evening event which started at 5.30pm. The biggest job was putting in place the strings of lights that were stretched from tree to tree throughout the park.They were intended to twinkle for the few hours of the event but their batteries were made of stern stuff and twinkled on for more than a further week

Some of the team of support workers

Pics of the event

John Gibson was the event's impresario that led a strong team of dedicated volunteers headed by

Charley Rutland

This occasion which will make it into the annals of The Felling's history, is, perhaps, this immediate locality's most significant in the past decade of centuries (a millennium by any other name). It must, and will almost certainly, become an annual event.