From rock'n' roll legends to a world famous athlete it seems Feltham is a hotbed of celebrity talent. The ancient Hounslow town is mentioned in the Domesday Book and is nowadays home to more than 20,000 people. But did you know that some of the UK's most recognised faces were from Feltham? There even used to be a Hollywood-style star in Feltham town-centre to honour one of the town's biggest names until 2011 when neglect and weather-damage led it to be taken down. The star was replaced with an English Heritage blue plaque on the outside of the celebrity's former Feltham home. You're likely to recognise most of these VIPs but you might be surprised to know they've all lived in Feltham. Read More Feeling hot hot hot! 1.)Freddie Mercury (1946–1991) The lead singer and frontman of legendary rock band Queen lived in Feltham during his most formative years. Born Farrokh Bulsara in Tanzania, Freddie Mercury and his parents took up residence in Hounslow 1964, when he was just 18. … [Read more...] about Did you know these 9 really famous people were from Feltham?
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It is officially summer and although the sunshine hasn't fully come out to play yet, there's still plenty of time to plan activities while we wait for the temperatures to rise. From countryside walks and beer gardens to playgrounds or heading to the nearest coast, there are so many things to do in the sun. But, there is one special place for all you water babies out there. Hint - it has jet skiing, a giant inflatable obstacle course and is less than 20 miles from the Surrey border at Camberley . Read More In the summertime... Did you know Reading is home to the world's largest inflatable water park? Lagoona Aqua Park in Pingewood Road South is right next to junction 11 on the M4. It has a 3,700sq-m pool making it the biggest park across the globe - it's even larger than the huge water park in Dubai. You can pop by on a spontaneous trip with your friends for just £15, or you can impress your child and organise a surprise birthday party - Lagoona Aqua Park caters for all. Who … [Read more...] about Did you know about this amazing summer activity close to Surrey?
April 23 marks the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and potentially his birth, although the exact date of this remains unknown). With this comes the remembrance and celebration of his life and the distinguished works for which he is known by to this very day. The works of Shakespeare are still read, studied and enjoyed by many people around the globe, with many phrases and words created by this literary genius still being used by people everyday, without it being realised. So, did you know that these everyday phrases were coined by Shakespeare himself hundreds of years ago?“As good luck would have it” (The Merry Wives of Windsor)“Bated breath” — (The Merchant of Venice)“Neither a borrower nor a lender be” — (Hamlet)“Brave new world” — (The Tempest)“Break the ice” — (The Taming of the Shrew)“Refuse to budge an inch” — (Measure for Measure / The Taming of the … [Read more...] about Did you know that these 36 everyday phrases were created by Shakespeare?
In pictures: Did you know all of these famous folk were from the Borders? The Scottish Borders has provided a lot more talent to the world of culture and sport than you may have thought at first. And our gallery above shows just a small selection of the people who have made their name in acting, music, literature and sport. But have we missed anyone out? Let us know on our Facebook page. … [Read more...] about In pictures: Did you know all of these famous folk were from the Scottish Borders?
April 22 marks the annual Earth Day, a day which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, which began in 1970. This day brings to light the importance of being Eco-friendly and aims to bring the issue of plastic pollution to the attention of everyone around the world.As the day focuses on and celebrates the wonderful planet that is our home, the Earth in all its glory is brought to the forefront of people’s minds, but did you know all of these unusual, yet spectacular facts about planet Earth?1. All of the Earth’s rocks are recycled again and againThe ground that we walk on every day is recycled and will continue to keep being recycled, as the Earth's rock cycle transforms igneous rocks to sedimentary rocks to metamorphic rocks and this cycle continues again and again. Volcanoes spit the rocks out as magma, which then dry, harden and then after a very long time they either get sucked down again by plate tectonics or get pushed towards the … [Read more...] about Did you know these 15 unusual facts about the Earth?