Would you fill a small wooden box with paper and light it?

Well, that is exactly what Joseph Montgolfier did, and it led to him, along with his brother, Étienne Montgolfier, coming up with the first air balloon, which in turn led to the first untethered manned hot-air balloon flight by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d’Arlandes on November 21, 1783, in Paris, France, in […]

Is the Three Musketeers a true story or not?

  Well, you have to decide, and to help we have made Alexandre Dumas’s famous tale The Three Musketeers into a rollicking foot tapping 50 minute musical so your children can enjoy performing as a year-end show. The story, which is set in France during the 1620s, is about chivalry, honour, and most of all […]

Did Dick Whittington have a cat?

Well, there was a Richard Whittington and he did become Lord Mayor of London, that is true his name is on the list of City of London Mayors. From there Pantomime takes over from reality, it tells that he came from a poor family in the country: picked up a cat on the way to […]

A man looks for a cure for Malaria, but finds ….

I wonder how often does this happens, you start looking for something and find something totally different? It happened to William Perking who by mistake found the first synthetic organic dye he discovered, mauveine, a colour we now call Mauve. In 1856 William Perkin started looking for a cure for malaria. He was an 18-year-old […]