Recently I was reading an old car magazine (as you do) and came across the interesting tale of Dagen H. I do vaguely remember hearing about this at the time on the BBC TV news in the days when the 9 oclock news covered everything you needed to know in a swift 10 or 15 minutes.

Dagen H (Swedish for H Day…H being höger which is Swedish for right.) was Sunday 3rd September 1967.That was the day that Sweden changed from driving on the (proper) left-hand side of the road to driving on the right. How bonkers was that? Can you imagine the preparations involved and the work changing all signs and road markings overnight? Actually they had been building up to the moment of matching their driving to that of adjoining countries for many years. For a decade they had only sold left hand drive cars. So for a decade it must have been downright complicated when they were still driving on the opposite side. Overtaking must have been a nightmare.

Driving on the left is something that was done for many centuries long before cars. If you were riding your horse down a lane you kept to the left. This kept your right hand and sword hand available for any trouble ahead. As the majority of people are right handed this made perfect sense and thus when cars and motorbikes arrived the tradition continued (at least in this country).

I’ve driven a left hand drive car in the UK and (as well as overtaking safely requiring a passanger to advise you) I found the most difficult thing to get used to was using my right hand to change gear. It also made it difficult for me to reach out of the passenger window with my sword whilst driving alone.

Pledging my Love

Dec 1, 2020

Dying isn’t a great career move but it got John Marshall Alexander Jr. (June 9, 1929 – December 25, 1954) his biggest hit. “Be careful with that thing” someone probably said as he waved a gun around. “It’s not loaded” were his final words before pointing the gun to his head and pulling the trigger.

There have been shedloads of cover versions of that great song but my current favourite has to be this one:


Dec 1, 2020

It’s years since I purchased a copy of the Beano but I had to make an exception for this issue No 4062 which contained an “adult” pull out supplement.


Dec 1, 2020

I found this bookmark (from the 1930s?) within the pages of a very old copy of Mill on the Floss. (An “Everyman edition” therefore not valuable despite being 100 years old).

In the 1920s/1930s Clarnico was the largest sugar confectionery company in Britain, producing a mind-boggling 700 different varieties of sweets. Clarke Nickolls & Co began in 1872 making jam. They were taken over by Trebor in 1969 and are so forgotten they don’t even have their own Wikipedia page.

Viola Smith

Dec 1, 2020

November 29 1912 – October 21 2020