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  Circa 1997. Neither of them became undertakers.   Posted by Kitty Perry   When I was a child in the 60s, not a lot happened on 31st October. Casting my mind back and thinking really hard, the only thing I can remember doing is bobbing for apples. Which I
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George Llewelyn Davies Posted by Richard Rawlinson The two-minute silence, the candle-lit vigil and the ‘lights out’ remembrance ritual have all played a part in World War One centenary commemorations this year. The Great War’s anniversary topicality has also sparked interest in its history, whether reading, or visiting the extremely well-curated
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  The following is extracted by a PhD thesis by Sarah E Bond. It describes the social status of funeral workers in earlier times, particularly in ancient Rome where, we discover, FSOs were often employed, also, as executioners.  According to an inscription from Puteoli dated to the first century BCE: 
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Posted by Vole When I think back to the days after Diana’s death I remember a strange time: hot days and a sense of shared grief lying like a miasma over the whole country. I was working for a council in those days and the queue of people, waiting to
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  A guest post by Mike Rendell We are very grateful to Mike Rendell for so generously sharing with us this fascinating account of an eighteenth century funeral. Mike Rendell is a published author who specializes in 18th Century history. He blogs on all aspects of life in the Georgian era here.  Mike