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The First Jigsaw Puzzle, 1762

On this spot, between brothels and drug addicts, John Spilsbury invented the first ‘Dissected Puzzle’. It was intended to educate upper-class children, but it found its greatest hour in the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The Air Loom Villains

1797: from a cell in Bedlam, James Tilly Matthews believes a gang of villains are controlling politicians and nobility using the terrible Air Loom. Find out who they are and their plans for Britain’s downfall. [CW: mental illness, torture]

The Death of “Snakehips” Johnson

On March 8th, 1941, the Café de Paris – ‘the safest and gayest restaurant in town’ – was destroyed in the Blitz. Among the dead was one of the most important figures in Black British jazz: Ken “Snakehips” Johnson.
This viewpoint includes extracts from ‘Snakehips Swing’ by Ken “Snakehips” Johnson and his West Indian Dance Orchestra, available on ‘Black British Swing: The African Diaspora’s Contribution To England’s Own Jazz of the 1930s and 1940s’.
[CW: war; death]

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St Dunstan’s Lodge for blinded veterans

It was this building that gave its name to the charity set up in the 1915 to provide rehabilitation, training and lifelong support to those who lost their sight in war.