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Mr Albright’s boys

  The pompous fake legacy of this Quaker chemical manufacturer became well established and cemented in the area where his company really wrought havoc, pollution and death. Civic society and libraries have disgraced themselves in promoting the philanthropic fable for … Continue reading

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More Barnett family falls and fortunes

I have previously outlined how workers at Samuel Barnett‘s dangerous Rattlechain brickworks site had died but had received little in the way of public attention. Another had seriously broken his leg leaving him unable to work.  The main architect of … Continue reading

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An extraordinary #Rattlechain Brick and Clay record

Well, I thought I had found all there was available to find with the former Rattlechain brickworks, which forms the bowl of the hazardous waste lagoon of today, but how wrong I was! I have found an extraordinary article from … Continue reading

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White Phosphorus misadventures#3 Grange Spill

    It defies belief that white phosphorus appears to have been present in school science lessons well into the 1980’s at least. The amateur chemist teachers obviously believed it would be a good trick to make their class sit … Continue reading

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White Phosphorus misadventures #2 Irish cake and The Black Widow Mary Wilson

Murder and white phosphorus were a common occurrence when the deadly poison was still easily available with few questions asked. As the following story shows from The Belfast Telegraph dated 15th November 1956, it was used particularly in food to … Continue reading

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White Phosphorus misadventures#1 Early deaths

The most obvious known fact about this substance in its vile unnatural elemental form is that it is a deadly poison. For this reason it was used extensively in the world of “vermin” control, as I have looked at before. … Continue reading

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IWMD – a socialist hypocrisy

Today is International Workers Memorial Day– an event to commemorate those who have died in their place of work or as a result of it- largely by misadventure and perhaps deliberate negligence from their employers. I have looked into the … Continue reading

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How to mummify yer Gran using white phosphorus

There can be little doubt that many 19th Century “scientists” were an insane posse of cranks and wierdos who devised ever crazier ideas of attempting to preserve and even create life. One can see that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, was perhaps … Continue reading

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Covid deceptions are all manmade

So where to start with this one! By now I think everyone has had their fill with world events that have now come to define our entire day to day existence in a dystopian world. One thing is for sure, … Continue reading

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The Walsall Smell- new glamping theme park opening soon*

*Well, only the last part of the title in this post is a little April 1st smelly. So many of our urban areas in The Industrial West Midlands have at one time or another been hit with quite appalling air … Continue reading

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