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  1. Top Link: An AH Vignette from the Great European Railway

    TOP LINK: an AH vignette on the Great European Railway [Excerpt from Top Link S19E01, production code #TL256] BLACKY: “…and so Tinders and I found ourselves in Wembley Park, in the most glorious weather this sceptred isle can muster, he with a pint of Barnsley Pride in hand and me nursing a...
  2. AH Vignette: Terrible Responsibility

    May 8 1945 Even from the private drawing room of Buckingham Palace, the jubilant pealing of bells filled the air. The war – or at least that part of it which had directly threatened London nightly for these past six years – was over; for a moment, for a night, the people could celebrate, throw...
  3. AH Vignette – 'Impossible Promises'

    IMPOSSIBLE PROMISES (with apologies to Meadow and Agent Boot) Des Moines, Iowa Wednesday 9th November 1960 04:08 CST It was over. The phonecall had been made, and so too had the concession speech (and a damn fine one it had been, too, even if she was unsurprisingly biased). There were still...
  4. Vignette – Death Of A Greyhound

    Liverpool January 1919 Even after four years of war, the devastation was inconceivable. Pat found himself turning to look the other way, out across the Mersey estuary, rather than be forced to contemplate it; the bitter winter wind whipped at his thin overalls and made his eyes water, but the...
  5. The Darling Buds Express

    Thursday “You can go, if you like.” It took a moment for Laura to comprehend what she had just been told, so intently had she been staring at the screen before her. She blinked, shook her head, and glanced over at her boss, before turning to check the clock on the wall; it showed there...
  6. Two Dogs Fighting

    Huyton, Huyton Two dogs fightin' One is black And one's a white'un It perhaps speaks volumes of Liverpool's curious brand of solidarity that, in a slice of doggerel encapsulating racial tensions, it's hard to tell which side – if any – is being insulted. For many Scousers outside the...
  7. The Big Village

    From 'Birth of a Union', ed. Dr E Burke, Esmedune University Press, 1962: ...It is worth remembering that, for all that was achieved by those in attendance, the First Liverpool Conference was also supposed to be the only Conference. The delegates who arrived at the Pier Head from every corner...
  8. The Thalassocrats

    Wellington, Somerset Sunday, 3rd May 2015 01:30am (BST) It had been a good wedding. A civil ceremony, brief and personal; a gourmet wedding breakfast, exquisitely prepared and accompanied with lashings of booze; a vigorous ceilidh followed by dancing to an excellent selection of the best...
  9. The Lord High Treasurer: A mini-vignette

    The following passage is reproduced from Twatt's Political Cyclopaedia for Youthlings (1994), and appears here by kind consent of its mimeomakers. LORD HIGH TREASURER: An English and later British title of government. In the Kingdom of England, the Lord High Treasurer was the head of His...
  10. Seven Cities: A TLIAD

    THE SEVEN CITIES OF ENGLAND A Timeline In A Day by Edward W Feery The following document is a tourist pamphlet published by the Co-operative Press, then effectively an arm of the English Government, in the early 1960s. Intended as a means of informing visitors to the nation of the...
  11. BritiPolitiWI: Labour/Co-Op/Common Wealth split

    Right, just spit-balling something that's been going round my head today in between episodes of the West Wing. Suppose that the Common Wealth Party is able to successfully maintain a Parliamentary presence in the immediate post-war era, and are able to build on it to the extent that by the...
  12. TLIAFD: "What Is Going On?"

    “WHAT IS GOING ON?” A TLIAFD BY EDWARD W FEERY ***** Results of the Bootle By-Election, May 24th 1990 Labour, Michael Carr - 26,737 Conservative, James Clappison - 3,220 Liberal Democrat, John Cunningham - 3,209 Green, Sean Brady - 1,269 Monster Raving Loony, David 'Screaming...
  13. 'A Meeting At Esmedune'

    A MEETING AT ESMEDUNE A Dual-Divergence Timeline By E.W. Feery BA Prologue: Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea Review: 'A Meeting At Esmedune' – Commonwealth Gazette (Dublin Edition), 13 July 1966 “...It is undeniable that, in attempting to do justice to an event of...
  14. Iceland as an 'integrated' part of GB/UK

    Just a brief AH-bunny inspired by the recent volcanic activity and some idle doodling with a map of Europe. There appears to be a mildly popular trope on here regarding Iceland becoming part of the British Empire. It's not hard to see why; after all, Iceland is much closer to Britain than...
  15. Some random WWI thoughts

    It's wonderful what you can rediscover while cleaning out your room - I've just spent the last couple of days re-reading Colin Simpson's excellent 1972 book, Lusitania, which you really should read if you have any interest in naval issues or transatlantic politics in WWI. What caught my eye...
  16. Roll With It: the effects of the Battle of Britpop

    Wow! An Ed Costello TL! And he's only been here a year! Well, calling it a 'timeline' isn't strictly accurate - it's supposed to be a retrospective of a TL different from our own, and all updates will be by the same 'author' and from the same 'publication', so to speak (though not the same...
  17. AH Challenge: Invert the Special Relationship

    I've seen quite a few people, most of them called William, criticising Britain's 'Special Relationship' with America of late. Or, more specifically, criticising our perceived subservience within that relationship. This, of course, got the butterflies going in my head... My challenge is this...
  18. Loss of the 'Rocket'

    In 1829, George and Robert Stephenson despatched their locomotive, Rocket, to Liverpool to take part in the Rainhill Trials. However, they were also commissioned to build a winding engine for use on the 1-in-100 gradient outside Rainhill. This engine was sent by sea around Scotland; Rocket was...
  19. University College Liverpool

    Not really a proper timeline, just an idea I had while in town today - it's my first thread, don't be too harsh[/newbie] Traditionally on the founding of an English University, the founding college is named the University College - this happens with the multi-college universities (Oxford...
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