On this day…in 278

On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers … [Read the full story]

Time to assess the world today

2017 is the year to understand why we are in a crisis around the world – we must start with the past. Democracy although semi introduced by the Greeks (semi because women and the poor could not vote), was given prominence by the Magna Carta, before democracy Kings, Emperors and Ceasars ruled the world and almost … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1840

Under the leadership of British statesman Edward G. Wakefield, the first British colonists to New Zealand arrive at Port Nicholson on Auckland Island. In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman became the first European to discover the South Pacific island group that later became known as New Zealand. While attempting to land, several of Tasman’s crew … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1912

After a two-month ordeal, the expedition of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott arrives at the South Pole only to find that Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer, had preceded them by just over a month. Disappointed, the exhausted explorers prepared for a long and difficult journey back to their base camp. Scott, a British naval officer, … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1929

Nearly 50 years after the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Wyatt Earp dies quietly in Los Angeles at the age of 80. The Earp brothers had long been competing with the Clanton-McClaury ranching families for political and economic control of Tombstone, Arizona, and the surrounding region. On October 26, 1881, the simmering tensions finally … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1886

On this day, 9th January 1868, the last convict ship to transport prisoners to Australia (the Hougoumont) arrived at Fremantle, Western Australia. The prisoners would have been excited but also fearful. The heat would have been spmething they’re not used to for a start…and that’s before they realise that every bloody thing can kill you. One convict died on the … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1987

In 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its first group of inductees: Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and the Everly Brothers. Since then, the Hall has added a new class of inductees each year, expanding by January 2008 … [Read the full story]

Religion or man…one of them sucks

I viewed  on TV an interview with the religious leader of HAMAS in Gaza. It is no surprise that when asked why Muslims killed old people and women and children with suicide bombers, which is forbidden by the Koran, his reply was that God allowed Muslims to retaliate against their enemies in the same way. … [Read the full story]

Why is the Bible called the Bible?

Moses was responsible for the book called The Torah which means The Law. Many other books written by learned Jews were added over the years. It was in Alexandria that the books were combined and translated into Greek. Alexandria was built by Alexander the Great.  After his death one of his generals became leader of … [Read the full story]

War! what is it good for – I remember it well

Looking at the reports from Syria, brings back memories from when I was a child. Seeing the children being taken away from their homes. The destroyed homes, the heartless caretakers the clinical removal of people from their towns and cities. The children’s reaction to the bombing – how they hardly flinch at the sounds of … [Read the full story]

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