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]

Here’s a little history lesson for you

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500’s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. … [Read the full story]

History is in the eye of the ignorant

I am getting older and spend my time looking backwards at history. That is true history, not the history proposed by twenty somethings just out of university. As a lad I was able to talk to my Grandad, he told me about the First World War. Not from history books, but from the sights and … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1718

Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard the Pirate, was killed on this day off North Carolina during a bloody battle with the British Navy. Blackbeard, from England, began pirating in 1713. He was a crewman and was under the command of pirate Benjamin Horngold in 1717. Horngold was ofered amnesty by Britain…so he retird as a pirate. … [Read the full story]

The Great Divide – the ‘Haves’ and ‘Have-Nots’

When I was a lad I could not wait to leave school and start work, earn money, buy clothes, buy smokes and start going out to clubs and pubs. It was a time of almost full employment. At fifteen years old, I could start a job on Monday – and if I didn’t like it, would … [Read the full story]

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