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]

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]

Sodom and Gomorrah

I’m getting older , but I still remember times past…a time of monsters. Dictators like Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Colonel Gadalfi, Idi Amin and Adolf Hitler – suicide, stroke, hanged, hanged, and died in bed…only one was tried and convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity. It reminded me of how lax we are to … [Read the full story]

A toilet was going to be built by remains of King

In the UK, they have discovered the remains of the last English King who died in battle. English slang for a ‘poo’ is ‘Richard the Third’ …’turd’. Put in the context, “I’m going for a Richard”. But funnily enough, the reason the car park (where Richard the 3rd’s remains were discovered) was being dug up, … [Read the full story]

A touch of Australian history

This is an Australian story, but it starts in Spain. Two young, well educated men lived in Spain six hundred years ago. Francis and Ignatius were very pious and holy men. Ignatius went on to be a saint and started the most famous order of Christians. But our story is about Francis. He always wanted … [Read the full story]

Is the 21st December 2012 Armageddon Day?

Predictions for the end of the world on the 21st of December 2012 are to a historian really unlikely. We base our predictions on the past and what is likely to happen again. Looking at the current news and the red line policy for the middle east, shows similarities with the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. … [Read the full story]

Gay marriage may be bad for future eventualities

I was intrigued by the news this week when the view was introduced, that Gay marriage spelled disaster for Australia. In 1962 the gay population was generally a small percentage of the adult voting minority. Now fifty years later the percentage increase is enormous. If the increase in growth was to be sustained, we could … [Read the full story]

Can history repeat itself?

It is exactly eleven years ago when the twin towers in New York were subjected to a dreadful terrorist attack and 9/11 will always be remembered as the day the world mourned the wickedness in man. It will also be remembered as a day the world changed its apathy to terrorists in many countries. Northern … [Read the full story]

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