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]

Anecdotal thoughts of Jim Aborwhear

I experienced a relatively rare emotion today…enthusiasm. At lunch over a coffee I was discussing cabbages and Kings with a colleague of mine. For some reason we were discussing the history of warfare and meandered into the ancient world, specifically the Spartans. I recalled that the word “laconic” was related and was rather pleased that … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1618

Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer, soldier and writer who was imprisoned in the Tower of London and eventually put to death after being accused of treason by James I. Before serving in the Huguenot army in France he studied at Oxford, and became a favorite of Queen Elizabeth after serving in her army … [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]

Why so many disasters…did we anger the Gods?

It seems today we have more and more terrible disasters occurring every day. Yes, TV live coverage shows us more of life and death today than ever before and history in the past was recalled usually by story-telling or eye witness accounts. Either could be open to questions of accuracy. But given modern technology, don’t … [Read the full story]

Whose fault is it?

After years of study and living history of the past hundred years, I have finally worked out why we are in such a bad way. The Second World War was a time of bombing and destruction and terrible loss of human life. Did we learn anything from two world wars? Well, we learned to keep … [Read the full story]

Who do you think you are?

Have you seen this TV programme? They make it seem so easy to find your ancestors. Mind you they do have two hundred professional people to help them. The reason I ask, is after looking in a hidden box of memorabelia, I found a hand written letter. It was from a family member who emigrated … [Read the full story]

Ozzie cricketers slump to lowest score in 109 years

Cricket historians were dusting down their record books on Thursday as a quite incredible day of Test cricket saw Australia bowled out for just 47 in Cape Town. It could have been even worse for Australia, who were at one stage 21-9 and threatening to post the lowest total in the history of Test cricket. … [Read the full story]

Julian Lennon not invited to Sir Paul’s wedding

Julian Lennon has extraordinarily claimed he has been ‘snubbed’ by his father’s former band-mates and their families. The 48-year-old – the late Beatle’s son with first wife Cynthia…launched a furious attack on the rest of the Beatles. He claimed he was not invited to a number of social events involving the band in recent months, … [Read the full story]

The new Nokia Lumia means ‘Prostitute’ in Spanish

 In the history of mobile phone names, some have been good, some have been bad and some have been downright ugly. But now Nokia has managed to top them all…by inadvertently calling one of its mobile ranges ‘the prostitute’. The new Nokia Lumia translates from Spanish as ‘hooker’ or ‘call girl’, prompting derision and mockery … [Read the full story]

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