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 1972

In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 13 unarmed civil rights demonstrators are shot dead by British Army paratroopers in an event that becomes known as “Bloody Sunday.” The protesters, all Northern Catholics, were marching in protest of the British policy of internment of suspected Irish nationalists. British authorities had ordered the march banned, and sent troops to … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1981

On May 5, 1981, imprisoned Irish Catholic militant Bobby Sands dies after refusing food for 66 days in protest of his treatment as a criminal rather than a political prisoner by British authorities. His death immediately kicked-off widespread rioting in Belfast, as young Irish-Catholic militants clashed with police and British Army patrols and started fires. … [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]

Psychic results of the 2012 London Olympics

It was many years ago my grandfather told me the story of a supposed Olympic Games, held in byegone days. A noted psychic by the name of “Psychic George”, had predicted the winners of the gold medals before the games had started.  So with the next games a mere few months away, I pass on … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 461

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was … [Read the full story]

Riots in Spain over new government mandate

Spain’s new conservative government approved sweeping Labour market reforms as part of a drive to revive a sick economy and solve Europe’s worst unemployment nightmare…a jobless rate of nearly 23 per cent. The plan is to encourage companies to hire more people by cutting government mandated severence packages and offering tax breaks for taking on … [Read the full story]

Can the Italians do Wallabies a favour

The Wallabies won’t mind at all that Italy earnestly believe they can bring down Ireland on Sunday to upend the Rugby World Cup quarter-final draw. An Azzurri win over the Emerald Green in Dunedin would spare the Wallabies back-to-back sudden-death clashes with South Africa and New Zealand. Instead of needing to repeat their Tri Nations … [Read the full story]

21 Rugby World Cup facts

Did you Know? 1. In terms of making semi-finals and finals, Australia is the most successful team ever, (Winners ’91/’99, Runner-Up ’03, S/F ’87) while NZ and France are the only 2 sides to have made at least the semi-finals in 5 of the 6 tournaments. Thus far, (NZ W ’87, R-up ’95, S/F ’91/’99/’03, … [Read the full story]

Rugby World Cup 2011 – this weekends line-up

South Africa v Samoa, 30/9 5:30pm (EST), Albany South Africa (15-1): Patrick Lambie; JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Frans Steyn, Bryan Habana; Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez; Pierre Spies, Schalk Burger, Heinrich Brussow; Victor Matfield (captain), Danie Rossouw; Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira. Res: John Smit, Gurthro Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde, Willem … [Read the full story]

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