Thoughts about teaching and learning issues

Bucy-le-Long during the battle of the Aisne in 1917

There is a growing trend amongst photographers, designers and historians to utilise technology to colourise old photographs. With the centenary of the First World War well under way there has been a plethora of colourisation projects under way. Here’s a …Read more »


In this day and age we are used to seeing computerised, remote controlled weapons in use. You know the ones, those missiles that stop at the lights, indicate then decide whether to enter a building through the window or letterbox. …Read more »

Early Tetley's Tea Bags

As a child I remember my grandmother making tea by putting leaves in a little metal ball that had tiny holes in it and a chain that could be dangled over the side of the cup. I always assumed it …Read more »


These days there’s pressure put on smokers to give up; there’s legislation coming out reasonably regularly to limit exposure to smoke; there’s limits on where you can / can’t smoke and gruesome warnings and images on tobacco products showing just …Read more »

Euryalus Sends His First Letter to Lucretia

While 50 Shades of Grey appears to have women salivating in their masses at the cinema, it’s worth noting that it certainly isn’t the first time that a storyline of this nature has caused a stir. In the dark and …Read more »


if we had a military division with the bullet-carrying capacity of these…. it would face any army in the world. They could face machine guns with the invulnerability of tanks. They are like Zulus… That was the assessment of Major …Read more »

The palace Complex following the short bombardment

The Shortest War in history lasted just 38 minutes. It was fought between British Troops and forces loyal to the newly self appointed sultan of Zanzibar, a British Protectorate off the coast of Africa. In August 1896 the pro-British sultan of …Read more »

Mary the Elephant being hung in Ermin, Tenessee

During the Napoleonic Wars the good people of Hartlepool, according to Legend, discovered a Monkey. Not understanding it, they put it on trial, accused of being a French Spy. Unable to offer any defence the Monkey, and again, this is …Read more »


Hippocrates is referred to as the Father of Medicine. The oath that doctors take is named after him. Why though? Afterall, there’s very little firm evidence that he wrote many of the books, articles and treaties in the Corpus that …Read more »

The Christmas festivities almost upon us and (no doubt) management are trying to ensure that lessons are productive and rather lacking in video watching. Here are some sites that cover elements of the History of Christmas. I’ve tried to ensure a …Read more »

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