Category Archives: History

Jordans and the Pilgrim Fathers

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The tiny village of Jordans is a sleepy little place in Buckinghamshire, England. Located in the Chiltern Hills close to Chalfont St Giles, it has a weekday-only YHA, a small community store and visiting post office and the country residence of Ozzy Osbourne but (still) no pub.

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On the Pony Express route to Genoa, Nevada

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Nevada, I found, is one of the states that would be perfect for me! I love hot and dry summers and desert landscapes, but then you also have Lake Tahoe, loads of hiking opportunities and a history full of native Americans and aliens (in every sense of the word), gold rush and ghost towns.

The settlement of Genoa, just east of Lake Tahoe, claims to be Nevada’s oldest permanent settlement. Founded in 1851, by Mormon pioneers, it came to be known as Mormon Station, a popular and vital trading post and rest stop on the California Trail.

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History lessons in Cape Coast

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Today, Cape Coast is the capital of Ghana’s Central Region, located on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. It is a well-known fishing port and the city is home to some of Ghana’s best schools as well as the University of Cape Coast. The heritage of the various colonising powers, which laid claim to the town for centuries, can be seen everywhere.

Cape Coast Castle is one of the city’s main attractions and looking at the white-washed building, you’d never guess what a tragic role it played in the lives of thousands – if not millions – of people.

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Help transcribe The Bentham Project

Are you interested in law and philosophy and the works of Jeremy Bentham? Can you read old-fashioned, cursive script (18th and 19th century handwriting)? Do you have a little time on your hands and would you like to help and see old manuscripts become accessible to everyone?

Then Transcribe Bentham might be the project for you.

University College London is currently undertaking the monumental task of transcribing all of philosopher and jurist Jeremy Bentham’s work and they’re looking for volunteers to help them out.

JB wants you by Transcribe Bentham
JB wants you by Transcribe Bentham

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If We Were Having Coffee… On January 24

Hello! Nice to see you!

Come on, sit down, and warm up. It’s snowing outside and everything’s gone quiet. My entire garden is covered with a white blanket and it looks so serene. I’ll get you a nice hot cup of coffee/tea/cocoa/mulled wine to warm your hands up, and I’ve got blankets should you still feel cold.

I’m glad you could take the time for a Weekend Coffee Share!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you about my studies and that it’s going well, though not as smoothly as I’d like. I’d show you my new binder and the steps I’ve taken to organise my study material. That would also explain all the highlighters, post-its, tabs and  paperclips around my living room.

Weekend Coffee Share

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The Eichmann Show – chilling and captivating

How do you make a movie about the televised trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi commandant responsible for the organisation and logistics of the expulsion, deportation and extermination of Jews whose orders killed millions of people during WWII, without trivializing it too much?

Well, first off, you choose a superb cast. BBC Two’s The Eichmann Show stars Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit) as American TV producer Milton Fruchtman, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as formerly blacklisted director Leo Hurwitz.

In 1961, the real trial had been televised worldwide, and this movie focuses on the two men who managed to convince the Israeli government to let them film and who wanted to show the world why this trial was worth being shown and talked about.

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Story Prompt: We’ve Met Before

Story Prompt for writing stories
Story Prompt for writing stories

 

Real life story: My two grandfathers were in hospital in 1933. Heinz was 8, Helmut was 6 and one of them had a broken arm, the other a broken leg.

This was in Germany, and Hitler had only just come to power. Note the year, this was way before the war!

There were a few soldiers also recuperating at the local hospital. For some reason, Hitler visited that particular hospital. And the soldiers thought it’d be a nice touch to have these two small boys (8 and 6 years old, remember?) present a bunch of flowers to him.

So they did, not knowing just who that guy was.

In the mid 1970’s, my parents met. When they introduced their fathers to each other, they both did a double-take, pointed at each other and said “I know you from somewhere.”