It's the 125th anniversary of the Jack the Ripper killings this year, so we're expanding our content. As well as our introduction to the unsolved mystery, we now have a narrative account of events, and mini biographies of the victims. We also have some pages clarifying the people involved in the contemporary investigation: Charles Warren, Henry Matthews, Frederick Abberline and Donald Swanson.
Blackadder was a British comedy series whose four seasons were each set in different periods of British history, from a fictional alternative ending to the Wars of the Roses, through the reigns of Elizabeth I and George III, to World War One. It's among the most successful comedies Britain has produced, and makes good use of the eras for source material. If it seems strange that I'm talking about a sitcom, it's long been a favourite of mine, but more importantly the episodes dealing with the absurdity of World War One have been talked about in schools, and if you're willing to indulge your interest in history's more playful side all are well worth a watch. They have now reached a milestone themselves, as its been thirty years since the first episode was shown.
I can't help but think that the headline on this BBC article - 'French wine has Italian origins' - is there to rile things up, because the informative article itself looks at our uncertain knowledge of how wine production spread, and looks at evidence it moved from Etruscan Italy into France from origins in Iran, Georgia and Armenia. Evidence for this has been gathered in a chemical analysis on the inside of storage jars called amphorae.
This BBC article starts with a large cutaway diagram of the Mary Rose that is enough of a reason to highlight the page. But keep reading and you'll find something (ghoulishly) fascinating: experts examining the salvaged parts of the Mary Rose have worked with forensics experts to recreate the faces of seven of the ship's doomed crew. You can see the portraits, read about how they were created, and see some details about the men's lives. We have an introduction to the Mary Rose here.