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Wrestling on Mules?

Friday May 30, 2014

This article from the Guardian about WW1 documents released by Britain's National Archives soon returns to the horror of that conflict. But early on there is some light relief, in the form of a sport's day programme from October 1914 in which soldiers took part in wheelbarrow races, pillow fights and even wrestling on mules for entertainment.

Adam Tooze's New Book Looks Interesting

Friday May 30, 2014

Many people, myself included, first heard of economic historian Adam Tooze with his critically acclaimed 'The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy'. Well, he's got a new book out looking a little earlier in the century: 'The Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of Global Order'. If this review in The National is anything to go by it looks a thought provoking, and not necessarily comfortable, work worth a read.

Highs and Lows of WW1 Relationships

Friday May 23, 2014

I'm pointing you to two news stories this week, both about relationships during World War 1. The Daily Mail have the tragic tale of Mr and Mrs Critchley, who killed themselves rather than be parted when Mr. had to go to war. A sad story, so I'm also mentioning the darkly heartwarming story of Mr and Mrs Oldham from History Extra, who were wed and died together at a great age, but not before she'd confused him for a German spy when he was wounded and told the surgeon to let him die.

New This Month: May Part 3

Friday May 23, 2014

More Industrial Revolution this week, as we tackle the question of whether it was really a revolution, or actually an evolution. We also look at one of the landmark buildings of the era in the Iron Bridge, and take a quick look at Abraham Darby III.

New This Month: May Part 2

Friday May 16, 2014

This week we look at the railways, whose mania gripped Britain during the Industrial Revolution, and the textiles industry, often called the sector which drove the revolution.

Christopher Clark on Tim Butcher's New Book

Friday May 16, 2014

The Guardian newspaper has published an article by Christopher Clark, author of an excellent recent book about World War One's start, on a new work by Tim Butcher all about Gavrilo Princip. The latter was the man whose assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand provided a spark for World War One, and the review (and seemingly Butcher's book) ranges widely on the events then and the tragic history of the region all too close to now.

New This Month: May Part 1

Friday May 9, 2014

Continuing our coverage of the Industrial Revolution, we begin to look at transport. As well as an overview of what changed, we examine the often overlooked roads, and then at the far better known canals: how the revolution changed them, and how they changed the revolution.

Some Fun: Man finds Air Raid Shelter while Digging Pond

Friday May 9, 2014

I've dug a lot in my back garden, but I've never uncovered a World War 2 air raid shelter, unlike the man in this Portsmouth News story. Jealous? Yes, very.

The D-Day Crosswords

Saturday May 3, 2014

This Telegraphy article narrates a story that's been in the public domain for a while now, and is being retold because the central crosswords are being collected by the paper. But if you want a tale involving war, alleged skulduggery, the difficulties of secrets, crosswords and a potential leak of D-Day details, you won't be disappointed.

Well thatís a New Festival Experience

Saturday May 3, 2014

I've been to a few fairs with re-enactors, but I've never been to one where people had re-created medieval injuries. However, according to this Sussex Express article the Lewes Chalklife Festival featured a 'Medieval Medicine' stand where children could be made up in all manner of hideous ways.

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