Tag Archives: Britain

Why is Gibraltar British?

Gibraltar has always been important. It guards the entrance to and exit from the Mediterranean. It welcomes guests or blocks invaders to Europe. It is inhospitable and bleak yet provides a comfort to those under it’s shadow. Today it is … Continue reading

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The Framing of Guy Fawkes

It all seems a little too perfect doesn’t it? Just at the moment that a conspiring catholic is lighting a match to destroy the Houses of Parliament, a guard walks in. The same guard who missed 36 barrels of gunpowder … Continue reading

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The Liverpool and Manchester Railway

The greatest inventions in history are created because they are needed. The wheel – transport. Writing – to record crops and trade. The machine gun – to efficiently kill. The trench – to avoid machine guns. The plane – spy … Continue reading

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The Birth of the NHS

After a roadside picnic on the campaign trail in 1945 Winston Churchill turned to his aides and said, “I’m going to lose this. I have nothing to offer them.” He was right. The same man who took the lonely stance … Continue reading

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The Spy Who Won World War Two

World War Two often conjures up a variety of images in our minds. Perhaps cleanly shaven men dashing to their spitfires to defend Blighty in the Battle of Britain (Almost a third of whom were Polish incidentally). Or brave men … Continue reading

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Britain and India – A loving romance or a regrettable affair?

Part Two – Mutiny When told to bite the bullet you or I will allow our pride to take a minor bump and reluctantly do what we would rather not. But to Indian soldiers serving in the East India Company’s … Continue reading

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Britain and India – A loving romance or a regrettable affair?

Part One – Trade Post to Trade Monopoly Mary Tudor the child of a broken marriage and false promises grew up with a deep suspicion of Protestantism. During her reign she earned the regrettable ‘Bloody Mary’ moniker as hundreds of … Continue reading

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