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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A History of British Immigration

In a week when immigration again hits our front pages, let’s take a look at centuries of immigrants from the Romans to the Roma. Indeed, the name Britannia was dictated to the innocent peoples of these isles by a relatively … Continue reading

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Ian Paisley – A Lost Opportunity

There is an old joke that as planes landed in Belfast during the troubles the pilot would remind you to set your watches back 500 years to the local time. It is somewhat tempting to picture Ian Paisley during the … Continue reading

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The Peterloo Massacre

The rotten borough of Dunwich gained notoriety in Blackadder the Third when it’s most notable voters were, “a dachshund named Colin and a hen in it’s late forties.” In the early 1800s the borough was practically under the sea and … Continue reading

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