Tag Archives: British Empire

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 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 Gin and Tonic

Look at the picture above. Now actually look at it and note at least three details. I imagine you have picked up the lady with the open sores of syphilis dropping her baby, the man who could be dead or … 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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