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Great photo of the White House press corps, moments after being told of Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Robert Harris's fictional account of the Captain Dreyfus Affair sticks closely to actual events and greatly entertains.
Watch the new, fun, yet educational, video from CGP Grey: You can also watch this on YouTube.
A trio of dictionaries of political quotations for your delectation: Liberal, Conservative and Labour
As I’ve had a small role in updating it, no surprises perhaps that I heartily recommend the new edition of the Dictionary of Liberal Quotations. What surprised me taking a look at the two companion volumes, the Dictionary of Labour Quotations and (you guessed it) the Dictionary of Conservative Quotations, is how many of the […]
I’d previously skipped blogging numbers 1, 2 and 3 in my list of interesting facts about paperclips. So for anyone unlucky enough to have missed out hearing them from me in person, here’s a chance to fill in on number 2 courtesy of Gizmodo (which also contains a big hint as to what number 1 […]
Something I’ve been helping Duncan Brack and others update over the summer: Now contains a quote about cockroaches. I think you can guess who said it… The Dictionary of Liberal Quotations, edited by Duncan Brack, is available for pre-order here.
William Thomas Stead was not only Britain’s first investigative journalist, he also epitomised the profession’s strengths and dark side within his own career. He was at times brilliant, unearthing horrors and using the power of publicity to secure reform, and at times appalling, bending the truth and ruining people’s lives as he abandoned accuracy for […]
Idiosyncratic and individualistic though particular defections and defectors may be, the patterns made by aggregating their personal political paths often illuminate wider political trends. Alun Wyburn-Powell has therefore done other historians a great service by systematically documenting the defections of serving and former MPs to and from the Liberal Party and its successors in the […]
Another fun history movie from CGP Grey, although of course where it says "for no particular reason at all", you can read "because Lynne Featherstone had taken up the issue".
Failure to wear socks is just one of the fantastically bizarre range of claims made about British law which are examined and, mostly, debunked in the Law Commission’s Legal Oddities document. Many, such as the socks, are not so well-known. A few, such as the legality of dying in Parliament, are widespread myths. Read and […]