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FOOTNOTE ‡: Are US Military Bases and Embassies American Soil?

14 July 2014
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American Empire

12 July 2014
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Secret Warriors by Taylor Downing

Secret Warriors: key scientists, code-breakers and propagandists of the Great War

7 July 2014 ,
Taylor Downing’s book promises much but in the end doesn’t quite deliver. It is packed full with stories about talented individuals whose inventions, innovations and improvements not only changed the way wars are fought but had a huge knock-on impact on civilian life too. The book has a welcome broad approach to what counts as […]
Kim Philby - by Tim Milne

Kim Philby: The Unknown Story of the KGB’s Master-Spy

14 June 2014 , ,
Tim Milne’s account of his life as a secret intelligence officer, including a colleague of Kim Philby, is perhaps best described as an interesting footnote. For anyone completely new to the story of Kim Philby’s MI6 career and treachery, Milne’s account does not fully cover the ground of the main events. But if you already […]
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The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for Europe

13 June 2014
Andrew Wheatcroft's history of the Great Siege of Vienna in 1683, The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for Europe, is a great account of one of the key moments of conflict between Christianity and Islam in Europe.
Brave New World: first edition cover

Aldous Huxley: When an author is just too successful

15 May 2014 , ,
I’m sure I must have read Brave New World years ago as there’s a copy on my bookshelf and I’m as likely to put an unread book on my shelves as I am to remove a book from my shelves and bin it. I trust my filing system over my memory.
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National Archives start storing government social media output

8 May 2014
The National Archives will begin to archive tweets and You Tube videos published by UK central government departments from their official Twitter and YouTube social media platforms.
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes - series 1

Whatever happened to the rivals of Sherlock Holmes?

6 May 2014 ,
I’ve recently finished watching The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, which was produced by Thames Television in the early 1970s, based on Hugh Greene’s edited compilation and featuring a series of other fictional detectives who were vying for readers at the same time as Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation. Although the acting, stage sets and “special effects” […]

Great footage from the 1969 Islington North by-election

21 April 2014 ,
Some things are rather different about elections in North Islington now compared with 1969, but as this report from the 1969 Islington North by-election shows – not everything. Note in particular the early reference to immigration and housing. Despite the less than flattering portrayal of levels of support for the Conservative candidate, he secured a […]

Was this the world’s first mobile phone?

20 April 2014
Found by a researcher in the Pathe vaults, this clip from 1922 shows that 90 years ago, mobile phone technology and music on the move was not only being thought of but being trialled.