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Harold Wilson’s resignation statement

11 September 2014 ,
Harold Wilson resigns on the 16th March, after having served as Prime Minister 1964-70 and 1974-76
Labour Party leaflet Kingston 1945 - endorsements from Anthony Asquith (front)

Kingston Liberal says ‘Vote Labour': a leaflet from 1945

Anthony Asquith, son of Liberal Prime Minister H.H. Asquith, stunt double in Boadicea and respected film director, never quite fulfilled the promise of his talent.
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Do MPs speak too much?

21 August 2014
Blackwood’s Magazine (November 1833) decried the impact of the Great Reform Act on British politics, saying it had brought forth MPs who spent too much time giving speeches: The Reform Bill … has augmented two-fold that class of orators who spend their breath and not their money in securing their places [i.e. constituencies], and whose […]
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Humans Need Not Apply

19 August 2014
Watch the new fun (yet educational) video from CGP Grey, which includes a spot-on section about driverless cars and also gives a mention to the robots that are now writing news stories:   You can also watch this on YouTube.  
Tower of London poppies by Paul Cummins

A beautiful, moving poppy display at the Tower of London

15 August 2014 , ,
Paul Cummins's ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, installed to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, manages to be both accessible and meaningful.
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FOOTNOTE ‡: Are US Military Bases and Embassies American Soil?

14 July 2014
Watch the new fun (yet educational) video from CGP Grey:   You can also watch this on YouTube.  
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American Empire

12 July 2014
Watch the new fun (yet educational) video from CGP Grey:   You can also watch this on YouTube.  
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.