Phil Mason’s book is stuffed full of Lots of bite-sized chunks of myth busting, covering the sorts of topics even people not really interested in history are likely to have heard of, such as how Harold didn’t actually get shot in the eye with an arrow at Hastings and how there was a very important but […]
“Tell me more about what the Liberal Democrats believe”. Whether it’s a possible new member, a potential council candidate or a new office volunteer asking, I’ve always found over the years that one of the trickier questions to answer. Not because of the inherent question, but rather because of the paucity of materials available to [...]
Take a wander down Prescot Street in the City of London and you find a fairly bland, unexceptional street. An interesting looking old church, a possibly promising pub and plenty of office architecture that could be from just about anywhere in the UK, as neat and tidy as it is without character. However, it is […]
Over in the Daily Telegraph, Professor Sarah Richardson has been writing about her discovery of some further evidence about women voting in British elections rather earlier than the simple history of female suffrage allows for: Occasionally, just occasionally, you encounter a document that radically changes your view of the past. This happened to me very […]
How IBM was going to help us tackle the paperwork explosion: “Machines should work. People should think.” (Also on YouTube here.)
Last month I popped over to Stamford for a quick look around a very picturesque place. It’s also an interesting example of the pros and cons of economic development, or more precisely missing out on it. For Stamford’s brief history is that of an initially successful and prosperous staging post on the road north out […]
From The Times via The Week...
There’s only thing that puzzles me about people who base their opposition to same-sex marriage on the idea that marriage is an institution which has been around for hundreds of years and whose basic elements must not be changed. It’s the question of what is so special and immutable about 1858 whilst 1856 is fine […]
A myth: Did Zhou Enlai or Mao Tse-tung say it was too early to tell what the impact of the French Revolution was?
In short: no. At greater length: it’s often said that either Zhou Enlai or Mao Tse-tung responded to a question about the impact of the French Revolution by saying it was too early to say. It’s a pervasive story as it’s a good one. It’s also an untrue one, as an interpreter present when this was […]