Category Archives: History

Will they stay or will they go?

I spent a week in Scotland recently. While there, I learnt a lot of things. Some of them are mildly interesting: If I lived there, I’d be a lot fitter. There are a lot more hills to cycle up than … Continue reading

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When History Begins

At what point does the present, as it slips away to the past, become worthy of the title History? A month, a year, a decade? Is the Financial crisis history yet, or is it just a recent event? The George … Continue reading

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Victoria Reviewed

I’ve long been a fan of the historical novel, particularly when it’s closely based on reality. There’s usually some new angle of a person’s impact on history, which I nearly always find interesting. I tend to go through periods of … Continue reading

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The Great Camping Trip of 1838

It’s a joy to see that my children (and especially my daughter) are fitting in to life in England pretty well. But occasionally, something comes up that gives me a twinge of guilt. There we were, in the Ambassador theatre, … Continue reading

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Modern Reminiscences

Do you have a computer game that you played when you were a kid, that you still think back to every now and then? Perhaps something that you really struggled though, but eventually beat, giving you a sense of great … Continue reading

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Slow on the Water

Canals are not something one immediately associates with South Africa. There’s only a couple that I’m aware of – one leading from the V&A Waterfront to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, and a few hundred yards around Canal Walk … Continue reading

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When Architecture Starts to Wobble…

It’s two weeks now since we went to Devon, and stayed in Dawlish for the weekend. But the house we stayed at has been on my mind ever since. Well, often enough that I would remark on it. It also … Continue reading

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