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LOCKDOWN 1666

Eyam 1665/6 The village of Eyam in Derbyshire, led by its vicar, Rev William Mompesson, self isolated to contain the plague within the...

Seamus Heaney Quote

A number of you, following last week's lecture for JW3, asked me to put up the quote I used. So here it is, taken from Seamus Heaney's ...

JEWS WHO FOUGHT FOR HITLER

Leslie, one of the students who followed my lecture on 'The Baltic and World War Two' for JW3 yesterday, reminds me that I didn't mention...

Answer to Graph question

Many thanks to whoever replied to me with their considered academic response and answer. Just click on ‘comment’ below my original blog...

Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics AND GRAPHS

I have been learning from my son this morning about logarithmic scales which COBR are using in constructing the graphs used at Government...

NEW BOOKLISTS

We are all learning new ways of doing things. My technical adviser, aka my son, Jonathan, decided that the book slot on the blog wasn't...

Booklist

Six Minutes in May - Nicholas Shakespeare [Churchill's assumption of power] Cabinet's Finest Hour - David Owen [Former Foreign Secretary...

Black Death 1348/49

In an earlier blog I made mention of The Black Death, and, in that connection, the work of the American historian and biologist, Walter...

Quis custodiet, ipsos custodes ?

Who guards the guardians? or, who watches the watchers? A quotation from the Roman author Juvenal writing in the early second century CE....

Kites, Cranes & Storks

Following on from my first blog about Poitou Donkeys and Pyrennean Mountain Dogs, I am now turning to three birds and their rewilding...

Ghent and England

Many of you, like my wife and I, will have visited the lovely Belgian city of Ghent. It has a long historical association with England....

Tournai

A visit to this Flemish town in Belgium revealed its links with our own history. The Cathedral’s Treasury houses a marvellous survival...

Unforeseen Consequences of The Pandemic

* Important things first! Re-aligning of football's finances. * Acceleration of the replacement of cash in daily transactions. *...

Myths Exploded

Warning: For those of you who may not know me, I never expect you to agree with my opinions. Adult Education is all about challenging...

Latvia

As we cannot go on holidays for the foreseeable future, we can nevertheless look back on those we have enjoyed. A few years ago my wife...

Rewilding, Wolves, and Donkeys

Down here in deepest Sussex, one of the most interesting and important rewilding schemes has been established on The Knepp Estate...