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Going for Gold

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In the mid-1850s, thousands of hopeful and often desperate people signed up for seasickness, squalor, and hardship for the chance of a new life. Thanks to the Australian and American Gold Rushes, emigration was touted…

Jane Austen – All At Sea

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Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park was published 200 years ago, in May 1814. It contains a good deal about the Royal Navy, as does Persuasion, which was published soon after her death. Roy and Lesley Adkins are authors of Eavesdropping on…

The Cutting Edge of History

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When one hears the term ‘Martial Arts’, a number of images leap into the mind. They can range from a headband-clad Carl Douglas on Top of the Pops (circa 1974), a blood-scratched Bruce Lee with…

The Museum of Witchcraft

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When I was 10 years old, we visited a small fishing village called Boscastle, that would later become ‘famous’ for the devastating floods of 2004. At this time it was known only as a windy,…