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The Fear Of Displacement

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End-of-days rhetoric has dominated the nation’s talks on the recent lifting of sanctions on movement of Romanians and Bulgarians across the EU. Tabloids and their online counterparts, in the run up to New Year’s Day…

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Station Life In New Zealand

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Don’t be misled by the tightly pulled hair and the unsmiling visage of Lady Mary Anne Barker. Beneath that demure Victorian façade beat a heart as wild and courageous as any Rider Haggard hero. Lady…

Horrid Historical Hangover Cures

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We’ve all been there. Splitting headaches, hot flushes, shaking nausea and the lack of ability to function as a normal person. All wonderful hallmarks of a stinking hangover! Nowadays, we see out these dark moments…

Tweets from beyond the grave

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This is a story about how one historian’s research has brought a 16-year-old girl’s diary back to life…exactly one hundred years to the day since it was first written. Twitter might fulfil many functions, but…

Who Was Gordon Bennett?

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We’ve all said it – or heard it – but who exactly was Gordon Bennett and why does a small corner of Ireland remember his name so well? James Gordon Bennett was an American millionaire, owner of…

THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF COSMETIC SURGERY

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The Daily Mail recently ran an article regarding the increasing number of people who were hoping for a surgical gift last Christmas. Reports showed a dramatic 35% increase in requests for cosmetic procedures in New York alone….

Fit For a King: Our Top British 10 Castles

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If you follow us on Twitter, then you will be well aware of our obsession with castles (we even coined #CastleOfTheWeek). Standing as shining symbols of strength, wealth and status; castles were the strongholds that once held the powers of…

Georgiana Cavendish: At the Dukes Pleasure (Pt 1)

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Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire between 1774 – 1806, is one of history’s most complicated and fascinating characters. Beautiful, intelligent and charismatic, she quickly became the 18th century equivalent of today’s ‘It Girl.’ Despite her widespread…

London: Off The Beaten Track

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It was my birthday recently, and as I had taken Annabelle on a historical tour of Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick for hers, she decided to take me out for a surprise ‘day of revelry’ in the…

WW2 Propaganda. What It Really Meant!

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World War II propaganda posters were essentially used as advertisement to inspire, persuade and educate the people of their country during the war. Equipped with suggestive and educational values, these posters were advertisement gold. Whether it…

Margaret Beaufort: The Red Queen

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In The White Queen TV series, Margaret Beaufort is an overly religious zealot who hates her mother, loves Jasper Tudor, and was obsessed with her son. The real Margaret Beaufort was close to her mother, happiest with…