Thoughts on Armistice Day

As it is the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day, I thought it would be apt to post some of the finest examples of war poetry. In school, learning of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon et al was a harrowing yet rewarding experience. In later life I studied journalism at Edinburgh Napier University, and in the Craiglockhart... Continue Reading →

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The Night of Broken Glass

On November 9th 1938, Europe bore witness to some of the most callous acts of discriminatory violence in modern history; Violence and destruction that acts as a glimpse into the horror that would follow across Europe. 'Kristallnacht' or 'Night of Broken Glass' is an event in pre-war Nazi Germany that heralds the beginning of a... Continue Reading →

The Execution of Marie-Antoinette

A brisk October morning on the Place de la Révolution, Paris. Crowds are gathering for today's spectacle, an event they have grown accustomed to in such tumultuous times. Before their eyes they will witness another bloody act of revolution and retribution; The execution of Queen Marie-Antoinette. Nine months following the execution of her husband, King... Continue Reading →

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