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 →
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 →
When we think of the pioneering figures of the Space Race, the names Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin spring to mind. There is no denying their place in the annals of 20th century history, however they were not the first living creatures to venture into the dark expanse of space. This title falls... Continue Reading →
Delving into the outright bizarre today, we will be looking at the Dancing Plague of 1518. Arguably one of the strangest events in European history, to this day the exact cause of the plague and the symptoms its victims exhibited is still up for debate. When one thinks of the great European plagues we imagine... Continue Reading →
On This Day, October 17th 1346, Scottish and English forces met in battle outside Durham. The Battle of Neville's Cross is a pivotal moment in 14th century British history, as it results in the capture of King David II, a defeat for the Scots, but ultimately a long term victory for Scottish independence. Embroiled deep... Continue Reading →
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 →
October 4th, 1957: The dawn of the Space Age. The Soviet Union launches its first satellite, Sputnik, into orbit.