Jacob discusses FIFA's endless love affair with dictators and despotic regimes.
The Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland had long stood under Scandinavian control - Until a marriage arrangement brought them under the rule of the Scottish crown in 1472.
A rather morbid topic today, however one that struck me as a pet owner and shows the desperation of families and pet owners during the Second World War. At the outbreak of war, naturally, Britain was in a state of shock and hysteria; the uncertainty of another major European conflict hung over the heads of... Continue Reading →
When Japan launched its devastating attack on Pearl Harbour, the United States - and indeed the world - entered a state of shock. America was on its knees, shaken and disturbed by such a callous act of violence. When the dust began to settle and America geared up for war, however, attention turned toward the... Continue Reading →
On This Day, 1945: Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz, freeing thousands of malnourished prisoners and exposing to the world a myriad of horrors. The Soviets had been pressing deeper into Poland throughout January of 1945, and upon reaching Auschwitz, troops encountered a truly horrific scene. In the days preceding their arrival, the Gestapo began systematically destroying... Continue Reading →
Burns Night is a great tradition in Scotland. Every year on the day of his birth, families across Scotland - and the world - sit down to a big plate of Haggis, neeps & tatties. (That's Haggis, turnip & potatoes) Celebrating Robert Burns and his work, for me, typifies Scotland's love affair with language and... Continue Reading →
On This Day, 1066: Harold Godwinson is crowned Harold II, King of England following the death of Edward The Confessor. This would prove to be a interesting year in British history, and one that would end in a dynastic change and new future for England. Upon ascending to the throne, Harold II would have many... Continue Reading →
With the fate of England resting on his shoulders, Sir Francis Drake rose to the challenge of the 'invincible' Spanish Armada
The Battle of Brávellir or the Battle of Bråvalla was a legendary battle that is described in the sagas as taking place on the Brávellir between Sigurd Hring, king of Sweden and the Geats of Västergötland, and his uncle Harald Wartooth, king of Denmark and the Geats of Östergötland. This battle is said to have […]... Continue Reading →