Category Archive: Research

Jun 08

The First Selfie

Whole generations have grown up knowing little of the Shroud of Turin and its remarkable image. I hope this film can go some way to put right the manifest injustice that cast it into obscurity and others may now have chance to contemplate the genuine mystery it represents and the questions it asks. If this …

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Today in History

Some good “brain gym”, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much smarter you will become if you make a daily habit of reading this! Join our Happy Band of Time Travellers and do your own “research!” ;A useful tip for those who wish to enhance their historical knowledge with a bit of personal research…… …

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Aug 14

Battle Mosaic Ancient to Modern

Hover your mouse over the individual pictures for information about each battle.

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May 23

Mystery of 200-year-old British soldier found in the dunes of Holland

The 200-year-old body of a British Coldstream Guards soldier was found in sand dunes in the Netherlands. Who was he? For more than two centuries, the remains of a soldier lay undisturbed on a windy beach in the northern Netherlands. But in March 2011, birdwatchers discovered bones and metal artefacts among sand-dunes that had once …

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Oct 26

Getting into the Laager

Article published here by kind permission of  author Robin LamploughAnyone who has done even a little reading about the British army’s tank corps during the Second World War will be aware that, while awaiting action or further direction, armoured vehicles were often drawn up in a defensive circle called a ‘laager’.  South Africans well-read in …

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Sep 15

Sir Sydney Camm 1893-1966

By Mark Norman Sir Sydney Camm, CBE, FRAeS was an English aeronautical engineer who contributed to many Hawker aircraft designs, from the biplanes of the 1920s to jet fighters. One particularly notable aircraft he designed is the Hawker Hurricane fighter.  Wikipedia 

Aug 06

The Anthropocene and the Noosphere – “Big History”

In 2008, a group of 21 scientists at the Geological Society of London concluded that the planet was no longer in the Holocene epoch. The 12,000-year inter-glacial period in which humans have flourished is over. We are now living in a new epoch—they called it the Anthropocene—a period characterized by a human-dominated environment. The term has caught …

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Apr 22

First ‘Englishman’ to use a Handkerchief?

MY COMPENDIUM OF FASCINATING HISTORICAL IRRELEVANCIES – 2 Robin Lamplough Who would you describe as “the historian’s historian”? My money would be on the late Barbara W. Tuchman, who first achieved professional recognition with The Zimmerman Telegram in 1958 and won a first of two Pulitzer Prizes for The Guns of August (1962). But apart from …

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Nov 19

The Ossewa: Triumph of cross cultural interaction

by Robin Lamplough For many South Africans, the ox-wagon is the quintessential symbol of European influence and power: the mainstay of the Great Trek and the primary channel of the economic development which flowed from the discovery of precious minerals in the interior.  Closer examination, however, suggests that this view is incomplete.

Jun 06

Theology, Politics & Literature at Hampton Court

THEOLOGY, POLITICS AND LITERATURE AT HAMPTON COURT A New Book about the King James’s Bible  Review of a new book about the King James Bible by Robin Lamplough The quatercentenary, or 400th anniversary of the publication of the Authorized or King James version of the Bible in 1611 has been marked in a variety of …

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