Tag Archive: History

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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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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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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Jun 05

Most analysed artifact in history

Hiding in plain sight?

“It is either the most awesome and instructive relic of Christ in existence or it is one of the most ingenious, most unbelievably clever products of the human mind and hand on record.

It is either one or the other, there is no middle ground.”—Historian John Walsh

Jul 14

Authors

Mark Norman Mark Norman styles himself as a part-time, amateur historian who spends his working days in the “murky depths of insurance claims” He started his insurance career in 1976, in Durban, with one of the country’s leading short term insurers. In 1981 he joined a prominent loss adjusting firm and was deployed in various …

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