Monthly Archives: December 2014

5000 Spirits of a village, or the Layers of The Onion

Not a 100 yards from where I write this, in this sleepiest of sleepy Suffolk villages, a murder has been committed. The local paper, the East Anglian Daily Times, to which I am ever grateful for being a newspaper of … Continue reading

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Wrapped up for Christmas, 1814

Treaty of Ghent, you say? Never heard of it? Probably because it concluded a pointless war that neither side really wished for and was subsequently ignored in European accounts of world history. Continue reading

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‘The air of cities is less pure — more people breathe it’

Glancing through my Little Cyclop√¶dia of Common Things, I have to acknowledge once again it’s the small stuff of history that gets forgotten. The Little Cyclop√¶dia is not so little, by the way, stretching to nearly 700 pages. Mine is … Continue reading

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How to get attention; name your war after body parts

It’s an anniversary of sorts. It’s 200 years since the end of a war with a dull name and seven more years since the death that may have started it. The death was that of British Royal Navy sailor Jenkin … Continue reading

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The night the Pope stole a baby

Child abduction is a terrible heart wrenching crime, pure and simple. You let the child out of sight for a second and your baby never comes back. At least one thing’s for sure. At home — right there in front … Continue reading

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