Category: History

Poppies at the Tower of London - 2014. 1

Whether ‘Tis April or November…Just Remember.

“Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead! There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old, But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold. These laid the world away; poured out...

UN Security Council Chamber - Not exactly a table but more a long curved desk. 0

A Seat at the Table

The United Nations was formed under charter in 1945 and it’s Security Council took its first session a year later. The United Nations as a whole was formed in response to the inadequacies of...

The Ramones - They all had the same surname...but they weren't brothers. 0

The Year Punk Broke

I’ll get straight to the year in question. It was 1991 and according to the title above quoting a rockumentary film of the same name, this series of European concerts by a group of...

Pan Am - edit 0

The Death of an Airline

510 Passengers, 27 crew, 600 million worth of hardware and thousands of paying customers. That is what Malaysia Airlines have lost since March. In terms of losses for a single airline there is little...

Only say it if you mean it. 0

Mayday Mayday Mayday

This is not a distress call. I am not in distress. I’ve been told that saying these words falsely over the airwaves is a federal crime in the U.S. and can result in a...

Stevie G... The best premiership player never to have won a League title? 0

The Real Reds

If you do not like sport, please avert your eyes… In The Rugby Blanket I wrote about the ending of a ‘quarter of a century’ long curse. But that’s not exactly right. It was...

Break out the Cow Shorts, the Big Day Out is in town! 0

The Big Day Out Returns…Again

In January 1994 I embarked on an outing with a group of friends. I don’t think any of us knew what we were in for on that day. We knew we were going to...

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) 0

Asimbonanga

I’ve never felt that growing up in New Zealand distanced me from affairs of an international nature. When the Apartheid-era was near an end and Nelson  Mandela still imprisoned, the political system in South...

My computer is haunted! 1

The Ghost in the Machine

I once dissed Neil Gaiman, a hero of mine, for talking about his hardware on his blog. From memory he left a Macbook Air on the plane. It’s a tragic tale of woe indeed....

U2 - Only two US number one singles. 0

Knocking The Bastard Off

We did it! We knocked the bastard off! Not me. Not you. But ‘We’. Not ‘We’ the royal We but ‘We’ the unified national take any credit where we can get it We. What...