At the Going Down of the Sun, and in the Morning ….

... we will remember them. On Sunday 11 November 2018 I joined 9,999 other people from across the UK to walk past the Cenotaph in the Nation’s Thank You procession.  You can see a video of the Nation’s Thank You procession, and some photos, here on this page of the armistice 100 website.  I was thrilled to have … Continue reading At the Going Down of the Sun, and in the Morning ….

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 52 – The Last Month of War

A look at the major events in the conflict during November 1918: November 1st The Battle of Valenciennes is launched by the British Army to advance to the French-Belgian border and the city of Valenciennes. The offensive lasts two days and results in the recapture of the city. November 2nd British cargo ships SS Surada … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 52 – The Last Month of War

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 51 – They Shall Not Grow Old

There have been thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of different remembrance projects being carried out over the four years of the centenary of the “war to end all wars” of which my little blog posts are the smallest of small parts. “They Shall Not Grow Old” - the film project co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 51 – They Shall Not Grow Old

A Poem for National Poetry Day

Not one of my own but a favourite I have not shared before: The Garden by Moonlight BY AMY LOWELL A black cat among roses,  Phlox, lilac-misted under a first-quarter moon,  The sweet smells of heliotrope and night-scented stock.  The garden is very still, It is dazed with moonlight,  Contented with perfume,  Dreaming the opium dreams … Continue reading A Poem for National Poetry Day

Walking the Day Away

As the sun came out I decided that Alban Elfed would be a good day to go for my first walk in the woods since Marmite died. It was a little bitter sweet but I definitely needed the fresh air and to see the start of the changing of the season for myself. Now for … Continue reading Walking the Day Away

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 50 – Smile, Smile, Smile

Wilfred Owen is probably the best know of the WWI poets and his death, which occurred during the Allied attempt to retake the Sambre-Oise Canal just 8 days before the armistice was signed has come to symbolise the dreadful waste of war. Owen wrote the majority of his poems between August 1917 and September 1918. … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 50 – Smile, Smile, Smile

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 49 – Unknown Soldier

This is not a post about the unidentified soldier buried in Westminster Abbey on 11 November 1920. Instead it is about a man who survived the war and whose words were lost for almost a century only to be found in an attic in Hertfordshire in 2017. Allick Ellis - who was born in Norfolk … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 49 – Unknown Soldier

Thank You, David: One ugly woman’s message to David Starkey

A most excellent response to David Starkey’s appalling comments about ugly female historians:

F Yeah History

This week historian David Starkey, was quoted as saying: ‘

The only chance I have of being on TV again is if I were very ugly. I think only old, ugly women can get on TV. Like Mary Beard,

What a delight!

But it may come as a surprise to many (who have probably heard a few of my feminist rants or seen me light up your tellybox briefly, championing the women’s suffrage movement) to hear that I owe David Starkey, historian and broadcaster, a great debt.

He has been my teacher for many a year, and in the last couple of days I’ve found out that I keep learning valuable lessons from him.

So where to begin? We might as well start with a thirteen-year-old girl, who loved history, and had grown out of Horrible Histories. I found Starkey’s biography on Elizabeth I on a bookshelf…

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