Happy Regicide Day?

The Saturday just passed was the anniversary of a historical event whose impact continues to resonate today, but most people in 21st-century Britain probably don’t know the significance of the date, and of those that do not all would consider if an anniversary worth celebrating. On 30 January 1649 (or 1648 as it would have... Continue Reading →

Remember, remember 17 November …

Over the last couple of weeks many of you will have heard and seen fireworks flying into the air, lighting up the skies as the nights draw in.  For many people in 21st-century Britain (or at least England) going to firework displays and eating sweets while huddling round bonfires are enjoyable and rather benign activities... Continue Reading →

Watching Battlestar Galactica in a pandemic

[This blog does not contain plot spoilers, but does mention themes and incidents in the story.] During lockdown, many of us are watching more TV, and the BBC are doing a great public service by putting lots of boxsets on iPlayer. Unexpectedly, they acquired the classic American science fiction blockbuster Battlestar Galactica, broadcasting the first... Continue Reading →

Remembering All Those We Have Lost

Today is All Souls Day, also known in Latin America as El Dia de los Muertosor the Day of the Dead. It is the final day of a series of celebrations, starting with Halloween (All Hallows Evening, 31st October) and All Hallows (or All Saints) Day (1st November). Each date has a complex history of... Continue Reading →

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