Monthly Archives: May 2014

In Coal Blood

Reading the following story, I couldn’t help thinking of the Turkish government’s “Hey, shit happens, what’s all the fuss about?” response to the death of several hundred humans in the recent mine disaster: In 1767, the Newcastle Journal announced that … Continue reading

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Excerpt-O-Rama

Well, I have been devoting myself to non-blog writing recently, but I have read some good books, and thought I would at least share excerpts so that you can get a taste and see whether you’d like them. Here goes… … Continue reading

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No Fair! He Started It!

Reading Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers, about the origins of World War I, has reminded me how depressingly slow we are to re-assess our opinions in the light of new information.   As a kid, I viewed World War I essentially as … Continue reading

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