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Month: February 2020

King Alexander III of Scotland and his Midnight Ride

27th February 2020
Category: Scotland

King Alexander III of Scotland During my time writing this blog I have written about the deaths of a number of different monarchs. In the mini series on regicide we saw the cruel assassination of Edward II, the historical whodunnit with The Princes in the Tower, the euthanasia of King George V and the overthrowing […]

Gruesome Tragedy at the Smalls Lighthouse

23rd February 2020
Category: England

Lighthouse Keeping is an unusual profession I have held some strange jobs in my time. For much of my adolescence I was a professional snake milker. I am not ashamed to say that I, as many writers before me have, am not unknown to have worked on the various Emu farms scattered across the East […]

St Isidore of Seville: Patron Saint of the Internet

23rd February 2020
Category: Spain

St Isidore of Seville: The Patron Saint of the Internet Welcome to my fourth instalment about Patron Saints and their origins. We have looked at St. George & the Dragon, St. Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland and St. Drogo the Saint of unattractive people. Today we are going to look at a slightly more […]

St. Drogo of the Unattractive People

10th February 2020
Category: France

Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder In her 1878 book Molly Bawn, Margaret Wolfe Hungerford first coined the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.¬†Essentially she was saying that what constitutes beauty to one person, would be considered repulsive to another. Hungerford wasn’t the first to make this observation. Plato wrote […]

St. George and the Dragon

2nd February 2020
Category: England

St. George and the Dragon I find the small island nation that I was born upon a miracle. We have punched above our weight on issues ranging from politics, to ethics and science for the last 1000 years. We have a Royal Family that is a dynastic miracle. England has a History that is rich, […]

St. Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland

1st February 2020
Category: Northern Ireland

What is a Patron Saint? It is estimated that every 17th March, thirteen million pints of Guiness are drank world wide. Thirteen million! That is a huge amount! What is so special about the 17th March I hear you ask? Well, this is St. Patrick’s day, so called to mark the day the real St. […]

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