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Earl Sigurd the Mighty

The Orkney Islands Off the Northernmost tip of Scotland lies the beautiful Orkney Islands. This cluster of rocky land masses are awe inspiring. Whilst they are beautiful, they are also rugged. The weather can turn on the cusp of a penny this far North and the waves have proven fatal to more than one sailor […]

Gavrilo Princip: One man who changed History

The village of Obljaj On the border Croatia shares with Bosnia & Herzegovina nestles a small village called Obljaj (Pronounced “Ob-lee-aj” if you were wondering). It is a pretty little village. Home to around two and a half thousand residents, it is quaint. The houses are constructed from a mixture of stone and locally felled […]

Francis Drake and the Elizabethan Period

Francis Drake and the Elizabethan Period Queen Elizabeth I is one of the rare monarchs who’s very persona defines an era. The period between 1558 – 1603 is known as the Elizabethan age and is considered to be a renaissance for England, defined by reforms in education, writers such as William Shakespeare and swashbuckling pirates […]

The Great fire of London and the Butterfly Effect

The Great fire of London The city of London, that has stood for almost two thousand years, was brought to its knees in 1666 during The Great fire of London. The city was nearly completely destroyed. The fire ravaged 436 acres of the capital city. It destroyed over 13,000 houses and dwellings. It caused the […]

Ghosts of the London Underground

The London Underground Every day the trains running under England’s capital city transport approximately five million passengers across the nation’s metropolis. The London Underground consists of 402 kilometres and 270 stations. It was built under King Edward VII’s reign in 1863 and has consistently evolved, developed and expanded every decade hereafter. To some it is […]

Berlin, a city steeped in History

Berlin, a city steeped in History Berlin is an amazing city for History enthusiasts. Around every corner the architecture changes and reflects another period of this amazing city. Although this is the case in other cities I have visited, I have never seen it to quite such an extent. One moment you are waking through […]

The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall Perhaps what I find most shocking about The Berlin Wall, is how recently it was in operation. The city of Berlin, divided in two by this concrete structure, represented the front line in the cold war between two different ideologies. On the Eastern side was the communist powers known as the Soviet […]

The Christmas Day Truce defines Humanity

The Christmas Day Truce defines Humanity There are moments in History that are said to define us as a species and echo through even to modern day. All too often people draw upon the darker pages of the past to demonstrate how we are still beasts. The blood thirsty roar from the crowds in the […]

Alexander of Greece: The hopeless Randomness of it all

Alexander of Greece and the hopeless Randomness of it all Humans cannot help but look for meaning in everything around us. We have evolved to search out patterns in people and events and from this arbitrarily we derive meaning. We like to feel that we understand the why in the world around us. Actions lead […]

The city of Lichfield and its magnificent Cathedral

The City of Lichfield The small city of Lichfield is delightful. Home to just over 30,000 residents and spanning fourteen square kilometres, the city is nothing if not quaint. Visitors to the city should enjoy the small boutique shops, the local produce in cafes and the charming market stalls. Of course, no visit would be […]