Safeguarding the liberties – and rights – of people is something we almost take for granted in the Western World; though at times some feel it’s a tenuous mirage. But back in the good old medieval days, the head honcho of the realm, aka the monarch, often thought differently. Even before King John begrudgingly stamped…

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Water pump with bucket

It’s the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth on 24th May, 1819. An intriguing monarch whose influence on society is still strongly felt even now. Hers was an era of extraordinary advancement industrially and scientifically, and inquisitive pioneers whose determination to think outside norms sowed the seeds for many of the great inventions we enjoy today.…

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Shakespeares birthplace, Stratford Upon Avon

You’ll no doubt have seen the fabulous meme doing the rounds at the moment suggesting that when Shakespeare was quarantined he wrote King Lear. It’s a wonderfully positive message to us all that being in lockdown can be a constructive time, even if it’s not one hundred percent concurred as fact by scholars. Still, bearing…

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Hearts… flowers… Cupid… Valentine’s Day is so much a part of our culture little thought is given to from whence it actually came. We take for granted that it’s to do with love, and that St Valentine would have been into chocolate if he’d known about it. But as is often the case with very…

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Rockefeller Centre Plaque

Success, incredible wealth, and philanthropy… counterbalanced by ruthless commercial practices and monopoly. All words appropriately associated with the oil magnate that was John D. Rockefeller. But if questionable collusion and predatory pricing tarred his empire for many years, his extraordinary benevolence coats it too. He was a man of opposites and his legacy still impacts…

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Abdication of Edward VIII

11th December, 1936, King Edward VIII officially abdicated. 12th December he announced this to the nation via broadcast on the radio, and the next day his younger brother was proclaimed king. Loyalty vs love Edward was the first English monarch to abdicate voluntarily. And yes, his decision was significant then and still is now, despite…

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Bonfire night

Everyone’s heard of Guy Fawkes. Let’s face it, we’ve all chanted, “Penny for the Guy…” and watched fireworks popping in the sky because of him. However, what many people forget is that he wasn’t the only person involved in the Gunpowder Plot. Far from it! In fact, the real mastermind behind the conspiracy was a…

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