Historic Happenings

Swimming Statues

On 7th June, during protests against police brutality following the murder of George Floyd, a statue of Edward Colston in Bristol was toppled, rolled through the city and dumped in Bristol Harbour. It has provoked a number of opinions. There is a lot to unpack with this. There are many issues surrounding the Black Lives …

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Wild Adventures

First Solo Bivvy

As much as I love curling up with a good book, getting outside and being able to put myself in the footsteps of history is one of the great things about living in the UK- it’s all so close. Getting outside, away from computers and other people, is also something I find necessary to do …

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Uncategorized Wild History

A Wild History of Mouthwash

Hygiene is important, especially during global pandemics; right now all the memes and government advice bulletins are focused on hand washing but if I see one more version of the 20 seconds hand wash poster or video of kids poking bowls of wet pepper I’m going to go full Lady Macbeth. So rather than jump …

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Wild Women

Wild Woman: Mary Seacole

Portrait of Mary Seacole

I’ll be honest with you, this entire enterprise was in inspired (in part) by ComedyCentral’s Drunk History. History can be funny, irreverent, full of swears, and still (generally) accurate. It can be enough to give an overview, and maybe inspire someone to look further. So that’s what I did. I’ll be honest with you, this …

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What’s in a name?

I grew up in an area called Waterloo, near Liverpool. Lovely place. Seaside town, plenty of parks, a fabulous community cinema. The kind of place that has been absorbed into the suburban sprawl of Liverpool without much difficulty. Since 2007 it has been the home of Another Place by Antony Gormley. I still think of …

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My Manifesto

History is a vast early warning system Norman Cousins. What is a manifesto? A public declaration of policy and aims. [1] Does a blog need one? Probably not. But you know how in school your teachers would tell you to make sure you answer the question that’s being asked not just write stuff because you …

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