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Empires and Spheres of Influence

“The War demonstrated to the world, including ourselves, that the British Empire was not an abstraction but a living force to be reckoned with.” David Lloyd George, 1921… 1,572 more words

British Empire

Suez and the end of empire

As a reminder

The Suez crisis is often portrayed as Britain’s last fling of the imperial dice. In 1956, the globe was indeed still circled by British possessions and dependencies, from the Caribbean in the west to Singapore, Malaya and Hong Kong in the east… 8 more words


Deep in the Jungle

Early January, 187-


It’s only now that I realise that Christmas has passed, that it must be the New Year, now, born into such confused times as these. 1,618 more words

Mauve Prose

"rinds stuck to a pan" - Haiku and a Short Note on Marmalade - Crosse and Blackwell

rinds stuck to a pan,
sweet, bitter, burnt; the taste of
the new marmalade

The marmalade that evoked my memory of citrus rinds or “chips” stuck to the bottom of a pan is from… 388 more words


When I travel it feels like my life is picking up speed again. At last my LIFE is moving

“When I travel it feels like my life is picking up speed again. At last, my LIFE is moving. Only when the train or plane starts accelerating away do I feel my life is moving again, and no longer stagnating. 193 more words

Vikings: hearts of darkness?

The tidal current runs to and fro […] crowded with memories of men and ships it had borne to the rest of home or to the battles of the sea.

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Britain and India – A loving romance or a regrettable affair?

Part Two – Mutiny

When told to bite the bullet you or I will allow our pride to take a minor bump and reluctantly do what we would rather not. 1,126 more words