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W is for War of the Worlds

Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. 174 more words

Book Review

Quote of the Week #6: Elizabeth II Quotes fit for a Queen


Queen Elizabeth II, the British Commonwealth’s longest-serving monarch, turned 90 last week. Elizabeth has served as a figurehead for a plethora of the world’s people now for over 60 years, a symbol of solidarity in war, a symbol of tradition and the torch-bearer of an 800 year legacy.   289 more words

Quote Of The Week

"FLASHMAN" (1969) Book Review

“FLASHMAN” (1969) Book Review

Forty-one years ago, an old literary character was re-introduced to many readers, thanks to a former Scottish journalist named George MacDonald Fraser. 1,638 more words


Les Blancs

I have been fascinated by the history of the end of Empire and have read widely around this subject and sought out films that tread the same ground but I haven’t seen many plays where the conflict between colonial powers and the rise of national identity are explored. 295 more words


Masculinity in the Making: Exploring Manhood within the Continental Army

By Rachel Engl

The Colo Observing that the open and Abominable practice of Drunkness prevails in his Regt without the least Shame or Restraint to the Prejudice of Good order and Discipline he hereby Strictly forbids any Liquer to be Sold in the Hutts Belonging to the Regt.[1]

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American Revolution


Twixt birthing night and withering day

a fire blue fleeting fugitive sundown

free spirit’s very own circadian pageant

a fanciful canvass upon heavenly cupola

showcasing those everlasting sparkling stars… 223 more words

Gerry Adams: "Micheál Martin could play a leadership role in the necessary process of making Irish unity a reality"

by Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams from his Léargas blog

Micheál Martin is a man with a mission. To trample on the politics of those whose roots are in the radical republican tradition of Tone and Emmet and Pearse and Connolly and to rewrite Irish history in the image of a so-called constitutionalist revisionist republican narrative. 1,326 more words