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October 17, 1916 – Eloquence of the common man campaigning for the articulate WW1 common soldier

We’ve all heard of the literary greats who have written about the First World War: poet Wilfred Owen’ s Dulce et Decorum, Michael Morpugo and his… 978 more words

My A-Z of reading: A is for Atlas

Some of my readers may have realised I have a long-standing fascination with maps. I remember asking for, and receiving, an atlas for Christmas when I was seven or eight: that’s what comes from hearing about all sorts of faraway and fascinating places from a well-travelled dad (though not all the places were visited freely, thanks to Stalin, but that’s a different story); it was replaced with a larger one a few years later, and then when I was feeling flush, with the full-on, full-size Times Comprehensive Atlas, and I’m now on my second one of those… 656 more words

Rambling About Reading

October 10, 1916 – Light fighting on the streets of Market Harborough

I hate queuing up at airport security and removing my belt and shoes for what seems to be an unnecessary precaution designed to keep people in a job. 865 more words

September 19, 1916 – Duke’s surprisingly accurate prophecy of how long the war will last

A remarkably prescient prediction of how long the war would last was recorded in the September 19, 1916, edition of the Market Harborough Advertiser. 522 more words

September 12, 1916 – The First World War version of online dating

Tinder, Ashley Madison, dating apps galore – we think meeting your perfect partner on the internet is a modern phenomenon.

Yes, the platform is relatively new but adverts for ‘lonely hearts’ were around a hundred years ago with the September 12, 1916, edition of the… 451 more words

David Jones: In Parenthesis

There was a documentary about Jones and his poem on television a few weeks ago: I was very surprised, as a teacher who’d taught First World War literature for many years, not to have heard of the poet or the work. 274 more words

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August 29, 1916 – celebrity journalism is no modern-day phenomenon

News of a shoulder injury to legendary hero Edgar Mobbs dominates the August 29, 1916, edition of the Market Harborough Advertiser.

The former Northampton Saints and England rugby star was the rallying point at the beginning of the war for many Harborough area men who enlisted into the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment – or Mobbs’ Corps as it was affectionately known. 512 more words