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How the Cape became a colony

The transformation of the Cape from a refreshment station to a colony is significant historically in that it undeniably altered the course of South Africa forever. 3,361 more words


"One of the Finest Harbours in the World" - Charlottetown in 1860

In  conjunction with charts, Sailing Directions were one of the most important aids to navigation in the 19th century and they continue to be useful to sailors. 1,415 more words


A Nugget from Marcus Aurelius

I have recently discovered the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. In a modern world not everything he says has full resonance but this jumped off the page at me: 51 more words

Denny's Diary

A drop of bleach in the gene pool - The Mex Files

Although this 1895 painting is by a Brazilian artist, it illustrates quite effectively the Latin American elites ideas about race and  national identity. At the time, both in the Anglo north, and Latin south, Social Darwinism was accepted science and the assumption was that the more European the population (and, in the United States and Canada, the more north European at that), the better off the nation as a whole… 9 more words


Thinking of Lachish

This weekend I have been listening to II Kings while out walking. Of course this means that I have also been thinking of Lachish as it is mentioned several times in the narrative. 270 more words


You can't take it with you--or can you?

This post has nothing to do with the joys of self-publishing, unless we consider the freedom aspect. I can take time off from writing whenever I like, and I’ve just spent most of last week in and around Mildura, in the north of Victoria. 259 more words