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The Victoria Cross and two brave and special Wednesdays

The Victoria Cross was introduced in Great Britain on Saturday 29th January 1856 by Queen Victoria. Its ‘role’ was to reward acts of valour during the Crimean War. 278 more words

Conflict And War

Movie Review: "Victoria & Abdul"

Stephen Frears tackled a portion of Queen Elizabeth II’s life with his 2006 film, “The Queen.” With his latest movie though he’s moving back in time by more than a century to look at a wholly different Queen of England and a portion of her rule. 607 more words


Victoria & Abdul

I went to the flicks to see Victoria & Abdul yesterday, not entirely sure whether this was a fictional story or a true one. Dame Judy Dench had always been a favourite, I loved her as M in the James Bond movies in recent years, so when I saw the shorts for this movie recently I knew I wanted to see it instantly. 165 more words


FlowerMuse: Myrtus communis (Myrtle) Queen Victoria

It would appear Queen Victoria is having a moment on our screens this week, a second series of her life,  is playing on Sunday nights… 750 more words

Princess Louise, the Marchioness of Lorne, Travels to Canada

In 1878, prime minister Benjamin Disraeli tagged the John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne, to become the governor general of the Dominion of Canada. This would take Queen Victoria’s daughter Louise away from England, for Princess Louise was married to the marquess. 745 more words

Real Life Tales

Victoria R: the “first media monarch” of modern Britain

The Library’s Special Collections has recently acquired ten cartes de visite depicting members of the British royal family in the 1860s. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert feature prominently, but they do not appear together in any of these cartes as they had frequently done prior to Albert’s unexpected death in 1861. 656 more words

Photographic Collection

Blood and Money and Markets

This article appeared in Ceylon Today on Thursday September 14 2017



Sri Lankans have grown cynical about the number of public commissions and inquiries which have failed to shed any light or improve anything. 1,389 more words

Ceylon Today