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Pvt. Leonard London Barnes.

On 5 June 1917, Leonard London Barnes registered in Gardners precinct, Wilson County, for the World War I draft. He was just shy of 30 years old. 277 more words

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Abiding wonder of reaching out

Since retiring, I have been doing a little tutoring to help make ends meet. It has been interesting, surprising sometimes, to see how academic work assigned in a class gets translated through the eyes of a particular student. 357 more words


BookTalk event, 11 Oct 2016: David Jones, In Parenthesis (1937)

In the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme, Cardiff BookTalk returns for 2016/17 with an exciting event considering David Jones’s First World War classic, … 266 more words


Friday in Review--Toby's Room

“Toby’s Room” by: Pat Barker

TOBY’S ROOM isn’t my normal read. Yes, I like a good historic fiction from time to time, but in my experience a good story is hard to find. 276 more words

Friday In Review

Opinion: First World War "enemy alien" measures reminder of how not to treat our neighbours

Imagine if before going to work today you had to report your whereabouts to the police.

What if you had to ask the authorities for permission to go out of town? 676 more words