Archive for ‘history’

July 15, 2017

“Sperm is a drop of brain”

by allthoughtswork

Well, the Greeks weren’t far off….

Related image

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July 2, 2017

That time we saw it comin’

by allthoughtswork

A recreation of 2008-TC3's tumbling pattern.

Do you remember what you were doing October 7, 2008? Astronomers the world over sure do, that was the day they tracked an asteroid from outer space all the way to its impact site for the first time. Read that again because it’s freaking terrifying, especially the “first time” part.

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July 2, 2017

The appealing Mr. Doyle

by allthoughtswork

Holmes copy

June 11, 2017

Pictures of a Bygone Age

by duncanr

these pictures of post war Salford and Manchester –

could just as easily have been pictures of my own upbringing in post war Edinburgh – a time when parents weren’t so paranoid about their kids’ safety and actively encouraged them to play outside without adult supervision . . .

when you’ve finished your breakfast, Dunc, you can go play outside

but Ma, it’s raining

I don’t care. I’m not having you hanging around the house all day, getting under my feet, I’ve got things to do, so piss off and don’t come back till tea-time!

May 28, 2017

One Flew Over the . . .

by duncanr

tradition has it that if the ravens resident at the Tower of London were ever to leave it would foretell the fall of the British monarchy

to prevent such an event happening, the ravens have their wings clipped to prevent them flying off

despite this precaution, one raven – by the name of Grog – ‘managed to escape the Tower and took up residence in a local pub after 21 years of service to the Crown’

full story here –

October 21, 2016

Aberfan Remembered

by duncanr

I remember this so well

50 years ago today, 144 folk in the small Welsh mining village of Aberfan lost their lives when the slag heap perched above the village – slid down the mountain and engulfed 19 houses and the village school where 116 young children died

some harrowing footage of the time here . . .

September 18, 2016

The Days Before Paranoia Set In

by duncanr

old film footage recalls a time when kids were allowed to play outside, unsupervised, before parental paranoia about paedophiles round every corner and concern about social services involvement should the little darlings fall and skin their knee or stub their toe limited that freedom . . .

August 30, 2016

Pompeii : Animation

by duncanr

approx. 11,000 people were killed when the town of Pompeii, and surrounding areas were buried under 4-6 metres of volcanic ash when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79AD

this animation was shown at an exhibition held at Melbourne Museum a few years back . . .


April 2, 2016

No time to waste

by sticky

quicksandI was cranky and on edge. The wind had always had this effect on me. I could feel the building shake as I worked at my pc in my top-floor flat, engaged in some local history research.

When I bought the place, I didn’t consider that the location was particularly exposed, and the name Mill Road, which my street joins fifty yards down from my building, gave me no clues: until a neighbour showed me a 100-year-old photograph of a windmill

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February 5, 2016

Naziism and Western Greed

by duncanr

[thanks to ratty for drawing our attention to this vid – found

– reporting links between some rich and powerful historical figures and the Nazis

hhmmm, and was part of the reason the USA was so slow to join the war against Nazi Germany because some folk with politicians in their pocket were making a nice profit supplying weapons and equipment to both the Allies and the Nazis – or am I being too cynical ?