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What do you think of troublemakers?

Troublemakers have always been around Troublemakers sometimes start civil wars. For some time, I have been writing a book set in the so-called English Civil War. I wrote about it in a previous post. When I started it, our divisions over Brexit were in danger of...

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Did I hibernate over the Summer?

You can hibernate only in Winter! By 'hibernate' I meant 'aestivate' but most people wouldn't get it. What I mean is that since I published my collection of short stories, Geoffrey's Historical Shorts, you haven't heard much from me. I've published no new books,...

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Can we not celebrate a victory?

What victory might we not want to celebrate? Not everyone wants to celebrate Victory in Japan, or VJ, Day. Many people have always thought less of the War in the East  than of the War in Europe against the Nazis. This is partly because it was far away and because it...

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Do you need a catalyst before you change?

What's a catalyst? A catalyst is a chemical which enables or accelerates a reaction although it itself does not change. The word can mean people or things that encourage change in any aspect of life. Covid-19 has caused many changes already and there may well be more....

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Statues and status need perspective and proportion.

Why argue about statues and status? The statues and status of certain historical figures have angered Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters in the US and the UK. However, President Trump and others have again defended them passionately. I have argued recently that BLM...

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Who is trying to rewrite American history?

Who says anyone is trying to rewrite American history? American history means a lot to Donald Trump, who says that supporters of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement who pull down statues or deface memorials are trying to suppress the history of the country. They are...

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Have you seen my shorts?

What shorts? Shorts can mean short stories. I haven't published a book for some time, but I've written lots of things. I have now collected several of these and am in the process of publishing them. Many of these stories are extracts from novels, some I have ...

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What changes will this pandemic bring?

The Black Death certainly brought changes to England I set out some of the changes that occurred as a result of the Black Death in a recent post. It was the end of feudalism. Other countries experienced similar upheavals. I do not expect everything to go back to...

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Is it time to blame someone?

Who can you blame for this pandemic? Some people always want to blame someone for whatever is wrong in life. Right now, something is very wrong: Coronavirus. At first a lot of people pointed fingers at  the Chinese. Some were nasty - very nasty - to people who looked...

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How was the Black Death different from Coronavirus?

Why is the Black Death so famous? There have been many pandemics over the centuries, but the one most people know of is the Black Death. It made a huge impact on the mediaeval World, not least in Britain. I expect people will see similarities between that pandemic and...

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Isolated? Time to read , or write!

Are you among the many isolated people now? My wife and I are isolated because we are among the at-risk people, as we are old and have certain conditions. We are better off than many, as we spend a lot of time on-line already and can do a lot without having to...

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