geoffrey monmouth


Who wants to be the ‘Prince of Whales’?

President Trump has referred to 'The Prince of Whales' in a tweet. I suppose 'Prince of Whales' was a typo for 'Prince of Wales', although not  everyone seems sure. I am aware that someone once deliberately used the misspelling when writing about the future King...

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We need to learn to insult each other more effectively.

What insult are the police investigating? The insult,which someone aimed at Jess Phillips MP, is the the latest in a series from the same source. Some people have aimed threats as well as insults of the lowest kind at Diane Abbott, Luciana Berger and several others. I...

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Is the Easter story the most important ever told?

Why does the Easter story matter? Easter is the time of year when people all over the World celebrate a historic event: the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, which is the basis of the Christian faith. It is so central that it is the one thing that all...

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Why is History not on the core curriculum?

Schools have to teach the Core Curriculum That curriculum sets out the basic subjects the powers that be think all children should learn, including English, Maths and Science.  Schools may teach other subjects if they can  find the time and resources to do so.  I...

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Who do you think you are kidding John McDonnell?

John McDonnell has called Winston Churchill 'not a hero but a villain'. Isn't Churchill our greatest national hero? How can John McDonnell, or anyone, say he's a villain, not just overrated or not as great as some other hero? Why would anyone want to attack...

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Unprecedented? What part of this mess is unprecedented?

People keep saying our present problems are unprecedented. If you read much history, you will soon realise that hardly anything is unprecedented. We've made the same mistakes before. Usually many times. We don't learn from them anything like as much as we think, as I...

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Why don’t I call The Stone Age Detective a cave-man?

Why have I so far avoided using the term 'cave-man' in my blogs? For many people, the term 'cave-man' carries a lot of meaning, but misleading meaning.  We tend to think of a very primitive human, who may not even be homo sapiens. Perhaps you think of a neanderthal?...

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Are there any dinosaurs in The Stone Age Detective?

People expect dinosaurs in any book set in the Stone Age This is mainly the fault of Hollywood, because producers (used to) think any story in prehistory had to have these large reptiles to make it exciting. They could have made movies about dinosaurs without any...

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