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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...