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In the Smoke of Notre Dame: To all the Churches I’ve Loved

, 17 April 2019
As the embers cool in the devastated sections of Notre Dame de Paris and the world comes together to restore it, it seems a good time to reflect on the effect that historic churches and cathedrals have had on my own life.
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Culture Stuchbery's Strange Histories History

One Hundred Years On: Government Concerned about ‘Financial Implications’ of Apologising for the Amritsar Massacre

, 13 April 2019
100 years after the horrific expression of British brutality in India, the Government still appears unwilling to formally apologise for the killings in Jallianwala Bagh.
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Fact Foreign Affairs History Society and Welfare UK Politics

Get Stoned – Therapy, Neolithic Style

, 10 April 2019
Mike Stuchbery argues that we need to take a salutary walk in the shadow our our ancestors to reconnect with their hopes and fears
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Culture Stuchbery's Strange Histories History

Usurpers Three: the First Hard Brexit Propelled us into the Dark Ages

, 8 April 2019
The Count of the Saxon Shore recalls how an aggressive Leave Campaign led to de-industrialisation and porous borders
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Culture The Count of the Saxon Shore Brexit History

Usurpers Two: How Britain became a Haven for Rebels from the Classic European Superstate

, 8 April 2019
The Count of the Saxon Shore continues his saga of the First Great Brexit - from the Roman Empire - and fostered the forerunners of Nigel Farage
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Culture The Count of the Saxon Shore History

Stuchbery’s Histories: What Regiswindis Teaches Us

, 2 April 2019
Mike Stuchbery takes a brief holiday from the tensions of the here and now to wonder why all those lives of the saints tend to end quite badly.
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Culture Stuchbery's Strange Histories History

THE UPSIDE DOWN: Rise Up & Be Strong

, 28 March 2019
Most mornings I’m possessed by the same thought. As I board my train in the country and end my journey on a canal towpath, it strikes me that each mile of track, each yard of path was laid by hand a century and a half ago, the work of men whose names were never recorded.
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Culture The Upside Down History Transport

Usurpers One: Two-Thousand Years of Brexiters

, 18 March 2019
The Count of the Saxon Shore recalls some of the post-Roman pirates and renegades who promised to 'Make Britain Great Again'
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Culture The Count of the Saxon Shore History

There Never was a Hard Border: Paddy was a Brit

, 14 March 2019
As he patrols his British forts guarding against Anglo-Saxon invaders, the Count of the Saxon Coast recounts another true story from the first great Brexit, sixteen hundred years ago.
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Culture The Count of the Saxon Shore History

Early & Often: A Short History of Fixing Elections

, 11 March 2019
John Mitchinson on the not-so-recent history of rigging the vote, bribing voters with booze and voter suppression, using whiskey
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Culture The Upside Down Democracy History

The Foederati: How the English were the Original Federalists

, 7 March 2019
The Count of the Saxon Shore provides another insight into the 'Great Brexit from Rome'
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Culture The Count of the Saxon Shore History Migration

Stuchbery’s Strange Histories: the Sad Tale of Gesche Gottfried

, 5 March 2019
Millennials, and the generation that followed them, have often been painted as self-obsessed, image-conscious, fixated on the picture that they present to the world. But we only need look at the sad tale of Gesche Gottfried to understand that we’ve always been vain creatures.
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Culture Stuchbery's Strange Histories History

Lessons from the Clubmen: How the English Civil War can Make us More Civil

, 27 February 2019
Increasingly, when I think of the divisions within British society - Left and Right, Leave and Remain, for example - I can’t help but think of the Clubmen.
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Stuchbery's Strange Histories History

My Old Dutch: How Megan Markle Exemplifies Englishness

, 26 February 2019
The Count of the Saxon Shore welcomes the Duchess of the South Saxons, and the arrival of her heir, with that ancient Mercian salutation: "‘Ay up me duck."
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Culture The Count of the Saxon Shore History

The Count of the Saxon Shore: Migration Watch Since 270 AD

, 19 February 2019
As I stare out at that grey whale-road the English Channel it no longer seems absurd to make that boldest of historical parallels for Brexit: the end of the Roman Empire in Britain. Well, at least gives me an opportunity to properly talk about English identity. Yes, I want my country back. I want us to be honest about what it was in the first place.
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Culture The Count of the Saxon Shore History Migration

The Fake News Around Viennese Coffee Houses Shows How We Twist Reality to Suit Our Myths

, 14 February 2019
The Viennese take coffee very seriously – nigh on a religion. If you go, you’ll undoubtedly hear about how coffee was introduced to the city in the late 17th Century... The story is, of course, complete rubbish.
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Culture Food and Drink History

Wetworld: the Most Unlikely Thing in the Universe

, 12 February 2019
We live in strange times. Familiarity is draining from our lives; old political alignments are dissolving; the weather is unpredictable and violent. But perhaps we should try harder to embrace the strangeness: after all, we are made from the most unlikely thing in the universe.
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Culture The Upside Down History

The Prehistoric Common Market: Golden Finds on a German Hillside

, 7 February 2019
As archaeologists are increasingly discovering, humanity has always been interconnected, relying on the exchange of ideas to function.
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Culture Stuchbery's Strange Histories History

A Message to You, Rudy

, 1 February 2019
While it’s sometimes fairly lazy to find a contemporary angle to finish on, Rudolf’s story does bring to mind several political leaders as of late, unable to take the reins and engage with a fracturing, divided populace.
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Argument Culture Brexit History