I have just stumbled upon a fantastic article... Or should I say fantastical? Cannabis discovered in tobacco pipes found in William Shakespeare's garden! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/william-shakespeare/11792533/Cannabis-discovered-in-tobacco-pipes-found-in-William-Shakespeares-garden.html The article claims that Shakespeare might have written some of his famous works while high because South African scientists have discovered that 400-year-old tobacco pipes excavated from the garden of William … Continue reading Shakespeare: Man, Playwright, Junkie?
Transcript "The way stateless Jews and Germans are pouring in from every port of this country is becoming an outrage. I intend to enforce the law to the fullest." In these words, Mr Herbert Metcalde, the Old Street Magistrate yesterday referred to the number of aliens entering this country through the 'back door' -- a … Continue reading Current Reports of Calais Migrant Crisis Echo 1938 Daily Mail Article
As any interested follower of my little blog may know, I spent last semester studying the history of race. I feel as though studying the history of racism and resistance movements opened my eyes and my mind up to field of study and a portion of the world that I had previously found myself ignorant … Continue reading White Flight
We have an interesting topic of discussion for our seminar this afternoon - deviance and power. For reference, we are primarily looking at the following texts: Pfohl, Images of Deviance and Social Control, New York 1985. Cresswell, In Place/Out of Place, Minneapolis 1996. Firstly, it is important that we establish a definition for the deviant. … Continue reading Modern Deviancy
An interesting article I stumbled upon today, here's a good chunk (follow the link for the rest): An edition of the Magna Carta which could be worth up to £10m has been found after it lay forgotten in a council’s archives. The discovery of the version of the historical parchment which established the principle of … Continue reading £10m Magna Carta found in council archives
The legend of Gelert, as written on 'Gelert's grave': In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, ‘The Faithful Hound’, who was unaccountably absent. On Llewelyn's return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince … Continue reading The Legend of Gelert
You start humming Greensleeves to yourself while you're waiting for your taxi into town!!
Recently learned the origins of the word 'scapegoat', so thought I would share it as I found it quite interesting. Scapegoat, Hebrew Saʿir La-ʿazaʾzel, (“goat for Azazel”), in the Old Testament ritual of Yom Kippur (Lev. 16:8–10), a goat symbolically burdened with the sins of the Jewish people. Some scholars believe that the animal was chosen by … Continue reading History of a Word: Scapegoat
It is not uncommon for students to leave an essay to the last minute, be it because you are King Procrastinator, because you would rather be drinking, because this is the one at the bottom of your never ending list of things to do...or because (and I will believe you) you genuinely forgot. I will … Continue reading A Student’s 3 Great Tips For Writing That Darned Essay
I mentioned in my recent post on Sati that Queen Victoria outlawed the practice shortly before losing her own husband in December 1861. At the age of 42, Prince Albert passed away after a painful illness stretching more than two years. However, in an eerie prediction of things to come, Albert sensed his time was … Continue reading It Consumed Her, the Grief of Queen Victoria