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Post-Sanders Disillusionment? Not if You Know Your Democrat History

here is speculation that Bernie’s Big Misadventure in the sucker-fleecing, traveling carnival of the Democratic Party Primary system will cause disillusionment with the Party. You think? But...

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Yearning for Pet Sounds

Predating instant gratification by decades, Pet Sounds expresses a yearning which still makes for emotional listening. Essay...

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In, Out, Shake it All About. What Politicians Forget About a Unified Europe (Part Two)

History provides a template for the society we live in. Outside of Europe, Britain would only have its own....

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Scuttled, Sunk and, er, Mislaid. The Wreck of the 1-400 Mega-Submarine

Bronze bell recovered from World War II aircraft-carrying submarine off Oahu coast ...

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The Cutpurse Code. Hidden Messages in England’s Oldest Printed Bible

Historian uncovers secrets of the Reformation hidden in England's oldest printed bible ...

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Here Be Treasure! Newly-Discovered Anglo Saxon Island

Ornate writing tools discovered in a ploughed field lead archaeologists to entire island community...

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Was Medieval France (even partly) Islamic? New Evidence Suggests So

Evidence of likely early medieval Muslim graves found in France ...

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David Bowie, Time Travel and a film called Interstellar

Reminiscences of Bowie are Proustian moments of total recall, but they can also link generations. A story of memory and hope ...

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Whipworm, Roundworm, Parasites. What did the Romans ever do for us?

Roman toilets gave no clear health benefit, and Romanization actually spread parasites ...

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Heretic! Religion and Politics, Causing Mayhem for 2000 Years

Scientists find: Religion and politics led to social tension and conflict, then and now ...

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Up Yours? Blame Saint Peter for the Two Fingered Salute

Ulnar nerve damage caused original benediction sign ...

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Exhuming Vampires in Poland. No, REALLY!

Potential 'vampires' buried in northwestern Poland with sickles and rocks across their bodies were likely local and not immigrants to the region...

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Pagan Britain (and Ronald Hutton)

Qithin the generous limits imposed by the evidence you're free to imagine the past how you like....

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What Have the Romans done for Our Teeth?

The Roman-British population from c. 200-400 AD appears to have had far less gum disease than we have today...

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On Troubadours, Sufism and Robert Graves

The original medieval troubadours, who expounded the art of Courtly Love through poetry and song and who were embroiled with the heretical ideas of gnosticism and Catharism, owed their existence to...

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Touring Mbare Township (Part One)

Comrades in arms separated by the melanin in their skin. Sterling Carter visits the war graves of Mbare, Zimbabwe....

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Druids, Magic Mushrooms and Cultural Memory

Iron Age Druids might have known about and used magic mushrooms even if there's no way of testing it....

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Robert Louis Jefferson

In the late 19th century Journalist and Epic Cyclist Robert Louis Jefferson made some spectacular cycles from London to the Constantinople, Khiva and beyond....

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Gangsters and Gunslingers : The American Museum in Britain

Los Angeles was the last Western boom town – a place where elderly cowboys mingled with celluloid stars on Hollywood backlots. Wyatt Earp ended his days there. Gangsters and Gunslingers, at the...

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Hoxton (Alco) Hall

'mysterious ‘Negro delineators’, trapeze artists, jugglers, singers, performing dogs and the like', Hoxton Hall has moved with the times since 1863....

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