The Standard UFO Letter

So, here’s something I didn’t know, back in the day you could write to the MOD (Ministry of Defence) about a “unidentified flying object” and receive back a ‘Standard UFO Letter’. Unless there is evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom from an external source, and to date no ‘UFO’ report has revealed […]

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…Boris and Profumo

As the Tory leadership contest is coming to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot about 1963 and an incident that brought down the Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government. Scandal In 1961 John Profumo, the Minister for War, had a six week affair with dancer/model/says-she-was-never-a-call-girl, Christine Keeler. The affair didn’t last very long and was relatively […]

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…The Pimping of the Poppy

Lest We Forget. For nearly 100 years the Poppy has been the symbol of remembrance of the First World War; but has the Poppy become a status symbol, a symbol of identity instead of remembrance? The Poppy, 1921 – 2019 We, the British, have come to see the Poppy as ours, but that’s not strictly true. […]

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…Mary Queen of Scots (Film Review)

In the wake of the astoundingly popular The Favourite, it’s easy to see why Mary Queen of Scots would be both highly anticipated and bitterly disappointing. The Basic Plot The movie opens with a short explanation of Mary’s life so far – that she was married at 15 and widowed at 18; she then returned […]

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…Henry’s Six Wives: Info-Graphics

Recently I have been listening to the audio-books of Alison Weir’s Six Wives series. I have reached the most recently published (Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen) and am dreading the moment when the gap between me finishing Jane Seymour and Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets comes out (published on 2 May 2019). The series […]

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…Compensation for Camps (1964-5)

On 9th June 1964 the Federal Republic of Germany agreed to provide the British Government with £1 Million to compensate those who had suffered persecution at the hands of the Nazi regime. Although this seems like a positive idea, it posed many difficult questions: how do people apply? What is the criteria? How much will […]

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…Derek Bentley: A Victim of British Justice

The story of Derek Bentley has become synonymous with the phrase ‘let him have it’, something that Bentley allegedly shouted to Christopher Craig on 2nd November 1952. This one sentence cost Bentley his life and subsequently put massive pressure on Parliament to finally abolish the death penalty in the UK. But what actually happened up […]

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