Want a real spy scandal? How about the aristocratic Conservative spy who was NEVER prosecuted? | Pride’s Purge

Heard the one about the Tory Old-Etonian Lord who despite being caught spying for the Japanese – giving them the know-how to take out Pearl Harbor and to capture Singapore resulting in 100,000 allied prisoners being taken, many of whom died in…

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Concluding Thoughts 1: | First World War Hidden History

President Woodrow Wilson addressing Congress before the US Declaration of War

President Woodrow Wilson addressing Congress before the US Declaration of War

A decade ago when we first took up the challenge of Professor Carroll Quigley from his seminal works, Tragedy and Hope and The Anglo-American Establishment to look for evidence of the secret cabal [1] and how they grew into the Secret Elite we were stunned by…

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Nancy Wake, in WWII – Freedom Fighter, Allied Agent and The Gestapo’s Most Wanted

The books and moments of history are filled with memorable names, courageous figures, and moments of sheer ingenuity. Yet not all names are as well recogni…

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When Virginia Woolf Dressed Up as an ‘African’ Prince to Fool the Royal Navy – Atlas Obscura

The Dreadnought hoaxers in their Abyssinian regalia, with Virginia Woolf on the far left. PUBLIC DOMAIN

EVEN A PERSON RUSHING FOR a tight connection at Paddington Station, London, might have stopped to stare at a strange group making its way onto the train to Weymouth on February 7, 1910. Four people, men of foreign extraction, by all appearances, with luxuriant beards, patterned…

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These incredible women were left out of the blue plaque scheme. It’s time to commemorate them

Portrait of Ethel Smyth, 1901, John Singer Sargent

Portrait of Ethel Smyth (1858 – 1944), 1901, John Singer Sargent

Role-models matter as much as they ever did but women are also significantly under-represented in our history books. Their absence has taken its toll: a 2016 survey carried out by English Heritage revealed that 40 percent of us believe men have had a greater impact on history than women. It’s a misconception, of course. Women have always excelled, we just haven’t easily been able to read their stories because the omission has…

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Sophia Duleep Singh: The Indian princess and ‘rockstar’ suffragette forgotten by history

Sophia Duleep Singh was given many labels throughout her life. The Indian princess was a nineteenth century ‘It girl’, a treasured god-daughter to Queen Victoria, a radical royal, a militant suffragette and a pivotal figure in the suffrage movement.

Yet her fascinating life remained largely untold until BBC broadcaster Anita Anand spotted her…

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Rosa May Billinghurst: The disabled suffragette abused by police and force-fed in prison

rosamayRosa May Billinghurst endured much in her fight for women to get the vote, yet it is her experience of violent suffrage demonstrations as a disabled campaigner which remains her legacy.

Born in 1875, May Billinghurst was branded…

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On this day: the Black Thursday Bushfires | In Times Gone By…

As depicted by English-born artist William Strutt in 1864.

As depicted by English-born artist William Strutt in 1864.

One of the worst bushfire disasters in recorded Australian history, the Black Thursday…

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William Morris In The East End | Spitalfields Life

The presence of William Morris in the East End is almost forgotten today. Yet he took the District Line from his home in Hammersmith regularly to speak here through the last years of his life, despite persistent ill-health. Ultimately disappointed that the production of his own designs had catered only to the rich, Morris dedicated himself increasingly to politics and in 1884 he …

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Franz Reichelt: The Parachuting Pioneer and His Infamous Stunt

I do wish that ArtLark had found a different way to repeat their posts because I have to re-reblog every time as the previous year’s outing then no longer links to the content. Hence this reblog of a reblog today!

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51BjddXgkXLOn the 4th of February 1912, Austrian-born inventor and tailor Franz Reichelt, also known as the Flying Tailor, died tragically by jumping from the Eiffel Tower, whilst trying out his own creation, a coat parachute. Even though, having worked on the prototype for two years, and having had it rejected numerous times by aeronautic organisations and competitions, Reichelt had so much foolish confidence in his design that he decided to go ahead with his plan; he said: “I want to try the experiment myself, and without trickery, as I intend to prove the worth of my invention.”

“Reichelt’s pride and joy was a wearable parachute, so that airline pilots could deploy it to increase their chances of survival if they needed to eject from their aircraft (because that happens all the time?).Tests with a prototype from his fifth-floor balcony on dummies proved successful, but those prototypes weighed 150…

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Gastro Obscura Ada Blackjack, the Forgotten Sole Survivor of an Odd Arctic Expedition

Ada Blackjack, pictured with the rest of the expedition to Wrangel Island. INTERNET ARCHIVE/ PUBLIC DOMAIN

Ada Blackjack, pictured with the rest of the expedition to Wrangel Island. INTERNET ARCHIVE/ PUBLIC DOMAIN

WHEN ADA BLACKJACK SET SAIL in 1921 for a remote speck of land north of Siberia, the petite Inupiat woman was an unlikely Arctic heroine. In her role as the seamstress for an expedition comprised of four men and a female cat named Vic, Blackjack was assured that during…

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Door Man to the Tsar – My Most Popular Post | toritto

Soon it will be a full hundred years since that fateful July 1914 when Imperial Russia mobilized its armies to confront the Central Powers in what would become World War I.  It was the beginning of the end of the Romanov dynasty and the court of the last Tsar.

The Romanov court required a staggering number of servants.  At the Winter Palace alone over 1,000 were in constant attendance; when the Tsar and the Empress were in actual residence as many as 6,000 were needed.

Now being “in service” to the royal family wasn’t too bad a gig for the time.  Most of those…

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January 29, 1944 Operation Pied Piper – Today in History

94330In the summer of 1938, the horrors of the Great War were a mere twenty years in the past.  Hitler had swallowed up Austria, only six months earlier.   Authorities divided the British Isles into “risk zones”, identified as “evacuation,” “neutral,” and “reception.”  In some of the most gut wrenching decisions of the age, these people were planning “Operation Pied Piper”, the evacuation of…

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From royal trumpeter to chief diver, Miranda Kaufmann uncovers the Africans of Tudor Britain

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A 16TH-CENTURY PORTRAIT OF AN AFRICAN MAN BY JAN MOSTAERT

As Kaufmann writes “it is vital to understand that the British Isles have always been peopled by immigrants”.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day: Interview with Survivor Israel Arbeiter

Published on 14 Aug 2011

Interview with Holocaust survivor Israel Arbeiter.  Sadly, it seems to end when you feel there must be a great deal more he wants to say.