The demon rum has claimed many victims over the years and the rather pathetic parade of topers published by Ancestry.co.uk (March 2010) is typical of the breed. The Birmingham Pub Blacklist The genealogy search company has posted a “Birmingham Pub Blacklist, detailing the drunkards whose loutish behaviour saw them barred from the city’s pubs and clubs at the turn … Read moreList of Edwardian Black Listed Drunks
Some have suggested that the Californian did not see the Titanic‘s rockets, but rather flares fired from a fishing boat to alert its longboats to its position. However, there is no contemporary support for that theory; Gibson and Stone testified specifically that they saw white rockets, not flares. Captain Smith and the Improper Distress Signal? When one concedes … Read moreThe Californian Controversy
Henry VIII married six women, all of whom were related, some to him and some as closely as first or second cousins to each other. Arthur, Prince of Wales, Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon To discover this complex relationship, it is necessary to look at the marriages of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of … Read moreThe Complex Genealogical Relationship of Henry VIII and His Wives
Thesiger was a great man who spent a large part of his life exploring, photographing and finding out about the people who lived in the Middle East. By the mid-20th century very few areas of the globe remained to be explored, and so the exploits of men such as Thesiger can be seen as much … Read moreWilfed Patrick Thesiger and the Empty Quarter of Arabia
Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse is possibly the most influential West African spiritual leader of the 20th century. Who was this sufi saint and what was his legacy? Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse has left a legacy of millions of followers around the world. He is known as one of the most prolific Islamic revivalists of the 20st century. … Read moreWho was Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse?
Sudan’s ceaseless conflicts have been interpreted from many different angles. The best possible explanation, however, is that country’s colonial history. Sudan, Africa’s largest country (i.e. until the recent secession of the South) and home to one of the greatest empires on the continent has come to symbolize conflict. The two most prominent of these conflicts … Read moreA Brief History of Sudan’s Conflicts