“Hungary conquered and in chains has done more for freedom and justice than any people for twenty years,” wrote Albert Camus. Continue reading Is Hungary facing another revolution?
On Good Friday 1914, London’s The Daily Telegraph carried the usual business and shipping news, followed by lengthy articles about cycling over the Easter holiday, “Hot Cross Buns: Fable and Fact”, “Fruit for Easter: Mostly Luxuries” (lamenting a lack of cheap fruit), the trial of a man accused of peddling a fraudulent cure for cancer, a report about the role of saints in the ongoing Mexican Revolution, and efforts made by the British government to install wireless communication in lighthouses. Continue reading Easter 1914: Sleepwalking with lemonade and cream custard
Edward Lear – the British artist, travel writer and nonsense versifier – visited the island of Crete in 1864, long before its Minoan palaces were unearthed. Even though Greek was the most widely spoken language, at that time it was part of the Turkish Empire. Continue reading Crete – where Edward Lear found and lost a friend
A number of human rights and women’s organizations have condemned the murder of Marisela Escobedo in Mexico on 16 December 2010. The Washington Times commented and the story has appeared on a number of blogs including this one.
In the United Kingdom when I went to university – not so long ago – my local county council paid my tuition fees and allowances for four years of study. It was perfectly possible to survive, as long as one moderated one’s partying. That has all changed. Continue reading Recipe for disaster