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World's first prosthetic limb found on 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy
World's first prosthetic limb found on 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy By JAMES TOZER 27th July 2007 Daily Mail The false toe worn by a 3,000-year-old mummy has always been regarded as a simple ornament, added after death as part of burial... (by Blackleaf)
Jul 26th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The founding fathers of Australia: The story of convicts shipped to the New World
In the 18th century, a British woman was sentenced to transportation to the British penal colony of Australia. Her crime? Stealing 12lbs of Gloucester cheese. Little did she know that she was one of the founders of a nation. However, as some anti-Pom... (by Blackleaf)
Jul 22nd, 2007 by Vereya last post
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Matthew Hopkins: The Witchfinder General
Between the years 1644 and 1647, in East Anglia (Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire), Matthew Hopkins, England's Witchfinder General, travelled throughout towns and put on trial anyone thought to have been a witch. These were mostly women but some... (by Blackleaf)
Jul 19th, 2007 by Twila last post
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Father and son treasure hunters discover Viking treasure worth £1m
Father and son treasure hunters discover Viking treasure worth 1m 19th July 2007 Daily Mail A 1 million collection of Viking artefacts, discovered by a father and son team of amateur treasure-hunters using metal detectors, is set to be... (by Blackleaf)
Jul 12th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The never before seen colour photographs of the bloody battle of Passchendaele
Colour photographs of the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele Hell on Earth: The never before seen colour photographs of the bloody battle of Passchendaele By VICTORIA MOORE 11th July 2007 Daily Mail (by Blackleaf)
Jul 2nd, 2007 by eh1eh last post
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John Rykener, the 14th Century transvestite
The intriguing case of John Rykener, a 14th Century prostitute who worked in London and Oxford John Rykener ... was apprehended in women's clothing having sex with another man in a London street one... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 27th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The Mummy Returns: archaeologists discover remains of Egypt's first female pharaoh
The Mummy Returns: archaeologists discover remains of Egypt's first female pharaoh By FIONA MacRAE 27th June 2007 Daily Mail The Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphynx, two of... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 26th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The botched execution of Margaret, Countess of Salisbury
GRISLY LONDON HISTORY Everyone has heard the horror stories of botched executions with victims running screaming around the scaffold etc. The story of Margaret, Countess of Salisbury, is one of the authentic examples of such horror. Her only crime... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 26th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Somme survivor's diary emerges after 91 years
Somme survivor's diary emerges after 91 years By CHRIS BROOKE 25th June 2007 Sgt Hubert Harding's diaries start in April 1915 (by Blackleaf)
Jun 23rd, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The "Sweating Sickness" or "English Sweat"
Why did a disease in England never cross the Scottish border? It appeared in several places outside England - such as Dublin and Calais - but only affected Englishmen there! Why did it also not affect any foreigners in England?!?!... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 23rd, 2007 by china last post
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Polish premier's attack on Germans shows that the wounds still fester
In this week's EU summit, Poland's Prime Minister attacked the Germans for their crimes against his country during WWII. He said that Poland lost 6 million men to the NAZIS in WWII so, to compensate, needs a bigger voting power (voting is based on... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 20th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Student restores rare Jolly Roger pirate flag to former glory
Student restores rare Jolly Roger pirate flag to former glory 20th June 2007 Daily Mail A rare 18th century pirate flag has been restored to its former glory. The crudely-stitched Jolly Roger was captured in battle on the Barbary Coast of... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 17th, 2007 by catman last post
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'Protocols of Zion' forger named
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Jun 15th, 2007 by Jersay last post
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Nazi war mascot was Jewish
Nazi war mascot was Jewish Mascot ... Alex in SS uniform with grinning Latvian death squad in 1943 By TIM SPANTON June 15, 2007 The Sun (by Blackleaf)
Jun 14th, 2007 by Palestine87 last post
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Ethiopia demands Queen returns prince
Ethiopia demands Queen returns prince By Mike Pflanz, Africa Correspondent 11/06/2007 The Telegraph He was born a prince with a bloodline stretching back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, the son of an Ethiopian emperor and heir to the... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 8th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The mysterious Captain Moonlight
The Mysterious Captain Moonlight The village of Aintree in Merseyside derives its name from the Anglo-Saxon “an-treow” – meaning “one tree” - and that one tree was an ancient sprawling oak, sacred to the... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 7th, 2007 by #juan last post
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63 years ago today
June 6, 1944 resulted in the loss of many thousands of lives on both sides of the conflict in WWII. The result of the war has been the longest stretch of relative peace that Europe has seen for hundreds of years. (by Walter)
Jun 5th, 2007 by Vereya last post
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Battle re-enactments: How Russians can't get enough of English history
Despite the fact that the relationship between Britain and Russia is at its lowest since the Cold War, the Russians just can't get enough of England's colourful and bloody history. They like nothing better than to re-enact bloody battles from English wars... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 4th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The forgotten tapestry that turned out to be an Elizabethan English gem
An English tapestry from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I has been uncovered.... The forgotten tapestry that turned out to be an Elizabethan gem By JAMES MILLS 3rd June 2007 Daily Mail (by Blackleaf)
Jun 3rd, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Dutch Royal Family visit Brazil to preserve historical ties
Dutch courage in Brazil By Hugh O'Shaughnessy BBC News, Brazil Queen Beatrix of Holland has visited Brazil as the two countries... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 2nd, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The assassination of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval, 1812
The only British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated was Spencer Perceval in 1812...... The Assassination of Spencer Perceval The assassination of Spencer Perceval, 1812 (by Blackleaf)
May 30th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The Triple Tree
The Tyburn Tree, Hyde Park, London,... (by Blackleaf)
May 30th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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The horrors of Newgate Gaol
Thanks to the notorious Bloody Code, life in 18th Century (and early 19th Century) Britain was a hazardous place. In 1815, there were a massive 225 crimes in Britain which carried the death penalty (at some stage in the 1700s there were around 350... (by Blackleaf)
May 28th, 2007 by Twila last post
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Don't dare sneer at your wife's cooking (and other marriage tips from 1913)
Don't dare sneer at your wife's cooking (and other marriage tips from 1913) By SIMON CABLE 28th May 2007 Daily Mail They are words of wisdom for a happy marriage from nearly a century ago. Husbands hoping for a quiet life are told not to... (by Blackleaf)
May 23rd, 2007 by Vereya last post
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Cutty Sark: Ship that defined an age
After the Cutty Sark, the world's last remaining tea clipper, was damaged by fire yesterday, the Curator of the Cutty Sark Trust promises that she will be restored. She's one of London's biggest tourist attractions having had 15 million visitors since... (by Blackleaf)
May 22nd, 2007 by Twila last post
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Genghis Khan: The daddy of all lovers
Genghis Khan: The daddy of all lovers by CHRISTOPHER HUDSON 22nd May 2007 Daily Mail We know he was one of history's greatest warriors, but new research shows Genghis Khan could have fathered thousands of children Seven hundred years... (by Blackleaf)
May 21st, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Hereward the Wake
Hereward the Wake, known in his own times as Hereward the Outlaw or Hereward the Exile, was an 11th century leader in the Kingdom of England who led resistance to the Norman Conquest, and was consequently labelled an outlaw. He was English. According to... (by Blackleaf)
May 20th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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A history set in stone
A history set in stone 20/05/2007 The Telegraph As an undergraduate, BBC TV presenter David Dimbleby was in too much of a hurry to appreciate the magnificent buildings around him. Here, in the second of three extracts from his new book, and... (by Blackleaf)
May 19th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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King Ethelred II (the Unready)
King Ethelred the Unready Ethelred II had no answer for the Viking Invasions. Joseph Allen McCullough Jan 29, 2007 Of all the kings in English history, Ethelred II (one of England's first monarchs since it became a unified state) has... (by Blackleaf)
May 18th, 2007 by Phil B last post
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Trafalgar Square skeleton forces historians to rewrite the story of Roman England
Trafalgar Square skeleton forces historians to rewrite the story of Roman England 18th May 2007 Daily Mail Trafalgar Square, London. For 1,500 years, this skeleton of a wealthy Roman... (by Blackleaf)
May 18th, 2007 by Vereya last post
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St George: Who was he?
ST GEORGE - PATRON SAINT OF ENGLAND (and Canada) ST GEORGE'S DAY - APRIL 23RD St George, England's patron saint, slew a dragon according to legend. He's also the patron saint of Canada. ... (by Blackleaf)
May 15th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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How Alexander the Great used "Mother Nature"
How Alexander the Great used 'Mother Nature' By Roger Highfield, Science Editor 15/05/2007 Daily Telegraph (by Blackleaf)
May 15th, 2007 by snfu73 last post
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Forty-ninth Parallel
In December 2001, U.S. Attorney-General John Ashcroft announced plans to deploy military personnel to patrol the Canada-U.S. border. After September 11, Ashcroft criticized Canadas porous border, though there was no evidence that any of the... (by sanctus)
May 13th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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24th May - Empire Day....for Queen and Country!
Empire Day is now called Victoria Day in Canada. Once celebrated throughout the British Empire it is now probably more widely celebrated in Canada than it is in Britain. 24TH MAY - EMPIRE DAY....for Queen and Country! ... (by Blackleaf)
May 12th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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Napoleon lived like an emperor on Elba
Napoleon always lived like an emperor By Malcolm Moore on Elba 12/05/2007 The Telegraph (by Blackleaf)
May 11th, 2007 by #juan last post
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Tunnel open again at Silbury Hill
Tunnel open again at Silbury hill BBC English Heritage is conducting stabilisation work at the site ... (by Blackleaf)
May 10th, 2007 by missile last post
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"Coward of the Titanic" is cleared a century on
'Coward of the Titanic' is cleared a century on 2nd May 2007 For almost a century, he has been vilified for his "selfish" behaviour as the Titanic sank beneath the waves. Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon escaped with his wife and her secretary in a... (by Blackleaf)
May 8th, 2007 by Blackleaf last post
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King Herod's tomb is "discovered" by archaeologists
King Herod's ancient tomb 'discovered' by archaeologist 8th May 2007 Daily Mail By Matthew Kalman in JERUSALEM and Duncan Robertson The tomb of King Herod I, who reigned over Judea and was infamous for slaughtering all male babies in... (by Blackleaf)
Apr 30th, 2007 by sanctus last post
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Canada’s First Railway
Canadian writers get as excited about trains as French writers do about sex, wrote Silver Donald Cameron. No wonder, since the country owes its very existence to the railway. For most of human history, neither people nor goods could move any faster or... (by sanctus)
Apr 30th, 2007 by sanctus last post
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Adam Beck and the Creation of Ontario Hydro
"The pure white light generated by God's greatest masterpiece" With the current almost religious belief in privatization and the recent debate about selling off Ontario Hydro, it is timely to look back at a time when there was a very different view of... (by sanctus)
Apr 30th, 2007 by Libra Girl last post
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Was this the real-life Gladiator?
Was this the real-life Gladiator? 30th April 2007 Young pretender: Russell Crowe as Maximus (by Blackleaf)
Apr 28th, 2007 by Libra Girl last post
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Online slave records help black Britons trace their past
Online slave records help Britons trace past By Ben Fenton 28/04/2007 Chilling records of the traffic in humankind were made available on the internet for the first time yesterday, allowing thousands of Britons to trace their slave and... (by Blackleaf)
Apr 27th, 2007 by John Welch last post
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The Red Dragon - Y Ddraig Goch
The origins of the Welsh red dragon and its flag. According to legend, the Celts (ancestors of the Welsh) carried banners with red dragons on them when they went into battle with the Anglo-Saxons (ancestors of the English) who carried banners with... (by Blackleaf)
Apr 27th, 2007 by sanctus last post
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Fire on the Hill!
On the dull, cool evening of February 3, 1916 there was barely a quorum of members in Ottawas House of Commons. The honourable member for Northumberland, W.S. Loggie, was droning on about the question of improving the transportation of fish. Suddenly... (by sanctus)
Apr 27th, 2007 by sanctus last post
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Barr Colonists Muddle Through
The English race gets continually into the most unheard of scrapes all over the world by reason of its insular prejudices and superiority to advice; but somehow they muddle through and when they do they are on the ground to hold it. Manitoba Free Press,... (by sanctus)