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The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson — FictionFan’s Book Reviews

A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 May, 1940. Already weakened by failures in Norway, the successful blitzkrieg in Holland and Belgium sounded the death knell for Chamberlain as Prime Minister. Reluctantly King George VI offered the position to Winston Churchill, a man adored by the public […]

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson — FictionFan’s Book Reviews
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Coventry Carol — How my heart sings

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Lock Down Project Model: Coventry

This fantastic model was created during the first lock down of 2020 by an incredibly talented Coventry resident. I saw it at Coventry Central Library but it is now on display in the Frier Gate building.

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A Humbling Experience

You might have seen that I have not posted for a few days and this is because a few of my posts have generated a degree of negative feedback. Quite honestly I needed a bit of time to suck it up and come to terms with two key facts. First not everyone likes my style or what I write about. Second, yes I made a couple of mistakes and those have got to be owned unto.

I can do nothing about other people. One person said that it sounded like I was drunk when I wrote my piece. Another suggested that I had relied on wiki. Yes it is hurtful, and no I do not rely on wikipedia I do proper research and come to reasoned conclusions but people are entitled to their own opinions just as I am entitled to mine. My opinions in the future will be more closely guarded and I will be less likely to spout them out on Facebook.

Thinking about my actual mistakes is a bit harder because I am very proud of my work. I put a lot into it and spend a lot of time on it. To be shown that I have got it wrong bruises the ego and by the end of the day my ego was very bruised. On that day I was visiting Stone Henge and I sat in the car raging. When I eventually calmed down I began to thing about it I began to think about one of the most useful books I have ever read. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People tells me that I can not control what other people do or say but I can control how I react to it. I am in fact responsible which is to say ‘able to respond’. So I began to calm down and thought about the most effective way to respond to these criticisms and came to the conclusion that it might be better to look at what they say and then change what I am doing to accommodate those criticisms, where they are just and ignore them where they are not just.

To be honest I have not found this easy. I would like to report to you that I am a humble and modest man but that would just be adding lying to my vices. I am egoistical, self important and that makes me fragile. My fragility ruins lovely days out and now I think it is time to try to learn the lesson and become the humble and modest man who learns from his experiences.

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Thank you again for your time and interest.  It is honestly humbling that people are interested in what I write.

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Archaeology no longer to be studied in Britain, just legally mined in secret for money? — The Heritage Journal

It has been confirmed that Sheffield University Archaeology Department, rated as one of the top 50 archaeology schools in the world, is to lose its funding. Similar threats hang over the archaeology departments of the Universities of Chester, Aston, London South Bank and Leicester. It is to be hoped that some archaeologists and academics will […]

Archaeology no longer to be studied in Britain, just legally mined in secret for money? — The Heritage Journal
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Save Sheffield Archaeology — Archaeo𝔡𝔢𝔞𝔱𝔥

To our dismay, we have now learned that another well-respected archaeology unit is under threat of cuts and closure: the world-renowned Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. The options for Sheffield’s Senior Executive Board are apparently threefold: 1. Invest in the department 2. Close the department and make all staff redundant 3. Make […]

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Stone Age School visits

One of my favourite days that I run in schools is Stone Age. It does pose a number of questions such as how do I fit 2.4 years of history, remembering that humanity does predate the Stone Age. To make this understandable to children I do have to cut out a lot and focus on some very interesting but I feel unrepresentative chunks of human history.

Home Made string from brambles. My newest costume has no modern thread it is entirely home made.

When we come to the Stone Age we can divided prehistory into five time periods, these enable the children to have some framework in which they could develop their knowledge. So we have the Paelolithic, the Mesolithic, the Neolithic and the Bronze and Iron Ages. 95% of human history is in the Paelolithic and its to this age that essentials like string, clothes, storytelling, team work and picky eating were invented. If I could live anywhere in human history I would live in the tactless wastes of time that we call the Old Stone Age.

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Historic Mills and Where to Find Them — The Historic England Blog

A glance at the buildings open to you.

Historic Mills and Where to Find Them — The Historic England Blog
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Metropolis Exhibition — Coventry Society News

A new flagship exhibition showcasing Coventry’s impressive heritage and architectural history has opened in the space above the new Metropolis restaurant in Earl Street. The exhibition has been curated by two CovSoc members, Sabine Coady Schäbitz (Associate Professor in Architecture at Coventry University) and Dr Mark Webb (Chair of Medieval Coventry). The exhibition – Metropolis: […]

Metropolis Exhibition — Coventry Society News
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Men and Feminism: Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries, 1960s to Present — History Journal

DR HANNAH YOKEN I’m a Finnish historian who lived in the UK for nearly a decade. When I tell my British friends and colleagues where I’m from, they often respond with an air of admiration, complimenting the relatively egalitarian principles upon which Nordic social democracy has been built.  Certainly, this notion that the Nordic countries are […]

Men and Feminism: Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries, 1960s to Present — History Journal