On This Day … 22 November

Events 845 – The first duke of Brittany, Nominoe, defeats the Frankish king Charles the Bald at the Battle of Ballon near Redon. 1574 – Spanish navigator Juan Fernández discovers islands now known as the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile. 1635 – Dutch colonial forces on Taiwan launch a pacification campaign against native villages, resulting… Read More

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On This Day … 21 November

Events 1386 – Timur of Samarkand captures and sacks the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, taking King Bagrat V of Georgia captive. 1620 – Plymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact (11 November, O.S.) 1676 – The Danish astronomer Ole Rømer presents the first quantitative measurements of the speed of light. 1783 – In Paris, Jean-François… Read More

What is the Lord High Admiral?

Introduction The Lord High Admiral (of England, Great Britain and then the United Kingdom, beginning in the 14th century) is the titular head of the Royal Navy. Most have been courtiers or members of the Royal Family, and not professional naval officers. The office of Lord High Admiral is one of the nine English Great… Read More

What is the Lord High Admiral of Scotland?

The Lord High Admiral of Scotland was one of the Great Officers of State of the Kingdom of Scotland before the Union with England in 1707. The office was one of considerable power, also known as Royal Scottish Admiralty, including command of the King’s ships and sailors and inspection of all sea ports, harbours, and… Read More

The Western Front Way

A pathway stretching more than 1,000 kilometres has been opened along the First World War’s Western Front. Known as The Western Front Way, the route starts on the Belgian coast and finishes on the Swiss border and is marked along the way by flowers of remembrance. The inspiration for the project stemmed from a letter… Read More

Heroes…

“All true heroes of history will be forgotten and all villains will be remembered as heroes.” Leo Tolstoy (1828 to 1910) Leo Tolstoy, Tolstoy also spelled Tolstoi, Russian in full Lev Nikolayevich, Graf (count) Tolstoy, was a Russian author, a master of realistic fiction and one of the world’s greatest novelists. Tolstoy is best known for… Read More

Conquer the Future & Past…

“He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.” George Orwell (1903 to 1950) Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell was an English novelist, essayist, and critic famous for his novels Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-four (1949), the latter a profound anti-utopian novel that examines… Read More