Archives for: August 2007

08/31/07

Permalink 10:30:11 am, by Email , 90 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kings And Queens, History In The News

Princess Diana

It is hard to believe that ten years have already passed since the death of Princess Diana. Earlier today she was remembered by her son Prince Harry.

"In a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry describes the unwavering love of the "best mother in the world" and the way he and his brother's lives were split in two by her death."

Read Harry's complete tribute here.

Absent from today's memorial was the Duchess of Cornwall who did not wish to take away from the day with her presence.

Enditall

08/28/07

Permalink 01:19:40 pm, by Email , 25 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday - Stained Glass

Taken August 2007 Royal Ontario Museum

Happy Wordless Wednesday! And Thank You For Stopping By!

For a list of other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Enditall

08/27/07

Permalink 07:18:12 pm, by Email , 204 words   English (CA)
Categories: Folklore And Superstitions, British History

Merlin Was Scottish

Merlin dictating his poems, as illustrated in a French book from the 13th century.

Merlin (wizard of Arthurian legends) was Scottish...or so a new book on the subject claims. Here is a snippet from a BBC article in regards:

Legendary wizard Merlin lived in the Partick area of Glasgow and not in Camelot, a new book has claimed.

Tradition has it that King Arthur's magician was either English or Welsh.

But Scots advocate Adam Ardrey, who spent six years researching Merlin, claims he actually lived in what is now Ardery Street with his wife Gwendolin.

Mr Ardrey said be believes Merlin was a politician and scholar rather than a magician, and is buried near Dunipace, just south of Stirling.

In his book Finding Merlin: The Truth Behind The Legend, amateur historian Mr Ardrey said his research showed Merlin was born in the year 540 in the Cadzow area of what is now part of Hamilton in Lanarkshire.

Full Article Here

Ummmmm there is only one serious flaw with this ... Merlin never existed. He was a made up character by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the Historia Regum Britanniae, and based on several people.

And while we are at it...there was no King Arthur either!

Enditall

08/26/07

Permalink 10:49:32 am, by Email , 116 words   English (CA)
Categories: History In The News, The Ancient World

Olympia Threatened By Greek Fires

Artists impression of ancient Olympia

As lives are being devastated by the horrific fires in Greece, the ancient ruins of Olympia are also being threatened with destruction.

Here are some quick facts on Olympia from the BBC:

*An ancient Greek religious site dating back 10 centuries before Christ

*Home of the ancient Olympics, first held in 8th Century BC

*Was location of giant ivory and gold Statue of Zeus, one of seven wonders of the world

*Olympics continued until banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I in 394 AD

*Place where Olympic flame is still lit

Read the BBC article on the fires here.

Further Reading:

Olympia Wiki entry

Our thoughts, and prayers are with the people of Greece.

Enditall

08/25/07

Permalink 09:52:23 am, by Email , 210 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kings And Queens, Murder & Mayhem, History In The News

Russians Discover Remains Of Romanovs

Russian archaeologists have announced that they believe they may have found the remains of Prince Alexei, and his sister Maria who were murdered along with the rest of their family by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

Here is a snippet from the BBC:

DNA tests will be carried out on the bones, thought to be those of Prince Alexei and his elder sister Maria.

Archaeologists excavated ground close to the site in Yekaterinburg where the tsar, his wife and their three other daughters were found in 1991.

The prosecutor-general is reopening an investigation into the case.

Archaeologist Sergei Pogorelov says bullets found at the burial site indicate the children had been shot.

He told Russian television the newly unearthed bones belonged to two young people: a young male aged roughly 10-13 and a young woman about 18-23.

Ceramic vessels found nearby appear to have contained sulphuric acid, consistent with an account by one of the Bolshevik firing squad, who said that after shooting the family they doused the bodies in acid to destroy the flesh and prevent them becoming objects of veneration.

Click Here For Full BBC Article

Hopefully tests will prove their identity, and this shameful piece of Russian history can be at least somewhat righted (if that is possible) by their proper burial.

Enditall

08/24/07

Permalink 07:09:10 pm, by Email , 158 words   English (CA)
Categories: Book Reviews

Legends Lies & Cherished Myths Of World History

More often than not I find that books dealing with history are rather dull, one of the reasons why I believe more people are not interested in them.

Legends Lies & Cherished Myths Of World History, by Richard Shenkman is thankfully not amongst those dull ones, in fact it is amongst my own personal favourites because it is so much fun to read!

The author covers such diverse historic figures as the little Dutch boy, Lady Godiva, Nero, Queen Victoria, and a host of others, and literally debunks some of the long standing myths that have developed around them in a humorous way!

This book has not only given me much food for thought, but much good blog fodder as well. Definitely worth a read even for those that are just mildly interested in history, but would like to pick up some little known factoids, and become a first class history smarty-pants!

Now how cool is that! B)

Enditall

08/21/07

Permalink 01:07:34 pm, by Email , 63 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday, Religion and Spirituality, The Ancient World

Wordless Wednesday - Athena Daughter of Zeus

Athena Daughter of Zeus

Photo taken at the Royal Ontario Museum, August 2007. Athena as she was worshipped on the Acropolis, especially in the festival of the Panathenaea. Athena was the protector of Athens and its Acropolis.

For further reading, wiki entry on Athena.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! And Thank You For Stopping By!

For a list of other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Enditall

08/20/07

Permalink 12:56:51 pm, by Email , 142 words   English (CA)
Categories: European History

The Renaissance Man

Leonardo da Vinci, self-portrait in red chalk, circa 1512 to 1515

I belong to a group called Blog Talkers that inspires creative writing on a weekly basis. I post my answers to these questions on our family blog, but this week I could not help but think that my answer would be more appropriate here.

The question was: What historical time period would you most like to visit? Why?

And my answer can be read in the blog entry entitled, Going Back In Time. Basically my answer was a simple one in that I believe there is only one historical figure who could handle a visit from a time traveller, and that is da Vinci!

Now I'd like to toss this question at the readers of this blog.

If you could meet one historical figure, or visit a certain era, which would it be?

Enditall
Permalink 10:47:05 am, by Email , 239 words   English (CA)
Categories: Games & Recreation

Blackjack

Did you know that the game of blackjack has a long, and illustrious history? The game of baccarat, which appeared in Italy in the 1490's has been credited as one of the originators of today's modern blackjack game. It was considered a game of Kings, and was enjoyed by the aristocracy!

Today blackjack is a game that is available to anyone, and it continues to evolve in this online age that we live in. In fact just today I read through a press release in regards to Backgammon Masters launch of blackjack in 4-in-One game lobby.

If you are not yet familiar with Backgammon Masters they are one of the leading online communities for backgammon players on the net today, and this press release will be of great news to online gamers everywhere. This is because their online backgammon is a superior experience in both graphics, and in interactivity, and there is every reason to believe that the blackjack game will be an equally high quality experience for players!

If you would like to try out online blackjack then you are in luck because Backgammon Masters is currently hosting free tournaments in order to celebrate the launch of this latest edition to their gaming site. You may have a look by following through on any one of the links provided in this blog entry or clicking on the blackjack image above.

Thank you to the sponsor of this post!

Enditall

08/19/07

Permalink 08:56:12 pm, by Email , 253 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kings And Queens, History In Film & Television, African History, The Ancient World

Hollywood Does History

I often complain, to whoever will listen, as to how sad it is that most people seem to get most if not all of their notions about history, and historical figures from films.

While sometimes Hollywood does get history right, more often than not it doesn't. Take for instance the image above. Most people will immediately identify with it as Cleopatra VII and only will do so because of Hollywood.

Prior to the 20th century Cleopatra was not pictured thusly, and why is that you may wonder? It is because this is how she was presented in the two biggest films made about her. In 1934 the actress Claudette Colbert played her with this hairstyle because she herself had a fondness for it, and in the 1963 remake with Elizabeth Taylor it was copied because bangs were all the rage back then.

So what was the real Cleopatra's hairstyle like? Well, she wore a very tight curled wig over a shaved head.

Hollywood also gets it wrong when it comes to the Pharaohs. They are usually presented as clean shaven, when most wore long, braided goatee-style beard wigs, and even reigning Queens tended to wear them!

So dear reader take historical films for what they are, entertainment, and not a substitute for good historical texts.

I have a feeling that now that I've opened the Hollywood does history floodgates you'll be seeing more entries like this one in the near future. :>

Source: Legends, Lies, and Cherished Myths of World History By: Richard Shenkman


Image Credit

Enditall

08/17/07

Permalink 09:29:27 am, by Email , 272 words   English (CA)
Categories: Murder & Mayhem, History In The News, European History, Religion and Spirituality

Apologies For Eating Methodists

"A tribe in Papua New Guinea has apologised for killing and eating four 19th century missionaries under the command of a doughty British clergyman."

I came across an article in the Telegraph in regards to this tribe making a formal apology for an incident that had occurred in the 19th century. It certainly was a grisly event, but I have to wonder is an apology really necessary? Here is a snippet from the article:

The four Fijian missionaries were on a proselytising mission on the island of New Britain when they were massacred by Tolai tribesmen in 1878.

They were murdered on the orders of a local warrior chief, Taleli, and were then cooked and eaten.

The Fijians - a minister and three teachers - were under the leadership of the Reverend George Brown, an adventurous Wesleyan missionary who was born in Durham but spent most of his life spreading the word of God in the South Seas.

Thousands of villagers attended a reconciliation ceremony near Rabaul, the capital of East New Britain province, once notorious for the ferocity of its cannibals.

Their leaders apologised for their forefather's taste for human flesh to Fiji's high commissioner to Papua New Guinea.

Full Article Here

The article goes on further, and details the reaction, and actions of the missionaries including the burning down of tribal villages suspected in the murders. This is why I ask, was an apology necessary? Since these islands were known in that time period as Cannibal Isles was the decision to go, and preach there not a dangerous one in the first place, and therefore what occurred an "acceptable" risk?

Image Credit: Telegraph

Enditall

08/14/07

Permalink 01:10:55 pm, by Email , 72 words   English (CA)
Categories: Kings And Queens, Wordless Wednesday, British History

Wordless Wednesday - Caroline Queen Of England

See even back then they had tourist bric-a-brac ;)

Her Majesty, Caroline Queen of England was married to King George IV (aka Prinny) and the associated scandals surrounding her make the current royals look tame...even by modern standards!

Remind me to write an entry on both of them in the near future.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! And Thank You For Stopping By!

For a list of other Wordless Wednesday participants please click here.

Enditall

08/13/07

Permalink 12:40:32 pm, by Email , 123 words   English (CA)
Categories: Book Reviews

Speaking Of History Books

The girls spent the past week up at the cottage near Minden, Ontario. While there they certainly did not forget about us, and brought back gifts, which included "1867 and All The Rest Of It - A Short Thin Canadian History Book" by Geoffrey Corfield. This book promises to be a fun little romp, and is accompanied by some highly amusing illustrations!

If anything it certainly promises to be great bathroom reading (isn't that where most of us are afforded the peace to actually sit down, and read ... heck I will hide out in there at times with the purpose of reading only!) and I will do a quick write up on it when done.

If only ALL history texts could be such fun! :D

Enditall

08/10/07

Permalink 05:57:24 pm, by Email , 221 words   English (CA)
Categories: History In The News, Prehistoric

What Can The Distant Past Teach Us About Global Warming Today?

I stumbled upon a fascinating article on the Science Daily website this afternoon entitled: What We Can Learn From The Biggest Extinction In The History Of Earth

Here is a snippet:

Science Daily — Approximately 250 million years ago, vast numbers of species disappeared from Earth. This mass-extinction event may hold clues to current global carbon cycle changes, according to Jonathan Payne, assistant professor of geological and environmental sciences. Payne, a paleobiologist who joined the Stanford faculty in 2005, studies the Permian-Triassic extinction and the following 4 million years of instability in the global carbon cycle.

In the July issue of the Geological Society of America Bulletin, Payne presented evidence that a massive, rapid release of carbon may have triggered this extinction.

"People point to the fossil record as a place where we can learn about how our actions today may affect the future course of evolution," Payne said. "That's certainly true: The deep geologic record provides context for modern events.

It is quite certain that our actions today are affecting our environment not only in the here, and now, but also for generations to come. 250 million years ago there was nothing that could have been done to prevent the extinction of those species, but we can hopefully undo at least some of the damage being done by the human variety today. Food for thought. ;)

Enditall

08/09/07

Permalink 01:05:07 pm, by Email , 288 words   English (CA)
Categories: Book Reviews, The Ancient World

Book Review: Stealing History

Despite the intense heat that we have been experiencing here in Toronto over the last couple of weeks, which in turn makes my brain feel rather foggy, I did managed to finish, and enjoy Roger Atwood's "Stealing History."

If I was allowed to use only one word to describe my feelings after reading this book it would hands-down be outrage.

Mr Atwood writes a compelling expose on the world's antiquities market, and the rape of world heritage in a fast paced, thought provocative style. It is engrossing much like a good detective novel, but unnerving as you realise the smuggling of everything from ancient gold, to ceramics, and even human remains is in no way fictional, and still occurring as I type this. In fact many parallels between the antiquities market, and illicit drug trade can be found within this book.

Shortly after finishing "Stealing History," which primarily deals with the looting of the Sipan site in Peru, we visited the Royal Ontario Museum's Peruvian exhibit, which is currently running until Sept. 3rd I believe. It is on loan to the R.O.M. and for the past couple of months I had eagerly anticipated visiting it. However, in large part because of this book as I entered the gallery that houses this exhibit I started to choke up.....and yes this thought kept screaming in my head:

"How many of these pieces were looted by grave robbers?"

I highly recommend "Stealing History" Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of The Ancient World, but I will caution you gentle readers, upon completion of this book you may never be able to look at a museum exhibit the same way again .... and for that I do thank the author.

Enditall

08/07/07

Permalink 01:56:11 pm, by Email , 28 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday, Museums And Historic Sites

Wordless Wednesday - Perfume Bottle

Taken at the Royal Ontario Museum, August 4th 2007.

Happy Wordless Wednesday! And Thank You For Stopping By!

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Enditall
Permalink 12:45:19 pm, by Email , 191 words   English (CA)
Categories: History In The News, The Ancient World

Discovery In The Desert

Alexander the Great's conquest of Asia has always fascinated me. Therefore it was with great interest that I read through a BBC article published today that's subject is concerned with an archaeology site located on an island off of Kuwait. Here is a snippet from that article:

Greek government experts are going to Failaka - a Gulf outpost of Alexander's army, now governed by Kuwait.

The island's bullet-holed buildings tell of a conflict still fresh in people's memories - Saddam Hussein's brief occupation of Kuwait in the early 1990s.

Beneath the sun-baked sands of Failaka, archaeologists hope to unearth the secrets of an earlier conquest - a settlement established by Alexander's general, Nearchus, in the 4th Century BC.

The excavations will focus on the ruins of an ancient citadel and cemetery, the general secretary of the Greek culture ministry, Christos Zahopoulos, told the BBC News website.

Earlier work by French archaeologists has uncovered the remnants of a temple to Artemis, the Greek goddess of hunting, as well as several Greek coins and idols.

Full BBC Article Here

Hopefully the BBC will continue to follow this story, and publish updates on their findings.

Very interesting!

Enditall
Permalink 12:18:35 pm, by Email , 239 words   English (CA)
Categories: Science And Technology

You Know You Are A History Geek When.....

....ok, it is no surprise that I am a history geek, otherwise this very blog would not exist. However, I bet you did not know that I incorporate as much of history, particularly my own personal favourite eras into just about everything I own, and do even something as ultra modern as the cell phone ringtones I use! Now THAT is called geeking out historical style!

My cellphone screen is currently adorned with the coronation portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I, and the ringtone to go along with it is the song that is attributed to her father King Henry the Eighth - Green Sleeves. I personally question that he truly wrote it as opposed to his musicians, but I digress......

While these both are highly appropriate, and bring much amusement to myself there are many, many cell phone ringtones that are available to allow all of us to really personalise our phones. You may wish to have a look at these verizon ringback tones. They include every type of musical genre, including some of my favourite classical numbers, which they have devoted an entire category to!

While I love history, I do admit that I am quite happy to be living here in this time, and I am equally happy that I may indulge my passion for the historical in such simple measure as using a favoured tune as my cell phone ringtone.

My thanks to my sponsor.

Enditall

08/06/07

The Wisdom of The War of 1812 Through Pierre Berton... and then me...

In the re-enactment and historical communities, opinion is a little mixed as to the work of the late Canadian author, Pierre Berton, on the War of 1812 between America and Canada/Britain.

Pierre Berton

I believe the problem was that Berton didn't write a dry historical text citing every troop movement and minor scrimmage of the conflict... but went with diaries and letters and tried to show the conflict from the point of view of those involved directly. Not an easy task, and one that rarely wins praise from true historians and personal views often differ from facts.

None-the-less, I enjoyed his books thoroughly (especially the second book, Flames Across the Border and found them sound and have no issues with them whatsoever... in fact, the back of the book holds some interesting notes for people who might be unaware of the relevance and importance (or lack thereof) of this conflict...

I'm reproducing some quotes here from the book in hopes that Pierre Berton Enterprises Ltd. and Anchor Books won't be too mad... I'm hoping this VERY SMALL sampling will not be treading too heavy on copyright infringement... and I do whole-heartedly recommend ANY history "fan" buy and read these books which are excellent reads... and paint a very interesting portrait of a somewhat forgotten war...

Having won the last battle (New Orleans), the Americans were convinced they won the war of 1812. Having stemmed the tide of invasion and kept the Americans out of their country, Canadians believed that they won the war. Having ceded nothing they considered important, the British were serene in the conviction that they won it. But war is not a cricket match. The three nations that celebrated peace were beggared by the conflict, their people bereaved, their treasure emptied, their graveyards crowded. In North America, the charred houses, the untended farms, the ravaged fields along the border left a legacy of bitterness and distrust.

Events, not individuals, it is said, control the course of history. The War of 1812 suggests the opposite, Canada's destiny, for better of for worse, was in the hands of human beings, subject to human caprices, strengths, and emotions. If the ambitious Winfield Scott had waited for the army at Lundy's Lane, if the haughty Commodore Chauncey had deigned to support Jacob Brown at Fort George, could Upper Canada have held out? Tecumseh was unique. If he had not been born, would another have risen in his place?

The war helped set the two countries on different courses. National characteristics were evolving: American ebullience, Canadian reserve. The Americans went wild over minor triumphs, the Canadians remained phlegmatic over major ones. Brock was knighted for Detroit, but there were no medals struck, no ceremonial swords, banquets, or fireworks to mark Châteauguay, Crysler's Farm, Stoney Creek, or Beaver Dams. By contrast, Croghan's defence of Fort Stephenson was the signal for a paroxysm of rejoicing of rejoicing that made him an overnight hero in the United States.

American hero worship filled the Congress, the Senate, and the state legislatures with dozens of war veterans. Three soldiers, Harrison, Jackson, and Zachary Taylor - became president. But there were no Canadian Jacksons because there was no high political office to which a Canadian could aspire. The major victories were won by men from another land who did their job and went home. Brock and de Salaberry were Canada's only heroes, Laura Secord her sole heroine. And Brock was not a Canadian.

The quality of boundless enthusiasm, which convinces every American school child that the United States won the war, is not a Canadian trait. We do not venerate winners. Who remember Billy Green, John Norton, Robert Dickson, or even William Hamilton Merritt? The quintessential Canadian hero was a clergyman, not a soldier, a transplanted Scot, a supporter of entrenched values, a Tory of Tories. Dour, earnest, implacable, John Strachan acquired a reputation for courage and leadership that made him a power in Upper Canada and helped freeze its political pattern.

The war helped entrench certain words in the national lexicon and certain attitudes in the national consciousness. Three words - loyalty, security, and order - took on a Canadian connotation. Freedom, tossed about like a cricket ball by all sides, had a special meaning too: it meant freedom from the United States. Liberty was exclusively American, never used north of the border, perhaps because it was too close to libertine for the pious Canadians. Radicalism was the opposite of loyalty, democracy the opposite of order.

Loyalty meant loyalty to Britain and to British values. Long after Confederation, John A. MacDonald could bring an audience to its feet by crying: "A British subject I was born; a British subject I will die" - meaning that he would never die an American. On this curiously negative principal, uttered by the first prime minister of an emerging nation, did the seeds of nationalism sprout.

British colonial rule meant orderly government, not the democracy of the uneducated mob. The war enshrined national stereotypes: the British redcoats were seen as a regimented force, the Kentucky militia as an unmannerly horde. The pejorative was "Yankee." In the Canadian vernacular, Yankees were everything the York and Montreal elite were not: vulgar, tobacco-chewing upstarts in loud suits, who had no breeding and spoke with an offencive twang. Tiger Dunlop, the British surgeon, captured this attitude when he described how a servant told Red George MacDonald that a Yankee officer was waiting to sell him some smuggled beef. He knew he was a Yankee, he said, "for he wore his hat in the parlour and spit on the carpet." The stereotype persisted into the next century as the political cartoons of the post-war years demonstrate.

The invasion of Canada did not initiate that snobbery: it had been part of the English attitude toward the upstart colony since the days of the Revolution. But the bitterness of war made it acceptable, even desirable, in Canada.

On all this somewhat angry and negative things between two friendly nations from their long past, allow me to quote MYSELF from a post on the One Old Green Bus blog...

This was not a popular war for anyone... it was most often referred to as "Mr. Madison's War"... despite the fact that President Madison wasn't really wanting to go the "armed conflict" route either. Not helping matters were statements from Thomas Jefferson who had said that "...the conquest of Canada would be a mere matter of marching."

(Needless to say, since we're still a sovereign nation and still here, Mr. Jefferson and other's were incorrect... but that's neither here nor there...)

Anyway, to give you an idea of the hatred and seething anger that our countries had for each other...

The Atlantic states and provinces pretty much refused to war with each other.

Sure, there were the odd scrimmages and loads of piracy and whatnot, but not any outright conflict. The New England states, especially Vermont and Massachusetts, refused to send troops to "help" with the unpopular war! The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia issued a proclamation that Nova Scotia and New Brunswick would abstain from "predatory" behaviour with their neighbours and that trade would continue "without molestation"...

In fact, this went much further...

When the town of St. Stephen found out it's American counterpart of Calais did not have fireworks to celebrate the fourth of July, they obliged with a large gift... of barrels of gunpowder.

According to historical sources, trails between America and Canada through which potash, cattle, pork, and other "smuggled" goods were so well worn, it's difficult to assume that either "military" side couldn't acknowledge that the civilian population were really not at war with each other...

So, think about this for a minute...

There "we" were... at war with each other... but giving gun powder away for the opposites celebration?

After the "sacking" of York (present day Toronto,) Gen. Winfield Scott sent over a boat under a flag of truce, after the American departure from the town, with a load of books that had been taken from a library and a note of apology!

When General Brock died at the Battle of Queenston Heights, despite being an American stronghold at that point, Fort Niagara fired a ceremonial cannon to honour the British general... not in anger, but in respect.

Some may say that there are "tensions" now with Canadian/American relations... but historically, at our "toughest hours" when we were supposed to hate and loath each other, those tensions weren't there.

We were friends... comrades on the same land... fighting the same hardships as settlers and newcomers in a strange environment...

...and that war, despite it's issues, did set up the world's largest undefended border... something I think we're both proud of, despite any recent rumblings.

And today, what really separates us? Sure, there's minor issues with trade and some differences of strategic ideals, but we're pretty much the same. In fact, I think it's great that one can literally "step" from one side of a Republic to another where we still have a Monarchy... (Okay, it's a constitutional monarchy and our Prime Minister and Ottawa makes all the decisions, but we still hold the Queen to high esteem!)

Enditall

08/05/07

Permalink 12:17:10 pm, by Email , 100 words   English (CA)
Categories: Museums And Historic Sites, African History

Adventures At The R.O.M

Yesterday, Matthew, and I spent a lovely afternoon at the Royal Ontario Museum. Pictured above is the Egyptian mummy Antjau, who is thought to have been a wealthy landowner. We specifically went for the ancient Peruvian antiquities exhibition, which is currently running. However, enjoyed several of the other exhibits, and galleries as well.

No photography was allowed in the Peruvian exhibit, but no flash photography is allowed in certain areas of the museum, and over the coming weeks I will share some of the 200+ photos that we took.

It is always a pleasure to visit the R.O.M :D

Enditall
Permalink 10:45:05 am, by Email , 276 words   English (CA)
Categories: Institutions Of Higher Learning, Website Reviews

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The science, and math tutoring gave her that extra help she needed, especially in understanding Algebra, Calculus, Statistics, and Geometry, which can be tough subjects on a lot of students. Her tutor really came through in helping her, and we are definitely grateful for it.

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They even support advanced help with our own area of study, and research, which is history as our regular readers are well aware.

I cannot recommend Tutor Vista more highly, and I am not alone in my thinking as they have received wonderful feedback from both the BBC, and the USA's NBC Today Show. You can have a look at all of their subjects, and obtain further information by clicking on one of the links provided for you within this entry.

Enditall

08/02/07

Permalink 01:52:35 pm, by Email , 79 words   English (CA)
Categories: Canadiana, Americana, Heroic Women, Who Am I

Who Am I

Harriet Tubman Davis

After escaping slavery in 1849, I became one of the most successful conductors of the Underground Railroad of all time. I led more than 300 hundred slaves to freedom.

During the American Civil War I was a friend of leading abolitionists, and worked as a laundress, nurse, and spy for the Union forces.

According to the 1994 book The Black 100 by Columbus Salley I am the most important black woman in US history.

Who Am I?

For the answer, please click here.

Enditall

Pastime with Good Company

Pastyme With Good Companye

Welcome to the blog of amateur historians Matthew James Didier and Sue Darroch. Partners in life and in crime, we endeavor to entertain you with snippets from our combined historical research. Past time with good company indeed, as we shall introduce you to Kings and Knaves, Queens and Mistresses, Cons and Heroes, from our collective past......from events well known to those perhaps all but forgotten, we will do our best to bring you interesting historical factoids from around the globe. It is our belief that through understanding our past we will all gain a better perspective on our future.

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