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Hull Truck Theatre Presents “Turning the Tide” The Triple Trawler Disaster Remembered.

The first few weeks of 1968 thrust the City of Hull, and its Hessle Road fishing community into the international spotlight for all the wrong reasons. 58 men lost their lives in the freezing, mountainous Arctic waters off Iceland in the most grotesque profit before people tragedy imaginable as three trawlers were claimed by the … Continue reading

“The Unforgettable Fire”: Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 Years On.

Next month see the 70th anniversary of the Unforgettable Fire wrought by the nuclear strikes on Japan which are credited by establishment historians and commentators with bringing the Second World War to a close. But we need to ask more questions. 1) Is it ever acceptable to knowingly cause mass civilian deaths in such a … Continue reading

The Battle of the Beanfield: The Forgotten Struggle and It’s Legacy

On June 1st 1985 there took place one of the most significant events in the history of the English working class. But the Battle of the Beanfield has largely been lost in the mists of time. The 1980’s saw set back after setback inflicted on the people by the Tory elite. Disasters such as Hillsborough, … Continue reading

Holocaust Memorial Day: My Encounters with Survivors.

Paul Oppenheimer was a survivor of Belsen and I had the privilege of meeting him in 1994 when we did our first Holocaust Day at Robert May’s School in Hampshire where I taught from 1992/99. There is much debate about how we deal with this tragedy on an industrial scale, this but I passionately believe … Continue reading

The Perennially Annoying Dr. David Starkey

A certain person’s appearance on Question Time  raised my hackles no end, how annoying can one man be?  I have always found Dr. David Starkey an odious, pompous, self opinionated annoying little twerp but there something strangely compulsive about watching him at work, be it on his late night political talk show or presenting the … Continue reading

Enniskillen; The Poppy Day Massacre Twenty Years On

Twenty years ago the Provisional IRA, an organisation that had the support of London Mayor Ken Livingstone, committed the most despicable act of the War in Northern Ireland. And there are a lot of such vile, base and disgusting incidents from which to select… Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh saw eleven people perish as the Provos bombed … Continue reading

My Granda Joseph O’Shaughnessy’s Mark on History.

 In the photo below are my cousin, Kieran and his daughter Fiona, on a recent trip to the Old Country from their Stateside home. The picture is taken in Kilkee, County Clare which is the traditional seaside retreat for the people of Limerick, and in the rock you can make out the names N. Naughton, … Continue reading

The Tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Ulilitarianism or War Crime?

 This weekend sees the 62nd anniversary of the Nuclear Strikes on Japan which are credited with bringing the Second World War to a close. Hmmm…I’m not sure on this one. I’ve always taken the Utilitarian point of view on this passage of history .i.e. the Atomic strikes were a necessary evil to force the Japanese … Continue reading

Wilberforce Weekender. City of Hull Marina and Museum Quarter

 This weekend saw more celebrations in the City of Hull to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire which took place via an Act Of Parliament steered through by Non Conformist Hull MP William Wilberforce in 1807. The museum which is located in this famous Son Of Hull’s … Continue reading

Timewatch: Killer Cloud BBC2 Friday 9PM.

Anglo Irish 17th and 18th Century history are my passions, stemming from my brilliant A Level teacher John Oxley, and then having been lucky enough to study under the number one contemporary teacher of this era, Prof. Sean Connolly during my under graduate days in Northern Ireland. Thus it was with considerable interest that I … Continue reading

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