Monthly Archives: October 2016

Lenin and the ‘Rathmines Accent’

Way back in 2012 I wrote about the story that Lenin spoke English with a Dublin accent. At the time I was mildly incredulous, but in a comment Dara O’Rourke suggested that I follow up the story of Roddy Connolly, … Continue reading

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The lacunae of copyright and digitisation

Ever since I first visited Turkey twenty years ago I’ve been aware that the Ottoman empire’s role in the first world war is something, with the exception of Gallipoli, we tend to ignore in the English speaking world, tending, understandably, … Continue reading

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The founding of Beechworth …

Beechworth started out a grazing community, but with the discovery of gold in 1852 the town suddenly exploded acquiring banks, a post office and doubtless pubs. But there’s another little monument up a back road celebrating the first Congregationalist service … Continue reading

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Greeks in China?

While we were in Byron there was an online spat about a documentary that apparently suggested that Greek craftsmen may have worked on the terracotta army in Xian. I’ll say apparently as I havn’t seen the documentary, but something that … Continue reading

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Eureka !

Eureka Pioneers memorial, Eureka NSW Earlier this year, we’d moved to Beechworth in Victoria. While we’re pretty content with things in general, we decided we needed to do some remodelling of our house plus a modest extension and a new … Continue reading

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Roman coins in Japan and Chinese skeletons in Roman London

Well, we’ve had two unrelated stories that hint at there having been more contact between Rome and contemporary cultures in China, Korea and Japan. Personally I tend to dismiss this. Roman mirrors and glass have previously turned up in graves … Continue reading

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