Monthly Archives: June 2020

Having a psychology degree …

As I’ve said before, I have a degree in Psychology, in fact I have a BSc. As I did my degree at St Andrews, which could never, as an institution, decide if psychology was properly part of humanities or sciences, … Continue reading

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Killing humanities

Back in 2010 I wrote about the attempt to shut down Paleography at KCL in London. This morning’s news reminded me of this, with the government announcement that fees for humanities courses are to double. Normally all that would happen … Continue reading

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They’re taking down the statues (continued)

Back in 2015 I blogged about the taking down of the statue of Cecil Rhodes outside of UCT in Cape Town. Now again, the question as to what to do about colonial era monuments has raised its head again. They … Continue reading

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Social connectedness in 1860’s Britain

A nineteenth century British politician – I think it was Disraeli – once referred to the ‘ten thousand’ – essentially the mixture of upper middle class people and members of the aristocracy who actually ran things. And it’s true – … Continue reading

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Durkin of the Yard …

The Victorians loved a good murder, especially where one involved the aristocracy, financial malfeasance, and a dash of illicit sex. And murders like these were reported in the newspapers of the day with great gusto, because murders sold newspapers, especially … Continue reading

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