In Defence of Admiral Nelson

Vice-Admiral Horatio Viscount Nelson is my history crush. The one-eyed, one-armed, short, bad tempered, big nosed seaman is not the type of man I usually go for but, just like countless British women in the early nineteenth century, Nelson has charmed me. In the Queen’s House at Greenwich there is a bust of Nelson. Looking … Continue reading In Defence of Admiral Nelson

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Be Whatever Bloody Type of Feminist You Want

Feminism, contrary to, unfortunate still popular belief, is an anti-men movement. It isn’t. Whichever wave of feminism you want to call it (are we now on the 4th, 5th or 6th?!) this is a pro-equality movement. This movement calls for equality for all humans in every aspect of politics, economics and society. It just so … Continue reading Be Whatever Bloody Type of Feminist You Want

The Archers is More Than an “Old Lady’s Programme”

The Archers is more than just a cosy fireside soap opera and the current Helen and Rob Titchener domestic abuse storyline has proven that. The much-loved show, it has five million loyal listeners, was created in 1951 to provide information to farmers and whilst some would argue that it has lost its true essence and … Continue reading The Archers is More Than an “Old Lady’s Programme”

Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate – Book Review

‘Hughes at his most characteristic was a poet of claws and cages: Jaguar, Hawk and Crow. A poet who turns event and animal into myth’. Ted Hughes was, arguably, one of the greatest English poets of the twentieth century. After studying his poems in high school, I was interested to learn more about the man … Continue reading Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate – Book Review

The Lost Tudor Princess by Alison Weir: Book Review

Margaret Tudor was the daughter of Princess Margaret Tudor and Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus; born on 7th October 1515, she was the niece of King Henry VIII and third in the line of English succession. Given her important status at the Tudor Court, it is surprising that her story has been passed over for … Continue reading The Lost Tudor Princess by Alison Weir: Book Review