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WHAT LOVE CAN TEACH US ABOUT HATE

There’s a song originally recorded by The Persuaders in 1971 and covered many times since, most famously by Annie Lennox. It’s called: ‘There’s a thin line between love and hate.’ It kept going round in my head when I first … Continue reading

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HE FOUND THIS IN A SECRET VATICAN ARCHIVE. OR DID HE?

The following document was recently discovered in the Vatican archives by author Colin Falconer. (or so he claims.)   It is the record of a violent disagreement between William of Augsburg, Dominican friar and special emissary to the court of … Continue reading

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CLEOPATRA, daughter of the Nile

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WHERE THERE’S A WOMB THERE’S A WAY

Today is World Population Day. It was founded July 11, 1987; the day the world population reached 5 billion. Today it’s just over 7 billion. Clearly something isn’t working. So here’s a quick history of contraception – hopefully we’ll find … Continue reading

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WHO WAS ANASTASIA?

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THE FACE THAT SUNK A THOUSAND SHIPS (WELL 3, ANYWAY.)

As any old sea dog will tell you, it’s unlucky to have a woman on board ship. (Unless the woman is naked, apparently. Sailors make up the best superstitions.) But in the case of Violet Jessop, you’d have to say … Continue reading

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THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Who was the first female Native American female president of the United States? (a) Pocahantas (b) Hiawatha (c) this is a trick question, isn’t it? If you answered (c) you’d be right. Because no, there has never been a female … Continue reading

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THE SHE WOLF OF ROME: THE EMPRESS THEY JUST COULDN’T KILL

Her mother is remembered by history as a modest and heroic woman. Agrippina the Younger isn’t. She was born at a Roman outpost on the Rhine, near present day Cologne. She came from a line of Roman bluebloods; her father … Continue reading

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IT’S 1929. LET’S GO CLUBBING

Your girlfriend is late, as always. There’s a newspaper on the hall table and you look at the headline: “TWO WOMEN IN FIGHT, ONE STRIPPED, OTHER EATS BAD CHECK”. What is this? The Evening Graphic. Of course. You reach for … Continue reading

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THE REAL STORY OF THE INDIAN WOMAN IN ‘DANCES WITH WOLVES’

She was christened Cynthia Ann Parker, but she would have told you her name was Naduah “Keeps Warm With Us”. Hers is one of the great love stories of the Wild West – and ultimately the saddest. She was born … Continue reading

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