Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Ordinary amid the Extraordinary

When it comes to history – particularly of the wartime variety – it is usually the grand event that has been captured for posterity. We’ve all seen the photos – devastated cities bombed to rubble; forlorn prisoners of war, ground … Continue reading

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Of Lice and Men…

Researching my new novel, which is set around the aftermath of World War I and involves a group of ex-servicemen excavating an abandoned bunker, I came across some curious snippets regarding life in the trenches… During the war it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Eyewitness to history

Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916 has been well covered down through the years. It is a fascinating subject and one which continues to exercise the minds of historians more so even now that we approach the centenary of that momentous … Continue reading

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Through a lens darkly…

A picture is a thousand words…in the case of Horst Faas you could multiply that by ten. His photgraphs of the Vietnam war are harrowing, beautiful and full of humanity. They tell the story of the ordinary person in extraordinary … Continue reading

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The Sahara gives up a wartime mystery

Poignant story in the Daily Mail the other day about the World War II  plane found in the Sahara desert. When RAF Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping went missing in June 1942 he was just another casualty in a desert campaign … Continue reading

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The Sin That Dare Not Speak Its Name

‘The love that dare not speak its name’… that’s how homosexuality was once famously described across the water. Well, on this side of the Irish Sea,’the sin that dare not speak its name’ is one way to describe a dark … Continue reading

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The Bullet and the Crucifix

A friend passed on this snippet to me the other day. The story concerns one James Burke (22) of the Royal Irish Fusiliers who was fighting in St Quentin, Northern France, during the last big enemy push on March 21, … Continue reading

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This website is aimed to celebrate the forgotten voices of history – the bit players who get swallowed up by the big events and the even bigger egos in their rush to posterity

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