The Australian perspective: Gallipoli and the Battle of Lone Pine.

On the 28th of June 1914, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne saw the Balkans […]

Bone Sewing Needles (a brief history of…)

The humble sewing needle needs no introduction. Everyone has likely seen one used or has used one to sew that […]

The Legend of the “Eye” Part 5

  Featuring an all seeing eye in its imagery ,this is the occultist and magician Eliphas Levi’s pentagram, which he […]

The ‘Capitoline Vision’ of Edward Gibbon.

On the 15th October 1764, Edward Gibbon observed a group of friars singing in the ruins of the Temple of […]

Coffee and the Ottoman coffeehouse (a brief history of…)

Coffee today, easily ranks in the top ten most traded commodities in the world. It sits comfortable amongst natural gas, […]

Roman Road Building 101

The Appian Way? No, just my garden path. Over the past few weeks I have (weather permitting) been building my […]

The Legend of the “Eye” Part 4

  The Hamsa hand. An Amulet against the ‘evil eye’. There are a many number of versions of the all […]

Marcus Aurelius: Emperor, General & Philosopher.

In his ‘Meditations’, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus simply wrote or described himself as ‘a male, mature in years, a statesman, a […]

Sailing triumph, the Boxing Kangaroo and the America’s Cup !

“Do you come from a land down under? Where women glow and men plunder? Can’t you hear, can’t you hear […]

Hollywood’s Darling meets Soviet Premier

On the 19th September 1959, Marilyn Monroe was preparing to meet the Soviet premier Nikita Krushchev, while camped out in […]