It’s 78 years this week since the battlecruiser HMS Hood went down in the Denmark Strait while fighting the German battleship Bismarck. At about 6.00 am on 24 May 1941, around eight minutes after the battle began, she exploded in a massive ball of fire and smoke as her two after magazines, X and Y, … More This week in history: the loss of HMS Hood
This week’s obscure English word is partive. It’s the technical name of a phrase containing a grammatic construction that refers to only part of something, such as ‘a slice of bread’. Your challenge: write a sentence about something partive in the comments. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2019
I’ve been writing for a US website, the Navy General Board, for a couple of years now. They are building up a wide array of reference articles on naval history, a fair number of them by Yours Truly. The NGB have a strong presence on Facebook and a major website – and that’s only the … More Check out the Navy General Board’s incredible history website
I spotted a thread the other day on Facebook in which someone was screaming about the Moon landings being faked. ‘Wake up!’ this person insisted. ‘The Moon landings were faked.’ Why? Apparently we haven’t been back since 1972 and, according to this person, lack the technology to do so. Well, quite. It was one of … More How my favorite Napier icon proves the Moon landings really happened
This week’s obscure English word is paraprosdokian. It’s the name of a figure of speech that has ironic juxtaposition: the last part isn’t expected. Groucho Marx was very good at them: ‘I had a great day… but this wasn’t it.’ Your challenge: write a paraprosdokian in the comments. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2019
One of the great mysteries of the universe – which I’ve never really understood – is how everyday life always seems to kick up adverse challenges out of nowhere. I can’t ever get carparks or go anywhere that might form a queue without something happening to make it difficult. Every time. 1. I’ll often look … More Is the universe out to get me? Why yes!
Have you ever been grabbed by history and had the raw emotion of a past event suddenly explode across you in all its human depth and drama? It’s this – and not lists of numbers – that makes history interesting. Add music to the mix and you can create a historical account that has tremendous … More Capturing the feeling of history with music… and the Bismarck