On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

It is both poetic and poignant that the armistice signed at 5 am on 11 November 1918 was intended to come into effect six hours later, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The decision was deliberate; but it also meant that fighting in the First World War’s main combat … More On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

Britain’s last battleships – at last

All empires, it seems, decline and fall, often disgracefully. The one exception is the British Empire, which faded away in a quite civil manner by comparison with the usual way these entities collapse. It happened during the twentieth century, largely on the back of two world wars that effectively bankrupted Britain. By 1945 – when … More Britain’s last battleships – at last

This week’s feature book cover – Blue Water Kiwis

This year a whole series of my older print books have been brought back into print as second editions. They’ve come with new covers – strongly branded, themed, and to my mind highly evocative of the subject matter. I featured the first of them a couple of weeks back. Here’s another. I wrote it way … More This week’s feature book cover – Blue Water Kiwis