I’m slowly working my way back through the Mabinogion, because who doesn’t love medieval Welsh literature? I actually found myself chuckling at this light hearted tale of sexual exploitation, violent extortion and the total deception of two nations. Pwyll was the Prince of Dyved, one day he decided to go for a hunt so he rode… Continue reading Pwyll of Dyved: Legend One
Looking at the last few posts and the realisations I have come to through the research I had undertaken to write them, it has become increasingly clear that even in a free western society we are taught to look at our national past through a very specific and forgiving lens. Even when approaching cases like… Continue reading Boudica: Sing O Goddess…
This post is intended to support the Biographica Incognita article on Johnny Ramensky. In researching the social and political landscape in which Johnny found himself, a large story started to unfold which I couldn’t fit into the article and was so much bigger and separate to the man himself. Some of the details from the… Continue reading Lithuanian Immigration to Scotland
Towards the end of the nineteenth century the British had been trying to solidify their imperial borders in what is today Pakistan. Despite the enormous wealth India had brought the empire it also provided its share of problems. Arguably more so than any other region under British control. The tried and tested method of arming… Continue reading Saragarhi: Bole So Niha
In researching my next Biographica Incognita entry I have been looking at impressive escapes from prison. This inexorably led me to the story of Jack Sheppard whose criminal career only lasted about two years but in those two years he accrued the notoriety of a lifetime. Jack was born in March 1702 in Spittlefields, London… Continue reading Jack Sheppard: Stone walls do not a prison make.
“The author is dead” –Unknown Over the last decade the UK Government have made significant advancements in the identification and support of vulnerable people at risk of becoming radicalised. From its publication and constant revisions of the Prevent Strategy(2011) to the assembly of multi-agency panels to review and support at risk individuals. In my role… Continue reading Safeguarding: Self Radicalisation
This situation is more of a hypothetical, whilst based on a real situation the patients confidentiality is assured by the fact I cant remember most of the specific details and as a result have confabulated. I should also stress the question I am exploring is not related to the safeguarding concern for which I was… Continue reading Safeguarding: Ethnicity and Ethics
Some of my readers are aware that I am an Adult Safeguarding Nurse for a large hospital in the south of England. This work leads to a lot of exposure to (among other things) the weird and wonderful diversity of human nature. I will relay some of the more interesting experiences in these posts if… Continue reading Safeguarding : Incest
So I was finally putting pen to paper on my Biographica Incognita entry on Gentleman Johnny Ramensky. I have spent weeks reading newspapers and court records from the first half of the twentieth century. However in writing about Johnny’s parents immigrating from Lithuania I realised I didn’t really understand the geography of Lithuania. So I… Continue reading Geographical Anomaly
Would World War Two have happened without Adolf Hitler? There are few that would dispute that Adolf Hitler was one of the darkest figures in human history. The atrocities he visited upon millions of people are beyond imagining. Often in hypothetical discussions about time travel, the first thought visited is, “I would kill Hitler”. However,… Continue reading OMH: Would World War Two Have Happened Without Hitler?