UK History

Honouring Ilse Cohn (1897-1941)

Robin Lustig | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

On 29 November, 1941, my grandmother, Ilse Cohn, was shot here, in this field, by members of the Nazi death squad Einsatzkommando 3, under the command of a Swiss-born SS colonel called Karl Jäger. On that one day alone, they murdered 2,000 Jews who had been deported by train from Vienna and from my grandmother's hometown of Breslau. So I have come to honour my grandmother's memory. My mother was her only child and although Ilse had three brothers, she had no nephews or nieces. My brother and I, and my two children, are her only living relatives.

A Postcard From Pastavy

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

What is it about railway stations that conjures up ghosts of the past? I'm standing on the platform in Pastavy (or Postavy), deep in the Belarussian countryside, almost exactly 100 years since my friend Stu Seidel's grandfather, Julius Seidel, stood on this same platform (or one very like it) and boarded a train to start a new life in the New World.

World War I Aircraft - Shuttleworth Collection

Bob Chaundy | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Among the lesser reported aspects of the war on the western front during World War I is the role played by aircraft. Britain manufactured 55,000 planes during the war of which only 10 remain in airworthy condition. Four of these belong to the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire and have been restored to their original construction.

In the Footsteps of Our Families

Robin Lustig | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Like an ever-increasing number of people, we have a growing interest in our families' origins. But also because, as journalists, we can't help but be aware that migration is one of the biggest challenges facing the world we live in. So it's only natural that as the son and grandson of immigrants, we're irresistibly tempted to use our own families' pasts as a way of examining the present and the future.

The Real Problem With Ed

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

Whenever I see Ed Miliband trying to pretend he's a human, I'm always reminded of a particular scene in Mark Tavener's criminally underrated sitcom Absolute Power in which the oily sultan of spin Charles Prentiss (not so much played by as written for Stephen Fry) is sizing up dowdy Tory shadow minister Joanne Standing (basically a pilot version of The Thick of It's Nicola Murray).

Russia's Unfinished Business

Paul Newman | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Newman

"From time immemorial, Russia has been a colourfully exotic, and to some extent unknown, country to the world at large. This unknown quantity - repres...

The Villagers of Leavesden unveil a new WW1 Memorial

Stephen Liddell | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK
Stephen Liddell

Across the country and around the world, old and tired looking WW1 memorials are being repaired. Most places have refurbished their existing memorial...

Happy Birthday To The Ultimate Feminist, Emmeline Pankhurst - Here Are Her 10 Most Inspirational Quotes

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Today is the 156th anniversary of the birth of feminist, political activist and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst - she helped women to win the right to ...

What to Do With 'Mein Kampf'?

Neil Gregor | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Gregor

What everyone wants, in Germany more than anywhere else, is for this book to fade into the oblivion of history, which is where it belongs. Counter-intuitive as it may be, the best way to accelerate this process is probably to permit its circulation...

Kicking Back on the Island of St Kitts

Zahra Razavi | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

Experience the thrill of zip-lining through gorgeous, untouched rainforest terrain on the hidden away Wingfield Estate. Lush vegetation, beautiful flowers, mango trees and mischievous moneys await in this lively, tropical paradise.

The Right Way to do Wrong or How to Deceive Others

Ali Cook | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Ali Cook

We're taught that everything happens due to cause and effect. Whereas a magic trick is an effect without a cause (at least no acceptable cause within the normal parameters of reality). This is why magicians refer to tricks as "effects".

10 Ancient Ruins That Can't be Missed

Adam Bown | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Bown

Imagine bustling streets, silks and spices, man-eating lions and mad emperors. Ruins aren't dead - they're your keys to the intriguing past of your holiday spot, so don't pass them up. Here are 10 sites you can't fly home without seeing.

Why Will I Be Remembering W.D. Fishlock?

Luke Smith | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK
Luke Smith

Lives of the First World, the permanent digital memorial, is part of the story of Imperial War Museums. It is how we are fulfilling a central part of ...

The Face of History Through the Eyes of a Caricaturist

Dr Lindsey Fitzharris | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dr Lindsey Fitzharris

"Every face can be reduced to a basic shape," Adrian Teal declares as he adjusts his square-rimmed glasses and begins drawing on the blank piece of paper before him. "Take, for example, this cube."

Alan Turing: 60 Years On

Victoria Sadler | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Victoria Sadler

Turing committed suicide in 1954 - cyanide poisoning from an apple he had deliberately contaminated - widely seen as the result of his conviction in 1952 of indecency (Turing was gay) and the punitive course of chemical castration he was inflicted with as punishment for his 'crime.'

D-Day Plus 70 Years - The Burden of Sacrifice

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion and the beginning of the liberation of Europe from fascism on June 6, 2014, it is important to reflect on how this day changed history and what it means for us today.

'Generation War' - Fact and Fiction

Witold Sobków | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics
Witold Sobków

By effectively reconceptualising German suffering during the war at the expense of that of other nations, the series seems to be creating a somehow distorted reality of World War II, which many people regard as offensive to the memory of the millions of victims of the Nazi German regime in an occupied Poland and elsewhere.

D-Day Weather

Sian Lloyd | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sian Lloyd

The success and failure of invasions and military expeditions between Britain and Europe have always depended on the weather, from Julius Caesar onwards. But the role the weather and meteorologists played in the 1944 Normandy landings was critical.

Solving the Mystery of Stonehenge

Sarah Willis | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Willis

Many of us will recognise the odd arrangement of large rocks that cast looming shadows across the Wiltshire countryside as Stonehenge - an ancient monument shrouded by myth and mystery.

Why Ukip? The Answer Is In History - Not Bigotry

Robin Koerner | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Koerner

Many people regard Magna Carta as the first Constitutional guarantee of the basic liberties of the English-speaking world. Fewer people know that M...

They Were Cornish, But Why Didn't They Tell the Census Takers?

Scott Phillips | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

In Genealogy, one of the first steps each of us must take is to find the home village of our ancestors. At times this search is relatively (pun intended) simple when one of our family elders is still living and can tell us directly.

The Soul of Soho: Bar Italia Turns 65

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

You can still turn the corner into Frith Street from Shaftesbury Avenue and find a place where the world is at peace with itself. Bar Italia is a jewel set in the rusted London crown. It's the fruit of immigrant toil, a place that makes a laughing stock of Farage and his followers.

Bank Holiday Attractions for the Arts and Crafts Enthusiast

Vicky Dean | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Vicky Dean

Another bank holiday weekend is nearly upon us. If you are an arts and crafts enthusiast looking for inspirational activities with a creative bent then read on. Looking at William Morris, John Constable and Beatrix Potter we will tour the houses and landscapes that they lived in and loved.

Got Cornish Genealogy? HUGE news today

Scott Phillips | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

For all of us who work on our Cornish genealogy, family history, and roots today is a huge day! A 15 years plus effort culminated, in part, today with the announcement today by Chief Secretary, Danny Alexander, saying the Cornish are to be recognized as a national minority group for the first time!

Being Proud at 40

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Of course the current situation for disabled people is not perfect, and I have made it my life's work to play my part in improving matters in any way I can. But if we forget to celebrate our achievements and the sheer wonders that now exist for many disabled people, then we can not move forward, remaining stuck in our own resentment.