UK History

Is This The Oldest Dildo In Existence?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If Ann Summers had been around during the Ice Age, this is definitely the kind of penis-shaped paraphernalia they'd be selling. Ladies and gentlema...

Is Using a Paper Diary Retro or Does it Make Me a Luddite?

Jonathan Guy | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Tech
Jonathan Guy

People collect old letters; they collect stamps, manuscripts and historic papers. Some of the most valuable items in the British Museum are written or printed on paper.

Children of the Great War - Capturing the Legacy of Conflict

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Sometimes art can be beautiful and swell the heart, or it challenges and leads you to re-examine your world view, but on rare occasions it does both. When this happens you find yourself left almost a new person, seeing the world through new eyes.

Charlie Hebdo, Murderous Bullies, Dank Mistrust and a Lesson in Solidarity and History

Karl Davis | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Karl Davis

We need to get angry. We need to get involved. More than anything, we need to get angry at the right people. We need to stand together, and not allow ourselves to be hoodwinked into being angry at Mosques, when we should be angry at the fat cats of Threadneedle Street, and at Parliament

The Curious Case of South Parade Pier

Naomi Thompson | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK
Naomi Thompson

Pier saving has become a bit trendy. Once the poster girls for jaded seaside towns up and down Britain, their sea legs are being strengthened ensuring they are ship-shape and Bristol fashion for many generations to come.

Is It Really Possible To Have A Happy New Year?

Fearghas Kelly | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fearghas Kelly

Throughout 2007, the psychologist Richard Wiseman tracked over three-thousand people attempting to achieve a wide range of resolutions. Come December 31st, 88% of them had failed; and there is a wealth of juicy scientific and psychological nuggets to explain why.

How Churchill's Family Urged Him Not To Become A Muslim

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK

Winston Churchill's family feared his fascination with the Islamic world would lead him to join the religion and urged him not to convert, a newly dis...

10 Truly Bizarre Wars That Actually Happened

AllTime10s | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK

There are many reasons to go to war - honor, power, simply for a pastry. Here are 10 of the most bizarre conflicts in human history....

Possibly The Most Heartwarming Letter You'll Read This Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK

Soldiers of the 103rd Saxon Regiment sit in their trenches in Warneton, Belgium, December 1914 A touching letter, penned 100 years ago, has been ...

10 Famous Historical Events That Didn't Actually Happen

AllTime10s | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK

Rumours spread by journalists and misunderstood metaphors have led to these incredible falsehoods creeping into our history. From LBJ inventing an ...

The Fugitive Lord Lucan Turns 80 This Week - But Is He Still Around to Celebrate?

Bill Coles | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Bill Coles

Since 1974, there have been very few clues - whatsoever - about what happened to Lord Lucan. But the very few clues there have been all indicate that Lord Lucan did indeed manage to flee the country... And started up a new life in Africa or perhaps India... And could quite easily be celebrating his 80th birthday this week...

'Double History': New Satire Blog Takes a Gleeful Poke at the Purists

Amy Licence | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Amy Licence

While the Horrible Histories series for children has been recognised as fitting within the Roald Dahl tradition of humour, it seems that the adult version, which Double History offers, is simply too opaque for some. Yet what exactly is being satirised here?

On the Nature of Public Opinion

Aaron Vallely | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

History has given us a colossal record of deceit, manipulation of the many by a resourceful and shrewd few, and the sustained distortion of public perception so robustly at any one time, it is imperative we review the model of society we have inherited. Power derives its life-force from control.

Elgin Marbles Could Finally Return To Greece... But There's Quite A Big Catch

The Huffington Post UK | Press Association | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK

One of the Elgin Marbles could return to Greece where they were first displayed - but only if the Greek authorities promised to give it back to the Br...

History of Music in Japanese Video Games

Iain Fraser | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Iain Fraser

Over the past couple of weeks I have been looking at how the composers of video game music influence today's music industry , with some fascinating results.

Eighty Moments That Shaped the World

John Worne | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK
John Worne

Eighty years is within a single lifetime of today - but for many it will feel a long time ago. The pace and scale of change in science and technology, international relations, arts and culture - and the way societies work and people live - must seem vast through the eyes of a those who have lived through them.

10 Extreme Examples of Propaganda

AllTime10s | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics

Battles have been fought and cities have been built in the name of propaganda. From a fake invasion to a horribly homophobic film, these are some of t...

10 Disturbing Government Cover-Ups

AllTime10s | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics

From missing bombs to nuclear incidents, these are just a few of the most worrying things governments have tried to hide....

From Midnight Walks to Medieval Murders: Writing 'The Anjou Trilogy'

Princess Michael of Kent | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Princess Michael of Kent

Until the final book of my Anjou Trilogy to be published next year, I have not dared tackle the life of a man. I find few men write well about women, and few women write convincingly about men.

The Walls That Still Stand 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Emily Wasik | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Emily Wasik

It's a run-of-the-mill Saturday night and you're at a concert in Manhattan's Lower East Side. While sauntering home to the Upper West Side at the cr...

Why Plumbing and History Are Not Created Equal

Chris Jones | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Student loan debt is scary, but you also worry about finding a job without a degree. Then you have to factor in your parents' opinions. Mum wants you to be a doctor; dad wants you to be an engineer. And you don't want to disappoint the good people who've kept you fed and clothed all these years...

World War One Is Now More Remembered Than Ever

Stephen Liddell | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK
Stephen Liddell

It's not that long ago when people were worried about remembering WW1. Not in how to mark the 100th anniversary of the war as has been the case recently but whether people would still care enough to remember in the war at all.

Tea: A Very British Beverage

Amy Licence | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

This is a lovely little full teacup of a book; light and refreshing yet full of body, a fresh new blend of narrative and anecdote. Paul Chrystal's new book "Tea: A Very British Beverage" offers a satisfying look at the history and cultural impact of tea, ranging from the legends of its discovery...

Animals in War: They Didn't Volunteer - They Had No Choice

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

As well as the millions of human heroes that have given their lives for our freedom, do many of us ever consider those poor animals that also helped bring us peace, specifically employed by mankind for use in warfare? They didn't volunteer - they had no choice.

The Lord Lucan Scandal - 40 Years on 10 Things You Never Knew About the Most Enduring Mystery of the 20th Century

Bill Coles | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Bill Coles

In the past four decades, there have been any number of theories as to what might have happened to this raffish, good-looking gambler. Did he escape to South Africa, to South America, or even to Alaska? Or did he take his own life after realising that his final throw of the dice had - yet again - ended in abject failure.