Category Archives: History

Writer’s Wednesday: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (Book & Movie)

Book Review Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I wanted to read it before the movie came out (11th of January 2013 in Ireland), and just managed to do it. (I read the free Kindle edition). Let me begin by saying that the story of Les Miserables is timeless, …

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Writer’s Wednesday: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first volume of Maya Angelou’s six volume autobiography. It is the haunting and thought-provoking story of Angelou’s childhood in the American South during the 1930’s. It is a story of resilience, of being in love with a world that at times is unbearably cruel. It is the …

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25 Years Anniversary of Enniskillen

Today is 25 years since the IRA bombed a remembrance day parade in the small town of Enniskillen in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Eleven people were killed, 63 injured in what would afterwards be widely condemned, even by people in favour of a united Ireland. On the same day U2 held a concert in …

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Friday’s Fabulous Female: Helen Bamber

  This week’s Fabulous Female is Helen Bamber, an amazing woman who went to the Belsen concentration camp to help Holocaust survivors at merely the age of 18, and who has never stopped fighting for people. Today at the age of 87 she is still fighting for victims of torture and trafficking, through her non-profit …

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Celebrating Gandhi

Today, 2nd of October, is Gandhi’s birthday. It’s also celebrated as a national holiday in India, and since 2007, the UN has decided that it is the International Day of Non-Violence. Though I’ve always known of Gandhi, and admired him from a “distance”, I haven’t really known much about him. Sure, I’d watched the movie …

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Writer’s Wednesday: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

This week I finished reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, a wonderful retelling of the Biblical story of Dinah – but in a way the story has never been told before. From the Prologue: We have been lost to each other for so long. My name means nothing to you. My memory is dust. This …

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Writer’s Wednesday: God Is Not a Christian by Desmond Tutu

It took me just over a month to read God Is Not a Christian: And Other Provocations by Desmond Tutu back in February/March. Not because it’s long, it’s just over 200 pages, but because it is so incredibly thought-provoking. I really enjoyed it on so many levels. Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, arch bishop of South …

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Book Notes: God Is Not a Christian by Desmond Tutu: Unbiblical, Unchristian, Immoral, and Evil

  I read God Is Not a Christian: And Other Provocations by Desmond Tutu, and it is one of the most amazing books I have read. I greatly recommend it, whatever your religious beliefs. Desmond Tutu, arch-bishop of the Anglican Church in South Africa has won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, fought against the apartheid, and is incredibly out-spoken …

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Book Notes: God Is Not a Christian by Desmond Tutu: I Stand Here Before You

  I read God Is Not a Christian: And Other Provocations by Desmond Tutu, and it is one of the most amazing books I have read. I greatly recommend it, whatever your religious beliefs. Desmond Tutu, arch-bishop of the Anglican Church in South Africa has won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, fought against the apartheid, and is incredibly out-spoken …

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Fabulous Female: Mathilde Fibiger (the First, Danish Feminist

This week’s Fabulous Female is Mathilde Fibiger, the first Danish feminist. I read a biography about her called ‘Passionsblomsten’ (The Passion Flower), which is by Bodil Wamberg. All quotes from the book (or from Fibiger’s writings) are my translation from Danish. Mathilde Fibiger, photographed by Thora HallagerWikipedia Fibiger was the first to bring the issue of …

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