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By Orlando on December 14, 2012
Hrotsvit, whose name is also recorded as Roswitha, and in other variations, lived in the Abbey of Gandersheim, which is in the region known today as Saxony, in the second half of the tenth century. The dark ages may not have been quite so dark if you were a noble-born, highly educated nun, with a rather quirky sense of humour.
By tigtog on December 8, 2012
history – the process of writing down and preserving of the facts, not the facts/events themselves – was looking the other way
By blue milk on November 1, 2012
The Australian prime minister Julia Gillard’s labelling of the leader of the opposition, Tony Abbott, a “misogynist” has become the focus of intense debate both in Australia and here in the UK. What has been most striking for me is the recent news that Gillard received a huge boost in her Australian approval ratings immediately [...]
By tigtog on October 15, 2012
Because I obviously haven’t been paying enough attention, I hadn’t realised that Joseph Kittinger, the USAF officer who previously held the record for highest/fastest freefall parachute jump after the 1959-60 Project Excelsior research into high-altitude bailouts, was part of the team for Felix Baumgartner’s successful attempt on those records.
By blue milk on September 28, 2012
You must read this wonderful essay in aeon magazine from economist, John Quiggin – “The Golden Age: The 15-hour working week predicted by Keynes may soon be within our grasp – but are we ready for freedom from toil”. Quiggin takes Keynes’ theory and in this essay fixes up some of the old oversights by [...]
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By Orlando on September 21, 2012
Paulina is one of Shakespeare’s lesser known, but most vibrant and admirable mouthy women.
By Orlando on September 19, 2012
It be annual Talk Like a Pirate Day.
By tigtog on September 14, 2012
This late-1970s attempt at intimidation was witnessed by a bunch of other journalists working for The Bulletin at the time. Yeah, the idea that Abbott could have punched the wall beside a woman’s head to intimidate her as his political rival just seems soooo unlikely, amirite?
By Orlando on August 15, 2012
A handy guide to what you can expect: please share any bits and pieces you have come across recently that have surprised, delighted, intrigued or otherwise positively engaged you.
By blue milk on July 7, 2012
This is a fabulous response from Brenda Chapman, (@brenda_chapman) one of the main writers behind Brave, whom I discovered when she started following me on Twitter (small world), where she answers the question of whether princesses are bad for girls: In the past couple of decades, in an obvious effort to toughen up those princesses [...]
By tigtog on July 5, 2012
Happy day off to our USA friends, hope that it wasn’t too hot where you are, and that you did something fun.
By tigtog on June 27, 2012
Her list of six books that ignited her passion for space, scientific exploration and adventure from Radio National’s Top Shelf segment. What books were ignition points for you? Most of mine had something to do with histories.
By Guest Hoyden on June 26, 2012
Guest Blogger Alex “Skud” Bayley reviews a documentary aired on the ABC about women’s suffrage in Australia, Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote.
By Orlando on June 22, 2012
Grace (Grainne) O’Malley ruled the seas to the west of Ireland in the sixteenth century. It was unheard of for a woman to command ships and lead a clan, but Grace did it, holding the loyalty of her troops for decades.