In 1942 Japan's blitzkrieg throughout the Southwest Pacific left the world holding its breath. After Singapore fell, it seemed only a mater of time till Australia would fall victim to Japan's aggression. It would take the insidious ultra-secret weapon "Magic" to save Australia from invasion.
The British Poet Laureate is chosen by the monarch and they create poetry for symbolic moments. From battles to Covid, royal birthdays to funerals, their muse must be ready.
Unit 731 was a prisoner camp used by the Japanese where they performed some of the most horrifying crimes against humanity in history.
You want to get published but don’t have an agent. Getting into print can be tough. Here are some tips to make your initial contact with a literary agent more effective.
Four children and a Psammead explore the past with the aid of a magic amulet, which is controlled by a strange entity. The story has an unexpected ending.
We love royal weddings. This article is about the 31st May 1906 royal wedding in Madrid. King Alfonso XIII of Spain married H.R.H. Victoria Eugenie (Ena) of Battenberg, Queen Victoria's granddaughter. The fairytale turned into a nightmare as an anarchist's bomb hit the Calle Mayor.
The question as to whether one religion can be so perfect as to remain the final religion for mankind, never to be superseded until the end of time, is one that is promoted by the adherents of some religious systems. The validity of such a claim is explored in this article.
Aethelstan (894-939) was the son of Edward the Elder, King of the Anglo-Saxons. When he was thirty years old he claimed his place in history as the first ever king of all England after defeating the Vikings in York. Aethelstan, King of the English laid the foundations for today's UK.
In September 1920, the heart of America's financial district was the target of a terrorist attack whose perpetrators remain unknown today.
What does the word "antiphrasis" elicit in your mind? Is it "anti-" meaning against, and "phrasis" meaning phrases? You will learn more about this common and widely used technique by many poets whether they know what they are doing or not.
Sir Thomas Bloodworth was the Mayor of London when the Great Fire of London destroyed 75% of the city between 2nd-5th September 1666. His early response to news of the fire left a lot to be desired.
His influence expanded all throughout Europe. Some say perhaps the entire world. He was passionate and driven to achieve the unattainable. But at the same time he was a megalomaniac. European monarchs feared him while the French people and his soldiers loved him. That was Napoleon Bonapart.
Edith Nesbit wrote some interesting and popular children's books. One of them includes a Phoenix that talks, a carpet that flies, and five adventurous siblings.
How many children decide that they want to be a princess when they grow up? It's not all tiaras and floaty dresses. The life of Louise, youngest daughter of King George II and Queen Caroline, was not as charmed as you might imagine.
Karma can have many associations with it that can cause confusion. Here I will talk about a few different ones that may enlighten you as to what it could mean for you.
'Mock Orange' is Louise Glück's short, intense feminist poem focusing on the effects of the love act between the male and female. The mock orange plant mimics the real orange and becomes a metaphor for the falseness of sex, which the speaker hates because it is linked to the physical power of men.
The Spanish Armada of 1588 is a very well-known part of British history. Elizabeth I of England versus Phillip II of Spain. He lost. She was proclaimed Gloriana. Meanwhile, the English Armada of 1589 has rarely been spoken of or written about in Britain.
A mother writes to a friend relating the spellbinding story of her son's WWII miraculous escape from death, being a prisoner of war, being freed by the 3rd Army, grand reception in Paris, and much more. It is a fascinating tale of sorrows and hopes.
Princess Mary, the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary is often left in the shadow of her brothers Edward VIII and George VI, but she was a trailblazer. From the Princess Mary Christmas Gift Boxes to seeking higher education for women, we owe her gratitude for inspiring later generations.
Lord Henry Darnley was the ambitious cousin of Queen Elizabeth I of England, Mary, Queen of Scots and of his likely murderer James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell. A contemptible character, he married Mary on 29th July 1565, murdered on 9th March 1566 and was dead before his 2nd wedding anniversary.
The question as to whether Jesus is God or the Son of God is one that divides Christians and other faith groups, especially Muslims. Christians hold on to that belief as a basic tenet of their faith, while others are baffled by it. The truths and myths of this matter are explored in this article.
In this article we take a look at the largest, and the last, of the British New Towns: Milton Keynes. We explore the futuristic architectural vision for this new city and take a look at some of the best examples of modernist architecture.
Bombay and Jinnah have a fond connection and his house is still there on Malabar Hill.
Early American poet, Philip Freneau, has been designated as the "Father of American Poetry" and the "Poet of the Revolution." He was the first notable early American poet to have been born in the American homeland.
The Irish regalia was stolen from Dublin Castle in mid-1907. The star, badge and collars of the Order of St. Patrick, known as the Irish crown jewels, have never been recovered. The theft remains a tantalising mystery. Whodunnit?
Rebecca Serle takes the reader through an array of emotions in this book, all the while keeping the ending hidden. You will truly have no idea where she is going with it, until she gets there.
Pastor Marcelo Carcach provides advice for churches to prevent and handle misconduct, harassment, and abuse.
American poet, John Greenleaf Whittier, never married nor produced offspring, but he lived a full life, filled with political activism, working to abolish the institution of slavery, editing political and literary publications, and creating some of the most widely read poetry in the American canon.
As in her riddle-poem, "I have a Bird in spring," Dickinson is employing the bird metaphor to muse on the possibility that her special awareness might abandon her. The bird becomes a useful poetic device for this poet, as she often bestows on her talent the characteristic of flight.
Welshman Owain Glyndŵr led a rebellion against English rule that turned him into a national hero. After his death, he gained mythic status.
"When I Die" is a spiritual poem written by the famous Persian spiritual scholar Jalal ad Din Rumi, simply known as Rumi. This article provides an analysis.
During the early twentieth century portrait artist Philip de László (1869-1937) produced works of the elite in society and numerous European royal figures. Despite his connections, during the First World War he faced his darkest hours.
'Mont Blanc' is Shelley's philosophical poem in which he explores the idea that the human mind is part of the great flow of things, passive yet imaginatively aware of the awesome teaching power of nature. Using metaphor and vivid imagery, the atheist romantic brings platonic form as faithful guide.
On May 1, 1960, CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down deep inside the Soviet Union. The recovered cameras from the wreckage of a U-2 spy plane along with the capture of the pilot caused an international incident, deepening the Cold War divide between the Soviet Union and the United States.