The 1620s European Financial crisis.

Yes, they even had them in Europe in the 17th Century, they called this one  “Tipper and See-Saw Time”, that was the name given to a financial crisis during the start of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). It occurred as the city-states in the Holy Roman Empire began to debase their currency, in order to […]

The real Gunpowder Plot was simple, but it went wrong!

The plan itself was fairly simple, but it went wrong. Basically, they were all Catholics and they wanted to bring the catholic religion back to England by blowing up the House of Lords during the state opening of Parliament, as the king, the Lords and the Commons would all be in the Lords chamber. This, […]

Krakatoa explodes

“On the afternoon of the 26th there were violent explosions at Krakatoa, which were heard as far as Batavia. High waves first retreated, and then rolled upon both sides of the strait.During a night of pitchy darkness these horrors continued with increasing violence,augmented at midnight by electrical phenomena on a terrifying scale.” By E. W. […]

Did the people of Pompeii know they lived by a live volcano?

Pliny the Younger who watched from the other side of the bay told us  “There had been tremors for many days previously,a common occurrence in Campagnia and no cause for panic.” Yes, they did! The Pompeiians knew that to Volcanoes provided fertile land, ideal soil along with a climate for growing grapes and olives.  That […]

The Titanic – before the Ice Berg

The Titanic was at the forefront of maritime technology, it really was the “Ship of Dreams”. She was: This huge ship was luxurious: Then on April 10th, 1912, as it set out for New York, there were problems.   Was the journey doomed? Well, after that everything appeared to be going well.  She made two […]

The Great Fire on London

Shortly after midnight on Sunday 2nd September a fire went rogue in Thomas Farriner’s bakery in Pudding Lane in the City of London. Now fires were a regularity in the City of London at this time.  Unfortunately, this one, as I said earlier went rogue.  It quickly spread to the nearby houses, then to nearby […]

What happened to the White Star Line, owners of the RMS Titanic?

It was a clear, sunny day at 12.13pm on May 31st 1911, when amid much celebration, the RMS Titanic was launched at the Harland and Wolff ship yard in Belfast. It took a further year for her superstructure to be completed and the ship’s sea trials finally began on April 2nd, 1912. Once completed, she […]

Did the people of Pompeii know they lived by a live volcano?

The city of Pompeii was a major resort city during the times of Ancient Rome. However, then everything changed when it was buried in volcanic dust in 79 AD, disaster struck the city when it was buried for 2,000 years under 20 feet of a blanket of ash and pumice when the nearby volcano, Mount […]

Ancient Rome’s Financial Crisis

Did you know that in 2008 they used 2000-year-old solution to save our economy! It was in 33 AD that a financial crisis hit Ancient Rome and the solution Emperor Tiberius used was “quantitative easing”, a phrase yu may have recently, as this izs what they did in 2008. It all happened because in 26 […]

The Three Sisters, Olympic, Titanic and Britannic

Did you know that back in the age of steam, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the RMS Titanic and its two sister ships, the RMS Olympic and RMS Britannic were the biggest ships at sea? The RMS Titanic It was known to the world as “The Ship of Dreams”.  It, as every child […]