Category Archives: Historian

On Corrections

I am convinced that noone actually likes to correct their work. In over a decade working in the field of historical research, I have yet to encounter any scholar who revels in the idea, who insists on going home early … Continue reading

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Is Twitter killing my Blog?

Writer’s Block is a real illness. It is! That feeling when you want to punch a wall and hopefully the words will flow, with the blood and plaster flakes and swearing! But it doesn’t really work that way…poor knuckles could … Continue reading

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‘The Write Stuff’

The difficult part of blogging is not in the writing. Believe it or not having something to say has never been a hard thing for me to do! Rather it is to find (a) the time and (b) the right thing to … Continue reading

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That’s a wrap!

I cannot tell you of the sheer unbridled joy (and yawns) that flow from a Call for Papers ending friends! You should never, ever offer to.run a conference! To that end, normal (ish) service will resume here in.about a month, … Continue reading

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The hardest part

What you don’t realise is that waiting is the hardest part. I don’t sleep anymore. Not really. I wait. Granted its in a bed and at night. It’s dark and quiet. The world has slipped to slumber. But it eludes … Continue reading

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Size matters….

  Apparently its not the size of the ship; its the motion of the ocean!   Or so goes the old adage from snickering childlike men who should know better. But when it comes to academic writing, how big is … Continue reading

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What’s the Point of a Professor?

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/opinion/sunday/whats-the-point-of-a-professor.html?referrer= As a Postgraduate student (PhD in UNI Galway, Ireland), I spend a lot of time travelling. Most of it I spend at as I jokingly refer to, my mobile office! My laptop, a book and my smartphone! 3G really … Continue reading

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How male and female bathing suits got smaller and smaller

How male and female bathing suits got smaller and then bigger again goes to highlight what I believe to be the cyclical nature of human history. Simply put old ideas that were once seen as practical and popular go out … Continue reading

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A Lasting Impression

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/06/world/feat-wwi-graffiti-found/ From earliest times man has sought to leave his/her mark on the eternal world. For many this has taken the route of children, achievements, success, monuments. But for others, men and women of more modest circumstances this has taken … Continue reading

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There can be only One

The unkillable soldier http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30685433 The image that comes to most people’s mind when they imagine veterans, is that of venerable old men (and increasingly women), sitting with their medals showing, usually in a quiet room. Generally they are alone… The … Continue reading

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The Historian and the Arts/or the ‘Temporal Engineer’

I have been thinking about writing this post for some time. But I caution you the avid reader, just because I have devoted considerable thought to something does not mean I have advanced it thoroughly! You have been warned! This … Continue reading

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