Category Archives: History

History – It’s (Mostly) Fun

I used to really enjoy history as a kid, and I might well have taken it up as a career had my parents not so badly wanted me to be a scientist. Running role-playing campaigns allowed me to indulge my … Continue reading

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Book Review – Straight

OK, so I spent part of Christmas reading a book about sex. It was interesting. Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality, by Hanne Blank, does exactly what it says on the cover. It looks at the history of the … Continue reading

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Historical Fantasy at Foyles

After the radio show I managed to find Juliet in time for us to have lunch and see a bit of Bristol before the event. Juliet asked to see an art gallery, so I took her up Park Street to … Continue reading

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This Week’s Radio – Judy Darley, Bristol Homeless, Black Identity

I began Wednesday’s show with a few mentions of people. As many of you will know, Caroline Symcox has just been inaugurated as Vicar of Fairford, which is not that far away from Bristol. I suspect that Paul Cornell is … Continue reading

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Ada Lovelace Day, 2014

There won’t be a post from me today. That’s not because I haven’t written anything. It is because the thing that I wrote is in another venue that won’t be published until Monday. What venue is that? I hear you … Continue reading

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Today On Ujima – Israel, Serbia & Iraq

Thanks to my uncle, and Tracy the cleaner, holding the fort during the day I was able to get up to Bristol to do my radio show today. This was a great relief as I had a busy show planned. … Continue reading

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Rainbow Jews Crowdfunder

My friend Surat Knan is running a crowdfunding campaign to help support their Rainbow Jews project. If you have any interest in LGBT history, and in particular if you do so and are Jewish, you may want to support this … Continue reading

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Trans History Is Not White

Yesterday Juliet Jacques had an article in the New Statesman about the supposed “debate” between radical feminists and trans women. (It is an interesting form of debate — the TERFs want us dead, and we just want them to leave … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima: WWI, Music Courses & Fair Trade

I’m online at the Ujima studios because I have a meeting this evening and won’t be home until late. Getting some blogging done is a much better use of my time than going shopping. Today’s show began with my friend … Continue reading

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Unstraight Conference – The Interviews

I have done a podcast of the various interviews I did at the Unstraight Conference in Liverpool last weekend (see here and here). As you might expect, mostly I talked to people about the April Ashley exhibition, but hopefully it … Continue reading

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The Un-Straight Conference – Day 2

Day 2 in Liverpool was a bit of an anti-climax because the schedule was constructed around April Ashley’s keynote speech. As she was too ill to attend, there was a big gap in the day. The organizers filled it with … Continue reading

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The Un-Straight Conference – Day 1

Well, that was a roller-coaster of a day. The conference thus far as been excellent. I tweeted a lot (the official hashtag is #UnStraightConference if you want to see what other people are saying about it. Also several major sessions … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Polari

In the beginning Gloria created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was nanti form, and void; and munge was upon the eke of the deep. And the Fairy of Gloria trolled upon the eke of the aquas. And … Continue reading

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Today On Ujima: Bristol & Slavery, plus Talking Books

Today’s show began with good and bad news. The good stuff included Nalo Hopkinson winning the Andre Norton Award for Best YA Novel of 2013 at last weekend’s Nebula Awards ceremony. It also included the really good news that Ahad … Continue reading

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Tomorrow on Ujima

The first hour of tomorrow’s Women’s Outlook will see me interviewing Dr. Olivette Otele, an expert on the history of the slave trade. It should be a fascinating interview. If you have any specific issues you’d like me to raise … Continue reading

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Launching You Make Bristol

This evening I took myself off to Bristol for the launch of a new section of the local history exhibits at the M-Shed museum. Called You Make Bristol, it is a series of features on local people who have done … Continue reading

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The Ashmolean Museum

Something else I did yesterday was take a wander around the Ashmolean Museum, and very splendid it is too. Some of the artifacts on display are replicas (for example, the mask of Agamemnon, the original of which is quite rightly … Continue reading

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Toronto Has History (Temporarily)

Kevin and I spent today doing tourist stuff in Toronto. This included visiting the Merril Collection and Bakka-Phoenix Books. However, we also dropped in on the Royal Ontario Museum. The original objective was to allow Kevin to see their magnificent … Continue reading

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Historical Gardening

Last night Channel 4 screened an archaeology documentary claiming to have found the true location of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Although Greek sources say that the Gardens were in Babylon, and were built by Nebuchadnezzar, no trace of them … Continue reading

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BristolCon Weekend

Kevin and I spent much of Friday in Bath, showing Mary Robinette Kowal around the city. This naturally involved visits to the Georgian parts of the city, as opposed to the Roman bits that Kevin and I tend to frequent. … Continue reading

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