To be sent to Coventry……

  To be Sent To Coventry is to become a social outcast and be ignored by everybody. But why poor old Coventry?   During the English Civil War in the mid-1600s Coventry was a strong Parliamentarian town, and Royalist soldiers, captured during the early battles in the Midlands, would be …

Abolition and string trousers…

Today is the anniversary of the death of John Conrad (1921-1987) John Conrad, the fourth Earl Russell was the son of the great philosopher Bertrand Russell. Sadly it seems that the admirable qualities of the father were  not passed on to the son. During his infrequent visits to the House of …

The Middle Ages

Today I was listening to a radio programme where various talking heads were chatting about the Middle Ages. It got me thinking that the “Middle Ages” is rather an odd term. Created by nineteenth-century academics and historians, it more or less means the “middle” period between the fall of Western …