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Kidnap Matthew Ballantine, as always, believed he oversaw his own destiny, he felt his fate in life was not a pre-determined thing, but something he forged for himself. As always, he was wrong on that score and fate had a different outcome awaiting Matthew Ballantine III to that which he envisaged. It’s a famous saying, […]

Today is my 64th birthday and it’s also a day of remembrance. Today we remember the murder of an estimated 6 million people at the hands of racist extremists. Today is International Remembrance Holocaust Day. This day has a somewhat special connection for me as well. My father, J.G. Sowler, was a sergeant in the […]

It was 140 years ago today, on 22nd January 1879, that Lieutenant John Chard was writing a letter home when he was disturbed by two men riding into his camp at the Rorke’s Drift Garrison in Zululand, South Africa. The two men were survivors from Isandlwana, where 1700 British soldiers had been killed by an […]

Technology in the early part of the 20th Century was a new and wondrous experience for many people. But the infancy of any technological expansion will inevitably lead to human error, often with catastrophic and deadly consequences. The Paris Métro fire of 1903 also known as the Couronnes disaster, after the station where most deaths […]

The Days Grow Longer. Four weeks on from the departure of the Lady Jane and Maggie had grown a little accustomed to her new daily routine without Richard. There was little to keep her occupied, so she made almost daily trips to a small library where she would sit engrossed in stories of Greek Heroes […]