Category Archives: Monthly Musings

Anzac Day

Tomorrow is Anzac Day and over the past year I’ve learnt so much more about World War One and what happened as well as the stories of some of the individuals who served, so days like this have become meaningful … Continue reading

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Mutually Assured Destruction

The first atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima by the United States Military on the 6th of August 1945 had horific consequences. This point in time is considered the start of the Cold War Era. The United States had the technology … Continue reading

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Villa of the Papyri

In 79AD when Vesuvius erupted, the pyroclastic surges which covered Herculaneum in metres of solid rock made the area extremely difficult to excavate, but also preserved a wide range of organic materials (plant based objects) which helps historians and archaeologists … Continue reading

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The Eruption of Vesuvius

The eruption of Vesuvius is categorised into two phases – the Plinian and the Peléan. The first phase was named after Pliny the Younger who was the first to record the phenomenon. It began with an eruption of gas and … Continue reading

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The Origins of Boxing Day

Growing up today was one of the days my extended family used to celebrate Christmas. However for many years I wondered at the strange name it had been given. I never saw people fighting and that was the only definition of … Continue reading

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Douglas Haig

Douglas Haig (1861-1928) was the commander in chief of the British Expeditionary Force and is often criticised for the high death tolls on the Western Front, particularly those sustained in the Battle of the Somme. Before World War I Haig was involved in … Continue reading

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John Monash

John Monash (1865-1931) was the commander of the Australian Corps towards the end of the First World War and is credited with the success of several battles including the Battle of Hamel. Before the war, Monash was shown to have leadership potential. … Continue reading

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