Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780) was said to have been born a slave on a ship crossing the Atlantic from Africa to the West Indies. Although this is now thought to be unlikely, his origins were African while his earliest memories were of Greenwich, near London, where he was forced to work as a child slave. 96 more words
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Today in the Straits of Malacca, we’re seeing a grotesque re-enactment of one of the great moral failures of the twentieth century, as the nations of the region collaborate to produce a new ‘Voyage of the Damned’.Some 8000 Rohingya asylum seekers and Bangladeshi migrants are currently stranded, lacking food, water and sanitation – and the governments of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are pushing their boats back into the ocean, knowing they have nowhere to go.‘In the name of humanity,’ pleads the International Organisation for Migration,’ let these migrants land.’ 12 more words
While writing and researching How to Skin a Lion I came across a number of bygone ingredients I had never heard of. I researched these obscure ingredients to find out what they were and where they came from so I could provide explanatory footnotes. 1,185 more words
Another set of phrases from the 18th Century for you to enjoy. Firstly, reading someone the riot act.
Whilst today this is simply a phrase used to warn people to try and stop them misbehaving in 1715 the Riot Act was law and would be read out before being enforced. 476 more words