Category Archives: History

Dancing the Death Drill, a book review

Fred Khumalo’s book centered around the event of the sinking of the SS Mendi in 1917, starts in 1958, when our hero, the head waiter in a French restaurant, ostensibly from Algeria, just eight months away from retirement, suddenly stabs … Continue reading

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Frozen Fish Fingers

Today’s fascinating, and utterly useless, food fact: On 14 April 1927 Clarence Bridseye of Massachusetts received a U.K. patent for frozen fish fingers.  This make the tradition of these “delicacies” ninety years old.  They only really became popular in the … Continue reading

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Red Cross Parcels

Today’s fascinating, but utterly useless, food fact is:- On 12 April 1912 Clara Barton died (born Dec 25, 1821).  Founder of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross food parcels were, and still are, the salvation of many a person … Continue reading

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Death by a cold chicken

Today’s fascinating, but utterly useless, food fact. Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban (22 January 1561 to 9 April 1626) was a renaissance man — philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator and author. He served as both Attorney General and Lord … Continue reading

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A righteous man hanged

As Christians approach Holy Week and South Africa protests against Jacob Zuma’s continued Presidency I was reminded that 9 April is the anniversary of the hanging of Lutheran pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, at Flossenburg, by the Nazis, only days … Continue reading

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The Unauthorised History of South Africa

The blurb on this book says: “Researched and written by two historians well respected in concentric circles, this hilarious take on our collective past reveals stunning new discoveries and fascinating new figures, from Koos van Doosch, the cheese pimp who … Continue reading

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In 2008, I did the Blaauwkrans History Tour while at the NAF in Grahamstown. (You may have to cut and paste this into your browser as I am not good at making clickable links). That tour left me with … Continue reading

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