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The Heroism of A Stranger

The Heroism of A Stranger

In the park adjoining the Museum of Childhood is a drinking fountain with an unusual and tragic history. Most marble fountains were erected by local worthies to provide refreshment for visitors, a few are memorials, but I doubt if any has such sadness associated with it. Water is essential to life. It is central to … Continue reading

Fish Tank

Fish Tank

This is the third Andrea Arnold directed film I’ve watched, so I think that’s the whole of her output, and this is another intriguing story of a young woman at odds with the world. Mia lives on a council estate in Essex. Her single mum has a boyfriend, an early appearance of Michael Fassbender. The … Continue reading

Child Prodigies

Child Prodigies

James Ferguson grew up in rural Scotland in the early 18th century. Like most families, the Fergusons could not support their children so sent them to work at an early age. James became a shepherd but spent his days making models of mills, spinning wheels and any other mechanisms he saw. At night he lay … Continue reading

The Eagle Huntress

The Eagle Huntress

This film follows 13 year old Aishoplan as she becomes the first female eagle hunter in Kazakh history. We see her with her family, helping with the family farm work, and staying in town where she and her siblings are at school through the week. She comes from a long line of eagle hunters, but … Continue reading

Korean Exam Day

Here’s a piece for families dealing with teens hoping to get into a good university. In Korea they take the big exams very seriously. This is from yesterday’s i paper: Aircraft in South Korea were grounded and financial markets closed yesterday to recreate silence for students as they sat a gruelling 8 hour exam that can … Continue reading

Mothers and Fathers as Parents

There tends to be a general assumption that mothers are better at parenting; it makes sense, as they have carried the child, given birth to it, and generally breastfeed, so it seems reasonable that their bond, their commitment to the child, should be stronger than the father. But new research sheds some doubt on this. … Continue reading

Medieval Women and Children

Life in the Middle Ages always seems pretty grim, and Henrietta Leyser’s book Medieaval Women – A social History of Women in England 450-1500 provides much to make me grateful that I did not live then (or at least not that I know of). She talks of the patron saint of childbirth being St Margaret … Continue reading

Immorality at the Works

IN Lady Bell’s wonderful book At the Works she describes in great detail the lifestyle and conditions of the workers, but she does not flinch from describing the less impressive aspects of some of them: “There is a good deal of immorality among the ironworkers, but perhaps not more than in other communities living under the … Continue reading

Liberty’s Dawn?

Anyone who has read my blogs knows that I generally praise stuff, but for a change, I have discovered a book which is genuinely bad. Liberty’s Dawn – a People’s History of the Industrial Revolution is by Emma Griffin, and claims to disprove the long held belief that people were worse off by moving from agriculture … Continue reading