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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

Death of a Pauper

This is again from The Life of Silas Told, the sort of gross injustice the Georgian justice system is so infamous, executing a man for stealing a few pennies. That said, the crime wsa so stupid, it is hard to feel sorry for the man, but then, he had clearly reached the end of his … Continue reading

The Young need their Butterflies

It is often hard to make sense of how children fitted into society inthe past – we are told that teenagers were invented in the late 1950s, we are told that children were not valued or loved because they often died young, they are often depicted as little adults. But this story shows something else: … Continue reading

US Heading back to the Middle Ages

This is from the i newspaper last week, and is both sad and tragic to be coming from the richest nation on earth:. “‘Baby Boxes’ could save lives Indiana could become the first US state to allow the use of “baby boxes” on a broad scale to prevent people abandoning infants if a Bill, which … Continue reading

Electrical Quackery

Electrical Quackery

In 18th century England, electricity became the big thing for the still primitive field of medicine. John Wesley and his followers were very intrested in it, and often treated people with wide range of illnesses, though I do recall reading of a woman whose arm was set alight by it. In the Museum of Science … Continue reading

Thirsty Kid

Thirsty Kid

One of my favourite topics in history is water supply, as there was such a long battle to achieve safe supplies for us all. The London Drinking Fountain and Horse Trough Association built loads of fresh water fountains in British cities, in the 19th century, and many towns still have their granite horse troughs, often … Continue reading