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A Spitfire Named ‘Kerala’

A Spitfire Named ‘Kerala’

A lot of Commonwealth citizens are known to have fought for Britain in various world wars, especially the two Wold Wars, but here’s another way they helped. This comes from the present edition of Current Archaeology, about a Spitfire that crashed over Huntingdonshire in 1940, during the Battle of Britain. The plane had the unusual name … Continue reading

The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

width=”300″ height=”168″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-10258″ /> This is a wonderful automata from the Victoria and Albert Museum, showing how passive those pesky colonials could be. It is Tipo the tiger, an automata owned by Tipu Sultan who died after a battle with the East India Company in Seringapatom, India in 1799. They brought it to … Continue reading