Category: History

Musings from a peninsula

From Chemtrails to the BBC; 3 ways the government is controlling your mind* – Noah A

Two turbulent years of lockdowns, suffering and the rise of apps such as “Zoom” and “Teams” have made it easier than ever for the government to subliminally indoctrinate us into a false sense of security before they steal all of our data and create a hyper-realistic version of “The Sims” for the entertainment of the…
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Sappho and being queer – Matilda L

“You may forget but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us” – Sappho  To the LGBTQ+ community, Sappho is viewed as the ‘original lesbian’ and the term Sappho is often linked to words like lesbian or sapphic. However, a history of homophobia and specifically lesbophobia has resulted in her…
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The admiral Duncan bombing – Ginny F

As you may know Britain is not free of large scale hate crimes towards members of the LGBTQ+ community. But the worst in recent memory is the tragedy of the bombing of ‘The Admiral Duncan’ a gay pub in London’s Soho. It was an extremely violent act towards the LGBTQ+ community and is still a key eye…
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Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall Riots – Georgina L

Marsha P. Johnson was an African-American gay man and drag-artist (someone who dresses extravagantly and performs as a woman). Marsha was an activist, whom without, the LGBTQ+ community would not be as represented as it is now. In June 1969, there was a police raid on a gay bar in New York called The Stonewall…
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Erasure of LGBTQ figures throughout history – Georgina L

Many iconic figures all throughout history that you may have learned about in lessons or just from common knowledge, where actually LGBTQ. The reason many where painted as heterosexual (straight) is because of the extreme homophobia throughout history. The homophobia was so extreme that it was illegal to have a same sex relationship and it…
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Was Ariel actually just sea foam? The Origins of Disney Princesses – Rosy F

We are all (well most of us) very familiar with the modernised stories of the Disney princesses, but how many actually know their true origins? In this article I will aim to enlighten you with the history behind these fables that dictated many of our childhoods. I will pick a few examples from the 13…
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Movember – Gen A-B

What is Movember? Movember is an annual charity event which encourages people to grow a moustache during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as male-specific cancers and men’s suicide.  The charity’s origins?  In 2004, Justin (JC) Coughlin, Luke Slattery, Adam and Justine Garone inspired 26 other friends to grow…
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Which Greek God/ Goddess are you? – Rosy F

I return with my series of quizzes and this time you have the opportunity to discover which Greek God or Goddess you are! Greek gods ruled religion in Ancient Greece, they were worshipped on a daily and there were gods for nearly everything. In this quiz I will be focusing on the major gods; Zeus,…
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Guess Who: BHM Edition – Gen A-B

Born: 1832, North Carolina Died: 1904, Connecticut Notable invention: She made improvements to the ironing board. Hers was designed to improve the quality of ironing the sleeves and bodies of women’s garments Extra: She is regarded as the first African American woman to receive a patent.  Born: August 1920, Texas Died: March 1982, Illinois  Notable…
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The Reality of being a Black Woman. – Gen A-B & Rachael I

Through the ages, Black women have had to deal with so much. Although it may seem like our lives are easier now, there are still a lot of issues that we have to deal with.  During the slave trade, all black people were mistreated but within this, there were differing degrees of severity. These weren’t…
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