Tag Archive | British history

3 days to go…

Wow, it’s only three more days until the launch of my new (and first) non-fiction book. Excited, nervous and relief are the words that probably sum up how I am feeling right now. In just three days I’ll be launching: A Show Called Empire: The History of the British Empire According to the Movies This […]


Ok so, I’ve been a little quiet. I’ve finished my current project, but still haven’t clicked ‘publish’. I haven’t been networking as much. I haven’t been writing as much. With a upcoming holiday, my publishing plans have been put on hold until after I return. But what does this mean for the present? It means […]

A Month of: This Day in History

On this day in 1839 in Humen, China, Chinese scholar and official of the Qing dynasty, Lin Tse-hsü destroys 1.2 million kg of opium which had been confiscated from British merchants. Lin forcefully opposed the opium trade on economic, social and moral grounds. The destruction of the opium stores is seen as the primary catalyst […]

A Month of: Brief Histories of British Empire Territories – Trinidad and Tobago

The month of April is very almost over, and I’m here to blog my last ‘month of brief histories’ post today – this time a very brief history of Trinidad and Tobago. I’m keeping with the theme of a ‘month of’, so keep your eyes peeled for my first post of my next ‘a month […]

A Month of: Brief Histories of British Empire Territories – Newfoundland

Newfoundland Newfoundland has strong claims to be the longest serving British Empire colony. Evidence exists that fishermen knew of the existence of Newfoundland and her rich fishing ground before Columbus formally discovered it in 1492. Newfoundland was claimed by John Cabot for England and for the Crown in 1497. It was reclaimed by Sir Humphrey […]

A Month of: Brief Histories of British Empire Territories – Tristan da Cunha

Tristan da Cunha Tristan da Cunha along with Saint Helena and Ascension, are part of the British Overseas Territory. The island was annexed in 1816 in a bid to prevent the French from using the island as a means from which to rescue Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile on Saint Helena. One of its neighbours, […]

A Month of: Brief Histories of British Empire Territories – Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea is not only one of the world’s least explored countries it is also one of the most culturally diverse, with for example c. 841 different recorded languages. The Colony of Queensland, in 1883, desired to annex the southern half of eastern New Guinea. In turn the southern coast and […]