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UK National Archives

Online exhibitions at UK National Archives

Fall of Singapore


Setting up online business

Thinking time is important

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An interesting story of a DNA test that uncovered a family’s unknown history – and how many more like this will be uncovered?

Religious Studies sites

A bit of a starting point:


School Philosophy

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society –

Teaching High School Philosophy –

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy –



An interesting concept to follow the migration of humans, and this is an interesting look snapshot of life behind the Iron Curtain still into the 21st century

How homes kept cool before air-con

A good range of factors in home building that we seem to have spurned in favour of cheap concrete boxes with expensive to run air conditioners….

And thanks to the wonders of Facebook’s ‘people also shared’ …

Having lived and worked in Brunei and Singapore – on the equator – the difference between Bruneian architecture with verandahs or shades over windows more in the old Malay kampong style, versus Singapore’s ‘modern’ designs which rely heavily on air con was striking. In a new school building (opened 2010) there were no windows to open – and so air conditioning had to run for 7-8 hours a day in 30+ classrooms, plus offices, even if it was comparatively cool outside. In my Bruneian school, air flow plus fans (generally) meant classrooms weren’t too bad. And you get used to it!

Hessians: the best army money could buy

Soldiers for hire in the 18th century, including in the American Revolution. Quite detailed article of this German state which raised money by pimping out its soldiers

The most famous Hessian, according to the article?

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