The Dump: Stuff I found & thought worthy of saving

History & TOK teaching, running, golf, politics, junk

Life in the Middle Ages

A couple of self evident links

Medieval life in pictures

10 dangers of the Middle Ages

The disappearing Aral Sea

Interesting story and annual photo timeline of the near disappearance of what was once the world’s 4th biggest lake… And what happens when humans try to manipulate nature… šŸ˜¦

Comparison
of 1989 to 2003 images, with some info about the building of a dyke to save the northern part.

With links at the bottom to further reading.

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….
http://blog.solarcity.com/how-homes-kept-cool-before-the-age-of-ac

And thanks to the wonders of Facebook’s ‘people also shared’ …
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/07/22/europe-to-america-your-love-of-air-conditioning-is-stupid/

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

http://www.historynet.com/hessians-the-best-armies-money-could-buy.htm

The most famous Hessian, according to the article?

Emperor Hirohito’s WWII poster child

Emperor Hirohito’s WWII poster child

An interesting article from the grand/daughter of a couple with their young child used by the Japanese to show the lovely conditions in a Borneo POW camp.

HNN’s JFK articles summary page

http://hnn.us/article/153861

A number of articles on legacy, Camelot and assassination

SIEV X: asylum seeker boat sinks & cover up, ICT 2001

Long, interesting, frustratingĀ SMH reportĀ into cover up for PM Howard during 2001 election campaign and subsequently

Navies in WWI

build up in navies prior to wwi

Political lobbying in Australia

Good overview of lobbying in Aust (during 2013 election campaign)

Fact vs Truth in historical film

fact v truth: Eureka Street

‘There’s not one event in this film that happened as it happened in my life. But there is not one event in this film that is untrue.’

How does a film maker squeeze a complex story into about 100 minutes? Not by a slavishly sticking to facts, but a fervent adherence to the truth…

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