General Election 2015   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Nick Baines's Blog:

I led a clergy study day in Leeds this week on the theme ‘Theology of Hope’. I wanted to help us think about our ministry in terms opened up by the theologians Jürgen Moltmann and Walter Brueggemann. Inevitably, I dropped in my concise summary of Christian motivation – that we are drawn by hope and not driven by fear.

Driving over to an event in Ben Rhydding (Ilkley) this afternoon, I heard a political commentator on BBC Radio 4 say that the current UK general election campaign is not about hope, but about fear. Which, incidentally, is what the bishops were drawing attention to (and warning about) in the pastoral letter we put out ahead of the campaign.

I didn’t catch who the commentator was, but she is right. The rhetoric – amid the daily eclectic throwing out of new and disparate ‘offers’ in what sounds like a playground…

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Posted April 27, 2015 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

This Week in World War One: 25th April 1915 – 9th January 1916   Leave a comment


The Turkish-held Dardanelles channel provided a link between the Aegean and Black Seas. It was a vital strategic objective for the Allies as its closure prevented supplies from being moved through the Mediterranean to and from Russia. A campaign was promoted by First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill to secure the channel and also provide a way of reaching Constantinople and so removing Turkey from the war. It was also seen as a way of easing the pressure on Russia, which was under attack from Turkey in the Caucasus, and of giving the Allies’ war new momentum away from the stalemate of the Western Front.

020When British, French, Australian and New Zealand troops landed on the Gallipoli peninsula on the north of the channel they faced a tenacious and motivated enemy who had had months to prepare and dig in following abortive Allied navy raids at the start of the year. The collier SS River Clyde had been converted to carry 2,000 British troops. It was to beach at Cape Helles and allow the troops to disembark through holes cut in the hull. Unfortunately it didn’t make its landing point, stopping too far out. Soldiers were cut down as they left the ship in open view of the defenders. The dead and wounded turned the water red: half the men were killed within minutes.

I do not order you to fight, I order you to die, was what Lieutenant Colonel Mustafa Kemal told the men of the 57th Infantry Regiment.Every member of the unit was killed or wounded, and in tribute the modern Turkish Army has no such numbered regiment.

78% of the men in one ANZAC battalion suffered from dysentery. Illness caused more men to become unfit for duty than combat injuries.


Posted April 25, 2015 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Imperial & Global Forum:


Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From covering up Soviet crimes to how the Vietnamese view the Vietnam War 40 years after, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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Posted April 25, 2015 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Who are the English, anyway? Who were the Anglo-Saxons? Part Two   Leave a comment

Originally posted on hungarywolf:

Part Two: Trade and Travelling Saints


In the second, more peaceful half of the seventh century, East Anglian trade with the continent continued to prosper, and in the eighth century the minting of silver coins called sceattas began in the region. These coins have been found over a wide area of Frisia and north Germany while imported items of bronze, iron and pottery have been excavated from East Anglian sites. Ipswich became the leading port and industrial centre of the region. Kilns produced huge quantities of pottery which were distributed over wide areas of northern Europe. Dunwich became a thriving port and could afford to pay the king an annual rent of sixty thousand herrings. Economic depression did not follow political and military decline. It was also during this period that Norfolk and Suffolk began to emerge as distinct entities. There had always been differences between the Angles to the…

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Posted April 23, 2015 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Who are the English, anyway? Who were the Anglo-Saxons? Part One   Leave a comment

Originally posted on hungarywolf:

I recently watched a video online which shows that, according to DNA testing, the English are only 5% English – genetically, that is. And they are far more similar to the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish than to people on the continent of Europe. So why, we might ask, don’t more of the people of the British Isles speak a Celtic language, Basque or Welsh, and how is it that it is a form of Mercian Saxon or ‘Midland English’ (not ‘East Anglian’, by the way), which dominates international communication?

DSC09837These questions were very much on my mind this summer, not because of the Scottish referendum debate, but because, at last, I had the chance to visit the supposed burial grounds of one of the first great English kings. I had taught about the Sutton Hoo ship burial in much of my early career as a history teacher in…

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Posted April 23, 2015 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

The real Church of England   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Nick Baines's Blog:

The Church of England is investing a huge amount of time and energy into re-shaping its agenda. Not in order to bolster the institution, but in order to get us back (amid a million claims on attention) to our core vocation: to make and nurture disciples of Jesus Christ; to grow disciples who pray into ministers who evangelise; to shape churches that give themselves away in serving their communities. Not simply growing churches for the sake of having big churches, but growing churches in all our communities – even and especially where it is tough.

I am working with lay and ordained Anglican disciples to shape a diocese that places worship, evangelism, nurture and service at the heart of our life. This will shape our priorities, how we raise and allocate our resources (of people, money and ‘stuff’), and how we shape and work our structures. We are attending seriously…

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Posted April 21, 2015 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall, and the Outsiders of Paris   Leave a comment

Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall, and the Outsiders of Paris.

Posted April 19, 2015 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized


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