Category: Europe

Little England on the Veld

Part Two of a series of three blogs entitled ‘Mobility, migration, multiculturalism, the monarchy, and me.’ Part One: My maternal family’s history in England and Wales, and their migration to South Africa. Part Two: The …

Mobility, migration, multiculturalism, and me

Part One of Three in which the author ponders the ways that changing technologies, geographies, and economies created circumstances in which he could be born in South Africa of Greek-Welsh-English heritage. Along the way, he …

Cotton, the Industrial Revolution, and Manchester

“Whoever says Industrial Revolution says cotton.” Eric Hobsbawm, British historian. And, Hobsbawm might have added, whoever says cotton says Manchester. For it was in this city in the English Midlands that the modern cotton industry …

Reflections on Time and Navigation

I have been thinking about time recently, and thinking particularly about how we don’t think much about it. Of course we fret about how little of it we have, but we don’t give much thought …