The Edward de Vere Society (EdVS)

Excerpt from the book – 40 Secret Groups The Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship holds that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, wrote the plays and poems traditionally attributed to William Shakespeare. It is recognized by Oxfordians and Stratfordians alike that writing about royal courts, Italy and law required a certain prerequisite level ofContinue reading “The Edward de Vere Society (EdVS)”

Robben Island

Once on the island everyone has to get on a bus and be escorted around the island before visiting the prison. The most poignant place is the house of Robert Sobukwe the founder of the Pan Africanist Congress. Sobukwe was in solitary confinement and wasn’t allowed to speak to anyone – however he did giveContinue reading “Robben Island”

Limerick Snake Hawk

Legend has it that St Patrick removed all the snakes from Ireland. This theory has no real basis in fact. What’s more likely is that snakes were hunted to extinction by the highly efficient raptor called the Limerick Snake Hawk, the last of which died in Dublin Zoo in 1926 having survived on a dietContinue reading “Limerick Snake Hawk”

Dog Owners Against Crows and Squirrels (DOACS)

Excerpt from the book – 40 Secret Groups This Canadian group was formed after a man’s pet dog was attacked by a group of crows and a squirrel in Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto during April 2015. The crows thought the dog was heading towards the tree where they were nesting and swooped down overContinue reading “Dog Owners Against Crows and Squirrels (DOACS)”

Wyoming Tree Mole

The tree moles in Wyoming are unique in the world. They are not completely blind and are sensitive to changes in light. A tree mole is really happy to burrow underground, but where these animals are unusual is that if a mole hits a large tree root when burrowing, it will follow the root toContinue reading “Wyoming Tree Mole”

Ecuadorean Squirrel Hawk

During the evolution of the hawk species, one particular branch, the males of the Ecuadorian Squirrel Hawk, started attacking other animals to satisfy their own vanity. The male Ecuadorian Squirrel Hawk would build a nest in the traditional manner. It would then have to attract a mate. The unusual method of attraction used by thisContinue reading “Ecuadorean Squirrel Hawk”

Arles – France

What have the Romans ever done for us? Well, in the city of Arles there’s both a Roman Arena and a Roman theatre for tourists to see. The Arena was the largest Roman building in the whole of France and staged gladiatorial contests when 30,000 people would have crammed in to witness the spectacle. LookingContinue reading “Arles – France”

Cape Town – 1

No matter how many times I gazed at Table Mountain, rested on the Atlantic beaches, or savoured the food at one of the many restaurants at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, I could never really escape the history of Cape Town. Robben Island, the Slave Lodge on Wale Street, and the Bo Kaap district allContinue reading “Cape Town – 1”

France – Orange

Orange is justly famous for its Roman Arena, known as the Theatre Antique, and the Arc de Triomphe on the opposite side of the town. The Romans first arrived in 35BC and soon provided Aurisio, as it was known to them, with its two most visited sights of today. Aurisio was founded as a retirementContinue reading “France – Orange”

Bhutan

Standing by the doorway I watch, in the paved courtyard in front of me, the individual deities performing their final pirouettes for the crowd, who warmly applaud each balletic finale. As the dancers pass by me, they are displaying the more human traits of tiredness and exhaustion, a result of performing in a heavily maskedContinue reading “Bhutan”