Posts from the ‘History’ category

Austin on My Mind

I always feel a little existential when I’m in non-coastal cities and towns in the US. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s just the foreignness of…

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A 1929 Film of the Islands of Zavikon

A couple of years ago I wrote about the island of Zavikon, an island in the St. Lawrence River which may or may not straddle the…

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Shakespeare’s Theatre Found Amongst Flurry of Confusing Headlines

Today I followed a link and found this story on the BBC website. It’s entitled “Shakespeare’s first theatre found”, and refers to the discovery of the…

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Has Anyone Ever Been Born in Antarctica?

Sometimes odd questions occur to me. I write them down, and, by asking people or the Internet, try to learn the answer. This is one such…

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Yesterday King Herod, Today Copernicus

Yesterday I read a fascinating report about how archaeologists may have found the tomb of King Herod: On the basis of a study of the architectural…

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On Passchendaele, the Movie and the Battle

This Remembrance Day, I thought I’d write about Passchendaele, Paul Gross’s new film based around an important World War I battle. At $20 million, it’s the…

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Globe Theatres: Past, Present and Virtual

In several recent talks, I’ve opened with a story about the De Witt sketch. It’s a depiction, in 1596, of the stage of London’s Swan Theatre.…

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317, What Does That Number Mean?

The other, I impetuously twittered “317, what does that number mean?” Ryan immediately replied on Twitter with “find out today, meet you at The Bay.” Filmgoerjuan…

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