5 Things I Didn’t Know About Berlin

I have been to Berlin three or four times in the past eighteen months for work, but have never been able to see more than the airport, the inside of a taxi, the inside of a focus group facility, and my hotel room. When I went back last week, I decided I would finally set things right, so I set out on a 3.5 hour walking tour of the city (The Original Free Berlin Tour – would highly recommend).

Here are the top five things I learned/saw (a little random, granted, but variety is the spice of life):

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On This Day…

… in 1415, the Battle of Agincourt took place between the English and the French during the Hundred Years’ War. The result was a major English victory, despite the fact that the French troops vastly outnumbered the English. Their success is attributed to their use of longbows – an English weapon that was greatly superior to the French crossbow. A trained English archer could shoot six aimed arrows a minute, and these arrows could penetrate armour from 100 yards away (and kill from 200).

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15th Century miniature depicting the Battle of Agincourt

 

 

 

 

Review: Lindell’s List

Lindell’s List: Saving British and American Women at Ravensbrück

– By Peter Hore

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Verdict:

A powerful and illuminating book that shows not just how Mary Lindell fought for the Allies in the Second World War, but how countless other brave women risked their lives and their liberty as well.

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Ration Book Diet: Lamb and Aubergine Stir Fry

October has arrived and the evenings are starting to grow cooler, so we thought we would try the Lamb and Aubergine stir fry from The Ration Book Diet. Read more to find out how we got on, or click here … Continue reading

Did Alexander The Great’s Subjects Believe He Was A God?

Originally posted on GroovyHistorian:
Alexander the Great (born 356 BC) was king of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and one of the most successful military commanders in history. He succeeded his father, Philip II, at the age of just…

Ration Book Recipe: Baked Sweet Potato and Honey

The first recipe I decided to try from the Ration Book Diet (see my review here) was, of course, the Sweet Potato and Honey winter dish. The original recipe would have had regular potatoes rather than the sweet variety, so … Continue reading