On February 3rd, 1959 the plane carrying Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa. Waylon Jennings was supposed to be on the flight, but he gave up his seat to the Big Bopper. Ritchie Valens was only in the plane, some say, because he won a coin toss with […]Read more "The Day the Music Died – February 3rd 1959"
It looks as if man-spreading is nothing new. In 1946 a young photogapher by the name of Stanley Kubrick took pictures on New York’s subway and sold them to Look Magazine. Kubick took photos for Look for several years before turning to film-making. I think aesthetically recording spontaneous action, rather than carefully posing a picture, […]Read more "Man-spreading is nothing new … just ask Stanley Kubrick"
It should be explained at the outset that we cannot observe the killing of cats at firsthand. We can study it only through Contat’s narrative, written about twenty years after the event.Read more "Teaser Tuesdays"
We are rapidly approaching Peak Cocoa, according to both Mars and Callebaut (the two biggest chocolate-makers in the world.)Read more "We Are Approaching Peak Cocoa"
by Niall McArdle Here’s a rather sobering image to start your week: a map of every car bomb explosion in Baghdad since 2003, courtesy of @BrilliantMaps (well worth following) A map of every car bomb explosion in Baghdad since 2003. pic.twitter.com/A85jier0Ha — Brilliant Maps (@BrilliantMaps) October 19, 2014 The image originally appeared in the Guardian‘s Datablog here.Read more "A map of every car bomb explosion in Baghdad since 2003"
This is a reposting of a piece I wrote about James Rorke, originally published at World Irish. Click here to read it.Read more "The Story of Rorke’s Drift: The Irishman and the Zulus"
By Niall McArdle Today, June 6th, is the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. The success of Operation Overlord owed more than a little to a man from Ballymore, Co. Wexford. Commander Rickard Charlie Donovan, RN, CBE (1898-1952), a son of the Irish Ascendancy, was educated at the Royal Naval Colleges in Osborne and Dartmouth. […]Read more "The Wexford Man Who Helped Plan D-Day"
He was actually working at his hospital in London on the morning of the race, and had to take the train to Oxford in the afternoon.Read more "The 60th Anniversary of the Four-Minute Mile"
By Niall McArdle May 1st is – among other things – International Workers Day. The date was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket Riot in May 1886 Fittingly, Seattle raised the minimum wage to $15 today. You can read my story about the real-life Mother Jones here.Read more "Happy May Day!"
We’ve gone from A to Z, Alpha to Omega, Aleph to Taw, Dot Dash to Dash Dash Dot Dot, 01100001 to 01011010Read more "April A to Z: Zen, Zeno, Zero, Zonkeys"