Tag Archives: History

  1. Arctic Airships Part 3: Amundsen vs Nobile


    06/08/2013 by noonobservation

    The final part of my epic trilogy of Arctic Airship posts has taken a little longer than I hoped due …
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  2. Arctic Airships Part 1: The Eagle


    07/06/2013 by noonobservation

    In the two decades before Flanders became the fashionable place to kill and be killed, many plucky young fellows thought …
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  3. Alberto Santos-Dumont, Dirigibles and Dinosaurs


    25/04/2013 by noonobservation

    I have recently become enamoured of the dirigible – that evolutionary dinosaur of aviation. Like the diplodocus, dirigibles were huge, slow, difficult to …
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  4. Madame de Pompadour’s Tips on How to Keep your Man


    05/04/2013 by noonobservation

    A birthday, absurd levels of drinking, and my pathetic attempts to buy a larger house to keep my books in …
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  5. Prince Rupert Addendum: Boye’s Observations on the Nature of Fame


    04/03/2013 by noonobservation

    Prince Rupert of the Rhine, being excessively interesting and romantic, left little room in my blog post about him for …
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  6. That Heart of Flame, Hot Rupert


    11/02/2013 by noonobservation

    Thanks to my blog, my Christmas presents this year included no less than 12 history books – joy! Unfortunately, this …
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  7. Les Misérables and the Mysterious French 19th Century


    21/01/2013 by noonobservation

    I went to see Les Misérables last weekend, with the result that I’ve been feeling a little overwrought. This is partly …
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  8. Pauline Bonaparte: Keeping it in the Family


    11/01/2013 by noonobservation

    What do you do if you’re young, attractive, witty, fabulously wealthy and your brother is Emperor of Europe? I would …
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  9. Charades with the Hamiltons


    27/12/2012 by noonobservation

    It’s important to remember what Christmas is all about. As well as lunchtime gin, TV-related arguments and meat-sweats, Christmas is …
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  10. Manfred von Richthofen: Baddy or Just German?


    19/12/2012 by noonobservation

    Manfred von Richthofen was credited with 80 combat victories by his death, aged just 25. At the age of 31, …
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