Black History Month – A Word on the Abolition of Slavery.

SlaveryBlack History Month is recognised in UK in October; Canada and USA have their Black History Month in February.

I am a White, middle-aged man. This article is from my perspective looking at History at the deplorable trade in Humans. I encourage everyone to look a little further.

I do not write about Politics directly, though some of my articles do sometimes touch on subjects that are often involve in politics – clearly this is one. There have been many forms of Slavery over Human History and there are several examples of States abolishing Slavery. In this article I’m looking mostly at the African Slave Trade and looking at recorded History.

Common conception in the UK is that we were the first to abolish slavery, in 1807. That’s a rather blinkered view; but then much of what we are taught in the UK has a British (often more accurately English) or at least European bias. The truth is usually out there for people to read, often without having to dig far either. It isn’t always that the facts have been altered, just that some facts have been omitted. Continue reading

Doctor Who: Beneath The Lake – Spoiler Light

DW2015 3First Aired BBC1 20:25 3rd October 2015

Writer: Toby Whithouse
Director: Daniel O’Hara

The Doctor: Peter Capaldi
Clara Oswald: Jenna-Louise Coleman

Another two-parter so this episode finished on a cliff hanger.

Written by the creator of Being Human, Toby Whithouse, who previously brought us School Reunion, The Vampires in Venice, The God Complex and A Town Called Mercy. He referenced at least two of his previous episodes in this one.

The Doctor and Clara appear on a military research base on the floor of a lake. The base is inhabited by a group of scientists besieged by homicidal ghosts. Continue reading

Bad Company Returns to 2000AD 30th September 2015 – 2000AD Prog 1950- includes Preview Images

BC2Bad Company was created by Peter Milligan (writer), Brett Ewins (pencils) and Jim McCarthy (inks) and premiered in Prog 500 in December 1986. This return was planned before the sad death of Brett Ewins in February 2015.

Rufus Dayglo is now on Pencils and he has dedicated this to his friend, Brett.

This is a future war story featuring a mix of mind blowing, reality bending settings an circumstances. The characters were a diverse set and we were led in to all of this by a young, raw recruit, Danny Franks.

Bad Company were fighting a war against an alien race – the Krool. Continue reading

We Stand Guard from Image – a 6 issue series (mild spoilers)

WeStandOnGuard_01We Stand Guard
Published by Image

Issues 1 to 3
July 1st, August 5th, September 2nd 2015

Script: Brian K Vaughan
Art: Steve Skroce
Colours: Matt Hollingsworth
Lettering: Fonographics

Cover: Steve Skroce

Genre – Sci Fi

I can’t recall where I first heard of this series, I thought on Twitter but I can’t be certain. I missed the start but I’m fully caught up now. It was the cover that drew me in.

As the cover suggests this series is about a war between Canada and USA. There has been such an event already of course, some time ago in 1812. Continue reading

Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar – Spoilers (don’t read until you’ve watched)

DW2015 2First Aired BBC1 19:40 26th September 2015

Writer: Stephen Moffat
Director: Hettie Macdonald

The Doctor: Peter Capaldi
Clara Oswald: Jenna-Louise Coleman
Missy: Michelle Gomez

This is the second part of the opening two-parter to the latest season of Doctor Who.

I haven’t frequently reviewed Doctor Who but I intend to review this current season. Below is a brief description of the previous episode, spoilers for that episode are in the full article, as well as spoilers for this episode. Only go further if you’ve seen both episodes or if you actually like spoilers.

Previously we saw the Doctor send a message to Missy (The Master) alerting her to the fact he considered his final days were approaching. Missy and Clara tracked him down to Britain during the Dark Ages where he was contesting with Bors (a member of the Round Table?).

The Doctor was captured by Colony Sarff and taken to Skaro at the bidding of Davros. Continue reading

Blood Moon – Amazing natural phenomenon in UK around 01:00 to 03:00 Monday 28th (Worldwide timings included)

Blood MoonThe Blood Moon is often a result of a Total Lunar Eclipse.

We are due a Total Lunar Eclipse in the next few hours. This article includes a table regarding the time-zones that this phenomenon should be happening worldwide.

The Full Lunar Eclipse should be visible in Western Europe, Eastern North America, South America and West Africa. While in the Western half of North America, the rest of Europe and Africa, the Middle East and South Asia there will be a Partial Lunar Eclipse.
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England Rugby Union – World Cup Woes

England RugbyEngland’s opening match against Fiji may not have seemed a good win to those unused to Rugby Nations. Fiji entered the tournament ranked 9th in World Rugby; England – 4th.

Granted England’s performance might not threaten the Southern Hemisphere power houses; New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

South Africa have dropped in standings from 3rd to 6th after defeat by Japan, boosting England, Wales and Ireland.

So yesterday, Saturday 16th September 2015, England lost against the team immediately below them in world rankings.

Perhaps to novices that puts things at least a little in perspective. Though Rugby Union is played around the world it is most prevalent in Western Europe and the Commonwealth. In the top 10 countries only Argentina are outside that description, they are currently ranked 8th.

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