Pick a number! Any number!

I was recently loaned this book by a friend, and it didn’t take long before I spotted a hilarious claim on page v: ‘It is not certain how many of the 100,000 Boer farms that were burnt, were located in the Eastern Transvaal’. As anyone who...

Razors and Teapots

“What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence” Christopher Hitchens Though popularised in the early 2000s by the journalist and writer, Christopher Hitchens, this ‘philosophical razor’ is actually an English...

Wikipedia Nonsense

Wikipedia is, of course, a useful tool, but it also seems to have be adopted by the ‘useful idiots’ to spread their myths of victimhood. I came across this section on the page about the South African republic: So, yes: uneducated...

Flat Earthers and True Believers

“The Enemies of Truth – Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies” Friedrich Nietzsche, German Philosopher The other day, I watched a documentary film on Netflix, called ‘Behind the Curve’, which is all about the (apparently...

Vandalising Memorials

A friend let me know that some self-loathing, ‘right-on’ morons were up their normal tricks in Glasgow a couple of weeks back: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scunnered-mp-blasts-hipster-war-14022348 This is, of course, a...

A Cloud of Falling Stars

By early 1902, the forces of De Wet and Botha were little more than fugitives, doing their best to avoid the relentless sweeps of Kitchener’s flying columns and no longer able to mount significant operations. Taking care to avoid anything that...

How to get a glowing review

A friend of mine made me aware of a book (or, rather, a couple of books) about the Boer War which I had not previously seen. Catchily titled, ‘Die Anglo-Boereoorloog, ‘n Chronologie & Die Kaarte’, this claimed not only to be a full chronology...