A new word: ‘Ashism’

Apparently a new word has entered the lexicon of the True Believers: ‘Ashism’. I am told that certain fanatical Defenders of the Myth have taken to using it on social media and, obviously, I am flattered to have so impacted their lives, that they...

Never meet your heroes

Those deluded fools on the lunatic fringe of extreme Right-wing Afrikanerdom are well beyond any rational debate, but when it comes to the Boer War, it always intrigues me how others who are (allegedly) educated / intelligent / liberal /...

Ladysmith and Sarajevo

On this day, back in 1899, republican forces invaded British territory, starting the Boer War. Outnumbering the scattered Imperial garrisons, the invading Commandos advanced deep into Natal and the Cape Colony, enjoying a looting spree and soon...

Baron Roberts of Belgravia

Baron Roberts of Belgravia / Andrew Roberts FRSL FRHistS is one of the leading historians of the modern age, and also serves as a Member of the House of Lords. He earned a First in modern history from Cambridge, then added a PhD and has since...

“First they ignore you…”

Whether or not Mahatma Gandhi really said: ‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win’ is debatable, but it is a great quote nonetheless. Now, I would be the first to admit that I have little in common with...