On November 14, 1854, during a severe storm off the coast of Balaklava, the 2,700-tonne vessel, HMS Prince did not have time to take shelter. Helpless against the raging storms that frequent the Black Sea, the recently-built vessel was swept on to the rocks and soon afterwards sank beneath the waves.
Liverpool born poet and writer Michael Walsh traces his Liverpool roots back to 1865. This was the year his Irish great-grandmother arrived in the Second City of Empire. His parents were born at the turn of what was to become the most tumultuous century in history. Michael's father, Patrick, fought in three major conflicts before reaching his fortieth birthday. His mother, Kathleen, was a former nun turned gun-running renegade.
On leaving school at 15 years of age, Michael spent 12 weeks at the Merchant Navy School for Sailors in Sharpness, Gloucestershire. During his years at sea, he was to visit and work in over 60 countries.
The journalist and broadcaster since provided articles and columns for numerous magazines and international news media. In 2011 he was awarded Writer of the Year by the publishers of Euro Weekly News, Europe's highest-circulation newspaper of its kind. He has authored, edited and ghosted over 70 book titles.
On 14 November 1907, the famous Swedish children’s writer Astrid Lindgren was born. She created such memorable characters as Pippi Longstocking, Emil i Lönneberga, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, the Six Bullerby Children, The Brothers Lionheart and many others.
TAKING A BREAK from loss-making real historical research and publishing, Michael Walsh turned to penning novels. He believes fiction based on real-life holds out far more promise of a far wider readership.
February 18, 1905, marks a tragic event that Russians consider very important. Indeed, when the terrorist attack occurred the world was in shock and ever since Russians remember the appalling assassination carried out by Bolshevik insurgents.
Hungary’s popular Prime Minister has labelled the European Union’s plan to make access to funding conditional on the maintenance of the rule of law as blackmail. He then repeated what retiring Soviet President Mikhael Gorbachev said by likening Brussels to the Soviet Union.
Exactly 170 years ago, on November 13, 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson was born. The internationally respected author was a favourite with young and old lovers of literature.
Perhaps fearing the long arm of the law, old-Etonian Boris Johnson faces a Tory uprising as 50 MPs join new resistance group. The embattled public schoolboy faces another Tory uprising as 50 MPs join a new resistance group calling for an end to coronavirus lockdown measures.
I asked one of my friends who has crossed 70 and is heading to 80-years of age what sort of changes he is feeling in himself? He sent me the following very interesting lines, which I would like to share with you.
Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk has scornfully exposed fallibility and corruption relating to coronavirus tests, after revealing he had been both diagnosed and cleared of the disease on the same day.
My tribute’s for the doctors,
Who fix the broken hearts,
When doctors are for living,
Who needs a dying art?