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Marathon

Marathons are one of the most physically demanding sporting events and over 36,000 people compete annually in the London Marathon alone. Yet legend has it the marathon began with a single runner and an important piece of news. In the summer of 490 BC, in the east of Greece, the…

The Battle of Poona

Traditionally, the festival of Diwali (the festival of lights), is said to spiritually signify the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. However, during the 1802 festival, a fierce battle, known as the Battle of Poona, erupted near Pune, India, between the…

Hero or Villain? Guy Fawkes

He wasn’t an anarchist. He didn’t manage to blow up parliament. He wasn’t even the mastermind behind the Gunpowder plot. Why then do we remember Guy Fawkes in the way we do? Why has his very image become synonymous with resistance to authority and promotion of anarchy? Guido Fawkes was…

Emperor Nero

‘Oh What an Artist dies in me’- Nero as he died. Emperor Nero is a famously vicious Roman princeps in a dynasty of similarly notorious individuals. The extent to which this is truly the case is up for some debate however. The most pertinent ancient sources, the historians Tacitus and…

The Watergate Scandal: Can You Ever Really Trust Political Officials?

The Watergate scandal was a major political catastrophe, which created a constitutional crisis in America. It not only removed the trust between the American public and the political system, it also had ramifications across the world. Hence, why major crises now carry the suffix ‘-gate’, such as in the recent…