General Messervy: A Biography

For a website devoted to historical (or quasi-historical) topics, I've never actually posted a biography.  Well, that has now officially changed.  The person I have chosen to be my first to have his life discussed?  General Sir Frank Walker Messervy (1893-1974), an officer in the British Indian Army who served in both World Wars. From … Continue reading General Messervy: A Biography

Restored English Translation of Genesis: Chapter 5

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Hello!  Here is the belated 5th chapter of my Restored English Translation (RET) of the Book of Beresheet (Genesis).  Once again, this post contains the Hebrew names.  A glossary of those names will be provided at the end.  I will continue to use the Aleph Tavs, although I am no longer certain about them.  It appears that they may well be purely grammar after all.  A friend of mine wrote in an email:

“On another note, the word את is explained in a Hebrew textbook thus:

‘A direct, definite object of a verb is preceded by the particle את. 
             David takes a book.               .דוד לוקח ספר

            David takes the book.   .   דוד לוקח את הספר

            Whom do you love.          ?את מי אתה אוהב
Proper nouns are…

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Parallel Universes (and Other Weird Tales)

If you're a superhero fan (like myself), you've undoubtedly heard of the multiverse. It's basically the belief that there are multiple parallel universes that may or may not be like our own, and is regularly employed in comic books (especially superhero ones - such as Marvel and DC). But could it be real? A popular … Continue reading Parallel Universes (and Other Weird Tales)

Hilarious Parenting Tweets (That I Guarantee You’ll Relate To)

I just saw an article titled "45 Times Parents Hilariously Expressed Their Struggles on Twitter" on Bored Panda, and it's too hilarious (and relatable!) not to share.  As the oldest of 8 kids, I can more than relate to many of these!  (There'll be more posts of these in the future.) Well, I hope … Continue reading Hilarious Parenting Tweets (That I Guarantee You’ll Relate To)

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Blockbusters Reviewed

Welcome to the 21st edition of My Fortnightly Movie/TV Thoughts!  Last fortnight, I reviewed Rogue One (2016) and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017).  This fortnight, I’m reviewing:

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), rated M for science fiction violence

That is the Australian rating; in the United States, it’s rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence.

As usual, I’ll give the trailer and a clip at the end.

And while I’ll try to be spoiler-free, I offer the following disclaimer just in case:


Solo: A Star Wars Story

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I had one worry going in to Ron Howard’s origin story for Han Solo: that no-one could come close to topping Harrison Ford, and that the movie would suffer as a result.  While Ford will always be the best Han Solo, I was pleasantly surprised to find that…

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The World’s Longest Names

I used to think my grandfather, with two middle names, had a long name.  Similar with Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor), Prince Charles (Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor), Prince Harry (Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor) and several other royals.  Then I heard about my distant (criminal) uncle, Frederick Henry Edward Staines Messervy. But … Continue reading The World’s Longest Names

Sunshine Blogger Award

G'day everyone!  Keziah E from has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you, Keziah! Rules: Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them. List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post. Answer the 11 questions the … Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award