Category Archives: History

China could owe America one trillion dollars

Interesting story that not many people know: http://chinadailymail.com/2012/05/29/china-could-owe-america-one-trillion-dollars/

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Mythbusters

A very interesting article from SINOSTAND, that busts a few popular myths. Chart: Comparing historical Chinese and foreign-inflicted deaths

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Charles Darwin

It’s his 203rd birthday today.

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Shanghai Masonic Hall

Yesterday I joined a group of about 20 brethren from Hong Kong masonic lodges on a visit to the old Masonic Hall on no. 1623 Beijing Road West in Shanghai. It was used as a masonic temple from 1931 on … Continue reading

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National Maritime Museum’s photostream

A beautiful collection of old maritime photographs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmaritimemuseum/

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Lest we forget

Today it is 65 years ago that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, followed 3 days later by another a-bomb on Nagasaki. Till the day of today people are still suffering from the consequences of radiation exposure, making … Continue reading

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‘Satellite’ navigation in the 18th century

Low-tech Magazine: Satellite navigation in the 18th century. Nice article about navigation in the time before GPS.

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Het Wakend Oog

On the Dutch Wadden Sea island of Terschelling, near the harbour, there is this nice little coffee house called ‘Het Wakend Oog’ (The All-seeing Eye).  The purpose was to provide shelter for the local fishermen, when they had to watch … Continue reading

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Navy cat honoured by crew it helped to save.

The only cat ever to be awarded the “animals’ Victoria Cross” is to be remembered at a ceremony on Thursday. Royal Navy officers are paying tribute to Simon the cat, a rat-catcher on the frigate Amethyst which continued its duties … Continue reading

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History lesson

I was up early this morning, mainly because part of the ‘electrical system with Chinese characteristics’ in my house decided to go up in flames at 6am. I fled to the basement, and let the ‘electricians’ do their job. With … Continue reading

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