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10 posts about past-master on this blog

  1. How public was the public house?

    Friday 4 February 2011, 09:05

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    It's a sad fact that the good, old fashioned public house was, for many years, far less public than most of us ever imagined.

    Half of the population of Britain was actually banned from many of these establishments, purely on the grounds of gender, and...

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  2. The death of the British pub

    Friday 28 January 2011, 14:18

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    It's a sad fact that upwards of 30 public houses are closing down every week in Britain.

    Other countries might have their taverns, beer halls or bars but the humble British pub has always been something of an institution, an establishment unique to this country.

    Every town or village once had one...

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  3. The Treason of the Blue Books

    Friday 21 January 2011, 13:02

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    In the year 1847 the British government commissioned a report into the state of education in Wales.

    Not, in itself, such a momentous event, but when the remit of the report was widened to include a study of the morals of the Welsh people it resulted in a furore that still rumbles on to this very day...

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  4. The Zulu wars

    Friday 14 January 2011, 14:23

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    There has always been something of a debate about the Anglo-Zulu Wars of 1879, particularly with regard to the numbers of Welsh soldiers involved in the Battle of Isandlwana and at the defense of Rorke's Drift.

    Often legend and romance have taken...

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  5. Jacobites in Wales

    Thursday 6 January 2011, 10:01

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    The summer of 1715. The Old Pretender is about to land with his army in Scotland, rallying supporters of the Stuart cause to his flag. George I and the whole Hanoverian dynasty appear to be resting on the edge of disaster. Discontent is rife everywhere and in the north Wales town of Wrexham, as the...

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  6. Hywel Dda - the Lawmaker of Wales

    Tuesday 4 January 2011, 09:08

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Wales is certainly not lacking when it comes to stories and tales of kings or great warriors. From the mythological heroes of the Mabinogion, where legend mixes easily with reality, to genuine historical figures like the Lord Rhys or Llywelyn the Great, there are so many to choose from. Yet one of the...

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  7. Evan Morgan of Tredegar House

    Thursday 30 December 2010, 11:48

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Of all the great characters in Welsh history - and there are many - none is more unusual, more fascinating and more downright bizarre than Evan Morgan, the last Viscount Tredegar.

    Evan succeeded to the title in 1934 but by then his reputation for outlandish behaviour had been well established. Born...

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  8. Past Master on BBC Radio Wales

    Friday 13 August 2010, 13:51

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    There's another chance to listen to Past Master on BBC Radio Wales over the coming weeks.

    Presenter and BBC Wales History blogger, Phil Carradice delves into the famous and not-so-famous happenings and events in the history of Wales.

    Listen again online as Phil explores the remarkable life of Welsh based...

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  9. Welsh witches

    Thursday 25 March 2010, 09:31

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Stories about witches are found all over the world - during the 16th and 17th centuries a "witch craze" in Europe saw over 100,000 people, mainly women, accused of witchcraft and executed by secular government and the church.

    Yet there were relatively few witch trials in Wales, with only five Welsh witches...

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  10. Gareth Jones - investigative journalist

    Friday 19 March 2010, 15:35

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    These days we live in a world of investigative journalism - much of it not very palatable. But back in the 1930s, when the term hadn't even been invented, one Welshman used his pen to expose what was, in effect, a holocaust of major proportions.

    The man in question was Gareth Jones, a young journalist...

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