R P Gibson
British writer of history, humour and occasional other stuff. I'll never use a semi-colon and you can't make me. More here - https://linktr.ee/rpgibson
We'll Go Down In History
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer had a very shiny nose And if you ever saw him, you would even say it glows However, due to his difference from the established norms Poor Rudolph was forced to live the life of a recluse from his oppressors Who saw no purpose for him until such a time as was convenient For them to achieve their own Capitalist goals But thankfully Rudolph had spent his formative years reading Marx and Engels And was eager to throw off the yoke of oppression once and for all…
The Day Russia Freed The Serfs
Until serfdom was abolished, to be a peasant in Russia was to be a serf: to work the land for the profit of a master, with no chance of freedom. Unlike a slave, a serf is technically tied to the land, only to be traded or sold when a landowner changes, but in practice, there was little difference between the two.
It's Raining Cats and Dogs
When someone says “it’s raining cats and dogs” what they’re really saying is “gee, isn’t it raining heavily outside”. It’s a phrase you might mutter to yourself or hear someone else say without giving too much thought: understandable given the expression has existed since at least the 17th century.
The History of the Royal Disease
By the late 18th-early 19th century, the extended family of Queen Victoria had stretched throughout the European continent. With nine children of her own, marrying each of them off to Europe’s wealthiest and most powerful, her influence spread across the globe. But thanks to what would become known as ‘the Royal disease’, she was unknowingly spreading far more.
The Romanov Dog That Survived
On 17 July 1918 the final Imperial family of the Russian Empire — former Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei, were executed by Bolsheviks in the basement of the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, a little over a year after Nicholas’ abdication.