The weather is heating up and the Summer Solstice has come and gone. June 2019 saw the end of the A-level exams, as well as closure on all other teaching modules and classes. As a teacher, I have now entered a bizarre time on the academic calendar: with no real purpose in terms of teaching, but beginning to plan and visualise the new year in September 2019.

June saw a range of different topics, possibly due to finishing off so many different modules, but also due to having a bit more time to ponder. Local history posts included an old, small article I once wrote about fascism in Cornwall; this was re-worked to become titled ‘The Hidden History of Fascism in the Westcountry‘. Also, this local history focus included the church beside where I grew up: St. Budeaux Church. A couple of months ago I spent an hour simply walking around, looking at gravestones, and in attempting to join the dots of fragments of history. The post ‘Investigating Headstones in St. Budeaux Church‘ is the type of title I would give a pamphlet, and hopefully I will get the chance to develop this line of research further, particularly with the Commonwealth graves.

A couple of posts were linked to the modules that I cover at A-level. The post about Richard Nixon’s economic policies is strongly connected to the module about the American Dream; a module that has now been buried as I will no longer teach it come September. However, I will definitely retain an interest in Nixon’s administration, and perhaps I will continue to post on this era of history in the months to come. The other connected post featured Ralph Wilford: Wilford is an oddity, as he is not even mentioned in the specification for the Tudors module. However, I have become fascinated, to such an extent that I have researched and written a 6,000 word article. What I do with the article, I have no idea, but I’m sure that it will find a suitable home on this blog in the not so different future.

Although June didn’t see another post in the War World Cup series it did see the first post in the so-called English Monarchs FA Cup. Perhaps I have underestimated just how long it may take me to complete this competition, as the first post only provides an overview of the first “games” in the first round, out of a total of 32! But I’ll continue to push on with the series, until either boredom or some sense of fulfilment is achieved.

The end of the month saw a two-part post about the use of statistics in the study of history: ‘Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics’. These posts were based on aspects which I cover on both the degree programme as well as A-levels, and I’m always fascinated as to how statistics can be utilised in different, contrasting ways in which to put forward an argument. Part 1 outlined how statistics can help us understand patterns, whilst Part 2 highlighted a few abuses of statistics and intriguing debates (including those outlined in Freakonomics).

I’m aiming to spend July in finishing a couple of articles, as well as uploading a couple of ebooks via Kindle Direct Publishing. And of course, the “Holy Grail” of projects – the pub history – shall be completed.


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