Soviet Hero or Soviet Flunky?

Early Life

Marina Raskova, born in 1912 in Russia, was a pioneering aviatrix, an inspiration to millions of young Russian women, and the founder and leader of the only all-female fighting force in World War 2.

As a young girl, Marina was an aspiring opera singer, but illness and lack of money…


Or: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Covid has swept across the world, leaving millions dead and millions more in turmoil. Around 700 years ago, in the mid-1300s, the Plague, aka The Great Mortality, aka the Black Death, did exactly the same thing.

Objectively, the Plague…


Ethical spending with the Mogo app / Visa card

What is Mogo?

Okay, before we get started, what is Mogo? And why have you probably never heard of it? Mogo is a Canadian prepaid rewards Visa card where you earn cashback in Bitcoin on every purchase and carbon offset every purchase.

It has…


My experience says it is

About a year and a half ago, I decided to get serious about freelancing with the hope of building it up into a serious side-line. I had been proofreading and editing on the side through my contacts at a couple of Universities, so I opened…


Explore one of the world’s most beautiful coastal roads from Vancouver, Canada

As we explore the world around us, we sometimes stumble upon a journey that is more beautiful, more enriching, and more breathtaking than our ultimate destination. Winding upwards from the beaches and inlets of the Greater Vancouver area, along clifftops overlooking the deep blue waters and forested islands of Howe…


And People Are Pissed.

During the Black Death in Medieval Europe, almost 700 years ago, the various countries and cities across the continent issued a series of public health directives aimed at stemming the tide of death and destruction the Plague had brought with it.

The City State of Venice, for example, shut the…


Ingredients for starting your day off right

I know I’m not the first person to tell you that a productive morning equals a productive day. …


Making childbirth “delightful beyond measure”

Earlier this week it was the 119th anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria. One hundred and nineteen years later she still commands interest and respect, and her influence continues to be felt in the most diverse aspects of modern life. We usually think of her, however, as a stern…


by Paddy Ashdown

In Nein! Paddy Ashdown brilliantly brings to life the fascinating histories of the men in the German high command who plotted to bring down Hitler and end the Nazi regime.

There is, as Ashdown points out, a conception in the English-speaking world that very few Germans resisted Hitler, and that…


Netflix and Learn

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m attempting to learn a new language — German. I use apps, grammar books, podcasts, tutoring, and my personal favourite, German-language TV shows.

Watching TV in your target language is genius because you get to listen to real speech in real time — not the slowed…

LM Brown

Writing about history, culture, business, and procrastination when I’m not playing with my dogs and attempting to conquer my ever-growing TBR list

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