Category Archives: Alt History

Sir Richard Tangye & the Cornubia: Steam Age dreamtime

Once upon a time (1833) in a small Cornish village (Illogan, near Redruth) two brothers had sons they called Richard. This in itself was not unusual in that time and place as the same names keep cropping up, over and … Continue reading

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Hoax squared- New York Sawed in Half

Many people have written about specific historic feats of building and engineering such as the construction of the Erie Canal. Others have written about particular hoaxes which fooled large numbers of people, and biographies of the hoaxsters have also been … Continue reading

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Derivation of Silly Mid Off

It is well known that the breaking of the non striker’s stumps by the bowler prior to delivering the ball is called a “Mankad” after Vinoo Mankad, the Indian bowler who dismissed the Australian batsman Bill Brown in this manner … Continue reading

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The Plot against America

Philip Roth has been accorded the rare honour of having his complete works published by the Library of America while he is still alive. The critics are generally agreed that Philip Roth enhanced his reputation even further with the trilogy … Continue reading

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