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2013 – The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI


28 February 2013 – Vatican City Pope’s aren’t supposed to retire. It’s meant to be a job for life. Albeit, quite a short life, since most Bishops of Rome aren’t given the gig until they’re already old men. It’s the way it’s supposed to work. Related Posts1995 – The Oklahoma City Bombing (25 May 2015) Read More

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2012 – The London Paralympics


29 August 2012 – London The London Paralympics went mainstream. At least in Britain. Continued enthusiasm following the successful Summer Olympics, combined with a concerted effort by Channel 4 to promote the games, led to a focus on disability sport like never before. Related Posts2004 – The Facebook (27 Jul 2015) 2003 – The Iraq Read More

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2010 – Wikileaks


25 July 2010 – The Internet… Sensitive documents have always been leaked. Sometimes these come from “whistle blowers”, unhappy at the way institutions or government departments have acted. Sometimes these can be deliberately managed by institutions to try to control the media narrative or support their cause. Social media and mass use of the internet, Read More

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2009 – H1N1


25 April 2009 – Geneva Overall … I consider [the British government’s] response to have been proportionate and effective. There is much good practice on which to build. I heard nothing but praise and admiration from those interviewed for the health service and health protection staff right across the UK who led the response to Read More

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2008 – The Great Recession


29 September 2008 – New York The economic climate of the early twenty-first century will be explained with reference to the stock market crash in 2008. Because exactly the same circumstances that allowed the economy to grow so much over the 2000s led to the recession that continues to affect the Western world. Related Posts30-for-30: Read More

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2005 – Hurricane Katrina


29 August 2005 – New Orleans It’s been ten years since Katrina tore through the South East of the United States, causing thousands to lose their lives and billions of dollars worth of damage. The impact on people’s lives is being felt to this day. Natural disasters such as this are, for obvious reasons, highly Read More

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