Early Soviet Board Game Designs

All of these Soviet board games are taken from the early years of Communist Russia and were wildly popular in the region at the time. You can see the dominant themes of revolution and war running through the titles but you can also see how Russia was expanding itself as a nation. The Russian made

The 1919 Limerick Soviet – A Fortnight of Irish Revolution

The Limerick Soviet of 1919 lasted less than a fortnight but marked a significant moment in Irish and Western European history. It was the only time an organised labour movement with the UK and Ireland managed to seize control of a city of Limerick’s size and operate it independently of the government. The taking of the

NASA and the Sounds of our Galaxy

Movie taglines may have us believing that in space no-one can hear you scream but this NASA released video proves that there are plenty other noises to keep you occupied. This stunning NASA video takes you through our galaxy and brings you the sounds of space as you travel past the Rings of Saturns and

Charles Bukowski’s The Man With The Beautiful Eyes

In 1999, British animator Jonathan Hodgson and illustrator Jonny Hannah created this stunning animated adaptation of Charles Bukowski’s 1992 poem “The Man with the Beautiful Eyes” when we were kids there was a strange house all the shades were always drawn and we never heard voices in there and the yard was full of bamboo

Israel, Lebanon and Syria at the Turn of the 19th Century

The Library of Congress have some great resources available to take you back through decades and centuries. These 19th century images show the contested region that today is home to Israel, Lebanon and Syria, as well as Palestine, during the decade leading up to the dawn of the 20th century in 1900. It was then part

Seven Great Futuristic Cityscapes

If you’ve read enough science fiction novels you’ll know that half the battle for creating a great novel is setting the right tone of your world. Nowhere more is that seen than in futuristic cityscapes. Everyone from Plato to Fritz Lang to the graphic novels of Marvel have had a go at making their own mini universe.

Tsar Bomba – The Biggest Bomb Ever Created

On October 30th 1961, the USSR detonated the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created. Tsar Bomba, also known as Big Ivan, contained 57 megatons of TNT and was 400 times the power Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined and ten times the entire combined fire power of World War 2. It was used as part of a test, one designed to

Chris Marker’s La Jetée

“This is the story of a man marked by an image from his childhood.” Chris Marker’s astonishing 1962 short film, La Jetée, opens with a simple quote about fate and destiny. Narrated by Jean Négroni, and told primarily through the use of still images, La Jetée tells the tale of an unnamed hero, a man haunted by an

Stephen King’s IT & The End of Childhood

Stephen King’s IT is his most famous novel. Others come close, particularly Carrie and The Shining, but Tim Curry’s portrayal of Pennywise The Clown in the TV adaptation pushed this one to the realms of pop culture. Everyone knows who Pennywise is, even if they have never read a word King has wrote about IT.

The Rise & Fall & Rise Again of the WWE Intercontinental Title

What has me reminiscing most about the Intercontinental belt is what always has me doing so at this time of the year, the World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) Summerslam pay-per-view (PPV) event. If Wrestlemania is, as the tagline says, the showcase of the immortals than Summerslam is the exhibition of the great workers. Wrestlemania has Hulk


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