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    Knocked for Six

    Imagine you woke up and found
    Another number between two and three.



      Explore Tyne and Wear Museums' Collections Online
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        This is the website of Current Archaeology, Britain’s leading archaeological magazine. Or rather, two magazines, for Current Archaeology, which deals with British archaeology, has now been joined by Current World Archaeology. Here you can explore both magazines, and the articles they contain.

        There is also the listings section, based on the Archaeology Handbook, which tells you how you can go on an excavations, and lists the many organisation of all sorts that make up British archaeology. And there is also a mass of other miscellaneous information. Good reading!



          Historical information on the net!


          This page will eventually be filled up with bits and bobs that do not fit into the other categories on the site. To begin with, here are some tables for converting 18th/19th century measurements. At the bottom of the page, there are also some links to other sites.

          Weights and Measures

          Before the widespread acceptance of the metric system, every country (and even sometimes individual cities within a country) used its own system of weights and measures. These often displayed substantial variations in actual length and weight, despite having similar names. For example, the foot that was in use in most of France was noticeably longer than the English foot, while in some parts of Italy the local foot was actually shorter.

          The failure to understand this simple variation in measures has given rise to any number of misconceptions. A quite common one is to assume that Frenchmen were shorter than they actually were. A recent book on Napoleon, for example, states that Wellington was six inches taller, because he stood 5ft 9ins, and Napoleon 5ft 3ins. In fact, the difference was nothing of the sort, as 5ft 3ins in French measure equates to 5ft 7ins in English measure. This is not very different from the height of 5ft 6.5ins (in his stockinged feet) which Vincent Cronin gives for Napoleon on page 179 of his biography of him. However, Bouvier is a little more conservative in his Bonaparte en Italie, where he states in a footnote on page 41 that Napoleon stood exactly 1m 67cm 4mm (5ft 6ins).



            Vincent Cronin (born May 24, 1924 in Tredegar, Wales) is a British historical, cultural, and biographical writer whose works have been widely translated into European languages. He and his wife, Chantal, are long-time residents of both London and the Basse-Normandie region of France, and they have five children.

            Cronin was educated at Ampleforth College, Harvard University, and Trinity College, Oxford, from which he graduated with honours in 1947. During the Second World War, he served as a lieutenant in the British Army. In addition to being a recipient of a W.H. Heinemann Award (1955) and a Rockefeller Foundation Award (1958), Cronin is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is the son of the Scottish novelist, A. J. Cronin.



              A J Cronin

              Archibald Joseph Cronin, the creator of Doctor Finlay, was born on 19th July 1896 in Cardross near Dumbarton, in the midst of the area which was to provide a source and inspiration for a number of his novels, more particularly Hatter's Castle, the best selling first novel which catapulted him to worldwide fame in 1930. As the son of a mixed marriage of Protestant mother and Catholic father, he was brought up as a Catholic, but attended Dumbarton Academy because of his precocious abilities. Years later he wrote:

              "A feeling of social inferiority was immediately ... communicated to me, a sort of spiritual wound deriving from my religion"

              so it is possible that a feeling of alienation from the West of Scotland may have contributed to his long exile.



                bizarre - back to the west of scotland again.


                  16 more to get to 2.5 k tpd. hmm. think i'll mow the lawn and put the washing out instead.


                    Where the eck did you find time to knock up such a cool web site.
                    Confusion is a natural state of being


                      I have a website on the drawing board now, but it's a business site.
                      Confusion is a natural state of being