Thursday, 22 October 2009

The Lumber Jills meet the Queen and the history of escalator etiquette: 22nd October: today's top history news

Why do passengers on the London Underground stand on the right-hand side of escalators when we drive on the left? The mystery is solved by a 1920s film recently restored for the London Film Festival.
The Times reports on the history of escalator etiquette.

British views of German reunification and the BNP on Question Time
In The Guardian Timothy Garton Ash comments on Britain’s attitudes to German reunification 20 years ago, designed to prevent a reversion to dictatorship. However, with the BNP’s appearance on Question Time this evening, he argues that today Britain is the problem. Twenty years on, what is Britain’s position in the world?

The extraordinary life of Richard Sonnenfeldt
Richard Sonnenfeldt became Chief US translator at Nuremberg trials, aged 22. He died two weeks ago, aged 86. Is obituary is published on the website of The Times.

The Lumber Jills meet the Queen or the official recognition of the ‘Forgotten Corps’
The Women’s Land Army (WLA) was disbanded 59 years ago yesterday on October 21st, 1950. The Women’s Timber Corps (WTC) was part of the WLA and worked in the forests to provide wood for the war effort. The contribution of its surviving members, known as the Lumber Jills, was officially recognised for the first time yesterday when they were invited to a tea party at Buckingham Palacae. Rebecca English reports on the MailOnline.

Viking mythology revisited
Today is the first day of a major conference about Old Norse mythology at the University of Aberdeen. It brings together historians from all over the world who will recesses current scholarly opinion on Norse Gods and Goddesses. Further information is available on the website of the University of Aberdeen.

Interview with Michael Haneke in Der Spiegel Online about his film The White Ribbon portraying life in a north German village in 1931 and 1914.

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