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The WTC on fire

I’d argue that we can define modern history as the period before and after September 11th 2001. Anyone waking up on that Tuesday morning would never have believed the events which were about to transpire. The attack on the World Trade Centre was the deadliest on US soil, killing just under 3000 people and injuring …

A young Mir

The first rule of documentary filmmaking is to never get involved. To observe your subject objectively and not interfere with the events taking place on screen. This often throws up a Pandora’s Box of moral and ethical questions. However, the moment you intervene not only do you change the focus of your film but you …

To say Mark Cousins loves film would be an understatement, to say the least. The former host of Moviedrome went on to create the definitive history of film in The Story of Film: An Odyssey, along with several other documentaries focusing on cinema. The Northern Irish filmmaker is also highly curious and inquisitive. Many of …

Gorbachev holding court

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is a name and a face which will be well known to anyone of a certain age. His role in the dismantling of the Iron Curtain is possibly the most important event in the history of post-war Europe. In the West and former Eastern Bloc states his lauded as a hero for …

A planning session

In many ways the more recent history of Sierra Leonne is not so different to that of its neighbours. Its climate and habitat shielded it from conquest until the European colonisers arrived by sea. Perched on the west coast of Africa, several nations established trading posts until eventually the British created the settlement of the …

The team inspired a number of volleyball animated series

For an athlete the Olympic Games is the pinnacle of sporting achievement. An event which marks the culmination of years of training and dedication. However, there’s much more to Olympic success that personal or team glory. As a representative of your country, you carry the hopes and expectations of millions on your shoulders. When Japan …

riot police

The past few years has seen unrest break out in many placed around the world. One of the constants has been the reaction of the police. There have been almost universally robust responses, ranging from unnecessary overreaction to outright murder. The only groups who seem to spared the truncheon, baton, tear gas or Taser are …

A picture of the original workers in 2005

The transition from communism to capitalism in the former Soviet Central and Eastern European states was far from smooth. The dissolution of the USSR and the break-up of the Eastern Bloc removed the safety net provided by the state. The vacuum left was usually filled by the unscrupulous and opportunistic individuals, often connected to the …

Jeffery Robinson

If the past decade has taught us anything it’s that racism is alive and well and thriving in America. The death of George Floyd might be the tipping point to finally bring some real change, if only to the way police departments behave. However, we’ve been here many times before and nothing ever really seem …

Now that many records have been digitised and access may only be a few clicks (and a few more pounds) away, more and more people have begun to research their family histories. The popularity of sites like Ancestry.com around the turn of the century saw millions of people around the world cast their nets back …