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Two Irish Boys who Snuck Away to New York City

The epic quest Keith Byrne (10) and Noel Murray (13) embarked on in 1985 when they managed to travel incognito to New York via planes, trains and, er, ferries. A metallic clang echoed down a bleak Darndale street. The clang of a fizzy-drink can being punted along by a young boy. His hair, fair and…

Worst British Military Disaster of Each Decade, 1700s-1950s (pt.2)

Click for Part 1 Retreat from Kabul, 1842 In the 19th Century, Great Britain greatly feared that the Russian Empire’s expansionism could spill into the Asian subcontinent. To counter this threat, they moved to establish a presence in Afghanistan (sandwiched between the two empires) and install a pro-British regime. In 1839 a 20,000 strong army…

Worst British Military Disaster of Each Decade, 1700s-1950s (pt.1)

‘We lose many battles, except the last’ – an adage referring to how the British prevailed in a myriad of military conflicts from the United Kingdom’s inception in 1707 until the 1950s, yet were mauled on many an occasion. This article includes the worst military calamity of (almost) every decade – failures little and large…

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