Posted in March 2012

Sharpeville Massacre 21 March 1960

Sharpeville Massacre 21 March 1960

On the 21st March 1960 a large group of black South African protestors marched on the Sharpeville police station. They were protesting the Apartheid government’s pass laws which required every black person over the age of 16 to carry a pass, to be presented to the police on demand. Tension at the protest escalated as protestors began … Continue reading

In Which I Trollin Through 17th Century Norfolk and A Dictionary of Middle English

In Which I Trollin Through 17th Century Norfolk and A Dictionary of Middle English

Trollin v., L.G. trullin, troll, roll, walk, wander, ‘volvo’ PR.  þus haþ he trolled (pple.) forþ þise two and þritti winter. I am reading a dictionary of Middle English and I am absolutely riveted. When the husband and children leave the house, I read it out aloud to myself and wonder if my most distant named ancestor John Thyrston or Johannis Thurston or Jno. … Continue reading

Hottentoo Harry, Jan Van Riebeeck and Granny Thompson Part Two

Hottentoo Harry, Jan Van Riebeeck and Granny Thompson Part Two

This is part two of Hottentoo Harry, Jan Van Riebeeck and Granny Thompson. As per my charming husband’s instruction, I split the article in two. I hope after the abrupt expulsion (compliments of said husband) from the fynbos-covered land around Cape Town, that you can throw yourself back into the south-easter. Hottentot Harry whose real name was Autshumato learnt some … Continue reading