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‘Social Listening’ Workshop: building qualitative skills in social media research

10am – 4pm, Saturday 24 February 2018

Palmer 101, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading

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25th December 1914: Christmas Day on board HMS Talbot

by Dr Ruth Salter [1]

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My great-grandfather, Arthur John Pidgeon

I know that it’s not 25th of December today, but what could be more fitting for the final blog post of the series, and for the final entry taken from my great-grandfather, Arthur John Pidgeon’s W/T Signal Log than his Christmas Day’s log?

If you’ve missed the other two blog posts with extracts from Arthur’s Log, see the first entry, and the second entry.

 

 

 

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23rd December 1888: The Van Gogh story everyone wants to hear…

by Donna Yamani

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Vincent Van Gogh, Self Portrait With A Bandaged Ear, 1889

On the night before Christmas Eve in 1888 — a cold Sunday evening in the French city of Arles — Vincent Van Gogh took the razor he kept on his small dressing table and slashed off his left earlobe.

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20th December 1699: A new ‘New Year’

by Dr Andy Willimott

Delaroched, Peter I the Great, 1838

Paul Delaroche, Peter I the Great, 1838 (via Wikimedia)

Peter the Great’s reign was marked by an overriding desire to enforce reform on Russia, dragging it kicking and screaming in to line with many European practices. On 20 December 1699 (according to the Julian Calendar), he even introduced a decree that caused consternation among the Russian court and Orthodox Church. Until that point Russia had observed Byzantine practice, following a calendar dated from the notional birth of Adam and marking the New Year on 1 September. According to this calendar the year was 7207.

 

 

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19th December 1154: Henry II and the Hand of St James

by Dr Ruth Salter

King Henry II of England. British Library, MS. Royal 14 B.vi, membrane 6

Henry II of England. British Library, MS. Royal 14 B.vi, membrane 6

836 years ago, on a day much like this (possibly), Henry II was crowned at Westminster Abbey.  His predecessor (and uncle), Stephen, had died just under two months earlier, much of his reign having been taken up by ‘The Anarchy’ – a civil war of succession following the death of Henry I between Stephen and his cousin Matilda (Henry II’s mum).

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