Tag Archives: Bill Hartley

They’re Rough

They’re Rough Hartley’s heroes, hangin’ tough Ranald Mackenzie (1840-89) was a general in the United States Army. His name is little known outside military history circles, unlike his contemporary, the hapless and incompetent General Custer. Despite losing his life and … Continue reading

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The Larger the Load

  The Larger the Load    Bill Hartley weighs anchor The Germans had agreed to dispose of the depth charge, which was decent of them since it had originally been dropped by the Royal Navy. The floor of the Baltic … Continue reading

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Paul and Jeremy

Paul and Jeremy Bill Hartley enters darkest England These days British television is full of what are called ‘Reality’ shows. One such programme is Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away. A new series has just started. The programme follows the … Continue reading

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Overthrowing your Leader

Overthrowing your Leader Bill Hartley on how not to stage a coup The recent coup attempt in Turkey reinforces the idea that the last people to be undertaking a military coup are the military. One might assume that soldiers have … Continue reading

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The Pressing Need for Prison Reform

The Pressing Need for Prison Reform Bill Hartley reports David Cameron’s recent speech on prison reform was a welcome entry into the world of criminal justice by a prime minister. The full text of his speech is worth a look … Continue reading

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Jerusalem’s Russian Quarter

Jerusalem’s Russian Quarter The peripatetic Bill Hartley reports During the nineteenth century various European powers set out to establish a presence in Jerusalem. For example, Austro Hungary managed to squeeze a post office into the old city just opposite the … Continue reading

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Life at the Mount

Life at the Mount Bill Hartley returns to prison A recent edition of The Sun carried a story about a group of prisoners who were pictured enjoying a ‘party’ that apparently involved illicit drink and drugs taken on an (also illegal) … Continue reading

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Acton Lane Remembered

Acton Lane Remembered Bill Hartley speaks truth to power The Green Revolution in Britain is sustained by coal. Last year the country imported over 41,000,000 tonnes. The Port of Tyne that used to ship the stuff out has never been … Continue reading

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The Crack

The Crack Bill Hartley discovers bias in the unlikeliest of places Most towns and cities have access to a listings magazine and in the North East of England there is one called The Crack. Packed within its pages are details … Continue reading

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Strangeways Remembered

Strangeways Remembered Bill Hartley recalls the notorious prison riot  Twenty five years ago in April 1990 the worst riot in British penal history took place at Manchester’s Strangeways prison. Much has been written about the event notably the report by … Continue reading

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