Category Archives: blogging

The Wipers Times

The nice people at the Vulpes Libris blog are running a week of posts on the subject of parody. They kindly invited  me to contribute, and I sent them a short piece about the parodies in that best of all trench journals, The  Wipers Times. You can find it here.

The centenary begins…

This is just a note to welcome the Oxford World War One centenary website, which is building up a collection of resources (for teachers and librarians mostly, I think) about the War. Contributors include Dan Todman and Catriona Pennell, whose new book A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War […]

300,000 up!

Today this blog received its 300,000th hit. And there are plenty more posts to come…

But it’s just a children’s book…

A couple of correspondents recently have criticised me for taking Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful seriously. ‘It’s just a children’s book,’ they argue. ‘So you can’t expect literary sophistication or historical accuracy.’ Others have taken a similar line about Carol Ann Duffy’s Christmas Truce poem, whose target market is also apparently children (though there was no […]


Occasionally, a morbidly-minded blogger like me thinks – so if I were to be run over by a bus tomorrow, what would happen to the blog? I suppose that the good people at WordPress (and they are very good people indeed) would keep it online for a while – but interest would fade eventually. Then, […]

Bloggers in Conference

Bloggers mostly meet each other online, but ocasionally they make contact in person. At the excellent Popular Imagination and The Dawn of Modernism Conference at London University’s Institute of English Studies this week, there was a session in which four literary bloggers talked about their sites to a select audience. Tanya Izzard’s blog has the […]


In the 1920s, the pacifist propagandist Arthur Ponsonby (author of Falsehood in Wartime) did much to discredit all the 1914 accounts of German atrocities in Belgium by pointing out that many of the stories that appeared in newspapers during the autumn of 1914 were obviously inventions. This, from The Times, is a good example: A […]