Category: history

  • Ostrava: In the Shadow of History – Geographical

    Ostrava: In the Shadow of History – Geographical

    On the edge of Ostrava there’s a sharp-sided hill. If you stood on it, you’d have a view over the old city, and you’d marvel at the number of smokestacks you saw. They’re all shapes and sizes and surround the old town centre like widely-spaced fence posts. If it was wintertime, you’d also marvel at […]

  • Shogun 2: The Rise And Fall Of Reginald Samurai, Part 4

    Shogun 2: The Rise And Fall Of Reginald Samurai, Part 4

    I wrote a long diary piece for RPS about Shogun: Total War – Fall of the Samurai. They published the first three parts (one, two and three) but I never finished the fourth piece, as I couldn’t finish the campaign, so it just faded out. Here it is, finished at last.

  • Creative Assembly Interview: Huge Retrospective

    Creative Assembly Interview: Huge Retrospective

    This was an 10,000 word interview on 10/8/2011 conducted for a feature written for PC Gamer; it covers the entire history of Creative Assembly. We used so little of it, I’m putting the rest up here for kicks.

  • A Timely History of Briefs.

    Today, he announces to much fanfare, is the 65th anniversary of the creation of the briefs,those underpants of the first order. They were first sold by Coopers Inc of Chicago (now Jockey International) on January 19th 1935, designed by apparel engineer Arthur Kniebler as a replacement for the jockstrap, hence their name of jock-brief. (Briefs are known as jockeys to Americans, presumably because it reduced a man’s wotsits until they were midget-sized.) In England the traditional design meant they came be to be called Y-fronts – due to the unusual apeture at the front for extracting the wotsit.

  • NOTICE To Shop Assistants

    .flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Old Warning, originally uploaded by Hot Grill. NOTICE To Shop Assistants STORE MUST OPEN PROMPTLYat 6.00 a.m. until 9.00 p.m. all the year round.–STORE must be swept, counter, base shelves and showcases dusted. Lamps […]