Amberley Blog

  1. 'Aristides de Sousa Mendes' Heroes in the Shadows by Brian Fleming

    'Aristides de Sousa Mendes' Humanitarian Action and Courage in the Second World War During the course of World War Two a number of diplomats in various parts of Europe used their positions to save thousands of individuals. Of these, Raoul Wallenberg is by far the most famous but there were others whose heroic deeds need to be better known. One...
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  2. Now That's What I Call Newport by Jan Preece

    Newport Through Rose Tinted Glasses Another mass protest, one more horrific crime, more explosive over-reactive reporting from a media feasting on other people’s misery. The Gaer Estate. Named after the Gaer Hill fort it is a sprawling array of characteristic flat-roof houses layered into the hillside. (c. Jan Preece, Now That's What I Call Newport, Amberley Publishing) I often wonder...
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  3. A-Z of Aberdeen by Lorna Corall Dey

    “I’m really intrigued by this one and have been pretty distracted by it all day.” The words of a reporter from Aberdeen’s Evening Express on receiving a review copy of A-Z of Aberdeen. Such a positive response from someone fielding innumerable publications straight off the press is heartening for, by its nature, the A-Z is selective and subjective and might...
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  4. Spitfire Leader: Robert Bungey DFC by Dennis Newton

    Tragic Battle of Britain Hero - Robert Bungey When you visit the Australian War Memorial in Canberra you can find Robert Wilton Bungey’s name low down on Panel 114 in the Commemorative Area. It is shown as ‘BUNGEY R. W.’ under the heading ‘PERSONNEL UNITS’. Robert Bungey DFC wearing his 'wings' and his RAF uniform. (c. Dennis Newton & Richard...
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  5. The Wild East by Ian Hernon

    I love America. I love the sweep of its history and the speed of change. But all great nations are built of myths. As a child of the 1950s, my early years were spent in front of a black and white TV watching Rawhide, The Rifleman, Wells Fargo, Bonanza, The Big Valley, Wagon Train and many, many more. Even at...
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  6. East Yorkshire Motor Services by Bernard Warr

    I retired from full-time work about ten years ago. Finding myself with time on my hands I started to look more closely at my extensive negative and slide collection which mostly comprised pictures of buses in the Midlands in the 1950s and 60s and railway subjects from the 1970s onwards. I set out to sort and catalogue my collection and...
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  7. Kent in Photographs by Bryan Phillips

    We have the power. Richborough in Kent is well-known for a number of reasons. One of these is its link to history and the Roman invasion. A large site of a Roman fort was discovered many years ago and it shows the evidence of underfloor heating along with structures that would have made a significant impact on anyone seeing the...
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  8. 50 Gems of Cheshire by Mike Appleton

    50 Gems in Cheshire is my third contribution to Amberley’s ‘Gems’ series and you’d think I’d have got the hang of it by now. 50 Gems of the Yorkshire Dales was a jewel filled quest in a national park I knew like the back of my hand while although 50 Gems of Derbyshire took me to a different part of...
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  9. Normandy Crucible by John Prados

    The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War Two in Europe The Allied Intelligence Advantage The first-generation histories of D-Day and the Allied campaign in, and breakout from Normandy were written at a time when the success of Allied codebreakers remained a deep secret. Hence the contributions of ULTRA, an umbrella term for the product of work against the German codes...
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  10. A149 Landmarks by Edward Couzens-Lake

    An Alternative Road Trip The road trip. Romance on the road. You, your car, the open road. A discovery waiting to happen, revelations that lie over the crest of the next hill. Jack Kerouac wrote of his own road trip as he travelled across the United States from east to west by bus, car and, when the latter two options...
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