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Before the invention of the bicycle, the average distance between the birthplaces of spouses in England was one mile.  Studying parish registries of birth death and marriages - Stephen Stearns, a Yale professor of evolutionary biology found on average, we were marrying, not only within the village,...

I love the monthly bike publication Cyclist.  Suits my time in the saddle. Well written, great images.  I switched my monthly subscription from Rouleur as the self-proclaimed tag line of “The world's finest cycling magazine” began to irk. Imagine what you would think of a wedding...

My uncle arrived on a Sunday morning. I was delighted at his approach as it got me out of mass. The tall, thin, moustached figure was an uneasy wonder. He had big motorbikes and small cars. He loved war movies, but shunned confrontation. I was 11 and stood...

In June 1941, Hitler stood in front of his dark Generals and ordered the opening of a second front and attacked the Soviet Union.  At first, the German forces made rapid progress and his orders seemed a good idea.  But the cold winters ahead and...

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