Roe v Wade: the law of abortion through the ages

With growing pressure in the US for changes to the law on abortion, this blog looks at the current US law and how it got there.

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The Crew of the Mignonette

Built in 1867, the Mignonette was a 52 foot, 19 tonne yacht that was purchased in Southampton, England by an Australian lawyer called John Want in 1883 who intended to use it as a pleasure craft in Sydney, Australia. Mr Want struggled to find a crew to sail the small vessel the 15,000 miles from…

The Witchcraft Acts

  There is a secret society of Witches in every country," said my grandmother. "An English witch will know all the other witches in England. They swap deadly recipes. Goodness knows what else they talk about. I hate to think. Many people think that Helen Duncan was a witch and the last witch to be…

Clarence Gideon

Having been charged in 1961 with the felony offence (which in the US means a crime that attracts a sentence of more than a year imprisonment or death) of breaking and entering a pool hall with intent to commit larceny in Panama City, Florida, Clarence Gideon appeared in court for trial and duly asked the…

In the beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth... Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image"... So God created mankind in his own image and mankind did quickly create problems for themselves that needed solving by others. Unfortunately, God wasn't a great problem solver it seems to mankind was forced to…