The Man from Wales

“Women will be no longer made the slaves of, or dependent upon men…They will be equal in education, rights, privileges and personal liberty.” Robert Owen, (1771-1858) Book of the New Moral World: Sixth Part, 1841 Robert Owen was a change agent, by words and actions.  Born in Newtown, a small market town in Montgomeryshire, Wales,…

The Pirate Code

The Pirate Code – Article I “Every man shall have an equal vote in affairs of moment.  He shall have an equal title to the fresh provisions or strong liquors at any time seized, and shall use them at pleasure unless a scarcity may make it necessary for the common good that a retrenchment may…

The Buccaneers

“Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”  Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island Buccaneers, the very name conjures up visions of daring feats and bold adventures. These were men who attacked the treasure-laden Spanish ships in…

All The Queen’s Men

“If England had not used the services of privateers and pirates during its long struggle with Spain, there is some likelihood that people today in North America would be speaking Spanish rather than English.”  Robert Earl Lee, Blackbeard the Pirate They were called the “Sea Dogs.” Queen Elizabeth I was surrounded by dynamic, brilliant, intrepid and…

Letters of Marque

“The sun shines on me just the same as on the other; and I should like to see the clause in Adam’s will that cuts me out of my share in the New World!” Francis I of France, 1494   Christopher Columbus may have been the discoverer of the New World in 1492, yet his…

Black – The Queen of Colours

“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colours was black.”  Pierre-Auguste Renoir Black is the colour of night, of ebony and outer space.  Its power to envelop our world gives it a secretive, mysterious and enigmatic appeal.  Technically speaking, however it is not considered a colour at all; rather, it is the…