History

A1 Love – The Greatness of The Great North Road

Mark Simpson goes on a road trip connecting four countries: England, Scotland, the UK – & Yorkshire What’s so ‘Great’ about ‘The Great North Road’? Better known in our more impatient era as the A1? Well, if you’re unfortunate enough to find yourself in the south, it takes you to the north – or ‘The NORTH’ as the signage rightly has it. And unlike the more popular M1, it goes all the way NORTH – instead of petering out like a big Jessie near Leeds. And that’s… Read More »A1 Love – The Greatness of The Great North Road

Niall Ferguson: Butch or Bitch?

Niall Ferguson’s ‘The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World‘ reviewed by Mark Simpson  (Originally appeared in the Independent on Sunday, 2001) How sexy and right wing is the historian Niall Ferguson? It’s no idle question, since sexy right wing historians can gain fame and fortune, that’s to say – money and power – in the modern world. The first name is a good start, reading as it does like a Celtic battle-cry. And he’s young. In fact, the half-profile picture of him on… Read More »Niall Ferguson: Butch or Bitch?

You’re the Top! You’re Mussolini!

Mark Simpson on the strangely passionate – and enduring -adulation for the ‘Roman Genius’ Benito Mussolini (Independent on Sunday, 29 June 2003) ‘I grabbed her on the stairs, threw her into a corner behind a door and made her mine,’ wrote Mussolini recalling one of his teenage ‘wooings’. ‘She got up weeping and humiliated and through her tears she insulted me. She said that I had robbed her of her honour. It is not impossible. But, I ask you, of what honour was she speaking…… Read More »You’re the Top! You’re Mussolini!