About A Forlorn Hope

This site is somewhere for me to respond to things in the news that have interested me and where I think there is more to be said.  I decided that although going against the trend towards twitter (although I’m on there too) and the like, a blog where I can write more than 140 characters would be nice.  The Guardian’s example tweet on the outbreak of war in 1939 helping to convince me: “OMG Hitler invades Poland, allies declare war see tinyurl.com/b5x6e for more”

I thought that ‘a forlorn hope’ was a suitably pessimistic title for this attempt to write a blog, since most blogs languish without updates after a very short while.  Cunningly, it is also a historical reference: the forlorn hope was the group of British soldiers who volunteered to rush into the breeches made by artillery/explosives in towns’ defensive walls in the Peninsular War (in Spain against Napoleon) and earlier.

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