Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Over 42,000 people have visited this blog as of August 2014. I'm humbled and gratified for that and I thank everyone who has visited here. This blog will stay in place, but new blog posts, when I have time to write them, will be on my new author's website which you can find at www.mehubbs.com.
I encourage you to check my blog there from time to time, or sign up for website updates to let you know that something new has been posted. I'm currently writing a sequel to my first book and it has already taken more of my time than I expected.
My latest book was release in July 2014. The Archer's Son is getting great reviews and stayed #1 for a month in Amazon's Hot New Releases for Kid's Medieval Fiction. You can read reviews or purchased at this LINK.
The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou is also on Amazon and is also available at most Books a Million stores.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
|Battle scarred: The badly damaged skull of a man (pictured) |
could be the first-ever recorded victim of the Battle of Hastings.
Experts have revealed that it belongs to a 45-year-old man
|The skeleton, which bears the marks of battle, was found in Lewes, around 20 miles from the famous battlefield, thought to be located in Battle, East Sussex|
Bones were originally sent to experts at the University of York as part of preparations to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes.
|No bones have previously been discovered of anyone who fought and died during the historic event, so the remains of the 45-year-old (pictured) thought to have died in battle, are a first|
‘They identified the only ideal battlefield. It seems Harold’s fearsome Saxon shield wall straddled a narrow strategic pass that is on today’s A2100.’
|A new battle: In late 2013, experts claimed that King Harold died with an arrow in his eye not at the site of Battle Abbey (which has a dedicated vistor's centre - but on a spot that is now a roundabout on the A2100|
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2636252/Does-skull-belong-victim-Battle-Hastings-1-000-year-old-remains-near-battlefield-reveal-man-hacked-six-times-sword.html#ixzz32TbkGIky
Monday, April 7, 2014
US Navy 1944 – 1946
Interview by Mark Hubbs
Someone who does not know Zane Geier would have
trouble realizing he is 88 years old and a veteran of World War II. He is easy to smile; an active man with an
engaging sense of humor. He is as sharp
now as he has ever been. I have known Zane for over ten years, but
really only learned the story of his early life and war time experiences as a
result of this interview.
Zane Geier just out of boot camp The USS Cross as she was outfitted for the Pacific theater Zane's 40mm gun firing during training exercises. Zane is the seated man on the front left of the gun tub
Zane at his Battle Station A sailor is transferred from the battleship USS West Virginia to the USS Cross On the flight deck of the USS Hornet Zane Geier served as a shore patrolman in the months before his discharge in 1946 Zane Geier in 2012
Monday, March 17, 2014
Even though these were enemies of my country, I can't help but be saddened by these discoveries. It is always sobering to remember that these men died and were buried by strangers, in a land far from home. In almost every case, the families of these men never learned of the circumstances of their death, only that they were lost at Kwajalein.
The emotions expressed by the people in this article reveal much of what I experienced, but magnified many times over. The archaeologists and volunteers recovering the missing in Russia are doing to account for their countrymen and for those still living who were left behind. My hat is off to these people and what they are accomplishing.
Visit the website below to find more information and many more photos
Of the estimated 70 million people killed in World War Two, 26 million died on the Eastern front - and up to four million of them are still officially considered missing in action. But volunteers are now searching the former battlefields for the soldiers' remains, determined to give them a proper burial - and a name.
There are horrors for the diggers, too.
Alexander, who ran his own business selling food products before becoming a full-time digger, is holding a bullet case plugged with a small piece of wood. He hopes that it is an improvised ID tag. But when he turns it upside down in his hand, what comes out of it is not a roll of paper, but a trickle of brown liquid.
"We need to continue to do this for ourselves, so our souls can be at peace," says Ilya. "It has become the meaning of our lives."
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
For additional period art work of the Frost Fairs go to the original blog:
Through etchings, paintings, mementos printed by enterprising press owners, and even a 200-year-old block of gingerbread - the "only surviving piece of gingerbread bought at the 1814 Frost Fair" - you can get an idea of the joy and chaos of the Frost Fairs. It seems the artists most delighted in showing people falling on the ice (one of the drinks served along with beer and gin was a highly intoxicating concoction called "Purl" that involved wormwood), but you can also spy participants roasting sheep, playing games like bowling and "throwing at cocks" (that seemed to involve hurling things at roosters), and even fox hunting and bull-baiting. Some reports even claim an elephant walked across the ice, but sadly it did not make it into these tableaux.
|"Gingerbread and wrapper, 1814" (© Museum of London) "This is the only surviving piece of gingerbread bought at the 1814 Frost Fair. At 200 years old it is now a little hard, but still smells of ginger and spice. "|
That lately Ships of mighty Burthen bore
The Watermen for want of Rowing Boats
Make use of Booths to get their Pence & Groats
Here you may see beef roasted on the spit
And for your money you may taste a bit
There you may print your name, tho cannot write
Cause num'd with cold: tis done with great delight
And lay it by that ages yet to come
May see what things upon the ice were done
|Abraham Hondius, "The Frozen Thames, 1677," (© Museum of London)|
|"A Frost Fair on the Thames at Temple Stairs," 1684, Abraham Hondius (© Museum of London)|
|"Frost Fair on the River Thames, 1684" (c.1800), unknown artist (© Museum of London)|
|Printed keepsake, 2 February 1814 (© Museum of London) "This simple, hastily produced example conveys the urgency and excitement of being there."|
|"View of the Thames off Three Cranes Wharf, 1814," Burkitt & Hudson (© PLA Collection / Museum of London)|
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
|King Richard III (pictured) was killed |
at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485
bringing to a close the period
of English history known as the Wars of the Roses
|The Dean of Leicester, the Very Reverend David Monteith (centre) and The Bishop of Leicester Tim Stevens (right) pose with plans for the tomb of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral|
If all goes to plan, the cathedral hopes the king's remains can be re-interred in a ceremony full of pomp next year.
But the plans also rely on the outcome of a legal challenge from a group of distant relatives of the king, who call themselves the Plantagenet Alliance.
Richard III not only had a hunchback but he also suffered from roundworm infection, research recently revealed.
Scientists found roundworm eggs in a soil sample taken from the pelvis of the skeleton of the king.
Since the body of King Richard III was found, scientists have been undertaking careful analysis of the remains, in an attempt to shed further light on the attributes and history of the controversial king.
However, there was no sign of eggs in soil from the skull and very few eggs in the soil that surrounded the grave, suggesting that the eggs found in the pelvis area resulted from a genuine roundworm infection during his life, rather than from external contamination by the later dumping of human waste in the area.