Dear Readers,

we went to see a famous historian and presenter
an expert in the Tudor period , a “tudorial” with  Mr (Dr.) David Starkey.

Mr.Starkey is a great story teller of historical fact and has interesting
views, not pallid or programmed.

It was a lecture we attended, but it felt more like a tutorial, intimate and accessible.
Mr. Starkey is very clear and exact in what he says and describes, a record
No fudge, no mind candy, clarity a relief in these times.

It was a fascinating lecture about Henry VIII Tudor King of England , born
28th June 1491 died 28th January 1547.

David Starkey - Henry Viii. Tudors, Tyrants And Today



The good, the bad and the ugly- a historical giant- “The First Brexiteer”.

We learn from history, we need the records and the record keepers- the historians.

David Starkey brought so much of Henry’s reign alive to us.
Thank  you Mr. Starkey.

He was ,humble and  clear when people, asked questions and he was  sometimes  humorous

Destroying records and seeking to erase the past does not heal it.

We learn from history in so many ways.
Intolerance and violence against others in society whose opinion we do not agree with is not helpful though of course there are limits, narrow ones- we don’t need falsity  and  violence, we need peace.

The visionary author James Orwell, in his timeless book  1984 said:

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

We need freedom of thought and speech lessons learned from history.

Celestial victory and  the restoration peace  has long been  foretold.

We are grateful for those who care about humanity as a whole and are

not afraid to express their views when asked to do so.

Whether one agrees or not there is much to learn.

I feel the cat in the picture is not happy about curtailment of  freedom, regal looking  though  he is.

Museums are  important places of historical  record, it’s not entirely clear

it  seems what  accused  the Dodo’s  extinction for  example , though  it it was due

to human  activities directly and  indirectly.

Along with  the  boats  which arrived  in Mauritius centuries  ago were  rats,  rats eat Dodo eggs

as do  other species.

The  Dodo  looks and is a most fascinating bird, made famous  also in the novel

“Alice In  Wonderland” with  the phrase as “As dead  as a Dodo”- meaning  extinct.


So  what  does  all this  mean,? lets  evolve  shall we as  best  we  can.learning  from history

for  example not “altering” the  record  where we may find it repugnant,

having a care  for conservation.

Let us be authentic, let us have a care for one another and the animals, Tenderness,

Generosity and Respect -the 3 Graces.






Written by Wendy Datta

Posted 7th  September 2017

Photograph of  Dr. David  Starkey reproduced by kind  permission of

Niki Odolophie

Photograph of the Dodo reproduced by kind permission  of

The  Natural History Museum London UK

All rights  reserved.