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Old May 26th, 2008, 08:17 PM   #11

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My Name is Derrick. You all know me as Mr. Stoff. I'm an 18 year old American History student currently working on an Education Degree from College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College. I am also Lt. Moderator here on Historum.

I'm originally from Warrington, Florida and was Raised in Port Charlotte, Florida. I now live out here in Las Vegas, Nevada

I joined almost 2 years ago and have been a moderator for one.
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 07:40 AM   #12

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I am English, from Lancashire (Northern England) and 44 years old. I started out as- variously- motorcycle mechanic/car mechanic, motorcycle racer, gravedigger, gardener, coal miner, trawler fisherman, chainsaw operator, motorcycle courier and most recently I work on computers.

My hobbies include photography, (video and still), guitar, history!, arguing, writing, travel, cookery, computers, anything dangerous, dogs, brewing beer the hard way, and generally anything that interests me.

I have been living with my partner for the last 18 years, (neither of us are stupid enough to ruin it by getting married). I am a "benevolent control freak" which means that I simply have to know how things are done, but I have no interest in controlling people.

I have a BA in History which I gained as a mature student in 1997, after spending months arguing about history with a man outside the history department. I was having a cigarette when I should have been cutting grass, and he was smoking......between taking lectures. He was a professor, and I had no idea who I was being so opinionated to. He challenged me to do a degree: the thought had never occured to me before then.

I believe that history, primarily, is about ideas. Facts and dates without understanding of WHY and HOW they happened is like tunnel vision.

I joined Historium because it seems diverse, intelligent, and there's no childish and ill-mannered flame wars.
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 09:02 AM   #13
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I'm Nick and joined a month after Historum was formed. I'm finishing my final year at the university of Essex and hope to come back next year to get the history MA
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Old June 9th, 2008, 01:29 AM   #14

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I was born in Australia, and have lived in Norway, Denmark and Japan. I'm in my late 30's. I've travelled to 21 countries.

I have been married (to a Norwegian) and have a son, aged 9. I home school him and it takes a lot of time and preparation but I think its well worth it.

I have a partner from Catalonia. We are, kind of, nomads. We don't believe in having many possessions. A simplier life style increases happiness.

I'm a health and wellbeing instructor.

I have a degree in English Literature... and have only recently begun to take a specific interest in history...

I have studied mostly religions, yoga, qigong, anatomy, western health techniques, chinese medicine and mind science...

I'm currently researching ideas about the age of short term self interest and its impact on the physical body (diabetes 2), our communities (fear), our environment (save a tree eat a beaver comments welcome) and our relationship/responsibilities with our economically poor but quickly developing (like us) neighbours.

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Old June 15th, 2008, 07:55 AM   #15

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Hi, I'm a 19-year-old Vietnamese student in Germany.
My major is actually Chemistry. I dreamed to be a historician since I was a child. However, historician is not a good choice in my country.
Ironically I preferred european history to asian.
Reading books and playing games are all i can write into my short biography.
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Old June 28th, 2008, 03:03 PM   #16

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I posted this under introductions, but was advised to come to this section; now I can see why.-Ron

1999-2008-Writer/Poet/Retired Teacher: George Town Tasmania
2002-2005-Program Presenter, City Park Radio, Launceston
1999-2004-Tutor and/or President: George Town School for Seniors Inc
1988-1999 -Lecturer in General Studies and Human Services West Australian Department of Training
1986-1987 -Acting Lecturer in Management Studies and Co-ordinator of Further Education Unit at Hedland College in South Hedland, WA.
1982-1985 -Adult Educator, Open College of Tafe, Katherine, NT
1981 -Maintenance Scheduler, Renison Bell, Zeehan, Tasmania
1980-Unemployed: Bi-Polar Disability
1979 -Editor, External Studies Unit, Tasmanian CAE; Youth Worker, Resource Centre Association, Launceston;
Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour, Tasmanian CAE; Radio Journalist ABC, Launceston
1976-1978 -Lecturer in Social Sciences & Humanities, Ballarat CAE, Ballarat
1975 - Lecturer in Behavioural Studies, Whitehorse Technical College, Box Hill, Victoria
1974 -Senior Tutor in Education Studies, Tasmanian CAE, Launceston
1972-1973 -High School Teacher, South Australian Education Department
1971 Primary School Teacher, Whyalla SA, Australia
1969-1971 Primary School Teacher, Prince Edward County Board of Education, Picton, Ontario, Canada
1969 Systems Analyst, Bad Boy Co. Ltd., Toronto Ontario
1967-68 -Community Teacher, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Frobisher Bay(Iqaluit), NWT, Canada
1959-67 -Summer jobs from grade 9 to end of university
1949-1967 - Attended 2 primary schools, 2 high schools and 2 universities in Canada: McMaster Uni:1963-1966, Windsor T’s College: 1966/7.
1944-1963 -Childhood(1944-57) and adolescence(1957-63) in and around Hamilton Ontario.

2. SOME SOCIO-BIO-DATA(as of: 2008)

I have been married for 41 years. My wife is a Tasmanian, aged 60. We’ve had 3 children: ages in 2008-42, 38 and 31. I am 64, a Canadian who moved to Australia in 1971 and have written 3 books--all available on the internet. I retired from full-time teaching in 1999, from part-time teaching in 2003 and from volunteer/casual teaching/work in 2005 after 35 years in classrooms. In addition, I have been a member of the Baha’i Faith for 49 years. Bio-data: 6ft, 225 lbs, eyes/hair-brown, Caucasian. See my website for more details at: http://www.users.on.net/~ronprice/ or go the google search engine and type: RonPrice(no space), Pioneering RonPrice, RonPrice Poetry, RonPrice Bahá’í, RonPrice History,(philosophy, religion, media studies, politics, inter alia)--for additional writings.

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Old July 12th, 2008, 05:40 PM   #17

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I was born in Edinburgh in 1987. I'm a proud Scot, though I have lost my accent having lived in England for so long now! I've just completed a degree (LLB) in Law, and am going on to do a Masters in Law in September. I did History up to A-Level; I wanted to to it at Uni but I figured you can do more with a Law degree. If I'm able, I'll do some History modules next year. I doubt it though!

I don't really have a particular area of history that I like... But I know which bits I don't! Economic history doesn't appeal to me, likewise restrictive country-based history. I prefer to see everything as a lattice of information which is inter-related. World history, I suppose! I also like to fill in gaps that I'm unclear on - the last bit I filled in was concerning the Boer War.

I currently live in Leicester and study in Leeds. I hope to work for the Foreign Office, advising the government on international law. Failing that, a job as a solicitor would do me .

I guess international law appeals to me because it has so much to do with history!
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Old July 12th, 2008, 06:38 PM   #18

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In a world which has gravitated into a neighbourhood technologically in the last century(decades, years??--future??) international law is becoming critical. Our situation is not unlike the Greeks in the 5th century BC with the multitude of city states that had to federate to survive. The Golden Age of Greece in that 5th century did not last long--it ended in a blood war. I wish you well in your future life and applying your insightsin the global marketplace.-Ron
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Old July 13th, 2008, 02:25 AM   #19

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Thanks for your kind words
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Old July 18th, 2008, 04:59 AM   #20

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Well here goes...I was born one of twins in Kampala, Uganda, my mother was Polish father British, at the time of my birth my mother could swear very well in English and my father didn't speak Polish. As we grew my twin brother and I were multi-lingual, we spoke Polish, English and Swahili. At the age of 2 years my father moved his family to the Highlands of Kenya and built a saw mill. My brother sadly passed away from a massive heart attack at the tender age of 4 1/2 years. I was immediately packed off to Boarding school in the highlands of Kenya. This was Mau-Mau time in Kenya and things were hairy. One night while at home on school holidays the Mau-Mau set fire to the kitchen which was separated from the house by an open passageway. I remember my father on the roof of the kitchen pulling up the roof so that the fire would not spread to the house, I fainted in the doorway of the house and to this day I am terrified of fire.
We moved to Nairobi and then onto Mombassa. I was sent to Loretto Convent in Mombassa and loved it there. Later we moved to Dar-es-Salaam in what was then Tanganyka. Here I had my first taste of history at school and loved it. I loved ancient history and excelled in it. We lived beside a very wide creek in Dar-es-Salaam and I would often take the dingy and go up the rivers and look on the banks for what I called 'ancient things'. I found all sorts of wonderful treasures and took them to the museum for verification.

In 1963 we ran away from Dar-es-Salaam as it was becoming very dangerous. Two black men arrived on our back doorstep and one told my father that his client had 'bort the house, the woman, and the dotter' he and my younger brother were given 24 hours to leave the premises. We packed up what we could into the car and left that at midnight. We had to smuggle my father through the border from Tanzania into Zambia as he had not had a chance to settle his taxes and engineers were asked not to leave before they had trained a black person to do their job. We did this by putting him on the floor of the car, covering him with boxes and blankets while my mother dealt with the passports and checkpoints. We got through and made our way quickly through Zambia, through Rhodesia and into South Africa.

We settled in Cape Town, I had finished school in Tanzania and was about to start at the Teacher Training College when we left. I attended Cape Town University and qualified as a special needs teacher in 1966.

Life at home was not easy, my mother was becoming more and more erratic, we did not know at that time that she was in the early stages of Altzhiemer's, it was unknown at that time. I married a South African and soon had a baby on the way. The marriage was not a happy one and ended in divorce after the second son was born. I moved to Rhodesia and worked in the British South African Police force as an African Reserve Pay Officer. My sons were showing signs of Autism, they were both seen by specialists and while my eldest had Asperger's Syndrome the younger boy was brain damaged at birth. They both attended a special school in Salisbury (now Harare) As the war intensified in Rhodesia I decided it was time to join the chicken run, bought tickets to England and took 18 days leave and left. I had to fly out from Bulawayo airport as I was not supposed to be allowed to take the children with me. I arrived in England and did not know where to live on this tiny island. I was astounded that one could drive from one town to another without seeing any space between the towns. I had arrived with 2 small children and 3 suitcases and decided the best way to find somewhere was to drive around, so I hired a car. I eventually settled in Scarborough, looking back it was the worst place possible to settle in. I put the children into school and took a job at an auctioneers, and bought furniture cheaply from there to furnish my house, which I thought of as a flat. I had never seen terraced houses before, they were always called flats in Africa.

In 1985 I moved to Leeds, and my eldest son attended a college while the younger one was put into school. I worked as a secretary for an Insurance Company and joined the Air Training Corps with my elderst son. I enjoyed teaching the youngsters again and soon the ATC were taking in girls as well.

I met my husband while on a course at one of the RAF stations, 2 years later in 1991 we were married. We moved to Scotland in 2001 and retired here, we love it.
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