Titanic: was there really a Jack and Rose?

And did they have sex in the back seat of a 1912 Renault? James Cameron, the writer and director of Titanic based Kate Winslet’s character, Rose du Witt Bukater, on real life American artist Beatrice Wood. Like Rose, Beatrice was the daughter of wealthy socialites and defied her parents to pursue a career as an […]

The 27th letter of the alphabet

And how the Romans are involved again Of course, there are only 26 letters in the alphabet. But once there were 27. Well 29, but we’ll get to that later. The additional letter is the ampersand. Today it’s mainly used in company names, like Barnes & Noble, or in abbreviations like R & R. It’s […]

Marco Polo: Epic adventurer or armchair traveller?

And the man who did it first Marco Polo. His name has become a byword for epic adventure. The man who, in the 13th century, explored the Silk Road all the way to China. Or did he? There are historians who claim he simply wrote down gossip he heard from other merchants. Others have accused […]