Archive for June 2nd, 2009

Is history repeating? The Spanish flu of 1918

2 June 2009

Contributed by Ida Milne

oxocrop[1] idaThe influenza A H1N1 [definitely not Mexican, resolutely not pig, perhaps novel] flu  has added interesting dimensions to my research subject, the 1918-1919 influenza epidemic in Ireland.  For a start, people suddenly seem interested,  rather than considering it a rather fusty topic.  Then, there is the element of reliving history; the panic which struck Mexico City when the authorities admitted after several months of increased levels of influenza-like illness that they had a problem must have been similar to that experienced along the east coast of Ireland in October 1918 when the virus was killing hundreds of people each week.  (more…)

Interview: Juliana Adelman, editor, Pue’s Occurrences

2 June 2009

Pue’s Interviews is a regular series of short questions and answers with those who work in the history industry in Ireland – in the museums, universities, publishers, libraries, archives and elsewhere – to give an insight into the people who make it tick. The editors of Pue’s Occurrences thought it only fair that we should kick off by answering the questions ourselves, so here goes…

Interview date: 18 May 2009

Pue with MicrophoneWhat book do you wish you had written?

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion.  She may be the best nonfiction writer I have ever read.

What would you do if you were not doing this?

Photographer

When was the last time you used Wikipedia?

Yesterday, to look up Thomas Cromwell.

What event had the greatest impact on history in Ireland?

I’ll just pick one from my own time period and say the Great Famine.

What are you reading now?

Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel at home and Rat by Jonathan Burt in work.

Interview: Lisa-Marie Griffith, editor, Pue’s Occurrences

2 June 2009

Interview date: 1 June 2009 

What book do you wish you had written?

Flann O’Brien’s, The Third Policeman.

What would you do if you were not doing this?

Tourism maybe… or media…

When was the last time you looked at Wikipedia?

Monday- to see roughly what year Arthur Miller wrote ‘All my sons’.

What event had the greatest impact on history in Ireland?

The written word.

What are you reading now?

James Kelly, Richard Musgrave (Dublin, 2009)

Interview: Kevin O’Sullivan, editor, Pue’s Occurrences

2 June 2009

Interview date: 29 May 2009

What book do you wish you had written?

Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children.

What would you do if you were not doing this?

I have absolutely no idea, but it would almost certainly be both less interesting and less time-consuming.

When was the last time you looked at Wikipedia?

Last weekend – to find out who Bill Callahan was (clue: he’s a musician).

What event had the greatest impact on history in Ireland?

The end of the last ice age: the melting water did away with the land bridge, made us isolated, and created the image of ‘that crowd from across the water’ whose various excursions to see what was going on over here have had a bit of an impact.

What are you reading now?

At home: Roland Huntford, Scott and Amundsen: Their Race to the South Pole. On the Dart (the Huntford book’s too bulky to carry): Dambisa Moyo, Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is a better way for Africa.