The German offensive in Spring 1918. (Pic from Commonwealth War Graves)

In the spring of 1918, the German Army launched their first assault on the Western Front in two years.

Not since the Battle of Verdun in early 1916 had the Germans carried out a full scale attack on allied lines. For two years, they had played the role of defenders.


A Union Berlin home match (Pic from ‘Ich’ on Pinterest)

The 21st century has been a rollercoaster for Union Berlin. Before the millennium, the club had never even played in the second tier of German football.

Now, 20 years later, they are enjoying only their third ever season in the Bundesliga and their first European campaign since 2001.

The club…


A statue in Horden Welfare Park to signify the heart being ripped out of the village’s coal mining community

On 22 September 1934, hundreds of men and boys went to work at Gresford Colliery, Wrexham.

A brutal job, coal mining was the beating heart of the industrial powerhouse which was the UK in the 1930s. …


When American troops left Vietnam in March 1973, it ended a period of war that much of the public back home had grown to despise.

It would be two years before North Vietnamese tanks crashed through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon, effectively ending the war. …


When talking about legends of heavy metal, you’d be hard pressed not to give Iron Maiden a mention.

The band have been almost ever present on the scene for decades and, unlike other groups of their era, seem to be getting more active the later they go on in life.


The Cambrian Coast line starts at Machynlleth and runs all the way up the Welsh coast to Pwllheli.

My short journey, Porthmadog to Criccieth, is just a 10 minute journey and an open return is less than £3.50. …


Another Saturday, another chance to hop in my car and head on up to north Wales. Following my bank holiday venture to Trawsfynydd and Blaenau Ffestiniog, I had my sights set on a couple of towns further west.

Setting off from Aberystwyh at just after 8am, Porthmadog is around 1…


Joe Root will be looking to build on his 1,398 runs in 2021 at the Oval

Joe Root is usually England’s saviour in test match cricket, and his 1,398 runs in 2021 so far have won and saved plenty of matches for this side.

A hindrance for the England captain was once his poor record of converting hard fought 50s into three figures scores.

Two years…


After a couple of hours in and around Trawsfynydd and the lake that shares its name, I got back in the car and headed further north on the A470.

Blaenau Ffestiniog is known as the town that roofed the world due to the vast slate mining industry that once dominated…


The old power station overlooking Lake Trawsfynydd in Gwynedd

The Meirionnydd region of Gwynedd has some real gems waiting to be discovered, and on bank holiday Saturday I made the most of seeing two of these. The village of Trawsfynydd and the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog were on my list, and neither disappointed me.

This entry will cover the…

Patrick Hollis

I am a journalist with an honours degree from Coventry University. Passionate writing about politics, culture, sport, society and more

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