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November 1922 opens with formal confirmation of what has been known for some time: the Ottoman Empire is over, and its last sultan is to be consigned to the trash can of history along with the emperors of Germany, Austria and Russia. On the other hand, is a lost pharoah about to make a spectacular comeback?
Also on today's show:
~If you thought the end of Boris Johnson's political career was pretty pitiful, you should hear what happened to his great-grandfather.
~Who would want to take out London's top policeman with a Walnut Whip?
~And the sands of time run down for Riddle of the Sands man Erskine Childers.
Plus all the other headlines from Kansas City to Cloncurry - and the sounds of the era from backporch ballads to Russkie raves. Click above to listen.
If you're intrigued by Mr Childers' fate, you can find out more in the annotations to my audio serialisation of The Riddle of the Sands in Tales for Our Time.
Thank you for your kind comments on The Hundred Years Ago Show. Terry Barker, a Florida member of The Mark Steyn Club, writes of last week's edition:
Mark, I am grateful to you for all aspects of your work. Would that I could repay you with contributions of equal value but, alas, I was not born with your talents. Expression of appreciation will have to do.
I soaked up today's Hundred Years Ago Show with deep delight, especially the music. Funny, it made me imagine how much Mussolini--ogre that we imagine him to be--must have loved his country. Thank you for today's show and so much more.
Steady, Terry. But it is true, I think, that a chap such as Mussolini's pathologies are considerably less weird than those of the fellows who afflict us today. He and Stalin and Mao knew what a woman is, for example.
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