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Tom D C Roberts
Historian, biographer and bramble grubber. Books: How Trump Thinks Before Rupert The Making of Murdoch / 2019
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In 1949 Rupert Murdoch's father Keith requested a copy of a startling new book on environmental collapse saying "these things are important". Here's how the subsequent review in his Melbourne Herald opens...
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Tom D C Roberts Apr 12
Replying to @MJCarter10
Many thanks Miranda - that’ll be fine. Whenever’s most convenient for you. V Best, Tom
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Tom D C Roberts Apr 11
Dear Miranda, I really enjoyed your Blunt. I'm writing a biography of James Pope-Hennessy and would be very grateful indeed to speak to you about your interview with Peter Pollock and the Guy Burgess correspondence. V Best, , Tom tdcroberts@hotmail.com 0777 126 6581
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BBC News Africa Apr 10
THREAD In the lead-up to Madagascar’s 2018 Presidential elections, teams of Russian 'tourists' and 'observers' were spotted on the island. Who were these Russians? What were they doing in the country? And who was backing them? investigates.
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Tom D C Roberts Apr 10
The ultimate tragedy of is its diverting of attention from matters that are existential to us all. Forget red lines, look at the blue one as Arctic sea ice continues to track 'at record low levels' for this time of year
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Tom D C Roberts Apr 3
'To understand how the Murdoch empire works, it is essential to return to its origins....' Proud my research on Rupert's father Keith is part of this illuminating and vital investigation
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Peter Maass Mar 30
I looked into the early years of Lachlan Murdoch, who now oversees Fox News as his father, Rupert, steps back. It's a portrait of ruling class conformity -- and an inter-generational transfer of an extremist ideology.
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Tom D C Roberts Mar 19
Chilling lines by Rupert Murdoch's father Keith in his 'Australia Day' op-ed for The Times of 1921... Even at the time the piece proved controversial
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Tom D C Roberts Mar 19
Fascinating dive into how Rupert conquered Hollywood and what's next for the streamlined Murdoch empire....
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John Burn-Murdoch Mar 18
New project: A “Bar Chart Race” animation showing the changing ranks of the 10 biggest cities in the world since 1500. Fascinating to watch giant cities vanish after falling in conquests, and amazing that three UK cities were in the top 8 in the late 1800s.
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Tom D C Roberts Mar 3
Did someone say there’s a storm on the way? West coast of Cornwall right now
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Stef Dickers Feb 27
William and Doug lived together as a couple in Brixton from the 1940s. and the former’s diaries held record their life together. When Doug died in 1971, William ended every daily entry with the quote below
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Tom D C Roberts Feb 18
Where's Wally/Waldo Tudor style with the endlessly fascinating Civitas Londinum map of c.1561. Stunning zoom and searchable version here thanks to the MoEML project:
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Ellen Rogers Feb 15
The single most beautiful tintype I've ever seen, I wish I could find a higher resolution version - Hand-colored tintype portrait of three unidentified African American women, c. 1856
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Tom D C Roberts Feb 15
That pre-flight frisson from flicking through fresh foreign titles: the one thing that makes long-haul travel bearable! Even the pilots find inspiration in the superb
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Jane Bradley Feb 10
Don’t wanna be one of those tw*ts who quote Orwell to sound clever but has there ever been a better description of England?
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Tom D C Roberts Feb 10
A masterpiece in a month? Shiver me timbers ‘n blow me down and all that but Treasure Island was written in 2 bouts of 15 days! From James Pope-Hennessy’s superlative life of Robert Louis Stevenson
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Tom D C Roberts Feb 10
That moment when post-it noteing pages that AREN'T relevant suddenly seems sensible
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Tom D C Roberts Feb 7
Quite the spot to coffee-up and prepare for the fruits of the researching day to come. Dawn at the amazing archives
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Tom D C Roberts Feb 5
Researchers’ heaven? Turns out the sunsets are as amazing as the archives at Los Angeles
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