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X is for Father Xmas

Certain letters are getting harder to fill and none is more eXasperating than X. So yet again I have decided what could be more timely than to resurrect my post about Father Xmas.

Actually, the Father Xmas I have in mind is not the Coca-Cola swilling, red-coated fellow in his speed of light sleigh, but rather the English Father Xmas who has quite different origins to St Nicholas and Santa Claus. Read more ›››

X is for Xenophon

Xenophon

Another repeat of an earlier ABC Wednesday post in the soldier and philosopher, Xenophon, who wrote seven books, the most famous of which is Anabasis which tells the story of one of the great Greek military adventures.

The action took place in 480BC when Xenophon joined the 10,000 strong army of Greek mercenaries hired by Cyrus the Younger who planned to seize the throne of Persia from his brother after the death of their father, Darius II. Read more ›››

X is for Father Xmas

As mentioned above, certain letters are getting harder to fill and none more eXasperating than X. So given the time of year I decided what better that to resurrect my post about Father Xmas.

The Father Xmas I have in mind is not the Coca-Cola swilling, red-coated fellow in his speed of light sleigh, but rather the English Father Xmas who has quite different origins to St Nicholas and Santa Claus. Read more ›››

X is for Xylonite

I’m running out of people whose names begin with X for my ABC Wednesday contributions and so this week I will be writing about a something, rather than a someone, and that something is Xylonite.

In 1967, Mr McGuire had ‘just one word’ for Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate and that one word was ‘plastics’, the implication being that these manmade materials were the future for success in business, but in fact plastics had already been around for more than a century, thanks to Alexander Parkes and his invention of Xylonite, the first thermoplastic, in 1856. Read more ›››

X is the most eXasperating letter of the ABC Wednesday alphabet as there not many subjects to choose from when you’re writing about the eXemplars of eccentricity, so as a matter of eXpediency I offer instead a prime eXample of xenophobia.

Charles de Laet Waldo Sibthorp was born in 1783 and was elected as the Member of Parliament for Lincoln in 1826, setting standards for xenophobia unequalled in parliamentary history. Even the normally respectful Dictionary of National Biography describes him as ‘the embodiment of old-fashioned prejudice’. Read more ›››

X is for Father Xmas

Father Xmas

I usually struggle finding someone whose name beginning with the letter X for ABC Wednesday, but on today of all days who else could I write about but Father Xmas, even if I have taken liberties with his second name.

Actually, the Father Xmas I have in mind is not the Coca Cola swilling, red-coated fellow in his speed of light sleigh, but rather the English Father Xmas who has quite different origins to St Nicholas and Santa Claus. Read more ›››

Malcolm X

Oh dear, the dreaded letter X – not an easy one when you subjects are people’s names, so I’m cheating a little bit this time by writing about Malcolm Little, or El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz as he became, and better known as the human rights activist Malcolm X.

But rather than write about his life, interesting though it was, I wanted to focus on his death and the conspiracy theories that surround it. Read more ›››

X is for Francis Xavier

If there is anything destined to scupper my ABC Wednesday posts, it has to be the letter X. There just aren’t that many people who have that as an initial, but while there are I’ll carry on, this time with Francis Xavier.

Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits and more provocatively as God’s Marines. Read more ›››

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