Gertrude Bell Queen of the Desert

by Karla Thomson Whilst studying for my undergraduate degree, I came across the incredible story of Gertrude Bell and immediately became a huge fan of this Queen of the Desert. Bell was a woman who died as she lived, entirely on her own terms. Bell was a writer, traveller, administrator, archaeologist and eventually political officer. … Continue reading Gertrude Bell Queen of the Desert

Guts and Pearls – The Story of Dickey Chapelle

by Emily Stewart Born Georgette Louise Meyer in Wisconsin on 14th March 1919, Dickey Chapelle was breaking boundaries from an early age. Having graduated from high school as valedictorian, she won a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at the age of sixteen, as one of only a handful of … Continue reading Guts and Pearls – The Story of Dickey Chapelle

Around the world in 72 days: the story of Nellie Bly

by Malia Ogawa In 1889, a New York World journalist named Nellie Bly began her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days. She aimed to beat Jules Verne’s fictional character, Phileas Fogg, the protagonist of “Around the World in Eighty Days.” Nellie Bly, circa 1890, public domain image via Wikipedia Nellie, born Elizabeth Jane … Continue reading Around the world in 72 days: the story of Nellie Bly