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Name: Dale Aden Tatham James

Age/Birthday: 27 / 10th August 1989 (Berlin, Germany)

Residence: Blenheim, New Zealand

Occupation: Museum & Records Technician – Marlborough Museum
Assistant Archivist – Marlborough Museum
Assistant Curator & Tour Guide – Omaka Aviation Center

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts with Honors in History – University of Exeter
Master of Arts: History – University of Exeter

Hometown: Wherever my immediate family happens to be at the time.

Favorite Films: Die Hard (1988) / Blade Runner (1982) / Aliens (1986)  / Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) / District 9 (2009)

Favorite Games: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) / Final Fantasy IX (2000) / Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011) / The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (2012)

Favorite Books: The Hobbit (J. R.R. Tolkien, 1937) / The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown, 2009) / Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J. K. Rowling, 2007) / Dreams and Shadows (C. Robert Cargill, 2013) / Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein, 1961)

Favorite Songs: Fire in the Sky (Ozzy Osbourne) / Bittersweet Symphony (Verve) / Weather With You (Crowded House) / Dusk (Anathema) / Hurt (Johnny Cash) /


I’m a 27 year old guy who loves his films, his games, his stories, his history, but above all his family. I’ve traveled a lot so far and intend to keep on travelling to places I’ve yet to experience. I’ve recently graduated with honors from the University of Exeter, located in the south-western region of England, and am on something of a working gap year. I chose to study history because I feel it encompasses all aspects of life, it’s the study of evolution, of society, and of humanity. That and it helps me better understand the places I visit and plan on visiting doesn’t hurt either.

I am in the relative closing months of my Master of Arts degree in History, which I returned to the UK to complete. Following my diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism (HFA) last year I became inspired to write my postgraduate dissertation on the concept of Neurodiversity and how said concept has evolved through the centuries. I upload all of the coursework I complete for you all to read and I am hoping to return to writing about current events and media in the near future, preferably when my schedule loosens up.

Dale James



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  2. Automatic follow for fellow History majors! What’s your primary field of study?

    1. I’m in my first year so it’s a bit narrow at the moment. I am doing the following modules: Understanding the Modern World (1750 – Present), The Medieval World (Fall of Rome to Renaissance), The First Day of the Somme, Understanding the Vikings, and the generic Foundation Module.

      In my second year I am aiming to expand into Imperial/Colonial History and American/Asian history.

      1. Your courses sound really interesting, especially the ones on the Medieval and Viking eras! My focus was European history, specifically Medieval studies. My research adviser was our resident medievalist so she got me hooked. 🙂

        The only area I avoided like the plague was American history… already had 12 years of it, didn’t feel like having more. I loved studying about all the different areas of the world… except China (they had a really rough history after the Qing dynasty dissolved) so I just rearranged my credits accordingly.

        Best of luck in your classes! All our colleges and universities are going through final exams over here, so hopefully you aren’t as stressed out as most fellow students I know. 🙂

  3. I’ve done very little study into American history thus far as I have only really covered the Black Civil Rights movement which even then was incorporated into a bigger study into the South African Apartheid regime.
    I’d really like to learn more about it, but I probably won’t end up doing my dissertation on it!
    I occasionally upload some of my coursework onto this blog as do many of my fellow students (they really hammer in the whole ‘networking’ concept here). Actually my last one was on a medieval topic, it is a historiographical essay and is a bit of a mammoth read – ye be warned!

  4. hannophenn · · Reply

    Here Here , this is wisdom not just rehearsed it is right from the heard.

  5. Hey dude, I like the way you mash up unusual topic-combos, and like to support a fellow (part) Kiwi, so I nommed you for a Liebster Award (no pressure to actually do it, though – feel free to just take it as a compliment!):

  6. Your blog is great! Such a mix of subjects that it stays interesting! Can’t wait to read more!

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