Looking at the wreckage of the present piling up around us it is tempting to go back to the past, if only to remind us that it could be worse.
The History Blog, an excellent read, has two items, one today the 28th March and the other yesterday the 27th March both to do with comic strips, of a kind.
Today's is an article on the subject of Trajan's Column in Rome, pictured above, a well known relic. On site it is hard to read as the sculpted images wind upwards.
In the History Blog article go down to where it mentions the National Geographic interactive graphic and click on to see the images as a long strip.
The graphic also has The Story to click onto for the history of the relevant military campaigns and what was involved. It was a hard and harsh business.
On the other hand, yesterday's deals with cultural matters of a different kind and an ikon of its time. It is the six minute Youtube Bugs Bunny cartoon "What's Opera Doc".
The Bugs cartoons are a good guide to the political thinking of the 1950's. Also, it is possibly the best production I have ever seen or heard of the Richard Wagner Ring Cycle, if only because it is the shortest.
Having once stood for a Covent Garden Ring Cycle this is a rare case of being a primary source.
Neither item is suitable for persons of a sensitive disposition.