Histories of the Unexpected

Share

Smugness!

In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis with knowing smirks all over their self-satisfied faces uncover the unexpected history of SMUGNESS! Which is all about toxic insults, contemporary politics and the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID jab, the myth of the over-confident Icarus (he of the melting wings, depicted by Pieter Bruegel the Elder as pair of legs poking out of the sea), as well as about Schadenfreude, the joy of having someone's smugness punctured! It's also all about Napoleon (of course it is!), Nelson, Siegfried Sassoon's 'Suicide in the Trenches' and the horrors of trench warfare during WWI and the history of scrumping. Who knew!