Corinthian helmets and berets: soldiers and rebels

Our second podcast focuses on berets and Corinthian helmets.

We start by discussing the origin of the beret. We look at the beret’s use by the armed forces, such as Britain’s Commandos. And we find out about the beret as a symbol of rebellion, including famous beret wearers Bonnie Parker (of Bonnie and Clyde fame) and, of course, Che Guevara.

We then turn to the Corinthian Helmet which is probably best known from the Hollywood film 300. The film tells the story of the heroic attempt by Greek forces, led by the Spartan King Leonidas, to hold back a much larger Persian Army. We take a look at that story and consider the importance of the Corinthian helmet.

We also discuss two Random Hat Facts. Keeping with the beret theme, Pete talks about his favourite Prince song, Strawberry Beret.

And Paul talks about two football teams with the nickname ‘The Hatters’ – Luton Town and Stockport County. We discuss the hat making industries in the two towns and the Hat Works, a hat museum in Stockport.

(Featured image: French resistance fighters picture in August 1944, with two officers from the British Special Operations Executive)

Our first podcast – the Panama Hat, Bolivian bowlers and Viking helmets

Welcome to Fun with Hats. This blog site is the home of the Fun with Hats history podcast presented by Pete and Paul. And this blog introduces episode 1 which you can listen to here.

So first things first, this is not a fashion podcast. If you knew us, this would come as no surprise. We are two of the least fashion conscious people you could ever meet.

Fun with Hats is intended to be an alternative and slightly quirky route into history, with some (hopefully) interesting stories about hats.

In our first podcast episode we talk about how the Panama hat got its name, the origin of bowler hats in Bolivia and debate whether the Vikings really had horns on their helmets.

We also introduce a couple of ‘Random Hat Facts’. We find out where the phrase ‘hat-trick’ comes from. We also discuss Paul Young’s cover of the Marvin Gaye song ‘Wherever I lay my hat’.

If you have any interesting hat stories you’d like to share we would love to hear them. We may even add them to the line up for a future episode.