Category: History & Culture

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No mucking about in this weather

Monday morning is domestics day – the [hand] washing must be done, the shopping must be done and yet we have such glorious building weather, I’m itching to get down there.

But I can’t unless fed and by fed, I don’t mean some piddly little sandwich, I mean food-food.

We get so little of this amazing weather that in my mind, it’s actually criminal not to be out in it and making progress. But it can’t be done without food and water. These are my basics, below, plus some sort of meat:… More here ...

Tourist traps to avoid

Johnson said, about the Giant’s Causeway: “Worth seeing, yes, but not worth going to see.”

Perhaps this one, via Chuckles, is worth going to see and having a ride on:

On the other hand, these seem not to be … or at least are no longer worth it:

The two which upset me a bit are Dublin and Iceland. So long since I went to Dublin and have no intention again.

Iceland is somewhere I found special in the 90s – very few tourists, nice, nearly flew to Greenland but didn’t in the end. To see Iceland tourist infested now is jawdroppingly dismaying.

And it would be half OK, were they the old style of tourists who used to go to Switzerland, for example, the type I used to meet in, say, the belltower of a church in Brun.

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On Slapton sands

Amusing Planet [not so sure what’s amusing about this]:

In the months leading up to D-Day, the Allied powers organized a series of training exercises involving full dress rehearsal and live ammunition in order to give the soldiers a small taste of what they would experience during the actual landings. One such rehearsal took place in a small sleepy Devon village named Slapton.

General Eisenhower wanted his men to experience the rough sea, he wanted his men to get accustomed to seasickness. Before the landing, there was to be naval artillery bombardment of the beach, and during the landing itself troops placed on land playing the role of German defenders were to fire live rounds over the heads of the incoming men to simulate real battlefield conditions.

Think you get the general idea.

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The Scandal of Christendom

Just drawing a parallel here.

There were a few accounts of the wedding:

The news was not received well at all.

The general consensus was that the king’s marriage to Anne would spell disaster for Anglo-Flemish trade and the people feared that England would now have to go to war with the Emperor.

In April there was a large number of public protests against the marriage and on one particular occasion a priest, Ralph Wendon, was reprimanded for saying that Anne was ‘the scandal of Christendom, a whore and a harlot’ (Weir, Pg. 246).

According to Alison Weir, when at the end of April ‘the order went out that Queen Anne was to be prayed for in churches, one London congregation walked out in disgust’ (Pg. 246). The Lord Mayor was later reprimanded for this act.

Some people were imprisoned for slandering the new Queen including Margaret Chancellor who was imprisoned after crying out ‘God save Queen Katherine!

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