MON 15th APRIL 2019

1053; The death of Godwin of Wessex, one of the most powerful earls in England under the Danish king Cnut the Great and his successors.
Godwin was the father of King Harold Godwinson and Edith of Wessex, wife of King Edward the Confessor.
What! an era of being ruled by the vikings of Europe.
Bet some Brits weren't happy about that - about 1,000 years later the spin of sovereignty is back on the table.
The all conquering French Normans in 1066 were direct descendants of them nasty vikings.
Wanna be in my grisly gang GOSH

1901; The first motor hearse appeared on the streets of Britain when it carried the body of William Drakeford to his burial in Coventry.
His employer, the Daimler Motor Company, ( once independent British - under licence from the Germans - it is now owned by Tata who bought (no pun intended) it from the Americans ) had adapted one of their cars for the occasion. There used to be two certs in life: death and taxes.
The developed world has just (is going) gone through a generation where for some only death is true.
Wanna be in their gang GOSH!

1945; British troops entered the Belsan concentration camp after negotiating a truce with the German commandant.
Soldiers found piles of dead and rotting corpses and thousands of sick and starving prisoners.
Freddie Gilroy, a former miner and 23 year old soldier from County Durham was one of the first allied troops to enter Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
The oversized Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers statue at Scarborough 'represents ordinary people pulled out of ordinary lives because of war'.
'grafting like a Belson oven operator' is one of mine.
The oven operators were mostly of jewish extraction...
There is an accepted theory in psychology; people less reluctantly take orders from someone in authority
A minority do not.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH!

2010; All flights in and out of the UK and several other European countries were suspended as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland moved south.
The cloud triggered the UK's worst airspace restriction in living memory and brought much of Europe to a standstill.
The UK flights were grounded much longer than those of Europe.
Is over-carefulness a national trait even in the midst of a sustained period of deregulation; Or,
Is it just a little Island Englander thing
Wanna be in a little Englander Gang GOSH

The different traits of diverse Nation states is well documented.
The truth is that people within nation states are wildly differing...
'Wouldn't it be nice to get on with my neighbour'
'They make it very clear the got no room for Labour'

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