MON 1st APRIL 2019

All Fools' Day, also known as April Fools' Day is a day for practical jokes and hoaxes, but only until 12 noon.
The earliest recorded association between 1st April and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392).
Just like every dog has its day; every village idiot can have their day!
The wisest of the wise can be caught out by the humblest of foolish fools.
Wanna be in my I'm not a daftee gang GOSH

1780; On This Spot, On This Day, nothing happened.
A physical sign in Devon was actually erected.
A case of extracting the urine out of taking the piss.
Wanna be in my there's one born every minute gang GOSH

1900; The formation of the Irish Guards - mainly recruits from Northern Ireland and northern Irish migrants.
The current regiment was formed by order of Queen Victoria in recognition of the many courageous acts carried out by Irish soldiers in the Second Boer War.
It was us Brits that invented the concentration camp.
Shhh... The dutch are now one of our greatest trading partners; many of them speak better English than us Brits.
Wanna be in my nation state gang GOSH

1949:The 26 counties of the Irish Free State became the Republic of Ireland.
The present division - don't mention the backstop - will hasten a united Ireland.
The times they are changing very quickly now.
Wanna be in my 'Luddite politically' gang GOSH

1989; Despite threats of non-payment, the Community Charge or Poll Tax was introduced in Scotland.
The poll tax favoured the rich.
The poll tax is dead; long live the poll tax.
Wanna be in an establishment gang GOSH

The pushed and pulled from from pillar to post plebs of Greece will pay more tax to repay the loans arranged by the rich banking community.

TUES 2nd APRIL 2019

1873; Almost 14 years after the United States, British trains were fitted with toilets, but only for sleeping cars.
Day carriages were fitted in 1881.
Third class passengers weren’t able to 'spend a penny' until 1886.
Charlie boy used to 'court' Diana, secretly on the royal train.
There was more of a bit of a doodah when the royal bodyguard refused to clean up the evidence from between the track of an overnight sidings.
Wanna be in my 'S&*%%"' gang gosh

1921; The IRA took delivery of their first consignment of ‘Tommy’ guns.
It's said that the nickname comes from their potential targets, British ‘Tommies’, but Tommy Gun is more likely derived from its American creator General John T. Thompson.
The guns were developed for him with the assistance of Oscar Payne and Theodore Eickhoff of Hartford,> The UK arms industry says it only supplies non death dealing equipment to certain nation state.
If; you believe that, you need an old 'tommy gun' magazine shoved right up your shute.
Wanna be in a well armed gang GOSH

1954; Britain's first TV soap opera was transmitted.
It was 'The Grove Family', named after the BBC's Lime Grove Studios in London.
The sale of the BBC Television House, and the move to Manchester of certain departments caused a cacophony of commotion.
Coupled with the overnight demise of ITV celebrities - the cause was a lack of money.
A sure sign of the austerity imposed on an economy under pressure.
Wanna be in my 'up yours' Gang GOSH

1977; Charlotte Brew becomes the first woman jockey to ride in the Grand National.
Her horse, Barony Fort, fell at the 27th fence.
Weaker sex jockeys are now winning - they are lighter than men.
Wonder if the is a gender pay gap! Wanna be in The 'if you don't do anything about it you deserve everything you don't get' gang GOSH

Greece has less of a gender pay gap than the EU.
The UK gender pay gap is worse - except in parliament.
Heard the one about; Parliament is Hollywood for ugly people...

WED 3rd APRIL 2019

1367; The birth of Henry IV, (son of John of Gaunt).
He became the first Lancastrian king of England in 1399 and his reign was marked by many uprisings, both at home and abroad.
The dogs dinner of brexit is supposed to be an event new in UK politics.
It isn't - it is an episode in UK History that is new in the lifetime of the present politicians; which, the rate of change is vastly accelerated by the contemporary technology.
As yet; we are devoid of the death and destruction of division - The media are not helping by the pretense of neutrality whilst making hay while the sun shines...
We are where we are... Hic
Wanna be in my divided gang GOSH

1888; The first of 11 brutal murders of women occurred in or near the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End of London.
The crimes remain unsolved to this day.
At various points some or all of the killings were ascribed to the notorious, unidentified serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.
Was the implication of Prince 'eddy', cock up or conspiracy - he died from 'flu at the age of 28.
Wanna be in my gruppen/gang GOSH

1913; English suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was sentenced to 3 years in prison for inciting supporters to place explosives at the London home of British politician David Lloyd George.
The Home Secretary banned all future public meetings of suffragettes.
When I was a lad in the 1950/60's, whenever the subject of being a bit of a lad came up; 'Loyd George was my father'... was sung by the plebs of the day.
Wanna be in what kind of gang GOSH

1981; Mobs of youths went on the rampage in Brixton, South London, throwing petrol bombs and looting shops.
Police harassment over a long period was given as the cause.
Hence the phrase the youth of today are quiet aren't they.
A long conveiently forgotten period of UK life without the complication of colour and knife crime.
Wanna be in the 'do you know where you're going to' gang GOSH

2014; A 25 year old student was fined and given penalty points after he was caught driving a car with all 4 doors removed, along with the headlights, front and rear indicators, bonnet, grille, and rear brake lights which he had removed to sell on-line.
He had been attempting to take the car to a recycling centre five miles from his home in Nottinghamshire, to sell for scrap.
In the 1960's a propa car was a novelty to a pleb - global warming will sort out the use of the private motor vehicle.
Kick and scream all you want; live; or, drive to an early death!
Wanna be in a mobile gang GOSH

Will Greece have a smoother future than the UK; due to its continued membership of a divided EU and its nation state position on the planet!

THURS 4th APRIL 2019

1660; The 'Declaration of Breda' was proclaimed by King Charles II in which he promised a general pardon for crimes committed during the English Civil War.
Really; The main protagonists on the side of Cromwell were ruthlessly hunted down and less than quickly, were dispatched to another world.
One mans humour is another mans (and now womens) tumour.
The UK still has an unwritten constitution - who ever is in power can do what ever they wish; largely.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1949; The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established by 12 Western states including Great Britain.
The military alliance provided for a collective self-defence against Soviet aggression and greatly increased American influence in Europe.
The USofA pays way over the top for NATO proportionately and calls the shots.
As the USofA becomes an economy increasingly under pressure and becomes less of the top dog of the planet; the more it threatens to pay less.
The times can change ever so quickly
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1958; The first Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) protest march left Hyde Park in London towards Aldermaston in Berkshire.
The UK is way behind - and I mean a canny long way - in the decommissioning of nuclear powered subs.
The well hidden cost of going Nuclear.
Germany - the lead economy of the EU - is a Nuclear Free nation state.
Wanna be in my/their gang GOSH

1997; The residents of Eigg, a small island off the west coast of Scotland, bought their island with help from an anonymous English millionairess, after an eight-month ownership battle.
The Land of Scotland as yet, is the most foreign owned Nation state on this planet.
OK the nuclear free small windy, cold island of Eigg is not everyones cup of tea or drop of whisky
Those that own the Island are well aware of the limitations and their own abilities.
No man - or, woman - is an island; a small percentage of their needs are imported.
Wanna be in my well adapted to the future gang GOSH

2015 'Thunderbirds Are Go' returned as a TV series, a remake of the 1960s television series 'Thunderbirds' created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.
Gerry Anderson died on 26th December, 2012 (aged 83) and Sylvia died on 15th March 2016 (aged 88).
Nothing political on this well worn planet is new - even the technology takes two forward and one back.
Wanna be in my well used gang GOSH

Greece is now a less developed nation state than many.
Will it soon be a better place to live - lets hang on to what we got...

FRI 5th APRIL 2019

1811 The death of Robert Raikes ("the Younger").
He was an English philanthropist and Anglican layman, noted for his promotion of Sunday schools.
They pre-dated state schooling and by 1831 they schooled 1,250,000 children.
His Sunday Schools were seen as the first precursor schools of the English state school system.
Why is the church - of any denomination - very similar to the EU! You can't just pick out the good bits - though many try.
It must be hard being in the teaching profession with change coming around two or three and four times a generation.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1843; Queen Victoria proclaimed Hong Kong a British crown colony.
1997; Hong Kong was handed back officially to the Chinese.
The Empire is dead; long live the Empire!
As soon as the UK denizens of the deep realise that we can no longer send a gunboat up the Yangste; the sooner this nation state can move forward; without one foot in the past.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1964; Automatic, driverless trains began operating on the London Underground.
There was a driverless road vehicle test track on the Newcastle side of the Tyne in the 60's
Today in 2019 we are continually 'informed' that the robots are coming.
Never ever forget that robots are made by humans...
It is up to us humans what kind of society we live in...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

2001; Perry Wacker, a Dutch lorry driver was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his part in the deaths of 58 Chinese illegal immigrants.
They were found suffocated in the back of his lorry when it was searched at Dover in June 2000.
Mass immigration/migration has went on since man/wo started to walk - you just can't stop it; we are going through a phase of attempting to reduce it.
If I could turn back time.
'Wouldn't it be nice to get on with me neighbour
They make it very clear they got no room for Labour'
Is how old now!
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

The Greek economy and the rest of the EU is affected much more than the UK economy.
Not because of 'the little englander' - it is because the UK nation state is an island.
No man/woman is an Island

SAT 6th APRIL 2019

1320; The Scots reaffirmed their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath.
The Declaration was in the form of a letter submitted to Pope John XXII.
It confirmed Scotland's status as a sovereign state and defended Scotland's right to use military action when unjustly attacked.
Will Scotland regain independence! - You bet
The timing depends on how long the little englander dipwits dither over Brexit
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1944; Pay As You Earn (PAYE) income tax was introduced into Britain.
It was devised by Cornelius Gregg - A rich beyond average establishment person
The civil servant who overseen the retirement age pushed back to 67, retired age 62 on a much, much bigger pension than a brickie from Byker.
The firm that is pushing a robot brickie consists of humans.
There are many versions in real life; of, one law/rule for the rich and one for the poor.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1963; Britain and the USA signed the Polaris missile agreement.
Polaris was a submarine launched, nuclear tipped weapon designed as a nuclear deterrent.
The UK still has an alledged special relationship submarine Nuclear deterrent - in recent tests the rockets had to go back to the drawing board.
Much of the UK nuclear defence today is based on USof A technology.
Traditionally division in the greedy git party has been about Europe V America.
Today Brexit has been subverted by the haves and have-nots.
The fact that the nuke sub base will have to be moved to a river near you, is a mere complication of sovereignty

Greece has a nuclear research reactor; but no nuclear generation and no 'special' relationship with the USofA.
The EU will go Sustainable Energy soon - the huge elephant in the room is France with its large Nuclear generation, Nuke industry and hidden (inadvertently or otherwise)costs.
Do you know where you are going to - some persons are handsomely paid to find out.
The hidden costs of democracy EH!

SUN 7th APRIL 2019

1832; Joseph Thompson, a farmer, went to Carlisle to sell his wife, both having agreed to part.
A large crowd gathered as he offered her for 50 shillings.
After an hour, the price was knocked down to 20 shillings, together with a Newfoundland dog as an incentive.
The times they have changed in the more developed world.
Wanna be in my 'getaway' gang GOSH!

1908; H. H. Asquith of the Liberal Party took office as Prime Minister.
He served until 1916 making him the longest continuously serving Prime Minister of the 20th century until 5th January 1988, when his record was surpassed by Margaret Thatcher.
The demise of M. Thatcher by her fellow greedy gits was part of the long running (then well undercover) party division of Europe v America.
Wanna be in my - sovereignty my backend - Gang GOSH

1976; MP John Stonehouse resigned from the Labour Party, leaving James Callaghan's government in a minority of one.
Mr. Stonehouse is best remembered for faking his own suicide in 1974, by leaving a pile of clothes on a Miami beach.
He was presumed dead, and obituaries were published, despite the fact that no body had been found.
In reality, he was en route to Australia, hoping to set up a new life with his mistress and secretary, Sheila Buckley.
He also faced 18 charges of theft, forgery, attempted insurance frauds and conspiracy.
He was sentenced to seven years for fraud got out early due to ill health and being a model prisoner.
He resigned from the Labour party and after some time in the political wilderness - thatcher didn't reveal his eastern block spy investigation - became a member of the SDP.
In the dogs dinner of brexit; most MP's are now off the team - and 'not' answering the question is...
The EU is now playing the game...
Wanna be in my let's tell porkies gang GOSH

Greek politicians playing not answering the question will soon be off the team - whatever the team is called.

MON 8th APRIL 2019

1886; William Ewart Gladstone introduced the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the House of Commons.
The Bill, like his Irish Land Act of 1870, was very much the work of Gladstone, who excluded both the Irish MPs and his own ministers from participation in the drafting.
Does this - attitude of indifference; I'M THE BOSS; a camel is a horse designed by a committee - happen in the contemporary times of the mother of all parliaments!
If one lets them it does; undoubtedly!
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1904; Britain and France settled their foreign affairs differences with a newly negotiated 'Entente Cordiale'.
Britain recognised the Suez Canal Convention and surrendered its claim to Madagascar.
Never ever forget that a diplomat lies and a squaddie dies...
Was this the dark art to most plebs of the diplomacy of compromise; brought about by a coalition government; or
The cold reality of the light of day - after all we still had the Empire then...
Wanna be in my bare necessities of life gang GOSH

1919; The birth of Ian (Douglas) Smith, Rhodesian Prime Minister who advocated white supremacy and unilaterally declared independence (UDI) from Britain in 1965.
After the transfer of power to the black majority in 1979, he was elected a member of parliament in the government of Robert Mugabe.
'When the white man first came to Africa; we had the land' and he had the religion...
Now; the white man has the land, and we have the religion'
Said -or words to that effect - by anti-apartheid activist and black bishop, Desmond Tutu.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1953; British colonial authorities in Kenya sentenced Jomo Kenyatta to seven years' imprisonment.
He allegedly organized the extremist Mau Mau in their violence against white settlers and the colonial government.
Nelson Mandela engaged in physical violence as a young man - before all those years in prison.
'We learn from history; that we do not learn from history' is another saying of the pacifist bishop, Desmond Tutu.
As Society/community takes two forward and one back; the love of money, nurtured by racism and religion - like it or like it not - really is the root of all evil.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

2014; The start of the first state visit by an Irish head of state (President Michael D Higgins).
A state banquet at Windsor Castle was also attended by former IRA commander Martin McGuinness.
Time is a great healer - except for loved ones and family...
' When will we ever learn...!
Wanna be in my my Gang!

The EU is a political Alliance driven by the proceeds of a large trading block.
The way to bring about change is from within - all that about getting the what not out inside the tent; etc
Said the socialist idealist as he left the Labour party less than a year after Bliar came to power in the UK.
The battle for the minds and hearts of humans is a long long road indeed.

TUES 9th APRIL 2019

1483; The young Edward V acceded to the throne on the death of Edward IV.
The boy was murdered in the Tower 75 days later, on 25th June.
Is death and destruction now on the rise again - after a generation of deregulation!
You bet or pass a law it is.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1585; The expedition organised by Sir Walter Raleigh departed England for Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) to establish a permanent English settlement in what later became the Virginia Colony.
Fast forward to now...
What has America got in common with Israel!
The Oppressed have become the oppressors
The 'nation state' of Israel has taken less time than one can holler about the holocaust.
Or being much more than a little englander; less time than it takes to shake a sphere at...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1649; The birth of James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, claimant to the English throne, who led a failed rebellion against James II which cost him his head.
His 320 accomplices were sentenced to death by Judge Jeffreys.
1747; The Scottish Jacobite Lord Lovat was beheaded on Tower Hill, London, for high treason.
He was the last man to be executed in this way in Britain, in a form of execution which had been reserved for the nobility.
Just two early, later, examples of death and destruction over democracy.
Brexit would not have came about if it had not been for the have-not vote.
Never ever forget that the great unwashed, salt of the earth - as they were less than euphemistically called at the time - wanted to keep an eye for an eye etc...; but, the politicians of the UK voted by a substantive majority to get rid of capital punishment.
Now the greedy gits need the have-nots more than ever - alas the nation State that was once named Great Britain is divided more than it has ever been.
Was that Black bishop cleverer than any racist could think.
'What we have learned from history; is that we don't learn from history'.
Wanna be in my uneducated Gang GOSH

2014; Nicholas Jacobs, aged 45, was cleared of killing officer PC Keith Blakelock at Broadwater Farm in Tottenham in October 1985.
PC Blakelock was stabbed 43 times and an attempt was made to decapitate him.
The prosecution of Jacobs followed a previous trial in 1987, when three men were convicted of the murder, before being freed four years later on appeal.
One mans black humour is another mans death binging tumour - don't mention the IRA bombers.
Justice must be seen to be done...
Wanna be in my minority gang GOSH

Most riots are not organised; they just kick off and escalate.
The riots in Greece over membership of the EU caused accidental death.
Never the less they were the result of rioting; which is over-preyed upon by those that are on the side of the haves.
Greece is divided both politically and economically almost exactly; different players politically; the same as the UK over the EU. Don't forget the size of the trading block and global warming.

WED 10th APRIL 2019

1633; Bananas went on display in Thomas Johnson's shop window in London.
This was the first time the fruit had been seen in Britain.
Today have we too much choice! Choice is a novelty to those that can afford it.
Choice is a curse to the vast majority that cannot.
Wanna be in my healthy eating gang GOSH

1820;The first British settlers landed at Algoa Bay, South Africa.
6 generations earlier it was the oppressed religious minorities - only a few were mentored by the establishment rich - that colonised America.
Was SA colonised by aspirant plebs of mixed means financed by the greedy gang Brits that were after the natural resources!
Don't forget the boer wars,
History is written by the victor; remember
Wanna be in my non greedy gang GOSH

An agreement, banning the use of biological weapons, was signed by 74 countries.
As power and wealth on this planet moves eastwards; it will take a lot more than 74 nation states to stand together on the head of a pin over global warming.
The signs of lets hang on to what we got are already there.
We really are in this altogether - some still deny it.
'You can go your own way'
Wanna be in my Whatever gang GOSH

1998; The Northern Ireland peace talks ended with a historic agreement called the Good Friday Agreement.
Will going our own way hinder the peace agreement!
It certainly won't help it
Wanna be in a peaceful gang GOSH

The nation state of Greece is as divided as ours over the EU.
The allegedly socialist backed up by a few renegade greedy gits have chosen to politically remain in the centre right led economic trading block of the EU.
No matter how hard one tries - you can't turn back time.
In global warming sovereignty sucks OK...

THURS 11th APRIL 2019

1689; William II (Prince of Orange and champion of Protestants) and Mary II were crowned joint monarchs by the Bishop of London. The Archbishop of Canterbury refused to officiate.
Was this the origins of the backstop!
Mans and now womans Greed has always a hidden cost
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1713; France handed over Gibraltar and Newfoundland to Britain in the Treaty of Utrecht.
Newfoundland is already gone; leaving the EU will hasten the loss of Gibraltar.
Its only a tax haven anyway; lets hang on to what we got...
What about the Falklands; they voted almost unaminously to remain British
If it wasn't for the resources of the Antartic; the Falklands would be long gone
Wanna be in my type of gang GOSH

1936 Billy Butlin opened his first holiday camp at Skegness.
One of the original chalet is a grade II listed building.
Butlins is back with a bang; don't mention pawn - whichever way you spell it - shops
Indications of an economy under pressure as wealth moves away.
The complication of leaving The EU brought about by deregulation changing the ratio of death and destruction v democracy and the haves and have-nots is a mere sideshow.
Wanna be in my Gang GOSH

1939; The game of darts was banned in public houses in Glasgow because it was 'too dangerous'.
Not as dangerous as a police helicopter dropping out of the sky in nov. 2013
It is now April 2019 and an official inquiry into the deaths has just started.
Talk about kicking the can down the road!

The Greek economist/chancellor - more than asked to resign - has with some justification said that the UK withdrawal agreement is something a defeated at war nation would sign.
The right of centre remainers have said, 'that is something a champagne socialist leaver would come up with.
Greece has marginally chosen to remain in the EU.
It is cos of the large trading bloc as wealth moves away from the developed west.
As a socialist; I could be wrong, I could be right!
America; still desperately trying to be 'top dog' is an inconvenient elephant in the room.

FRI 12th APRIL 2019

1567; The Earl of Bothwell was found not guilty of the murder of Lord Darnley, the husband of Mary Queen of Scots.
Bothwell and Mary then married.
I think the phrase, 'mariages are made in heaven' came later in history - I'm nor really sure
However the phrases; 'marriage of convenience' and, 'you can put listick on a pig...' definitely did
Wanna be in my gang

1606; The Union Flag became the official flag of Britain.
It combined the flags of St. George (England) and St. Andrew (Scotland). As Wales was not a Kingdom but a Principality it could not be included on the flag. In 1801 the cross of St. Patrick (Ireland) was incorporated to create the flag that has been flown ever since.
This holy/unholly alliance was formed when a period of death and destruction ruled over democracy.
Over the period of mans - and now womans - time on this planet; democracy is still the celebrated twinkle in a mans eye.
Wanna be in my truly democratic Gang GOSH

1954; American, Bill Haley recorded 'Rock Around The Clock'.
It was first record to sell a million copies in Britain.
It was also the era when the record companies ruled OK - no one knew what the other person was earning.
Many of the singer songwriters churned out hits - those that sat in those little wooden duckets were just an epheheral example - for unseen faces of undeclared/declared wealth.
The clock moved on - and now the clock has turned full circle.
Change has already started - time for more
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1984; Arthur Scargill, leader of the miners' union the NUM, would not allow a national ballot to take place on whether to stop the miners' strike.
All institutions are still hierarchical as opposed to democratic.
The vast majority of institution/organisation - and I mean the vast majority - are run for those within them while promoting the pretense of altruism.
Go on deny it after digging deep.
Wanna be in my ideal of a utopian gang GOSH

Greece - as well as the other nation states on this one of as we know it planet has had its share of utopians.
Only the haves say, this form of capitalist democracy is not perfect but it is the best we have got.

SAT 13th APRIL 2019

1570; The birth of Guy Fawkes.
He was also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish in the Low Countries.
Guy Fawkes belonged to a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot at the Houses of Parliament in 1605.
The burning of the guy on bonfire night - a penny for the sometimes cobbled together guy paid for the bangers of all levels of income - is out of fashion at the moment; do not fret, it will come back; the guy that is.
Guido Fawkes is the 'pen' name of the gadgee that now writes and edits the right wing think tank that started online first.
Think tanks first came over from The USofA in the 60's - they were financed by the American greedy gits and were inculcated into just arguing the toss 1% (51%) in their favour.
The spin had just begun.
Wanna be in my no gun gang GOSH

1829; The British Parliament passed the Catholic Emancipation Act, lifting restrictions imposed on Catholics at the time of Henry VIII.
Have you ever visited the real Scotland, Ireland and Wales - they are a 'star' behind the once all conquering mother ship of England.
Who are you to disagree!
Don't mention the Martial plan - a scheme not to hammer the nation state of Germany, after defeat in the second world war.
Germany is now the centre right lead economy of the 27 nation state members of the EU - like it; or, like it not.
Will the Divided nation state of the Now UK ever come to a compromise!
Wanna be in which gang GOSH

2014; New reasearch defined Britishness as the monarchy, the BBC and pubs, with William Shakespeare, the House of Commons and our weather topping the list.
The British Social Attitudes survey found that a third of people were very proud to be British, compared with 43 per cent a decade previously.
Everything except the weather and maybe's Shakespeare - it is a good job we Brits don't rust; what - is off the team at the moment.
They (who) say that a week is a long time in politics...
How long is it since the referendum - one off or not
Wanna be in whose gang GOSH

You think that we have problems - what about the Greek nation state that chose to stay in the EU!
Is Greece now relying on tourism as a way out!

SUN 14th APRIL 2019

1536; Henry VIII dissolved the 'Reformation Parliament'.
Is taking a hike a the same as taking a holiday!
Many MP's will regret taking a holiday while the clock ticks away...
We all make mistakes and suddenly become off the team.
Wanna be in my (which) Gang GOSH

1939; The birth of Trevor Locke, a policeman who was taken hostage while on guard duty outside the Iranian Embassy in London.
He tackled the terrorist leader as the SAS stormed the building, saving the life of the first SAS man on the scene.
Are the SAS just fit cannon fodder!
A diplomat lies and a squaddie dies.
Can one say that the MSM is selective while somebody dies! Wanna be in my blinkered gang GOSH

1989; Police in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, revealed that violent prisoners were being put into a bright pink cell which seemed to have a calming effect.
The colour was named Baker-Miller Pink after the police chief and psychologist who thought up the idea.
The hawks would have been going bright red with rage.
The doves would have been divided...
Wanna be in my era of colour-full language gang GOSH

2013;The Wizard of Oz song, 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' which was at the centre of an online campaign by opponents of Baroness Thatcher, reached number two in the 'charts' after selling 52,605 copies.
Rival campaign song 'I'm In Love With Margaret Thatcher' entered at number 35.
Polemic division is nothing new and is ageless/generation-less.
Division was evident to the more than casual observer before the dogs dinner of Brexit.
Will some haves ever admit it!
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

2014; Seventeen new Scout badges were introduced, across all age groups of the Scout movement.
New tasks range from the ability to assess disability access at public buildings, to geocaching, sending emails and posting photographs on the Internet appropriately.
The internet was to be open to all when first conceived.
If you don't think that the establishment is trying to control the internet; you are just another twit on twitter.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

The internet is world wide - some nation states have control of it.
Greece has full access to all of the internet as yet.
There is good and bad in almost everything...

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'

TUES 16th APRIL 2019

1705; Queen Anne of England knighted the scientist Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge.
I put this one in cos...
Have you noticed how services staff (more often students than not) address you as sir
I reply somewhat cynically to some, 'I haven't been knighted, yet'
If a conversation follows, 'I say there is no need to call me, sir'.
I suppose it is slightly more professional than the use of 'Pal'
The indiscriminate use of 'Sir' is a sign of the times...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1895; The birth of Sir Ove Arup, English structural engineer, to Danish parents.
Danish parents! 1895!
Don't forget to remember that the links and relationship to America are over time; short lived.
What has become the planet home to capitalism was once a colony.
1982; Queen Elizabeth proclaimed the new Canadian constitution, severing Canada's last colonial links with Britain.
The times they are changing - they say you should never go back! Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1996; The Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, announced that they were to divorce.
There are unsubstantiated rumours that Fergie is to return into the royal fold.
The young royal residence was sold to an arab for almost twice the going rate.
Was this money laundering!
The present queen was well feted in the annual con of maunday money - where do you think she got the gelt from originally!
Is the royal family so dysfunctional; it is about to disappear! The king/Queen is dead.
Long live the next King/Queen!!!
Wanna be in their gang GOSH GOSH

2008; It was announced that Karen Matthews (aged 32, from Dewsbury) was to stand trial alongside Michael Donovan, charged with the kidnapping and false imprisonment of her 9 year old daughter Shannon who disappeared on 19th February. On 23rd January 2009, Matthews and Donovan were sentenced to eight years in prison.
1964;Twelve members of the Great Train Robbery gang were sentenced, to a total of 307 years.
The severity of sentence was due to the death of the coshed train driver - he died 6 months later.
Prison sentences are halfed unless the judge recommends otherwise Now that this sustained period of deregulation driven by greedy capitalism is coming to an undignified end; will justice be really seen to be done.
Sunny Afternoon The taxman's taken all my dough And left me in my stately home Lazin' on a sunny afternoon And I can't sail my yacht He's taken everything I got All I've got's this sunny afternoon Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze I've got a big fat mama tryin' ta break me And I love to live so pleasantly Live this life of luxury Lazin' on a sunny afternoon

My girlfriend's run off with my car And gone back to her ma and pa Tellin' tales of drunkenness and cruelty Now I'm sittin' here Sippin' at my ice cold beer Lazin' on a sunny afternoon Help me, help me, help me sail away Well, give me two good reasons why I oughta stay 'Cause I love to live so pleasantly Live this life of luxury Lazin' on…
A 1960's song, sung by the kinks

Greece has recently signed up to the capitalist controlled EU.
Sovereignty means different things to differing incomes.
The leave pleb haves-nots think that sovereignty means being able to control our own economy.
Does one really think that the leave haves will get rid of the gig economy and zero hours - I think/know not.
Change will come about by the peaceful yet belligerent global warming planet agreement.
If I only had time!

WED 17th APRIL 2019

1397; Geoffrey Chaucer told the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.
The tales (mostly written in verse although some are in prose) were told as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travelled together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.
In more contemporary times ( video killed the radio star ) prose is much less off the team than verse or religion.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1888; The formation of the English Football League took place at a formal meeting in the Royal Hotel, Manchester - not London.
Football - like all organisations - has had ups and downs since then.
The English premier league was formed in 1992; lured on by the lucrative lolly of international television rights.
The industry of football now reflects society as a whole.
If you don't believe that many pleb footie fans borrow money to buy and then share the season ticket; you need an old wet leather football stotted a few times off your head.
It is not unusual for clubs to borrow money on the strength of next seasons ticket sales - Rangers used to be a top North of the border team - was three years ahead.
Time for change - or footie will be kicked into touch for some time
Wanna be in my gang GOSH.

1956; Premium Bonds were introduced into Britain by the Conservative Chancellor, Harold Macmillan.
They were described as a ‘squalid raffle’ and as a ‘cold, inhuman activity’.
750,000 Methodists were urged by their church leaders to boycott the scheme.
The UK lotto was billed as original - it wasn't - it is now Owned and run really by a Canadian teachers union (pension fund)
Lotteries and the church are now way back of the back foot in English and most societies of the developed world
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1969; A 21-year-old woman, Bernadette Devlin,( a NI catholic) was voted in as Britain's youngest ever female MP and the country's third youngest ever.
1969; The age at which a person was eligible to vote in Britain was lowered from 21 to 18.
A young person thinks an old person is daft
An old person knows a young person is daft
There are exceptions to every rule...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

2014; Scientists warned that losing interest in hobbies and other activities in older age could be an early sign of dementia.
I wonder how many exceptions there are!
Wanna be in my exceptional gang GOSH

Greece Has a lower increase in dementia than more developed nation states
The ailment age will be a greater leveler of inequality than we presently think.

THURS 18th APRIL 2019

1689; The death of Lord Chief Justice George Jeffreys, known as the Hanging Judge.
He led the Taunton Assize trials that came in the aftermath of the Battle of Sedgemoor, the battle that ended the Monmouth Rebellion in England.
The last battle for wealth and power on English soil by divided Englishmen!
The trials took place in the Great Hall of Taunton Castle, Somerset,
Of more than 500 prisoners brought before the court, 144 were hanged, drawn and quartered and their remains displayed around the county - many were sent abroad.
Wanna be in a bloody gang GOSH

1740; The birth of Sir Francis Baring, English merchant banker.
Barings was the oldest merchant bank in London until it collapsed in 1995 after one of the bank's employees, Nick Leeson, lost £827 million on speculative investing.
Much has been chronicled about the latest banking crash, circa 2008 - it is blamed on the collapse of the American housing market; on which financial skullduggery and alchemy was based eventually.
Bleeding balderdash
The crash was caused by the cumulative effect of greedy git greed in a sustained period of deregulation.
They - the bankers - say that, to prevent another crash, the speculative part of banking should be separated from ordinary banking.
It has not happened...
Any nation state that does not have a 'a fair days pay for a fair days work- preferably making things; will be doomed to division.
Wanna be in my (what's graft) gang GOSH

2013; The death of Hillsborough justice campaigner Anne Williams, at the age of 60.
She fought relentlessly for the new inquest into her son Kevin's death in the 1989 football tragedy.
He was one of 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of a crush during an FA Cup match at the Sheffield stadium.
In the year of 2019, when no-one is guilty of nowt, is it not ironic that justice must be seen to be done.

Greece is marginally divided over the EU - Is it the massive trading block and the future way of the world; that has swung Greek minds.
We, as yet, are still a divided nation state on its way out of the EU.
The fun has taken almost three year to begin.

FRI 19th APRIL 2019

1775; The start of the American War of Independence against Britain when fighting began at Lexington and Concord.
No taxation without representation.
America was fast becoming a league of nations - live by the sword; die by the sword in them days.
In 2019 a young woman has suffered an early death in Derry/Londonderry NI,already.
Which will snuff out humans the most!
Backstop or Global Warming! Wanna be in my good god gang GOSH

1881 The death, in London, of Benjamin Disraeli, first Earl of Beaconsfield and British Prime Minister.
He became the first Conservative Prime Minister in 1868,( they were called tory and whig before that) but was defeated at the next election by a liberal.
He was Prime Minister again in 1874 with a substantial majority.
In the days before 'only the good die young' - As now - money ruled OK
Wanna be in my getting bigger and better by the day gang GOSH

1883; At a meeting in Liverpool to establish a home for dogs, the proposer, T.F. Agnew, suggested it should perhaps be turned into a home for children as he had seen the work of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to children.
On the evening of this day, the Liverpool Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was formed. Later, it would become the National Society (NSPCC).
Are we a nation of pet lovers first!
Don't mention notre dame and grenfell - I said, don't mention...
Wanna be in my people first gang GOSH

1995; The first television advert for football pools was screened in a £1.5m Littlewood's campaign.
The ban on such commercials was lifted after the company protested to the government that the National Lottery was hitting their profits.
Why is there only one monopolies commission - the old ones are the best
Wanna be in my old/new gang GOSH

1824; Lord Byron, the great English poet, died (aged 36) from malaria on his way to fight for Greek independence.
The Greek nation state was ruled by the Ottoman Empire - the top dog on the planet before the British and American Empires.
The Ottoman Empire was officially disbanded by the newly independent Turkish government in 1924; after a series of ethnic conflicts at nation state and planet level.
Nothing is new - read all about it...

SAT 20th APRIL 2019

1689; The siege of Londonderry began when supporters of James II attacked the city.
The population nearly starved to death before the siege was raised on 30th July - just over three month later.
Jimmy 11 was the catholic king in power - the prods call the relatively small city 'Londonderry; the catholics call it Derry.
The seige of London/Derry was the starter for ten which led to the 'Battle of the Boyne' - which was a power struggle between European international 'royal' ethnic families.
The 'struggle' still goes on today under the guise of religion - don't mention Cromwell ending the gang wars prior to the Seige.
Wanna be in my 'trying to be neutral' gang GOSH

1968; The Conservative right-winger, Enoch Powell, made a hard-hitting speech attacking the government's immigration policy.
Mr. Powell said Britain had to be mad to allow in 50,000 dependents of immigrants each year.
He compared it to watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. 'Like the Roman, I seem to see the river Tiber foaming with much blood.'
An initially supporter of the then EEC. lost his English seat over opposing Europe and became an Ulster unionist MP.
He advocated voting labour; which was strongly anti EU at the time.
He refused membership of the BNP/F and was left in the wilderness by not being 'one of us' when Thacher took over the greedy gits.
Wanna be in Enochs gang GOSH

1969; British troops guarded public utilities in N. Ireland after post offices were bombed.
The 'troubles' soon developed from semi-secretly made pick axe helves to the bullet.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1974; The conflict in Northern Ireland claimed its 1,000th victim, a petrol station owner from County Fermanagh.
Since the recent 'troubles' began just over 3,500 people have lost their lives - the vast majority classed as civilians.
Despite the cessation of hostilities and power sharing agreements the 'troubles' is still smouldering away beneath the surface.
What is euphemistically named as sporadic incidents have, too more than often than not, been deliberately under-reported.
Will it kick off again big time!
Wanna be in a 'suck that you blighter' Gang GOSH

The nation state of Greece has suffered less deaths/head of population than the UK in recent history.
Probably due to the fact that they have had much less conflict - you try going to war as a back seat driver.

SUN 21st APRIL 2019

1671; The birth of John Law, Scottish economist who believed that money was only a means of exchange that did not constitute wealth in itself.
He was a gambler and a brilliant mental calculator who was known to win card games by mentally calculating the odds.
'I'm a rambler; I'm a gambler; I'm a long ways from home And if you don't like me then leave me alone I'll eat when I'm hungry; I'll drink when I'm dry And if moonshine don't kill me I'll live till I die' A 1970's song, sung by the Irish Rovers.
New Labour must show their hand re. the deregulation of all forms off gambling in the UK.
The saying that the bookie always wins is a definite winner.
Some people say they can make a lucrative living from gambling - they probably do for a few year...
Gambling is an addiction - think yourself lucky if you have a non-addictive personality.
Wanna be in a 'the bookie always wins - I know what I am doing gang' gang GOSH

1750; Peter Dollond opened a small optical business in Vine Street, near Hatton Garden in London.
In 1927 Dollond & Co merged with Aitchison & Co, to form Dollond & Aitchison.
On 29th January 2009, it was announced that Boots Opticians were to merge with D&A, forming a chain of 690 stores and 5,000 staff after Boots purchased a controlling share in D&A.
Me and the gruppenfuhrer once stayed at a hotel in/onjersey - if one looked, one could just spot the front bit of a copper coloured RR bonnet.
It belonged to the daughter of the head honcho of the boots emporium of all sizes empire.
In 2014 Boots the chemist (then part based in Switzerland - wonder why) was bought out by the americans.
The home of capitalism; which had to electronically print money to 'in vain' remain the top dog on the planet.
It is now owned by a what is euphemistically called a 'holding company'
Walgreen boots has recently announced a down sizing operation...
Wanna be in my 'it's us that decides what kind of society we live in' gang GOSH

1907; Political clubs in Ireland merged to form the Sinn Fein League.
Sinn Fein means 'we ourselves'
More than a bit Ironic when one thinks of the present dogs dinner of Brexit
The British pursuit of wealth complicates conflicts as opposed to solving them.
Wanna be in my uncomplicated gang GOSH

Has Greece come to terms with change.
As soon as we as a nation state come to accept change; the better off we will be...

MON 22nd APRIL 2019

1778; James Hargreaves, the English inventor of the spinning jenny died.
After he had begun to sell the machines to help support his large family, hand spinners, fearing unemployment, broke into his house and destroyed a number of jennies, causing Hargreaves to move from Blackburn to Nottingham in 1768.
Plebs who delay progress and competition are called Luddites.
In this era of information; it is not robotic automation that is the destroyer of incomes - it is our fellow humans.
Wanna be in my Luddite gang GOSH

1943; Britain discontinued printing £1,000 notes.
The banking industry keeping up with the times or taking the lead!
When ever a bank goes down; the automated accounting system evetually (the buck stops here) gets the blame.
The real reason is; an organisation trying to save money and/or insider information.
Do greedy gits tell porkies!
The greedier they are the bigger the porky.
Wanna be in my basic banking Gang GOSH

2000; The Big Number Change took place.
It was an update of telephone dialling codes in Britain in response to the rapid growth of telecommunications and the impending exhaustion of numbers.
BT used to be a nationalised industry - change would have come about anyway; eventually!
Privatisation is the good friend of the few and the enemy of the many...
Whenever a 'sell off' occurred; some plebs literally paid twice for limited shares.
Wealth witch is now back in the hands of the well off - one of the reasons for the haves and have-nots in divided broken Britain.
Wanna be bin my 'time for change' gang GOSH

2014; The Conservative party declared that local residents would get new powers to block all new onshore wind farms within six months of a new Conservative government taking office in May 2015.
They further promised that no subsidies would be paid to operators of new onshore wind turbines.
It has taken four years for the people to openly take control from our so called elected leaders!
Dinosaurs! 'You're out of touch my baby' 'My poor old fashioned love' 'I said, 'baby baby baby' you're out of time' Wanna be in my timely gang GOSH

Will Greece keep time better than us by marginally remaining in a large trading block!

TUES 23rd APRIL 2019

1016;Edmund Ironside succeeded his father Æthelred II (Ethelred the Unready) as king of England.
Unready, meaning 'poorly advised' was a play on his name, which means 'well advised'.
The king is dead long live the king; in a period of planet wide live by the sword die by the sword, the ironside family were keen on a bung to keep the peace.
Many plebs never ever knew - never mind turning the proverbial blind eye...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1348; The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III.
It is the highest order of chivalry, or knighthood, existing in England.
The order is dedicated to the image and arms of St. George as England's patron saint.
Membership to the order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than twenty-four 'members, or companions.'
Keep it in the family and near supporters - keep what! The wealth of course...
Ever wondered how the male 'royals' have/used to have chests full of medals!
The were awarded by the nation state city they visited - in an official capacity of course.
Do you really wanna be in their gang GOSH

1915 The death, aged 27 (from an infected mosquito bite) of the English poet Rupert Brooke, known for his war sonnets written during the First World War, especially "The Soldier". - If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England.
For king and country!
One of the prime reasons of inequality is the present level of internationality of multi-nationals.
In the 60/70's there was a period of 'I'm backing Britain'
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1942; World War II – German bombers hit Exeter, Bath and York in retaliation for the British raid on Lübeck.
It is more than rumoured that our (The UK) 'royal' family were supporters of the nazi's.
Buy one from me and I will set you free.
Is it the whole truth that when man starts killing man at nation state level - or any level; the truth is the first thing out the window.
Will we ever learn!
Wanna be in my gang Gosh

1982;The launch of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer.
The entry level model had 16 kB RAM and an external tape recorder was needed to load the majority of software.
It was 'a computer for the masses' and much cheaper than its rivals - the Commodore 64 and the BBC Microcomputer.
It is fact that the average household now has more computing power than the first trip to the moon.
Digitalisation would still be round the corner if microminiturisation hadn't developed at the same pace.
Wonder why that robots are taking their time to be adopted fully into society!
The planned robots are full size - affording them technically is more than half the battle...
Wanna be in a robot gang GOSH

2014; Research by Leicester University found that people who migrate to the Mediterranean are unhappier than those who remain in northern European countries, including the UK.
Reasons cited included not having a sense of belonging, struggling without family ties and a damage to social standing by perhaps living in a less economical country.
The vast majority of UK Uni's are now sponsered by private business.
We all live in different nation states for differing reasons.
Wanna be like you!
Wanna be in my nation state gang GOSH

Greece is a less developed nation state still in the EU.
The developed nation states are trying to stay ahead in the game.
No man is an Island - will Islands become one Island!

WED 24th APRIL 2019

1558; Mary Queen of Scots, also known as Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland, married the French Dauphin at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
If; you think that wedlock/alliances for wealth and power are a thing of the past; you need some new apps for your appendage, or, different guts around your gunnels.
Wanna be in an asexual gang GOSH

1743; Edmund Cartwright, the inventor of the cotton spinning power loom, was born, in Marnham, Nottinghamshire.
In 1809 Cartwright obtained a grant of £10,000 from parliament for his invention and in May 1821 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
A glowing example of the establishment loving money.
Expect global warming to bring about changes (of all kinds) to the spinning planet.
Wanna be in a wind your kneck in gang GOSH

1889; The birth of Sir Richard Stafford Cripps, British Labour politician and, from 1947 to 1950, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
In the latter position, Cripps was responsible for laying the foundations of Britain’s post-war economic prosperity, and was, according to the historian Eric Shaw, 'the real architect of the rapidly improving economic picture and growing affluence from 1952 onwards.'
Economic theory throughout time has fashions.
To what extent will global warming affect nation states and alliances.
One thing is for sure - we are all on this planet together>
Time for change...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1916; In Dublin, Irish nationalists, led by Patrick Pearse, launched the Easter Rebellion against British rule.
Would those that claim sovereignty from the EU give sovereignty to the Irish!
I reckon not...
Wanna be in which gang GOSH

1932; A mass trespass by thousands of ramblers, led by Benny Rothman, took place on Kinder Scout in the Peak District.
Their aim was to establish public right of access on the moors and mountains that were privately owned for grouse shooting
The mass trespass started at Bowden Bridge Quarry, close to Hayfield and had a far-reaching impact that culminated in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 which gave people 'the right to roam' on mapped access land.
To stop me rambling you would have to shoot me
The question is not, would I shoot anyone as a landowner; but...
Would I be a landowner!
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1993; A massive bomb ripped through the the City of London, killing one and injuring more than 40.
The maxim of, two dead certs in life; death and taxes has not been seen to be true for the last generation.
Heres one of mine; ' in the pursuit of nation state wealth; a diplomat lies and a squaddie ( some/anybody) dies'
Will it stand the test of time!
Wanna be in my kind of gang GOSH

Is Greece a bit player in the present game.
A player still with a single vote veto in the present political game of power.
A veto vote we will throw away for what!

THURS 25th APRIL 2019

1284; The birth, at Caernarfon Castle, of King Edward II, who became the first heir-apparent to bear the title Prince of Wales.
King from 1307, he ruled during a period of pestilence, famine and defeats at the hands of the Scots, and was eventually murdered around 1327; after more than skullduggery by those just below him in the pecking order.
Wanna be in my next gang GOSH

1599; The birth of Oliver Cromwell, Protector of England who led his ‘Ironsides’ in the English Civil War against the ‘Roundheads’ of King Charles I.
Cromwell’s victories enabled him to have the King tried and beheaded, after which he established a republic.
Was this a short lived epoch of 'democracy' delivered by means of death and destruction.
Oliver Cromwell was a military man of some wealth - without over-complication; the conquest of Ireland was the first seeds of the commomwealth; The island of Ireland was Britains first colony due to the division of the then parliament
Britain became a monarchy again helped by the Jocks of all people - armies were mercenary in promise and cash in them days.
'The King is dead; long live the king - the principal is still going today.
Wanna be in my non religious, no monarchy gang GOSH

1859; British and French engineers broke ground for the creation of the Suez Canal.
The excavation took some 10 years and altogether more than 1.5 million people from various countries were employed.
Slave labour and migration was alive and well- despite being in an era of, 'there but for the grace of God go I'
In a planet of deregulation by the developed world and those using violence to catch up; slave labour is back with a bang.
Wanna be in an enjoy yourself Gang GOSH

1916; The start of the Easter Rebellion in Ireland, mounted by Irish republicans with the aims of ending British rule in Ireland and establishing the Irish Republic.
It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798.
Vote/fight for me and I'll set you free.
Wanna be in an EU republic gang GOSH

2012; The Scottish hamlet of Dull was paired with an American town named Boring.
The Dull and Boring plan was hatched after a resident of Dull, near Aberfeldy in Perthshire, cycled through Boring in Oregon.
Rugby League referees were/are sponsored by 'specsavers'.
I find the irony very funny indeed - one mans humour is another mans tumour...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

Will life in the near/far future be less humorous for Greek have-nots!

FRI 26th APRIL 2019

1607; Captain John Smith landed at Cape Henry, in Virginia with the first group of colonists who established a permanent English settlement in America.
Preceding the in/famous successful colony at Plymouth by 13 year; the first established colony was all male and called Jamestown; after the king and chums who had financed it.
2/3rds did not survive.
The Spanish found the existence of america 100 year before.
It is reckoned that the first Europeans to go to america were the vikings 500 year earlier.
If I only had time to be in a gang GOSH

1895; The start of the trial of playwright Oscar Wide who was charged with homosexuality. Oscar Wilde was an intellectual Irish poet and writer.
He died young; 3 year after doing two year hard labour for indecency.
The importance of being Earnest and the picture of Dorian gray (two of his best known efforts)were regarded by some in the well heeled establishment of the time as pushing the envelope too far.
He was pardoned in 2017 by what was to become known as the Alan Turing Law.

1975; Labour Party members voted by almost 2-1 to leave the EEC, underlining the deep divisions over the issue of Europe.
But on 6th June in the same year British voters backed the UK's continued membership by a large majority in the country's first nationwide referendum.
Brexit - put on the back burner by the (establishment) Media - is back with a bang.
Wanna be in my (what's the problem over the division of democracy) Gang GOSH.

1976; The death of Sid James, British based South African actor and comedian.
He made his name as Tony Hancock's co-star in Hancock's Half Hour.
In later life Sid James was renowned as a happy go lucky ladies man - Tony Hancock (Who topped himself) wasn't; despite being married twice.
There's no business like show business
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

The nation state of Greece - without a 'special relationship' with America - has shown a divided decision to remain in the EU.
Wanna be in which gang GOSH

SAT 27th APRIL 2019

1296; An English army, led by Edward I, defeated the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar, the only significant field action in the campaign of 1296.
The English (mostly mercenaries and the rest were not fighting for love of country) routed the disorganised Scots in a single charge, in action that was brief and probably not very bloody, since the only casualty of any note was a minor Lothian knight.
Casualty of any note EH
This is why people like Trump are elected and poles - about anything - are now considered dodgy.
Everyone (and those that don't) that comes to an early death is viewed as a statistic.
Everyone of those that die before their time has a family and/or loved ones.
Wanna be in which gang GOSH

1667; The blind, impoverished John Milton sold the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.
This is what the haves are incapable of taking on board.
No matter what faculties one has; in an economy under pressure; everyone is after your money.
Wanna be in the land of the blind; the one eyed man/woman is king/Queen gang GOSH

1840; The foundation stone for the new Palace of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace) was laid by the wife of the architect Sir Charles Barry.
As power and wealth moves away from the west; how much of the bill for the overdue restoration of the 'palace' will be an underestimation!
Rightly or wrongly the present politician is being blamed for the division in todays society.
How long will the career politician last!
The cant and hypocrisy is dead; many politicians believe it will last (don't mention lobbying) forever.
Wanna be in a have gang GOSH

1939; Conscription for men aged 20 - 21 was announced in Britain.
Conscription (started for WW2) did not formally end until 1960.
There are some that say, 'conscription will sort out the society of today'.
'If I could turn back time'.
Wanna be in my; careful what you wish for gang GOSH

2014; TV Springwatch presenters Chris Packham and Bill Oddie blamed a risk-averse culture for 'killing childhood'.
'Children should be allowed to get up to mischief in the countryside by starting fires, trespassing and scrumping.'
'Parents should let their children roam the countryside unsupervised.' Oddie also questioned a current campaign by the National Trust - 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ - in which adults and children take part in activities together, saying it does not encouraging children to get away from older generations.
The older Oddie received a very bad press.
Will Chris Packham recieve the same treatment after again castigating the 'have' establishment! As soon as the robots take hold; the human race will end up as daleks.
Wanna be in a it won't will it gang GOSH

The Greek economy is doing OK; say the IMF.
The IMF is one of the international banks that own some of the Greek Debt.
There are many in Greece that think the loans fiasco is the unacceptable face of capitalism.
Who am I to disagree!
It was dodgy dave cameron that accused the left of talking down the UK economy.
I am a realist not a cynic...

SUN 28th APRIL 2019

28th April is International Workers’ Memorial Day, the day each year when workers come together and remember those who have been killed and injured at work.
The slogan for the day is 'Remember the dead – fight for the living'.
How many today know this memorial day actually exists.
Haves and have-nots; you can't have one without the other.
Wanna be in one gang GOSH

1603; Queen Elizabeth I's funeral took place at Westminster Abbey.
What a woman in charge 5 centuries ago.
Known as the virgin queen (cos she never married); good queen bess blamed a man for the beheading of her cousin, Mary queen of Scots.
Spies and family squabbles have been around since man and woman...
Up to just recently; you can't have one without the other
Wanna be in an asexual gang GOSH

1801; Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury was born.
He was one of the most effective social and industrial reformers in 19th-century England.
He introduced the Coal Mines Act in 1842 which prohibited the employment of women and children underground and was also the acknowledged leader of the evangelical movement (they believed in the second coming of jimmy jesus) within the Church of England.
You will be surprised to learn he was an actual tory/conservative; not a member of the whig opposition.
You can't have one without the other in a true democracy.
Wanna be in my local/national gang GOSH

1888; The birth of Walter Tull, professional football for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town.
He was the first 'Afro-Caribbean / mixed heritage' outfield player in the top division of English football, and the first to be commissioned as an infantry officer in the British Army.
Invention is a necessity relates to all walks of life.
You can't have one without the other
Wanna be in anyones, lets be inventive, gang GOSH

1923; The first FA Cup Final was held at Wembley Stadium.
200,000 people arrived at a stadium which was only designed to hold 125,000 and when 60,000 irate fans rushed the turnstiles a human torrent swept onto the pitch.
Players were engulfed by the crowd and 1,000 men, women and children were injured.
Finals were made 'all ticket' after the game began one hour late and Bolton beat West Ham 2-0.
Stadia and gates - you can't have one without the other!
Hold on; in the era of deregulation, it's all TV (International) money now.
Does one not think the haves in footie will technologically fill stadia.
The premiership is already handled with thick Kid gloves...
Wanna be in an offpitch/dressing room gang GOSH

2010; Former Prime MInister, Gordon Brown, said that he was 'mortified' after being caught on microphone describing Rochdale pensioner, Gillian Duffy, as a bigoted woman after she had had challenged him on issues, including immigration.
More than rumour has it that May wont go until she has beat Browns short unelected term in office.
You can't have one without the udder.
Wanna be in a gung ho GANG GOSH

2014; New research showed that half of patients diagnosed with cancer today would effectively be 'cured'.
They could expect to survive for at least 10 years, by which point their prognosis was as good as that of those without the disease.
The study also showed that survival rates in England and Wales had doubled since the 1970s.
Have you noticed that every other year it is announced that the cure for cancer is just around the corner...
A much less than cynical realist would say, 'this is just to appease the investors'.
We should all be investors - we are all on this planet together.
You can't have one without the other...
Wanna be in a cure all gang GOSH

Greece has a very similar government to the UK - except; it is a Republic.
The present coalition government ( socialist kept in power by a small breakaway conservative right of centre group) has narrowly voted to remain in the EU.
Wanna be in with the in crowd!

MON 29th APRIL 2019

1429; Joan of Arc arrived at the besieged city of Orleans to eventually lead her French forces to victory (on 6th May) over the English.
Joan - was she a gender bender catholic - was burnt alive by us brits at the age of 19.
Many squaddies - and ex squaddies - believe that the french are cowards.
The truth is; over time the French have been just as brave as the Brits.
The French are our nearest rivals and friends today - even in the era of globalisation.
Wanna be in divided large gang GOSH

1884; Oxford University agreed to admit female students to examinations.
However, woman were not to be awarded degrees.
'you put your left leg in...'
Talk about hidden agenda - what about hidden facts.
Secrecy! is it larfed at by the plebs of today.
The spin of secrecy is always on the side of the Establishment - no matter who is in power!
Time for real change - Not for divided coalitions
Start eating your over-worn sandals; you liberals...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1909; In a revolutionary budget called 'The People's Budget', Chancellor David Lloyd George introduced a new 'supertax' of sixpence in the pound for anyone earning more than £5,000 a year (£387.000 in today's money).
The new high level of supertax was to pay for old age pensions and re-armament of the forces.
Lloyd George - 'Was my father' - was an in power Liberal politician in the era of Lib v Con.
A time when the rich made tough decisions on behalf of the poor...
A Con Lord has proposed the abolition of pensioner perks near the end of an era where we all still get old and die- and; some don't pay taxes.
The rich are still sublimely attempting to take tough decisions on behalf of the poor.
Real change is long overdue...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1938; The birth, in Bolton, Lancashire of Fred Dibnah MBE, English steeplejack.
He had a fascination for steam vehicles and mechanical engineering and became a cult television personality. His former home in Bolton became the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre until its closure in 2018.
Have you heard about Fred Dibnah reminiscing his TV career,
'During the first series the young TV director came down from London in an old sports car - I had my battered old land rover'
'They rang me up about a second series - the same young director appeared in a brand new sports car'.
'I still had the battered old land rover'.
Time for change...
Wanna be in my - are they all the same - gang GOSH

1993; It was announced that Buckingham Palace would be opened to the public for the first time (during August & September) in a bid to raise funds to repair Windsor Castle.
Wonder if the 'royal yacht' from taxes is still in the minds of some con job haves! The statue was unveiled on the anniversary of his birth (see earlier bit).
Dibnah was also an industrial historian, mechnical engineer, steam engine enthusiast and television presenter.
He was awarded the MBE in the 2004 New Year Honours for services to heritage and broadcasting.
The rough diamond ' working class hero ' three times married, died in 2004.
2011; The marriage of Prince William, 2nd in line to the throne, and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.
The day was declared a bank holiday in celebration.
The UK is still a constitutional monarchy in an era when we cannot afford a 'royal' family.
Republics still have holidays - bank and public.
Time for total change!
Wanna be in my peoples gang GOSH

2014; A campaign poster advertising Nigel Farage's UKIP was inadvertently placed next to a 'Go Outdoors' poster for inflatable tents that bore the slogan - 'No Poles Required'.
We all make mistakes - now who was it that said, 'what we learn from history is that we don't learn from history'
The price of true democracy EH!

Many, many years ago Greece came up with democracy.
It was far from a true democracy - it was based on individual wealth.

TUES 30th APRIL 2019

1625; The death of Sir Lawrence Tanfield at Burford in Oxfordshire.
Tanfield was a prominent lawyer and politician and lord of Burford manor.
Relationships with the locals were poor.
There were accusations of Tanfield's corruption and overbearingness and he stripped the vicarage of much of its endowment.
Tanfield's widow arranged for him to be buried in Burford church, under an elaborate tomb in the north chapel at dead of night, without the permission of the priests or town.
The ghosts of Tanfield and his wife have been reportedly sighted racing around Burford in a fiery coach, bringing death to all who see them.
Folklore that lasts!
If you don't think that belligerent burfords exist today; you need less pound signs appearing in/on your overglazed life on the dole comes easy eyes.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1789; George Washington became the first President of the United States of America.
The Washington Window at Selby Abbey in Yorkshire incorporates the Washington family coat of arms, three red stars above two red bands on a white shield, the model for the American Flag.
It most probably represents some kind of benefaction made to the Abbey to commemorate John Wessington.
He was Prior of Durham from 1416~1446 and the most distinguished collateral ancestor of George Washington.
The wessington family had a huge house in Washington, Co durham; now part of the city of Sunderland.
Many things do change as time goes by.
The special relationship with the USofA gets weaker with each generation - especially with worlwide immigration.
Wanna be in a nation state gang GOSH

1944; The first of 500,000 prefab homes went on show in London.
They were designed for demobilised servicemen and bombed-out families and consisted of 2 bedrooms, a living room, bathroom and toilet and kitchen on one floor.
They covered an area of 616 sq ft and were built by the motor industry - there were five main firms in fact.
The building of them, then as now, was debated to the far end of flatulence before being passed by the commons.
I was one of three in born into a two bedroom 'bungalow, on what was known as the Hostel estate
We moved into a railway house with outside loo - which was sheer luxury compared to the previous generations living conditions.
Many/most of my chums were well off when I went to the local Grammar.
There was division; but, not as much as today...
Wanna be in a divided gang GOSH

1988; Queen Elizabeth II (who) officially opened World Expo '88 in Brisbane, Australia.
The fair was the largest event of the Bicentennial celebrations of the European settlement of Australia and attracted almost 16,000,000 visitors.
Today - a less than generation later; is globalisation old hat - Oz is a world away and does a very high percentage of trade with its closer neighbour, China...
Wanna be in my futuristic gang GOSH

2009; The Met. Office forecasted 'odds on for a barbecue summer', with no repeat of the washouts of the previous two years but ..... average rainfall for the summer was up 40%.
There are some - usually greedy gits; but,not always - who still deny climate change.
Wanna be in my warmed up, watch out for the floods, gang GOSH

2012; A flamboyant Australian billionaire ordered a state owned shipyard in China to build him an exact replica of the cruise ship Titanic.
Wonder if - China with a population of 4x USA - will it reach 1.5 billion - is still an undeveloped nation state and therefore cheaper - will get contracts in Hawaii- it already has them in HULL.
The tree wreck in sheffield is less to do with the council saving money and more to do with the 5G signal.
The Chinese navy has been invited to escort Titanic II on its maiden voyage from England to New York in 2016.
The intended plans sunk without trace at the drawing board stage.
Wanna be in an international gang GOSH

The Greeks have chosen to remain in a large trading block and gets cheaper trade deals already done and dusted.
The price of modern democracy EH!

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