On This Day 4th AUG
1704; Gibraltar was captured for the British by Admiral Sir George Rooke.
A proddy MP of the time - one really lobbyed oneself in them days - he was also around to help colonise Ireland.
The days before the rum ration - no officers please - was appropriated at a nice price from the more distant colonies.
The traditional rum ration was stopped in 1970 cos of health 'n' safety - not cost at any cost!
Let's hang on at any cost to Gib... You josh GOSH
1792; Percy Shelley popped out of the pod, one of the major English Romantic poets.
In September 1812 Shelley, pursued by debtors and the establishment, who wished to 'question' the poet about his
radical political activities fled to wales and catholic ireland.
He lived his short adult mostly abroad (Europe) and 'died' age 29 off the coast of Tuscany
Percy; eton and kicked out of oxford; was a left leaning pacifist who didn't get on with his rich dad.
Percy was a bit of a lad; when he went early the authorities were secretly glad.GOSh
1985; The death of Don Whillans rock climber and mountaineer who climbed with both Joe Brown and Chris Bonington
on many new routes, and was considered their equal.
The British Mountaineering Council maintain a climbing hut near the Roaches, Staffordshire, in his memory.
Don was working class and died age 52.
Not from a fall; a heart attack; a 5'4 heavy drinker, don't mention the fags.
The young climbers of keswick sing in the pubs, 'knock, knock, knocking on heavens door'.
When you gotta go...
You gotta go GOSH
2005; Osama Bin Laden's lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahri warned that London would face more attacks because of
Tony Blair's foreign policy decisions.
He said, 'Blair has brought you destruction to the heart of London, and he will bring more destruction, God willing.'
Blair, embraced 'catholicism'.
Strange; that death and destruction don't turn men - and now women even more so - away from GOD GOSH.
2014; Today people in the UK were encouraged to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm,
leaving only a single light or candle for a symbolic act of reflection and hope in commemoration of
the 100th anniversary of World War 1.
On the eve of Britain officially entering the war, Sir Edward Grey, the Foreign Secretary, said the words
"The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."
The US people were officially neutral to engaging in fighting until it was nearly all over.
How many wars and military bases has the USofA experienced since democracy ruled the western world.
There's chums, friends and frenemies under the guidance of gods GOSH
Jean Claude Junker the - it's your turn - EU president from Luxembourg; claimed he save the Greeks from Grexit.
The german money men wanted the money; not EU unity.
Wonder how much he will influence the brexit negotiations!
SAT 5th AUG 2017
On This Day 5th AUG
910; The last 'major' Viking army to raid England was defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall.
The allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, were led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred.
Ted and helred and alf were more common in them days than dave, tony and phil today.
Records of early history have more than fifty shaded of gray GOSH
In those days of old; death and destruction made democracy stand on the back of the silly step.
The UK/Britain was as tribal and territorial as any third world nation state - as we used to call em!
There but for the grace of god; go... GOSH
Migration is older than moses
Human reaction to migration is a lot older.
Is it the love of or the mass movement of money that has led to todays level of migration.
Technology creating wealth changes and man follows.
The poor are dealt such a bad hand but still have to play the game GOSH
In the technoligical era of tomorrows news today;
Slow down you're going to fast...
Inequality can't make an elastoplast...
For some life goes on - for others it just goes GOSH
1729; Thomas Newcomen died today.
Tommy created the first practical steam engine for pumping water from tin mines.
Prior to his invention, flooding was a major problem, thus limiting the depth at which the mineral could be mined.
The extraction of fossil fuels - don't mention climate change - now uses flooding.
Fracking; despite the technological advances; is far from being an exact science.
Any academic who says it is; is being paid to do so.
Just like the greedy - grab it and run - gits; they are on the game GOSH
An old Greek saying, 'if all you have is a hammer'; then everthing you see is a nail.
The fracking of fossil fuels is a deed of desperation by the greedy gits.
Greedy gits come in all shapes forms and levels of income.
A local democratic decision not to frack was overturned by the tory central well lobied, put it in my hand,
pratts in power.
Greece and the EU have a much more cautious approach to fracking than the brexiting - as yet - part of the UK.
SUN 6th AUG 2017
On This Day 6th AUG
The bloke that the 'term' "nosey parker" - in no way a bad jewish car driver - was appendaged to, popped out today.
1504; Matthew Parker, archbishop of Canterbury had an extremely long nose and was extremely inquisitive.
An interested - don't mention the inquisitors - man of god GOSH
1809. The second to seventh most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, (after Shakespeare)was delivered today.
Some of best known phrases in the English language, including "Better to have loved and lost than never to
have loved at all", and "Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die" originated from the mind of Alfred Tennyson
Alfie an English poet, a descendent of semi posh religious 'nobility' became a - some say reluctantly -
peer of the realm.
A lord no less...
Did the man of the written word to be spoken, also become blessed with the politicians gift of the gab GOSH
1976; The just hanging on Labour government passed the Drought Act to combat the continued UK drought.
2017; the UsofA under The leadership of Mr. trump; has officially, pulled out of the labouriously agreed Paris climate
Some - not that many - seemingly intelligent people, prefer to deny climate change.
Greed has always unfairly influenced gambling GOSH
1987; The SDP (how many in the gang) leader Dr David Owen resigned after members of his party voted to merge
with the Liberals (how many in the gang).
Today they are called the liberal democrats...
If there is one thing worse than a politician telling porkies - never mind selective stats...
It is a religious or posh politician telling porkies.
How Many in the gang GOSH
2009; The funeral service took place at Wells Cathedral for Britain's last World War I veteran Harry Patch, aged 111.
WW1 was the war to end all wars - remember.
Apart from relatives; very few of this generation competively scrapping and scraping out a life want to remember.
Not remembering is mindfully different to forgetting.
When the next generation forgets; wars begin...
Gizza gun GOSH
Greece didn't take part in the first world war until late on - June 1917.
Greece and Turkey at it before - and after - being one of the main reasons.
The Greek nation state was striven with inequality and coalition division long before the 'more civilised' western
The nation state of Greece was a royal entity until the Russian revolution -1917.
MON 7th AUG 2017
On This Day 7th AUG
1840; The employment of climbing boys as chimney sweeps was prohibited by an Act of Parliament.
It was ignored - stop coughing/coffin kid - until another banning act was passed in 1875.
Some parents today, make - or attempt to - a living from their underage by cultural law offspring.
When there's a living to be made the law is a ass.
Heh! you only live/die once - let's step on the gas. GOSH
In an economy under pressure; the working age - by those that don't have to do it - has already been extended
Will it soon be extended downwards by an act of parliament; one won't see or want to see through the
opaque desperation of the greed/aspiration goggles. GOSH
The mass 'taking a lend' of the underaged is still more than frowned upon in nation states that have laws agains it.
Multi-nationals of the western world - not all of them - take advantage of the laxity/deperation of less developed nations
attitude/laws to the exploitation of underage labour.
In the era of information being too easily algorythmed out of it - inequality rules OK... OK- is now again, all part of
the - it's all been done before - global Game GOSH
2011; In protest against the shooting of local man Mark Duggan by police.
Rioting began in Tottenham, during which residents attacked people, set fire to shops, and looted the neighbourhood.
The rioting continued for several days and spread to other major cities.
Authorities believed the riots were organized through the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
A total of 3,443 crimes across London alone were linked to the 'rioting' and damage to property was estimated
at £200 million.
Life and limb v property or property before life and limb!
Go on; have a guess GOSH
2012; Fifty year old Jessica Harper, former head of on line fraud and security at Lloyds Bank admitted
carrying out a £2.4m fraud over a period of 4 years. She got 5 year for nicking £2.5 million in exies.
Years ago the SFO (serious fraud office) just a bit less than publically; admitted that any fraud under £1 million
would not be prosecuted.
Banks usually don't admit to inside jobs...
How many of Joe public - us plebs - know that the partakers in profit of the multi-national 'Dysney' - 14 theme parks throughout
the Planet - tried to cover up the paedos in the parks problem.
The western world now worships money in the malls - not God GOSH
Greece is a nation state in the poorer south area of the EU.
Greek youth unemployent is at an all time cliched high.
Education Education Education wont provide employment - nor will 'austerity' and the resulting inequality.
Economy effecting underage employment in Greece and other western world nation states has more shadows than the dark web.
It's not who knows - who cares!
TUES 8th AUG 2017
On This Day 8th AUG
1296; The Stone of Scone, on which Scottish kings had been crowned for centuries, was seized by King Edward I of England.
Us English/brits stuck it under the westminster throne and used it for 'our' coronations.
The last being Betty two; of course, with the helping hand of the good lord GOSH
The stone is alleged - more than likely - to go back to the time of macbeth - yes he was real...
Four young jocks reclaimed it for four months - it was returned (broken in two) to westminster by Inspector - shall
we shoot em now sir - establishment.
The stone is a 'symbol' and was returned to Scotland by a conservative government in 1996; an abortive -
due to division within - attempt to placate the devolutionist rebel fiff raff.
Them heathens like being well stoned; a behind the scenes voice inebriated rather guardedly GOSH
1834; The Poor Law Amendment Act was passed in Britain - where's a left leaning whig/liberal when you need one.
The Act dropped the system whereby parishes cared for their poor by a rate of poor relief and replaced it
with the workhouse.
Then as now; any form of benefit was seen as a skivers top up to legitimate/ or not income.
Instead of adjusting capitalism; those least able to resist; got it in the kneck, knackers and knees.
Hope they die before I get old...
Talking bout my generation... NO JOSH GOSH
The greeks have campaigned since independence in 1832 - in a democratic way - long and hard for the return of
the Elgin Marbles.
In 1801; mr. Bruce - some call him the seventh earl - obtained written permission from the ottoman empire to purloin/
import the ancient Greek sculptures.
They were subsequently sold to the British establishment...
Deals were done...
Wonder if Brexit will have an effect on the return of the Marbles.
Bet you a Killingworth Kebab to a South Korean canine cusine it will be an under the counter done deal...