Jan 1st 2019

1651; Charles II was crowned King of Scotland at Scone, a village in Perth and Kinross.
The Scone of Scotland says so much more than the tasteless debate about what goes first on a Devon scone.
Don't mention the guns and butter of the German propaganda machine!
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1772; The London Credit Exchange Company issued the first traveller’s cheques, accepted in 90 cities and guaranteed against theft.
There's a reason why a swipe card has a limit - it has something - a lot - to do with security.
There is a disconnect between humans and computers.
Which generation will be saddled with the obesity of driverless vehicles - oh you can't afford the insurance; never mind the vehicle!
Wanna be in which overweight dalek gang GOSH

1833; Britain claimed sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.
When money no longer talks; man still turns to death and destruction.
Is the love of money getting stonger - or, just going through a phase.
One will be unpleasantly surprised at covert military might still relied on by Nation states.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH.

1962; The Beatles had an audition for Decca Records.
Decca turned them down and signed Brian Poole and the Tremeloes instead.
The future's not ours to see - yet humans spend a lot of money trying to predict the future for material gain.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1973; The UK became a fully-fledged member of the European Economic Community.
2018; game on...
Two things are certain to increase:
Smuggling and opportunism - legit or not...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

2014;Right wing newspapers gathered at airports to interrogate an expected influx of millions of unemployed Romanians and Bulgarians after transitional controls were lifted.
They were greeted by two new entrants, both of whom already had jobs.
In the much desired control of hearts and minds; how fast does money make the world go around!
As technology advances; some plebs never ever catch up...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

Greece joined the EU in 1981 and adopted the Euro in 2001.
Apart from a brief 2 year flirtation with the ERM; the UK has had nowt to do with the adoption of the Euro.
The UK relies on banking much more than the Greek economy.
The UK pleb relies much more on Industry than banking - as does the EU trading block.
Wanna be in which - the times they are a changing Gang GOSH

Jan 2nd 2019

1757; Robert Clive (also known as Clive of India) captured Calcutta.
It had been seized by the Nawab of Bengal, who imprisoned 146 British in the infamous ‘black hole’.
Only 23 survived.
Clive established the military and political supremacy of the East India Company in Bengal and also the wealth that followed, for the British crown.
Together with Warren Hastings (the first Governor-General of India) he was one of the key figures in the creation of British India.
India has never had another famine since the British were forced to leave.
In real life economics there is no such thing as the trickle down effect - I repeat, 'no such thing' in reality.
The only difference between now and victorian values is the the greedy gits have to compete more for their exaggerated share of the national cake.
The nouveaux riche cannot be in our expensive gang GOSH

1868;The birth of Arthur Gore, English well off tennis player.
He competed at Wimbledon on every occasion from 1888 to 1927, winning the men’s singles championship in 1901 and 1908, and becoming the oldest winner in 1909.
He also won two gold medals at the London Olympics in 1908, winning the men's indoor singles and the men's indoor doubles, with Herbert Barrett.
In those days 'plebs' didn't compete in sports - sport was the domain of the idle rich and the poorer cousin.
It is no modern myth that when 'Andy' wins he is British; when he loses; he is a Jock
Wanna be in my 'the clock is ticking' Gang

2013; Thieves in Manchester dug a 100ft (30m) long 4ft high tunnel directly under a cash machine, depite the difficulties.
They escaped with only £6,000 because the machine had not been re-filled after the New Year bank holiday. A similar plot was foiled in the same area in 2007, and police believe it may have been carried out by the same gang.
The love of money is classless - anyone can want to be a greedy git, in a democracy!
Now about monopolies... and drawbridges...
Wanna be in my(our) gang GOSH

Greece is a member of the EU.
Is the centre right dominated EU trading bloc a near monoply trying to become an almost pure monoply.
All the world is a stage; and, all...
The for and against moot points for the EU are complicated indeed - let's just say the have-nots are far from happy.
Change comes quicker from within...

Jan 3rd 2019

1777;The Battle of Princeton, in New Jersey, ended with George Washington’s defeat of the British, led by Cornwallis.
Was this the beginning of the end of the death and destruction led British Empire.
And; how did most of the UK pleb become aware of the special relationship almost 200 year later!
Through the death and destruction, and comrades in arms trade developed - don't mention the banking crash.
In this period of international opportunism and era of information, the financial consequences of 'democratic' decisions will come at you much quicker.
Does that sound like project fear!
Pass the beer (international of course)
I'm out of the game now.
Whatever happens it will affect the majority of Brits (UK citizens) more...
Wanna be in which gang GOSH

1883; The birth of Clement (Richard) Attlee, Labour politician who served as Prime Minister from 1945 to 1951, and as the Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955.
He was also the first person to hold the office of Deputy Prime Minister under Winston Churchill, in the wartime coalition government.
He then led the Labour Party to a landslide election victory over Churchill's Conservative Party in 1945.
He was the first Labour Prime Minister to serve a full Parliamentary term, and the first to command a Labour majority in Parliament.
His government undertook the nationalisation of major industries and public utilities as well as the creation of the National Health Service.
His government also presided over the decolonisation of a large part of the British Empire when India, Pakistan, Burma, Ceylon and Jordan were granted independence.
The standard of living enjoyed by the vast majority of the democratic developed world was brought about by socialism and trade unions!
Are you an Uncle tom red tory now.
The greatest future threat to your standard of living isn't the division of the choice of The EU v America.
It is the power of the hybrid capitalist/communist Chinese economy.
Wanna be in which gang GOSH

2015; A 51,000 tonne car carrier ship (Hoegh Osaka) became stranded on Bramble Bank in the Solent between Southampton and the Isle of Wight.
The ship was carrying 1,200 Jaguar sports cars, Land Rover 4x4s, 65 BMW Minis, 105 JCB diggers and a single Rolls-Royce Wraith – worth an estimated £260,000 – all destined for the Middle East.

All put together by UK production line labour; but, not owned by the UK economy.
The EU has strict rules/laws regarding Government aid to Industry and nationalisation.
Wonder how the credit system of international arms deals gets around the rules.
If time and the planet dictated the fate of the miners; it is just a matter of time before the demise of banking and arms trade - run by the rich.
Wanna hang on too long in which gang GOSH

1961; The production of the millionth Morris Minor, designed by the Greek born Sir Alec Issigonis.
He considered the Morris Minor to be a vehicle that combined many of the luxuries and conveniences of a good motor car, but at a price suitable for the working classes.
There was a 'I'm buying British campaign' in the 60's - and, take lessons from it two generations later.
The present division is not EU v America...
It is between the haves and have-nots - whatever political colour they/you vociferously claim to be.

Jan 4th 2019

871; The Battle of Reading, Berkshire took place.
It followed an invasion of the then kingdom of Wessex by an army of Danes.
The Saxon forces retreated, allowing the Danes to continue their advance into Wessex.
Much of King Alfred's 28-year reign was taken up with this Danish conflict.
William the Conq and the Normans were of viking descent. Harold - who allegedly took one in the eye for the team - was the last of the anglo saxons (british germans).
Are the descendants of the Scandinavians whom remained in the cold, more socialist than us!
Is the German economy built on a fairer system than ours!
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1972; Rose Heilbron became Britain’s first woman judge at the Old Bailey.
Her career included many 'firsts' for a woman - she was the first woman to win a scholarship to Gray's Inn, the first woman to be appointed King's Counsel in England, the first to lead in a murder case, the first woman Recorder, the first woman judge to sit at the Old Bailey and the first woman Treasurer of Gray's Inn.
In the still a mans world of today which topic receives the most air/press time; the battle of the sexes; or, gender bending!
Men are from Mars and women from venus; and, despite the minor advances, ever more shall be so; said he!
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1998; Loyalist prisoners in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland, voted to withdraw support for the Ulster Peace Process.
They claimed that too many concessions had been made to Republicans.
Will the Good Friday peace Agreement sail or scrape through Brexit!
The EU does not know what the UK actually wants due to the almost 50/50 division!
If only a humanists brain had give us the gift of how others see us!
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

The Greek economy is the poor man of The EU set up.
It is still in, despite the internal battle of passion v professionalism.

Jan 5th 2019

1066; The death of Edward the Confessor, usually considered the last king of the House of Wessex.
He was called ‘the Confessor’ because of his great piety.(a ruler and god GOSH)
He died childless, sparking a succession crisis that led to the Norman Conquest.
The king is dead; long live the King.
Spin and grin goes back how many generations!
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1531; Pope Clemens VII forbade English King Henry VIII to re-marry.
The event led to the creation of the Church of England.
The power of love and the love of power Eh!
Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1900; Irish leader John Redmond called for a revolt against British rule.
He attained the twin dominant objectives of his political life i.e. party unity and (in September 1914) achieving Irish Home Rule under an Act which granted an interim form of self-government to Ireland.
Unfortunately for Redmond, implementation of the Act was suspended by the intervention of World War I, and it was ultimately made untenable after the Conscription Crisis of 1918.
Without or with the complication of 'backstop' it is the same type of person that is seeking 'self determination' from the EU that denied independence to the Irish.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1906; Kathleen Kenyon, British archaeologist, was born.
She used radio carbon dating to date the remains of Jericho.
It wasn't until the 1980's that the police started using carbon dating.
Organisations and porkies Eh!
It was in this period of my life that I learned that if; one rings up and is redirected, the person that answers the phone is conditioned to thinking that the person ringing is a colleague!
To cut a short version shorter.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1960; The last journey of the Mumbles Railway, the oldest in the world.
It was set up in 1804 as a goods railway running from Swansea to Mumbles Head, Wales, and began carrying passengers in 1807.
The railway still holds the record for the highest number of forms of traction of any railway in the world - horse-drawn, sail power, steam power, electric power, petrol and diesel.
How many generations to see that change.
The era of digital info has seen more change in my lifetime.
The technical rate of change has now hit the buffers - will global warming assist the slowing down of change!
The battle between the haves and have-nots is warming up ever so quickly.
Wanna be in my Gang GOSH

Greece as a nation state member of the EU has a less developed economy.
Will the EU, the present economic climate; or, the rest of the world, be instrumental in improving the economy of the Greek nation state!

Jan 6th 2019

1412; The birth of St Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orléans.
She was a great heroine of French history and believed that she had a divine mission to drive the British from France.
She died at the stake aged 18/19 after being captured by the Burgundians and sold to the British.
A historic symbol of the everlasting love/hate relationship between France and England...
Was she a contaminated cross dressing gender bender, or canonised cutie!
She was often tried in secret in a mans world...
It's all been done before; all before the era of information generation think they know it all...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1540; King Henry VIII married ‘the Flanders Mare’, Anne of Cleves, his fourth wife.
The King found her so different from her picture that he swore they had brought him a Flanders mare.
She was Queen of England from 6th January 1540 to 9th July 1540.
The marriage was never consummated, and, following the annulment of their marriage, Anne was given a generous settlement by the King and was referred to thereafter as the King's Beloved Sister.
She lived to see the coronation of Henry's daughter, (Mary I) and outlasted all of Henry's wives.
If you think that 'marriages of convenience' don't happen today; your appendage needs a bit more affluence.
I'll give you a gong to be in my gang GOSH

1916; World War I - The British Government introduced conscription, to replace the many thousands killed in the trenches in France.
Your king and country need you except for widows with kids and men of the cloth - there was no women vicars in them days.
The Irish were excluded from conscription for 'political' reasons.
So here's to the future; the fun has just begun...
You will be in my gang GOSH

1960; Nigella Lawson, TV chef, writer and daughter of Nigel Lawson, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, was born.
Renowned for her flirtatious manner of presenting, Lawson has been called the 'queen of food porn'.
Chef, Gary Rhodes, spoke out by suggesting that her viewers were attracted to her smile rather than the cooking itself!
In the cooking world - still dominated by man - what percentage of publicity is about a high maintenance mamma; and, how much, is opportunistic battle of the sexes.
Wanna be in my well off gang GOSH

1983; The Royal Navy arrested a Danish trawler captain (Kent Kirk) for illegally entering British waters in the first confrontation of the ' fish war'.
The move followed Denmark's refusal to agree to proposals for a new EEC fishing regime.
We; lost the 'cod wars' remember - a similar dispute with Iceland.
The UK amount of income from fishing is now a minor amount in the total wealth produced - don't mention quotas and and global warming boundaries.
Fishermen and women - publically feted and championed by leavers - don't hold your breath as your industry goes down.
Wanna be in my soon to be forgotten gang GOSH

Will the Greek fishing industry fare better in the future; as a member of a large trading bloc!

Jan 7th 2019

1536; Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII of England and mother of Mary I, died, at Kimbolton Castle in Cambridgeshire where she had lived since Henry annulled their marriage. The Pope had declined the request for an annulment, but Henry married his mistress Anne Boleyn regardless, a chain of events that led to England's break with the Roman Catholic Church.
Only three of henry V111's wives got the chop; only three! He only married six times...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1558; English forces were ousted from the French port of Calais, led by the Duke of Guise.
Calais had surrendered to an invading English army in 1346 and its recapture by the French saw the last continental possession of England forfeited.
Wonder how a privatised (eventually) chunnel will be affected by brexit! Wanna be in my gang! GOSH

1889; Birth of Arthur Clifford Hartley, the English inventor of World War II’s PLUTO (Pipeline Under The Ocean), a series of 21 undersea pipes used to transport oil from Britain to continental Europe.
Wonder how and when the present material physical links between the UK, the EU and the rest of the world will be affected by brexit.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1988; The death of the actor Trevor Howard.
Howard was one of England's finest character actors.
The 1945 film Brief Encounter launched Howard's career. Much of the film was shot at Carnforth railway station in Lancashire. The station still retains many of the period features present at the time, such as this buffet room and the station clock, which became a powerful icon in the film.
His works included such films as Mutiny on the Bounty, Von Ryan's Express, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Ryan's Daughter, Superman and Gandhi.
He was awarded, but declined, a CBE in 1982.
Like the wars; gone but not forgotten by some and unaware of by most of the present digital generation.
No giggling or jokes now at those two other lauded icons of English acting: Michael Caine and Roger Moore!
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

Greece is as divided politically as the UK over the EU.
While the western developed world dithers over division; the rest of the world - most of which was raped and pillaged by the west - will take as much economic advantage as possible.
All the world is a stage of time.