Jan 8th 2019

1800; London opened its first soup kitchens for the poor.
Today, in the era of information, they are given the handle 'food banks'.
Some of the clientele of these food banks are trying to exist with a job(s) in the gig economy.
Many of the people who deny, or look the other way at the existence of a gig economy are those that profit from it.
This is what happens when an economy under pressure from within moves too far to the political right.
Wanna be in a truth denying gang GOSH

1921; David Lloyd George became the first Prime Minister to reside in Chequers, a country mansion in Buckinghamshire which had been given by Lord Lee of Fareham as a gift to the nation.
Loyd, a liberal politician, in charge of the first world war coalition, was liberal in more ways than one.
Don't ask why the refrain, 'Loyd George was my father' became popular among all classes of income.
Anyway; I digress, by leading you up the garden path; if you are 'lucky' enough to have one.
Homelessness and housing is once again high on the agenda.
This divided nation state has enough housing stock; it is the ownership that is the problem.
Where there is a will there is a way - alas, there is no will...
If taxes and charity were reversed; how much change over time would there actually be! Time for political change is long overdue.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1940; World War II: Britain introduced food rationing.
Restaurants were initially exempt from rationing, but this was resented, as the rich could supplement their food allowance by eating out frequently and extravagantly, so new rules were introduced.
One of the first Lottery grants was the Eton pavillion - on condition that the public were allowed to use the facilties.
No giggling now - the rich have the will and way of getting your money off you.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

2015; 26 year old Charlotte Carpenter became Wales' first female Fifa referee.
The female of the species is deadlier than the male! Female footie players used to (probably still do) shout. 'man on'
The Bliar babes voted almost to a man, for war.
Now what battle was that again!
Wanna be in my gender bending Gang GOSH

Has Greece as a still to be member to be of the EU got more homeless than the UK.
It certainly has more refugees - however they are described.

Jan 9th 2019

1799 Income tax was introduced into Britain by William Pitt the Younger, to raise funds for the Napoleonic War.
The rate was two shillings in the pound.
Would brexit have happened if the division of the haves - who mostly don't pat tax - and the have-nots - who pay a large chunk of taxes automatically - had not been allowed to fester.
Don't blame it on the boogie; blame it on the deregulation and division of an economy under pressure.
Wanna be in which gang GOSH

1888; The London Financial Guide was launched.
It became The Financial Times on 13th February.
There have been different levels of income since time began - call it class if you want.
The UK is now an international leader in class warfare.
The fun has just begun again GOSH

1957; Sir Anthony Eden resigned as prime minister of Britain due to ill health, after just one year and 279 days in the post.
He was succeeded by Harold Macmillan.
Since politics began, the cons ( all social advances were mostly the opposition) have been in control for the vast majority of time.
The reason for voting, 'it's the economy stupid' only surfaced in America, two genertions ago.
Since the collapse of communism - one (wo)mans humour is another mans tumour, capitalism led by the UsofA. has been top dog
Is it not ironic the economy of a hybrid communist/capitalist (China) nation state now rules the world.
If you disagree, you need less gas in your flatulent effluence.
Wanna be in a - theres less giggling now - Gang GOSH

2014; The closure of Clerkenwell fire station, close to King's Cross in London.
Built in 1872, it was the UK's oldest fire station.
The present lot in power - not wanting to be seen as the nasty party - are merely talking the talk not walking the walk to economic recovery.
Austerity over played its hand long ago; time for change...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

What kind of a government is the coalition in charge of a divided Greece!
They (who) say we get the politicians we deserve.
All politicians - whether they like it or not - are slaves to the establishment.
Are politicians of most nation states furiously - yet covertly - fighting for their well above average remunerated political lives!

Jan 10th 2019

1839; Indian tea was auctioned in Britain for the first time.
Previously, only China tea had been available, at great expense.
After the introduction of Indian tea, prices fell and tea became so affordable that it was soon the national drink.
The laws of supply and demand - the internationality of supply and demand as dictated to by the forces of death and destruction.
The markets eventually adjust to bring aboard the plebs - don't they!
In the era of almost instant information have you heard the phrase, 'nobody seen them coming'( trump and brexit ) Just as trump is the last throw of the dice for the American economy, it was the deregulation of thatcherism that led to a UK (and internationality) of haves and have-nots - don't mention the two main nation states in the latest banking crash.
No matter what is said in the future; the UK electorate voted almost enthusiastically (some say reluctantly) for what they thought would be a better long term life - it's the economy stupid.
There is no reason on earth why the developed nation states should improve their wealth year upon year (GDP) Will global warming become the 'great leveler' - or will the short term greedy gits lead us into another period of death and destruction democracy!
It is us 'humans' that create robots; it is up to us humans what kind of planet we live on.
It really is time for change!
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1922; Arthur Griffith, the founder of Sinn Fein and one of the architects of the 1921 peace treaty with Britain, was elected president of the newly established Irish Free State.
To those that say, we are entering a new phase; I say, 'up yours', in as many tongues I can.
Each generation to its own; and each generation has its own broom.
It has all been done before; I repeat 'ALL'.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1979; 'Crisis? What Crisis?' Prime Minister James Callaghan flew back into strike-torn Britain denying allegations that the country was in chaos.
Read all about it.
An era when the newspapers ruled OK - the winter of discontent - or was the UK only half way up the international table of days lost due to strikes.
In this era of information if you don't believe that the media has an inbuilt bias toward the establishment of haves; I'm afraid (not really) you are looking the other way.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

Greece has through modern times been on and off the team as a destination for the UK tourist.
In the future will global warming affect the Greek economy more than the UK's.

Jan 11th 2019

1569; The first state lottery took place in England.
Lots were sold at the West Door of St Paul’s Cathedral.
National lotteries continued until 1826 when it was felt that " the inducement to gambling held out by lotteries is a great moral evil, helping to impoverish many and diverting attention from the more legitimate industrial modes of moneymaking." The present UK lottery 'Lotto' is international indeed.
It is now owned by a Canadian teachers pension fund - if it hasn't been sold on as I write.
There are many (professional and amateur) Chinese syndicates - China is renowned as a nation of gamblers.
I can remember the present lottery first ever televised draw.
A scaffolder - one short of two five a side teams; at the time - with two of my 'local' tables full of tickets; didn't win a cent or penny.
A free app - before the word app was 'invented' - simulated playing the Lottery.
After two years of play; no matter what no. or combination of no's; I had lost hundreds of pounds.
Wanna be in which addictive gang GOSH

1879; The start of the Zulu war against British colonial rule in South Africa.
A prime example of the arms race of the era of the British Empire...
Spears clubs and cowhide shields v the martini-henry rifle...
The nation states that did not run in the arms race are now starting to come through...
Wanna be in my less belligerent nation state Gang GOSH

1954; All Comet airliners were grounded - A dark day in the history of aviation,
The day before, 35 people had died in a mysterious crash off the island of Elba.
In 1953, another Comet had crashed inexplicably near Calcutta when 'it fell out of the sky for no apparent reason’.
The cause was finally traced to a structural fault, with serious consequences for British aviation.
Helicoptors have just gone through an era of 'pilot error'.
Statistically; flying is the safest form of transport - aircraft incident investigators claim for an accident to happen; all the holes in the cheese must line up. A more safer way of putting it - it all depends on how much money one throws at it.
The recent case of drones - whatever the cause - at this nation states two busiest airports is down to money - have they spent the money now!
Wanna be in -it's not my life - money making gang GOSH

Wonder if the Greek nation state will put people before profit in the future...!

Jan 12th 2019

1866; The Aeronautical Society of Great Britain was formed in London, thirty seven years before the Wright Brothers achieved the first successful powered flight.
What proverb is brought into the light by this buschel of broad-mindedness:
Closing the stable door before the horse has bolted.
Innovation is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration
The world was built in six days - and, sex (ask a father of whatever cloth) has kept it going!
Rome was not built in a day...
Give me hope! Joanna
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1899; Unable to launch their lifeboat at Lynmouth because of heavy storms, the crew, horses and helpers dragged their 10 ton lifeboat Louisa and carriage, in the dark, the 15 miles overland to Porlock Weir.
The 11 hour journey across Exmoor included a haul over Countisbury Hill (gradient 25% : 1 in 4) followed by descending another 1 in 4 hill down into Porlock where the corner of a househad to be demolished to gain access.
Their rescue of the 18 crew from Forrest Hall was successful.
The journey was re-enacted in daylight on 12th January 1999.
The RNLI is run by a charity - less than 2% of money comes from local authorites (not national government coffers) even in the days of austerity.
The men and women that risk their lives at sea are all volunteers - even the vast majority of full-timers start off as volunteers;for whatever reason
In the days of an economy under pressure the pay of those that remain on dry land is a game.
In this age of haves and have-nots, is it not time to question the motivation and remuneration of executives at all levels in the charity industry!

1954; The Queen opened New Zealand’s parliament, the first time in that country’s history that a reigning monarch had done so.
The present queen was crowned the year before; the same year that a New Zealander became the first man to conquer Everest.
A reproduced over time, fine example of what was to become known as establishment spin.
Today; does a spin doctor or person ( no matter what status ) use fake news as a selective form of the truth - remember there are lies; damn lies and statistics.
Wanna turn in your grave gang GOSH

The UK queen is married to Phil the Greek.
Royalty is international...
Brexit is partly (all) about internationality.
Let my royalty go GOSH

SUN day of rest Jan 13th 2019

1691; The death of George Fox, English founder of the religious group of the Society of Friends, also known as the Quakers.
He was interred in the Nonconformists' burying ground at Bunhill Fields in London, in the presence of thousands of mourners.
In 1652, George Fox climbed Pendle Hill in Lancashire, where he had a vision of a "great people to be gathered", leading to the beginning of the Quaker movement.
Shall we gather at the mountain - last night I had a dream...
Mankind - yes it includes women - has nearly always turned to some form of religion as a raleighing point.
As an agnostic atheist, I believe the JK Gilbraith reasoning...
Religion was invented to give hope in the next world; to those that have no hope in this.
At this moment in time; religion in the western developed world is on the back burner.
Will it ever come to the front again! More than likely - it's in the cards...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1842; Dr. William Brydon, an assistant surgeon in the British East India Company Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War is famous for being the only member of an army of 4,500 men and 12,000 civilians to survive a massacre after the army's long retreat from Kabul.
He safely reached the British sentry post at Jalalabad, Afghanistan 'On This Day'.
The first invasion was seeking profit by the British Empire.
Is Afghanistan occupied today; cos of the war against drugs or the natural resources!
No single nation state or long gone empire today; can afford to 'police' the planet - ask trump...
Wanna be in my gang

1893; The birth of a new political party in Britain when James Keir Hardie and others formed the Independent Labour Party.
The formation of the Labour party worried the Liberals, who were afraid that the new party might, at some point in the future, win the working-class votes that they traditionally received.
The last Independent Labour Party MP joined the Labour Party itself in 1948.
Since then; there have at all levels of the establishment, many independents.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

The Greek economy can't afford to 'take advantage' of any other nation state - that is one of the reasons it is still a member of the EU.
How many nation states are playing Russian roulette with the rules of global warming!

MON Jan 14th 2019

1886; Birth of Hugh Lofting, creator of ‘Dr Dolittle’.
He trained as a civil engineer prior to enlisting in the Irish Guards to serve in World War I.
He wrote illustrated letters home to his children from the trenches during World War I when actual news, he later said, was either too horrible or too dull.
These letters became the foundation of the his successful Doctor Dolittle novels for children.
Are you; or ever have been a seemingly covert 'Doc Dolittle'!
Many are just lazy gits; a few - a minority indeed - have their minds elsewhere; wherever!
All levels of organisations have at least one -it is not a relative myth.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1937; The first Gallup Opinion Poll was conducted in Britain.
It was the invention of the American George Horace Gallup who founded the Gallup Institute in 1935.
Remember the comparison websites that claimed to be neutral - perhaps they were!
They have now been purchased by the people with a vested interest.
The polling industry is now much analysed - they have got it wrong again dad.
Whether polls reflect public opinion; or guide it, is now a moot point.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

2002; After three months of no cases being reported, the United Kingdom was finally declared free from the 'Foot and Mouth' infection, after a crisis that started in 2001 in which millions of cows and sheep were destroyed.
How many thousands per badger is death by the gun costing!
Just one of the submerged costs of societys two forward and one back.
Just as the taxman tinkered with football (the eliteness of the premiership must be protected at all costs) the hidden cost of international nuclear waste is being continually hidden for the next - and the next; and the next generation - to never pay.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

Is the Greek pleb complicit of the Skullduggery of the loans fisco!
Some are - many are not.
In my now long in the my real tooth experience; those with a greater love of money tend to lie more in normal life; never mind when under pressure.

TUES Jan 15th 2019

1759; The opening of the British Museum, at Montague House, London.
Access often depended on who you were and who you knew.
Permission had to be given by the librarian and only 10 people an hour were allowed in.
Its permanent collection numbers some eight million works and is amongst the finest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence.
It illustrates and documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present day.
Was it my generation that came up with 'culture vulture' - what about 'burning the books'
Now, What's that word the means; opposite... ah yes oxymoron.
Can one make a case of museums reflecting the lot of the working man and women!
From the internationality of certain classes purloining world wide artifacts; to, the mandatory charging which changed to almost obligatory donation; prohibitive to the have-nots.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

1797; The first top hat was worn by John Hetherington, a London haberdasher.
He was fined £50 the first time he wore his new creation, 'for causing a disturbance'.
Top hats are only worn by toffs and those aspiring to be one.
In the second year of the first labour government, so called socialist MP's were wearing top hats and sending their sons to Eton.
Has there always been a market for socialism!
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

2018; The construction giant, Carillion, went into liquidation.
The company employed 43,000 people including almost 20,000 in the UK.
Carillion also used thousands of smaller companies to help provide its services.
Many private - once part of the national infrastructure - industries and organisations have tried dipping their toes in international waters and retreated with their fingers; and more; well burned.
The international tides they are a changing...
Wanna be in my gang GOSH

The Greek people have chosen to align their nation state with an organisation that prefers 'Jaw Jaw' to 'War War'