NOV 8th 2018

November 8th is 'The Feast of the Four Crowned Ones', still marked by some English freemasons.
It commemorates four masons martyred by Emperor Diocletian for refusing to sculpt a pagan god.
Masons of any description are still alive - whether they are well is to be debated - in the establishment today.
The majority tend to be right wing - all pretend to be religious; some think they are socialist.
The best depiction of of the masonic movement was in a sixties/seventies kitchen sink drama...
'The mafia of mediocrity'
Even in the era of polarisation and forfeit of freedom by some, who am I to disagree!
Wanna be in my/your gang GOSH

1957; A report into a fire at Windscale nuclear power plant in Cumbria blamed the accident on human error, poor management and faulty instruments.
The fire caused an unspecified amount of radioactive iodine vapour - iodine 131 - to escape into the atmosphere.
The true cost of man/womans rapid progress on this planet over the last century/era of too rapid change is yet to be realised.
'Slow down; I want to get off', is soon to be superfluous.
Are we all on this planet together!
Who are you to disagree!
Are you in a greedy gang GOSH

1965; The bill abolishing the death penalty became law - the majority of joe public believed in an eye for an eye...
Wonder if! and what form, the UK bill abolishing the EU will take.
I've said it before, my heart is with the pleb leavers and my head is with the pleb remainers.
Who are you to disagree!
Wanna be in which gang GOSH

1967; BBC Radio Leicester (the first of the new breed of BBC Local Radio stations) began broadcasting at 12.45 p.m. from a transmitter located on Gorse Hill above the city centre.
Leicester football club has hit the headlines over the death of its owner recently.
Many - most - do not even know where Leicester is...
Who are you to disagree!
Wanna be in my grieving Gang GOSH!

Many Greek plebs are grieving their standard of living.
Despite having a history of polarisation and division; the Greek Nation State will more than likely remain in the EU.
Despite global warming - it is the way of the world.

NOV 9th 2018

1847; In Edinburgh, Dr James Young Simpson delivered Wilhelmina Carstairs while chloroform was administered to her mother, the first child to be born with the aid of anaesthetics.
Like all historic 'facts'; the truth is contested...
Chloroform is a man made drug - it is said that jimmy was a lucky right dose self tester.
In this era of inequality; is midwifery at the stage of 'too posh to push'.
In these tough decision times of money makes the world go around; many view the birth of brats as easy come easy go GOSH.

1888; At 3:30 a.m. in London's Whitechapel, 25-year-old Mary Kelly became Jack the Ripper's last known victim. The 'Ripper' was never caught, but the nature of the murders and of the victims drew attention to the poor living conditions in the East End of London and galvanised public opinion against the overcrowded, unsanitary slums.
In the two decades after the murders, the worst of the slums were cleared and demolished.
Did it really take the death of a few women or was it a trigger for the 'working' class at the time
Victorian values and money; Eh!
Article 50 being triggered is a protest of the have-nots; racist or not.
The weaker sex is into mumbo jumbo and worshiping of god more than the male.
Is god solely on the side of greed GOSH

1908; Britain's first woman mayor, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, was elected at Aldeburgh.
She died on17th December, 1917 and was buried in Aldeburgh churchyard, Suffolk.
1915; The first Women's Institute (WI) meeting in England was held in the main bar of 'The Fox Goes Free' public house at Singleton in West Sussex.
The saying, 'you really can't make that up, comes to the male mind.
The WVS became the WRVS now called the RVS - not like them establishment royalty to espouse and spin an upward leaning military type organisation.
The WI can't half put on a good spread in what is still seen as a male dominated profession/industry.
Stop stuffing that Gob; the times they are a changing...
We are well into a period of, 'Let's hear it for the girls' GOSH

Female emancipation is more prevalent in the more advanced nation states.
Greece and the land of the free have never had a female political leader...
Is Greece still seen as a less well advanced nation state.
Is the home of capitalism seen as the same but different...

NOV 10th 2018

1810; The birth of George Jennings, an English sanitary engineer and plumber who invented the first public flush toilets.
He specialised in designing toilets that were 'as perfect a sanitary closet as can be made'.
How many euphemisms did us Brits used/still to have for loo.
The history of the Brit bog is permeated with the 'flush and blush' ailment.
Play the get rid of it - some are full of it - game GOSH
I can remember being in a small rural Belgian town, as a young man.
As we approached this ever so small town/large village we stopped at a roadside cafe for an ever so welcome break at lunch time.
The place had more of an atmosphere of 'fish an feel' rather than 'fish and chips'.
The small bar we chose - more luck than skill - had a door which led into a huge dance hall; in which the locals were having a wedding celebration - we were invited in and a great time was had by all...
But; I digress, the over 150 present had access to one Unisex toilet - a 15 foot urinal for the men and less than 5 feet away three stalls with cowboy canteen louvre doors for the women.
Two playfully fighting young females bumped into me while...
I had mixed feelings.
Play the what kind of game GOSH

1913; Battersea elected the first coloured mayor in London, John Archer, born in Liverpool of Jamaican parents.
The honour of Britain's first black mayor goes to Allen Glaser Minns (Dr. Allan Glaisyer Minns?) who was elected Mayor of Thetford, Norfolk in 1904.
Can you tell a man/woman by the colour of his/her skin!
Wonder what kind of hostile environment these early pioneers of immigration had to endure.
Some still play a grisly game GOSH

1980; Outspoken left wing MP Michael Foot defeated Denis Healey in a shock result to become the new leader of the Labour party.
A period of the purveyors of a free press going into overdrive followed.
Were they really then as now, just playing the Game GOSH

2014; The first UK TV adverts featuring the use of an electronic cigarette (vaping) were shown.
While e-cigarette adverts have been on television for some time, showing the device itself was banned until a change in advertising rules which came into force 'On This Day'.
I smoked for 37 and one half years - I/we were not aware of the consequences; both money and health; at first.
Smoking like mobiles is designed to be an addictive young persons pastime - people make a living out of it.
Has one noticed the recent rise in the no of outlets selling vaping materials - don't mention 5 (how many) G. Josh no GOSH

PS. When I stopped smoking twenty year ago - totally without any artificial aids - I used to dream of smoking and said/thought, 'If I was prognosed with 6 month to live; I would start smoking again.
I certainly wouldn't now...
Those that make a healthy living from the medical profession, reckon that smoking takes ten year to clear the system - physically...
Some humans can't resist the addiction game. GOSH

The present internationality of capitalism ( whatever the form) has gone such a long way to making us all the same.
Us Brits and Greeks have a lot more in common; than we are aware of; or, like to think.

NOV 11th 2018

1724; The highwayman Joseph Blake, alias Blueskin, was hanged in London.
He had attracted attention for attacking the nation's leading policeman and 'Thief Taker' Jonathan Wild with a pocket knife.
The policeman was also a successful gang leader and became the most infamous criminal in Britain during the 18th century.
The attack by Blake left Wild incapacitated for weeks, and his grip over his criminal empire started to slip during his recuperation.
Like Blake, he too was later hanged for his crimes.
Wonder when the 'phrase' set a thief to catch a thief' first set foot into the public arena.
All professions/vocations; no matter how noble they claim to be; are made up from humans.
All the world is a stage...
Play the self preservation game GOSH

1887; Work started on building the Manchester Ship Canal at Eastham, Merseyside.
At one time the Manchester end of the canal ended at an area now known as Salford Quays, a residential area with shopping precincts and home to the Lowry Theatre, the Imperial War Museum North and the TV studios - Media City UK.
The BBC - once a Londoncentric organisation - moved some of their staff into the Media City under pressure from devolution.
While helping to regenerate the Salford Quays area; the take it or leave it move North caused consternation and more than a little conspiracy amongst many of the staff.
Creatures of habit paid by the taxpayer; not getting on the bike to look for work!
All the world is a stage...
Play the self preservation game GOSH

1918; At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended; a war that had lasted for 4 years and 97 days.
Germany, bereft of manpower, supplies and food, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies.
The war left 9 million soldiers dead and more than 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria, Hungary, France, and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives.
In addition, some 6 million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.
All the world is a stage...
Play the self preservation game GOSH
In the second world war the Russians were neutral then came into the conflict on our side.
The 20m dead Russians is said to be a conservative estimate.
Never ever forget that the EEC was formed as a trading bloc with one of the main aims of preventing another war in Europe.

1954; Thousands of elderly people took part in a rally in London calling for an increase in their pensions.
The UK has one of the worst state pensions in the developed world - the rise in the claim age is just a decrease in reality
We all - well most of us - become pensioners at some time in our lives.
Austerity is the rich making tough decisions on behalf of the poor.
Have you got a poorly performing private pension - it is a good job we are all in this together gosh.
All the world is a stage...
Play the self preservation game GOSH

The true facts of the Greek loans fiasco, really is a modern Greek drama.
Not many at all, of the Greek plebs, knew what was really going on.

NOV 12th 2018

1555; Parliament re-established Catholicism.
Many of historys warmongers used the public grasping of religion as an excuse/reason.
Wanna be in Gods gang GOSH

1660; English author John Bunyan was arrested for preaching without a licence.
He refused to give up preaching and remained in jail for 12 years.
Bunyan wrote pilgrims progress - he was a puritan; a protestant reformist.
Wanna be in which gods gang Gosh

1911; Birth of Reverend Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans, the voluntary group who counsel those in distress.
Originally established at St Stephen’s Church, London, it provides a service day and night, every day of the year. Despite the name - Rev up and...! Varah was the son of an English tractarian.
Trakies - similar to trekies - were the religious equivalents of the political Lib Dems.
As an agnostic atheist...
Never been voluntarily in any religious gang GOSH

1912; The remains of English explorer Robert Scott and his companions were found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
Scott's group had reached the South Pole on 17th January 1912, only to find that they had been preceded by Roald Amundsen's Norwegian expedition.
Scott and his four comrades all perished on the return journey from a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold.
They - usually the religious type - say that all/most men turn to religion when the time (of death) comes.
What ever the facts; no mention of religion is recorded in the Scott tragedy.
I prefer the version of Canadian/American economist JK. Gilbraith...
Religion was invented to give hope in the next world.
To those that have no hope in this world.
We shall see - the later the better - if I turn to religion!
Wanna be in what Gang GOSH

2001; Greece held 12 plane-spotting British 'spies' to carry out further inquiries.
All were arrested for allegedly taking photographs at an air show at a military base.
Spotters or spies!
Though Greece is a more religious and less developed nation state - is there a link!
The hidden agenda here had nothing to do with religion; all to do with the home of the Elgin Marbles!
Up the Empire...

NOV 13th 2018

1002; English king Aethelred II( the unready) ordered the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St. Brice's Day massacre.
Anybody moves and the immigrant viking family gets it.
Wanna be in my playing at home gang GOSH

1093; Malcolm III of Scotland, son of King Duncan, died at Alnwick, Northumberland, during his fifth attempt to invade England.
Out of the minds of men - no man is an island.
That bloke Shahespeare did alright posthumously as a 'jack of all trades master of one'.
In those days; you died if you weren't openly in a gang GOSH

1642; First English Civil War: At the Battle of Turnham Green (Middlesex), the Royalist forces withdrew in the face of the Parliamentarian army and failed to take London.
There was in fact three distinctive wars; not one.
Many/some changing sides more than once - was it a hostile atmosphere or prevailing wind of thought.
There's nowt as queer as folk and gulibility.
Wanna be in my referendum Gang GOSH

1916; The Battle of the Somme (World War 1) ended.
By the end of the battle, the British Army had suffered 420,000 casualties including nearly 60,000 on the first day alone.
The French lost 200,000 men and the Germans nearly 500,000.
The battle epitomised the futility of trench warfare and the indiscriminate slaughter of so many men.
A generation later most of the planet was at it again - a more civilised form of warfare.
War! what is it good for...
Put em up you gonad...
I'll kill you if you're not in my belligerent buffoon gang GOSH

As the balance of power - trade - moves eastwards - Greece has chosen to be a member of a large trading bloc.
We have chosen to go out in the cold - feelings on both sides of the divide are high...
The minority are supposedly going for a high five...

NOV 14th 2018

1687; The death of Eleanor 'Nell' Gwyn, long-time mistress of King Charles II of England and mother of two of his illegitimate children.
Charlie 11 was the son of charlie 1 who had lost his head to the puritans of Cromwell - Remember!
Charlie 11 was the 'king' who promised leniecy to his dads executioners; then, on gaining power gave them the chop.
A sign of the times - how grisly, pass the grolsch Grosse GOSH

1896; The speed limit for horseless carriages in Britain was raised from 4 mph (2 mph in towns) to 14 mph.
It was marked by the first London to Brighton Car Run, which only became a regular and official event from 1927, when it was sponsored by the Daily Sketch.
Was the Sketch a top drawer tabloid of its time(s)!
In a democracy it is allegedly up to the people what course they take
Are the times changing for the good GOSH

1911; George V and Queen Mary landed at Gibraltar, the first time a reigning British monarch had visited a British Commonwealth country.
A time when Britania ruled the waves...
Gib is taking a back seat to Belfast in the dogs breakfast of brexit.
You ain't seen nothing yet...
No matter what happens over brexit; Britain is no longer great GOSH
PS. the second in line to the Uk/English throne (andy who) is pushing for a new royal yacht.
The english equivalent of last throw of the dice trump.

1948; Birth of Prince Charles (Charles Philip Arthur George), Prince of Wales and an enthusiastic and concerned environmentalist.
According to the spin; the ' near future' king isn't in his counting house, counting out his money...
In this close to the end era of individual endeavour does royalty still rule OK.
Is the royal tipple still gin! NO Josh GOSH

1977; Firefighters held their first national strike, over a 30% pay demand.
Never mind the wage; what about the 56 hour working week.
More than 10,000 seviceman were called in by a labour government to cover emergencies.
Many of those servicemen became firefighters.
Such are the ways of the world - No giggling GOSH

2013; A standards of living report by price comparison website, which examined every aspect of life in different parts of Britain, named Solihull, home to Land Rover's main production plant and former 'Good Life' actress Felicity Kendal as the best place to live in the UK.
Having traveled extensively, many living south of the Watford gap - a moved slightly north motorway service station - will be laughing all the way to the bank, at this fake news (spin).
If; Parliament politicians had to live in north of the gap ex council house estates and were lobbied by plebs;
The UK and the world would be a better place - all the world is a stage; exit stage left.
Go on GOSH

Greece is now on the back burner as the UK slips into me,me, me, brexit overdrive.

NOV 15th 2018

1688; The Glorious Revolution began when William of Orange landed at Brixham to overthrow King James II of England (James VII of Scotland and James II of Ireland)
He was invited over by some English proddy religious tribal leaders - the battle of the Boyne and King billy.
The love of money and power is still alive and well today; albeit it with less death and destruction - or is death and destruction just well hidden.
Let's not hear it for us agnostics GOSH

1708 William Pitt the Elder,( a family of professional politicians) 1st Earl of Chatham and British Prime Minister, was born.
Pitt the elder was an early political leader equivalent to new labour...
The Burton Pynsent monument at Curry Rivel, Somerset was designed by Capability Brown and erected by Pitt as a monument to Sir William Pynsent.
Pysent left his entire estate to Pitt in gratitude for Pitt opposing a ten shilling tax on a hogshead of cider which would have affected Pysent's business.
Lobbying is a fallacy - yeah, and pigs can fly is not as old as hogs have foraged on the hills.
Little is know of his religion - apart from him going to trinity college which was a (catholic institution) founded by benedictine monks; hence his political link to Newcastle.
Wanna be in which gang GOSH.

1899; Winston Churchill was captured by the Boers while covering the war as a reporter for the Morning Post.
He escaped a few weeks later.
Would this - often a piss head - opportunist me me me have escaped if he hadn't been a mason.
Wanna be in which Gang GOSH

1985; Britain and the Republic of Ireland signed a deal giving Dublin a role in Northern Ireland for the first time in more than 60 years.
Unionists accused Mrs. Thatcher of treachery.
Wonder what the magic money tree recipient unionist are calling Mrs may...
Wanna be in my ungodly gang GOSH

2014; Pensioner Kelvin Sibthorpe got his hopes up when he discovered he'd been the victim of pension mis-selling, which meant he could be entitled to a 'windfall'.
The windfall entitled him to only an extra 18p a month in pension payments.
It would consist of seven years of back payments, coming to a grand total of £10.08.
Socialism for the rich...
Wanna be in my money manipulating Gang GOSH

The Trump sanctions on Iran will affect the Greek shipping industry - still the largest in/on the planet.
The Greeks will be going to the EU for help - either openly or covertly.