NOV 23rd 2018
1499; The Pretender to the throne, Flemish impostor Perkin Warbeck, was hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from the Tower of London.
He had invaded England in 1497, claiming to be Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, the younger son of King Edward IV.
In the pursuit of power will humans ever stop killing each other.
In these days of relative democracy over death and destruction; it is still OK to kill for ones country; and, if you kill for individual endeavour; don't get caught.
Is that being a cynic or a realist!
To some life is indeed cheaper - whichever way you look at it.
Here we/you go GOSH
1867; The Manchester Martyrs (William Philip Allen, Michael Larkin, and Michael O'Brien, all members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood) were hanged in Manchester for killing a police officer whilst freeing two Irish nationalists from custody.
Here we/you have gone GOSH
1905; British Liberal Party leader Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman advocated Home Rule for Ireland, by instalments, in a controversial speech in Scotland.
In those days liberals were male tories - more or less.
Do we really get the politicians we deserve - don't mention the intricacies of expenses.
The liberal politicians that formed the recent coalition were to the right of many a tory.
Time for real change - Here we go gosh
1915 ‘Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag’, the famous First World War song, was published, by Felix Powell and George Asaf.
They were really two brothers from Wales.
The games people play to earn a few bob...
Play the game; before you are globally warming gone GOSH
1963; The BBC broadcast the first ever episode of Doctor Who, starring William Hartnell as the Doctor, and Ann Ford as his first female companion.
It is the world's longest running science fiction drama.
The producer, Sydney Newman, thought the Daleks, designed by Ray Cusick, were ‘bug-eyed monsters’ and totally wrong for the series.
Today; Doctor Who - who - is a member of the weaker sex.
At the present unsustainable rate of change - assuming that humans of whatever gender get on top of global warming - how many generations will it take for humans to become Daleks!
1978; A Birmingham nightclub was ordered to open its doors to black and Chinese people.
Less than two living generations later; some UK citizens reckon that we are the least racist nation state on the planet.
The unexpected Brexit came about cos of more of a protest vote than racist.
More people have died on the mainland of America at the hand of the indigenous population than terrorist.
There's a meme (call it what you will) on the international web; 'when you stop bombing our country; we'll stop coming to yours'.
Many a true word is spoken in jest - are you an EU guest GOSH
2016; Thomas Mair was found guilty of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox (16th June 2016).
He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a whole life order.
The polarisation of the planet; not just the UK, has proved to be irresistible to all forms of extremism.
Do we have to go GOSH
What position in the lottery of life goes to a Greek pleb.!
Will the EU improve his/her lot in life!
NOV 24th 2018
1542; The English army defeated the Scots at the Battle of Solway Moss.
It started as a family dispute when Henry VIII of England broke from the Roman Catholic Church and asked James V of Scotland, his nephew, to do the same, but James ignored his uncle's request.
Was this the defining moment in our illustrious history - religion blended the pursuit of power into a national problem; as opposed to tribal.
Voting - don't mention class warfare - is all about the economy stupid; now throw in the complication of devolution (tribal) dip.
Wanna be in my Gang GOSH
1806; The birth of Reverend William Webb Ellis, Anglican clergyman and the alleged inventor of rugby football whilst a pupil at Rugby School.
According to legend, Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it during a school football match in 1823.
Rugby; like football and all mainstream sport is an industry now - a sign of the times.
Have you noticed that humans now can't keep up with the demands of wealth.
The number and frequency of substitutions and the selection of tournaments; euphemistically called injury.
Wanna be in my sporty Gang GOSH
1859; Charles Darwin published his controversial and groundbreaking scientific work 'The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection'.
Notice how politicians on this planet so easily volunteer to grasp a good lord - every vote counts you cynic/realist.
When I was a young man, I used to say, 'I believe in the belief of 'GOD'.
Now I am a confirmed agnostic atheist.
Wanna be in my - when you are gone, you're gone - gang GOSH
1939; Imperial Airways and British Airways merged to become BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation), which later merged with British European Airways and returned to one of the previous names, British Airways.
1951; Austin and Morris Motors agreed to merge.
One could say so much about UK nation state wealth - greedy gits v ordinary a lot less greedy humans.
In this moment in time and human generation the nation is split over the EU v America.
My heart is with the leavers; yet, my head is with the remainers...
Why; one of the reasons...
The German economy led EU is centre right controlled; the Germans are prepared to let this happen cos it is a much fairer nation state than ours...
They have regional banks; which by law, have to invest in their own region.
We have the banking crash - socialism for the rich...
Wanna be in whose gang GOSH
The Greek nation state is split just as much as ours in the UK...
Why have socialists in Greece chosen to stay in the EU trading bloc!
Cos power and wealth are moving eastwards.
The only rational way to compete as a nation state is to get back to making global warming aware things - have you noticed how those that make a lucrative living from the manipulation and moving of money ever so conveniently link it in with 'services'.
NOV 25th 2018
1703; The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reached its intensity which it maintained through to 27th November.
Winds gusted up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people died
It is facts similar to this that leads some seemingly intelligent people - usually greedy gits; not always - to deny global warming.
The good lord wouldn't allow the planet to be destroyed; Would he/she...
If you believe that! you need another jacket to cover your jacksie.
Hallelujah; like the rest of us will be long gone. GOSH
1896; William Marshall became the first person in Britain to receive a parking summons after leaving his car in Tokenhouse Yard in the City of London, but the case was dismissed.
The law is an ass - justice must be seen to be done...
justice today depends on how rich you are...
In times of austerity - the rich making tough decisions on behalf of the poor - the truth; as in war, is the first thing out of the window.
Some mobs are just great GOSH
1952 The play, The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, opened in London, at the Ambassador's Theatre where it remained for 21 years.
By Saturday 12th April 1958 it had become the longest running production of any kind in the history of British Theatre - still going timelessly strong.
Ag is rated as the third best of all time; only Shakespeare and the Bible ahead of her.
A mysterious mix of privacy and public property - live by the pen; die by the pen...
How ever rich; or, hard working; by 1976 at the age of 86 she was gone GOSH
1953; Hungary, led by their talented footballer Ferenc Pushkas, beat England 6-3 at Wembley to become the first foreign team to achieve an away win at Wembley.
England won the world cup in 1966; defeating Germany in the final.
Since then it has been one pass forward and two passes back downhill all the way.
In the era of austerity 'grass root' football will never have the chance of a level playing field.
Do footie fellows and plebs recognise an own goal GOSH
1969; John Lennon returned his MBE in protest against British involvement in Biafra and British support of US involvement in Vietnam.
The Beatles lasted a mere ten year together; this was the pacifist period of Yoko/Lennon, Lennon/Yoko.
The man who had said, 'we are more popular than jesus' was shot dead in New York aged 40 in 1980.
His killer is still in Gaol after 10 parole applications; no josh no GOSH
1981; The inquiry into the Brixton riots in April blamed serious social and economic problems affecting Britain's cities.
Has the social cycle been affected by the international economic warfare; or is there some other sign of the times!
Time for change is long overdue...
Shall we go GOSH!
The Greek nation is ready to go within the auspices of an international trading bloc!
Here we go!
NOV 26th 2018
1805; The offficial opening of Thomas Telford's Pontcysyllte Aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee in Wales.
It is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain, a Grade I Listed Building and a World Heritage Site.
If you have a head for heights and sort of fascination for canals, it is well worth a visit.
UK canals and waterways are now privatised; don't forget your wallet/card.
The aqueduct was built in pre-railway Empire era - nowadays everybody and their dog is after your money.
How many plebs actually seen - never mind own one - a guinea GOSH
1836 The death of John Loudon McAdam. He invented a new process, "macadamisation", for building roads with a smooth hard surface, using controlled materials.
Modern road construction still reflects McAdam's influence.
He had extensive responsibilities in the north of England including the road from Penrith to Greta Bridge (A66), the road from Penrith to Cockermouth (also the A66) and the road from Penrith to Carlisle.
It was about this time when that now devolutionary racist humorous rant came about.
'what is the best thing to come out of Scotland'!
Laugh! I nearly caught gonorrhea, GOSH
1867; Mrs. Lily Maxwell of Manchester became the first ever woman to vote in a British election, due to a mistake in the electoral register.
She had to be escorted to the polling station by a bodyguard to protect her from those opposed to women’s suffrage.
Men are from Mars; women from Venus; yet, they still procreate on Earth - irrespective of girth GOSH
1908; The birth of Lord Forte (Charles Forte), British business magnate and Chairman of Trusthouse Forte, one of the largest hotel and restaurant groups in the world.
Trusts and tax havens are nowt new.
The present wave of tax havens was started by dodgy Dave Camerons' dad.
The Cameron greedy gits have just £30,000 salted away offshore!
Pass the laughing gas; we'll all have a good giggle GOSH
1968; The new Race Relations Act made it illegal to refuse housing, employment or public services to people because of their ethnic background.
Is UK/EU law an ass!
Is life a gas GOSH
1987; Drawings of English bank notes by US artist James Boggs were declared works of art and not illegal replicas of UK currency by an Old Bailey jury.
When brexit is sort of settled; will the smuggling of money be overtaken by the smuggling of goods! GOSH
Wonder what the final bill to Greece will be; for staying in the EU.
NOV 27th 2018
1874; The birth of Chaim (Azriel) Weizmann, first president of Israel, who was a chemistry professor in Geneva where he became active in the World Zionist Movement.
After settling in Britain in 1904 he assisted the British munitions industry during the First World War when he devised a way of extracting acetone (needed for cordite) from maize.
In return, the British government promised to help his cause and establish a Jewish state in Palestine.
Yours is not to reason why; yours is just to do and die.
A diplomat lies and a squaddie dies.
Here we go and then we are gone no no no GOSH
1944; Between 3,500 and 4,000 tons of explosives stored in a cavern beneath Staffordshire detonated, killing 68 people and wiping out an entire farm.
The explosion was heard over 100 miles away in London, and recorded as an earthquake in Geneva.
Noticed how London is kept relatively safe - the establishment swear blindly that out in the sticks; everything is safe...
Self preservation and balderdosh GOSH
1975; Ross McWhirter, TV presenter and co-editor of The Guinness Book of Records, was assassinated by two Provisional IRA gunmen after he had offered a £50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction for several high-profile bombings.
You pays your money and takes your chance...
The greedy gits know roughly how far to take an electorate - that is why we now see the blatent pre-election promiseering.
Its the economy stupid; thats why we 'promise/con' you into being in our gang GOSH
The Greek pleb has promised to pay on demand how many Euro; not drachma.
NOV 28th 2018
1814; The Times newspaper was, for the first time, printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by the German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer.
It signalled the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience.
Newspapers/periodicals were not in the 'necessity is the mother of invention' bracket; however, they have outlasted the canals and will they outlast the railway.
Before and since newspapers; innovation has been, more often than not, subjected to the whim of rich men.
Over time; when a new invention comes onto the 'mass market' about seven men - and now women in the western world - take advantage and become exceedingly rich,
The seven are then whittled down to one - thats why we have the monopolies commission/whatever they/we call it.
In times such as this 'era of austerity' deregulation makes the monopolies commission as much use a protector of the establishment being a body in a bag.
Say no more - they are trained not to...
Do the rich really rule with the aid of democracy.
Time for change - here we go GOSH
1905; The Irish political party Sinn Fein was founded by Arthur Griffith in Dublin.
Sinn Fein is a political party now complying with democracy with its seeds in death and destruction.
How many of those that believe in self determination; have denied self determination to the Eire Irish that have democratically - or not - grasped the EU.
What kind of change...
Here we go GOSH
1971; An English farmer uncovered a major immigrant smuggling operation when he rammed a plane which had landed at a disused airfield on his farm in Kimbolton, 10 miles from Huntingdon.
The pilot escaped but police officers arrived soon after the incident and detained the five occupants of the plane.
The leave vote was swung by 'a protest'; racism only aided and abetted.
Here we go GOSH
1993; The Northern Ireland peace process and Prime Minister John Major's credibility were dealt a blow when secret government contacts with the IRA were publicly disclosed.
Society loves a secret...
Does democracy demand a disconnect between the elected and electorate.
At what point does a disillusioned dove become become a hawk.
Listen; do you want to know a secret, do you promise not to tell
Here we democratically go GOSH
How many 'deliberations' about the Greek loans were held in secret!
Does someone with a secret have something to hide.
Politicians are overly fond of secrecy to protect themselves.
We get the politicians we deserve!
NOV 29th 2018
1781; The crew of the British slave ship Zong, murdered 133 Africans by dumping them into the sea to claim insurance.
The resulting court cases, brought by the ship-owners, sought compensation from the insurers for their lost cargo.
The court established that the deliberate killing of slaves could, in some circumstances be legal. It was a landmark in the battle against the African slave trade of the eighteenth century, and inspired abolitionists such as Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson, leading to the foundation of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1787.
If you don't think that there are Brits around today that would have slaves; you need less slava in your palava!
Wanna be in the everbody should have at least one slave gang GOSH
1849; Sir John Ambrose Fleming, English electrical engineer, was born.
His inventions included the Fleming Valve and many related devices that led to the development of modern electronics.
Many, including some leavers, wish for a return to an era similar to that of the the great British inventor and entrepreneur.
How many centuries did Britain punch above its weight; using death and destruction; not democracy!
The world has moved on - the UK is now in relative decline...
Wanna be in my future nation states - change from the inside - gang GOSH
1947; The UN approved Britain's plan for a partition of Palestine.
Two year after the second world war; Britain still had enough clout to influence the world.
Like it or like it not; America is desperately trying to hang on to top dog position on this planet.
The American Empire (As did the British) used more death and destruction than democracy to gain and retain power.
In the era of more democracy the nation state of Israel uses a mix of democracy and western subsidised military might to suppress the 'nation state' of Palestine.
If you don't think that Israel is now way over the top and wide of the mark; you need less bias to the brains in your backend and a lot more grit in your gonads GOSH
1956; Panic-buying broke out at garages across the country as the government gave details of its petrol rationing plans.
Petrol had been in short supply since the President of Egypt, Gamal Abdul Nasser, took over the running of the Suez Canal four months previously.
It is definitely no gerrymandering joke that America 'diplomatically' brought the Anglo/French military invasion of Egypt to a hasty end.
Nor is it a joke that America b(r)ough the Arab/Israeli war to a hasty end by paying off the Egyptian national debt.
As world power shifts to the east; that line from a Slade rendition comes to mind.
So here's to the future; the Fun has just begun...
Wanna be in which gang GOSH
1995; On his historic visit to Britain, US President Bill Clinton praised British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Prime Minister John Bruton for their joint efforts to bring peace in Northern Ireland.
America has historic family links to both sides of the 'troubles'.
Just recently an Email sent by a leave organisation asked for family links to America be taken advantage of.
What has America got in common with Israel!
The oppressed have become the oppressors.
The choice is/was yours!
The trading bloc of Europe or the trading block of America, backed up by the ever unfashionable gun GOSH
Greece has a relatively large military might; probably due to historic and socialist reasons.
Does one think that the reduction of military might is one of the conditions attached to the leniency of the loan repayments.
Don't mention that Greece has chosen to remain in the EU - which owns most of the debt.
NOV 30th 2018
Today is St Andrew’s Day.
He is the patron saint of Scotland.
Golfers and fishermen, too.
I like Scotland - except the midges; Sweatysockland will take off with the expected (as yet) global warming - as someone who self describes/deprecates as a rich communist to the left of Karl Marx, I've tons of truck with the present political set up and devolution.
Here we/they go GOSH
1872; The first football match between England and Scotland took place, at Hamelton Crescent Glasgow.
It ended in a 0-0 draw.
Football is the national sport; how many know the geographical positioning of clubs south of the border; never mind North.
Don't mention golf - ruins a good walk - or fishing - an excuse for lazy men to go drinking.
Are golf and fishing the now out of date equivalent CV con of films and reading.
England is in the lead for wins and goals scored; however, if one could take into account the massive difference
in population etc...
There is a huge shed load of truth in the statement;
If he/she loses he or she is a Jock; if, one wins, one is a Brit.
Ps. It came as somewhat of a shock to discover that many of the KU KLUX clan were descendants of Scottish immigrants.
Wanna be in which there is nowt as queer as folk gang GOSH
1934; The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman (Engine No. 4472 class A3) became the first to officially exceed 100mph - renovated in 2016 at the national museum York.
Many are aware that the steam engine land speed world record is held by mallard - a huge magnificent Gresley A4.
How many know that the Germans were a mere 1 and a half MPH behind.
The National Railways were completely privatised by 1997 - roughly halfway through the electrification of the Edinburgh Glasgow line.
The second half under privatisation cost almost twice as much.
One of the main players in the latest national banking crash was the RSB under the greedy leadership of one Fred Goodwin.
If it wasn't for the offshore oil and foreign owned land; Scotland would be independent now.
Wanna be in whose gang GOSH
In this extended era of international individual endeavour; Greece has chosen to be a nation state within the auspices of an international trading bloc - the UK hasn't.
The benefits of the economy of scale over rides any political argument.