Oct 1st 2018
On this day
959; Edgar the Peaceable became king of all England.
'The Peaceable', was not necessarily a comment on the deeds of his life, for he was a strong leader, shown by his seizure of the Northumbrian and Mercian kingdoms from his older brother.
His reign though, was a remarkably peaceable one, thanks to draconian laws that involved having one's tongue ripped out, at best, for stealing an apple.
Edgar was a near to London Lad...
We have ways of making you want to be in our gang.GOSH
Is it Singapore, Honk GONG; or both, where the streets are litter and chewing gum free.
More to do with the more than strict 'bye laws' imposed by the authoritarian culture of covert capitalism than self control.
Freedom come; Freedom go GOSH
1868; The Midland Railway opened St. Pancras station in London.
In the era of private railways; the driver of the economy and society at the time.
The big four railway companies ( LNER, GWR, LMS and last but not least the commuter region of SR) were grouped together - 120 to four - to improve 'standards'; competition and cooperation, by the 1921 railways act passed by the con men of the tory Stanley Balwin goverment just after the nationalisation of the first world war.
Back to the greed after the binding together gore GOSH.
The big four were nationalised by a labour goverment two year after the end of the second world war.
Standardisation was the name of the game GOSH
Privatistion came about again when the 1993 railways act was passed by the successor of M. Thatcher.
After a sustained period of profit pinching and lack of investment - anyone that is competitively neutral can't deny the pattern of privatisation...
The bastards that split the greedy gits - not just over the EU - were alive and well - ask John Major!
Let the train take the strain and the greedy git that borrowed the most money take the gain GOSH
Today the rail infrastructure is a mish mash of mix between the public nation state owned rail network and the train set owners.
In this deliberately complicated era of 'internationality'; who knows who owns what!
It is claimed that plebs pensions are integrated into investment strategy! - for every winner there is a loser; unless you are a banker
I claimed my state pension at the age of 65, 10 year after my private pension.
Good Luck - you deserve everything you don't get - with yours... GONAD GOSH
1974; The first McDonalds restaurant opened in London.
Each generation adapts to the prevailing 'conditions'
I am of the generation that first had power devolved down to the young.
All of my young life and most of my adult; I/we didn't have: contracts, a gig economy, takeaways, as much litter - for whatever reason - the fear of mass obesity; those little ever so isolating tellies, and a knowledge of the overall excuse of an economy under as much pressure.
What goes around comes around...
Time for change from this debilitating and inequality increasing era of what is - we have ways of plebs accepting - so cutely called Austerity.
Are you ready to go GOSH!
For what ever how it was reached reason Greece has chosen to stay within the borders of a still developing trading bloc.
Nationalism is the last refuge of the scoundrel is an old saying.
The brexit vote came about as a protest and the ganging together of some very strange bedfellows indeed.
Don't mention the UKIP mob trying to get back into the greedy git gang; I said don't...
While this old heart is with the leavers; this even older head says,
'Change should come about from within'...
Oct 2nd 2018
On this day...
1452; King Richard III was born.
He was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in Leicestershire where there is a memorial to him.
Yes the remains of Dick the Turd were found under a car park - 'they' were looking/searching for what was left of him.
Today; dedicated followers of/in the music industry are called 'groupies'.
The followers of Rickie 111 are grouped into a society...
Just like some fans of M. Jackson - let's say he was and liked a bit of a lad - they are prone to selective amnesia; but, won't openly admit it.
Is the true version of history still over-influenced by the victors!
Never mind here we go... where has the truth gone! GOSH
1900; Keir Hardy became the Labour Party's first Member of Parliament.
In the second year of the first Labour government; labour mp's were wearing top hats and sending their sons to Eton.
There's nowt as queer as folk, is a really old saying.
Isn't human nature great...GOSH
1901; The Royal Navy's first submarine, built by Vickers, was launched at Barrow.
The company's shipbuilding division is now BAE Systems Submarine Solutions.
The cant and hypocrisy of democracy being backed up by death and destruction.
As power and wealth move eastwards, the empire of the home of capitalism - backed up by over 50 military bases - after trying funny money; is having a last throw of the dice by electing trump.
I thought that the suffix 'solutions' now sucked - or am I ahead of the game! GOSH
1925; London's first red buses with roofed-in upper decks went into service, but they had been in use in Widnes, Cheshire, since 1909.
Remember the privatisation bus wars subjected to the proles in the provinces.
Transport of humans in the Capital apart - from the privatised national rail - comes under the control of TFL; agovernment outfit.
The German national transport set up was integrated by a horror called hitler; just before the second world war.
One of the reasons - perhaps - that Germany is the lead economic nation state in Europe.
Time for change - about time we played the alternative to pure greed game GOSH
1983; Neil Kinnock was elected leader of Britain's Labour Party, with Roy Hattersley joining him as deputy.
The kinnock family are really well off - ta to the pensions of opportunist career politicians.
This was the beginning of less of an alternative choice - politicians were becoming the same...
The denial became part of the bliarite Game GOSH
2012; The decision to award the West Coast Main Line rail franchise to FirstGroup was scrapped because of 'significant technical flaws' in the way the risks for each bid were calculated.
FirstGroup, which beat current operator Virgin Trains to win the 13-year deal, said it had submitted its bid correctly and was disappointed at the news.
Branson; tried to run the national lottery and has just sued - and won - the taxpayer for losing a NHS contract.
A man of the people to some plebs - he wasn't playing the pr game GOSH
A divided nation state very similar to us.
Both nations have seen a resurgence of the far right - a far right that believes in a master race.
Is it not strange that the national press makes public more information about the foreign far right than our nation state far right.
Oct 3rd 2018
On this day:
1283; Dafydd ap Gruffydd, Prince of Gwynedd and the last independent ruler of Wales, became the first nobleman to be executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered; for plotting the death of King Edward I.
Dafydd was dragged through the streets of Shrewsbury attached to a horse's tail then hanged alive, revived, then disembowelled and his entrails burned before him before being cut into four quarters.
Wanna be in my gang GOSH
1691; The Treaty of Limerick was signed, ending the Irish Rebellion against English rule.
1712; The Duke of Montrose issued a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor, the famous Scottish folk hero and outlaw of the early 18th century. He was later imprisoned, finally pardoned in 1727 , died in 1734 and is buried in Balquhidder churchyard.
A couple of fine examples of the victor writing the history - read all about it...
Divide and rule; let the plebs eat gruel. NO GOSH
Many in Northern England - the watford gap has moved further North - have a lot less truck with the SNP than the Londoncentric establishment.
In the 60's; a Northern businessman wrote and had published, 'the Black Pudding Republic'.
In the political era of devolution - don't mention the magic money tree - Political and geographical division of England itself is covertly high on the Agenda NO JOSH GOSH
1940; Former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned from Winston Churchill's coalition Government.
Naughty boy Neville was born into the midlands greedy git establishment - he became a tory career MP after failing in business - and is most (in)famous for brandishing the agreement of 'peace in our time' on his return from meeting Mr. Hitler in Munich.
Winston - far from being the brightest button in the box - 'educated' at Harrow - was born into the highest level of, 'it's who, not what, you know at the height of the British Empire; became a career opportunist MP
Don't mention Boris...
Both 'men' and now Boris - being darlings of the right - received a more than favourable history and press.
Get into my 'gig' sorry; Gang GOSH.
2014; Samuel Tree (68) who claimed that plastic devices he made in his garden shed could detect bombs and drugs and find the missing schoolgirl Madeleine McCann was jailed for three and a half years.
His plastic 'Alpha 6' cost just a few pounds but sold for thousands.
Sammy - nowt to do with magic money; like governments and bankers - Tree made a small fortune before he was captured.
There's a saying, ' you can't con or kid an honest man'
There's nowt as queer as folk.
It's all part of the world wide make money game GOSH
There is a lot less plebs in Greece making enough money.
The only persons to make money - and still are - from the Greek loans; are the banking fraternity.
Oct 4th 2018
On this day:
1821; The death of the engineer John Rennie - son of jock farmer; he died in london
His work on canals, aqueducts, bridges and dockyards mark him as one of the greatest engineers of his age. His first works were canals, notably the Lancaster Canal and the Kennet & Avon Canal, including the infamous Caen Hill Flight.
He also designed Waterloo Bridge, Southwark Bridge and 'New' London Bridge. Other works included Grimsby Docks, London Docks and the Sheerness Dockyard.
Canals were at one time; the main driver of the UK economy; superceded by the railways; which in turn were superceded by the Car and motorways.
More prosperous nation states tend to have smoother transitions from driver to driver.
Is it true the UK economy - still a constitutional monarchy - has experienced more abrupt transitions.
Ask the Big four - now international - accountant companies that ru(i)n our economy.
They are only making a living - ask em go on GOSH
1976; British Rail began its new 125mph Intercity 'High Speed Train' service.
At the time of its introduction it was the fastest diesel-powered train in regular service in the world and remained so for many years afterwards.
Engineers have calculated that, with a certain amount of rewiring, the Mark 3 carriages can be made to last until at least 2035.
Electric trains are faster and more eco friendly - evidently; this decade anyway.
The first half of the Edinburgh to Glasgow main line started electrification under nationalision.
The second half was completed under privatisation, with the cost more than doubling
Transport by train is part of the National Infrastructure - he and she's got a ticket to ride and they are starting to care...
Our economy of living on funny money debt is coming more and more under the Glare GOSH
2103; London won the coveted title of number one 'Crap Town' in the UK, held for the previous decade by Hull.
Not only was Hull stripped of its title, it completely dropped out of the top 50.
Less than 2 months later, Hull was named the UK's next City of Culture, beating Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay to the right to hold the title in 2017.
In this economy under pressure; more and more people are making a living playing the game, play the GAME GOSH
Will the Greek economy reinvent itself into reality quicker than us.
At this rate it will...
Oct 5th 2018
On this day:
1917; Sir Arthur Lee donated Chequers in Buckinghamshire to the nation as a permanent country retreat for British Prime Ministers.
Arty was the son of anglican clergy, an instructional military man, and became a career MP in the greedy git party.
He was a well on the way up establishment 'person' married the daughter of a wealthy american banker, a sort of early property developer with no offspring, His title of viscount lived and died with him.
An early opportunist; a very similar breed to what we have now in an era of austerity and sustained culture of Individual greed.GOSH
1936; The start of the 'Jarrow March' - around 200 unemployed shipyard workers from Jarrow in north east England began walking to London to protest about the lack of jobs.
Only men participated in the historic march, apart from Jarrow's female MP, Ellen Wilkinson.
Is it false pride that makes a man/woman deny that the NE is an economic backwater.
Jarrow is a mere tributary - that has seen better times - of the backwater.
The Northern power house is just another attempted contemporary con of the greedy gits playing the game.NO GOSH
1968; Police baton charged civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland – considered to mark the beginning of 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland.
Derry is referred to as Londonderry by unionists.
How many of the three thousand had died an early death when we as a nation state sent a peace envoy to the Balkans.
Those in power making tough decisions on behalf of the poor...
They are quick to say that hindsight is wonderful thing - keeping decisions secret is an even greater 'thing(y)'.
Imagine if The present area of Tyne and Wear had been designated as a nation state by those who didn't have to eke out a living there.
Forget the history of terrorism on both sides.
Would you be a happy bunny trying to live on the Jarrow Strip!
You deserve everything you don't get if one doesn't play ones own game GOSH
2015; The government imposed a new law in England, which required that all supermarkets (or large businesses employing 250 or more full-time equivalent employees in total) must levy a charge of 5p per 'single-use' plastic carrier bag used by customers, including plastic bags used for deliveries.
There are some that still don't believe in global warming - I smoked for 37 year; we didn't know anything different.
If nothing is done; I'll be long gone before global warming has a deadly effect on the developed world.
The president of america has pulled out of the Kyota agreement - putting America first.
They reckon the american eastern seaboard will be first to get it.
Trump was elected by the inland ex working class bible belt - somewhat similar to the brexit vote without the religion.
Here we go ! GOSH
Greece is a nation state with many islands and surrounding sea that still rely on tourism.
What use is going renewable energy if much of the land is under water!
Oct 6th 2018
On this day:
1536; William Tyndale, English religious reformer and translator of the Bible's New Testament, was strangled and burned at the stake, for heresy.
Bill came an early demise in Holland - at least he wasn't hung drawn and quartered by the catholic church of the time.
Or was he!
The gangs in the name of god got up to some games GOSH
Just listening to those with an interest bull up the return of Connor Macgregor to the octagonal ring.
The greatest ever in the history of combative contests - was beaten by a boxer after how many years of retirement.
'He's not doing it for the money'
'Give a little giggle' GOSH
1854; The Great fire of Newcastle and Gateshead started shortly after midnight, leading to 53 deaths and hundreds injured in a series of fires and an explosion.
The initial fire started in a mill and large quantities of oil in the premises added fuel to the fire.
The explosion, which could be heard 10 miles away, was thought to be the result of storing 2800 tons of sulphur and 128 tons of nitrate of soda in one of the warehouses.
In this present prolonged period of inequality and culture of greed; it's not just footballers who take their
eye off the ball!
Ask the relatives and friends of those that died in Grenfell GOSH
Firefighters - they were called firemen in them days - were allowed in free to watch the afternoon premiere of 'Towering inferno' just a few lifetimes ago. GOSH
1997; British astronaut, Michael Foale, returned safely to earth aboard the space shuttle 'Atlantis' after four and a half months on 'MIR', the Russian space station.
The final mission of the rocket before she was taken out of service for another 'Orbiter Modification Down Period'.
Atlantis did not fly again until May 2000 when she made her 'first' refurbished trip to the International Space Station.
The cost of man in space has seen the international cooperation of nation states - don't mention individuals being richer than Nation States now.
Space research/travel is yet another unpublicised complication of Brexit.
As they say, 'do not fear; it will all come out in the wash GOSH
2013; Expenses documents showed that former cabinet minister Liam Fox successfully claimed 3p of taxpayers' money for a car journey of about 100 metres.
The ex-defence secretary made another 15 claims of under £1 for car travel approved in 2012-13.
It is said that Foxy was brought up in a Scottish council house; which was bought by his parents.
This fine example of individual social mobility - trust me I used to be a proper Doctor of medicine - tried to be leader, on the EU leaving side, of the conservative party twice.
Would you buy a second hand car from this man - gannet GOSH
The ex Eton and Oxbridge person who in opposition was over fond of saying 'broken Britain' then put his finger on the trigger of article 50 and disappeared; used to bang on about the British Car Industry.
What British car industry!
The vast by far proportion of our car industry is owned and controlled by other nation state based multi-nationals.
One might as well ask the not so good lord who the shareholders are!
Wonder if Greece will increase jobs in the international car industry when furore of Brexit calms down!
Oct 7th 2018
On this day:
1765; - nearly three centuries and how many generation ago Mr Trump! - delegates from nine of the 13 American colonies protested against the British Stamp Act, which raised a direct tax on the colonies.
The rich merchants of the British establishment were told where to go!
Just like domination of English (don't mention the sweaty socks north of the present unmanned border) football; nothing lasts forever.
Where's me Empire gone GOSH
Hollywood was once the biggest single international earner for the american economy.
Hollywood was and still is controlled by the jewish community - all creeds and colours have a mix of greedy gits and 'ordinary' people.
Bollywood now pays more to the stars of the movie media than Hollywood - don't mention the emerging chinese film industry; controlled by (an) unique communist/capitalist economy.
If you don't think that the minority Jewish community is over represented in the UK establishment you need some more smaltsch in you're snitchel
Go on... call me antisemitic>
1918; In death throes of Victorian values; Hubert Parry, English composer died.
As a composer he is best known for the choral song 'Jerusalem', based on Blake's poem that begins with the lines - 'And did those feet in ancient time. Walk upon England's mountains green.'
The term 'dark Satanic Mills', referenced in the poem, is interpreted as referring to the early Industrial Revolution that destroyed nature and human relationships.
The oppressed and used british pleb migrated from the fields to the factories.
As progress takes two forward and one back; in the era of algorithmic apps the plebs are getting it alright.
Getting it right in the inte(r)n(a)tionally aimed at groin GOSH
2008; UK banking shares plunged on fears that more financial institutions would need government assistance to stay solvent.
The saving of the financial establishment by a so called socialist labour chancellor was 'socialism for the rich'.
The UK Labour party is prone to being blamed for the banking crash of 2008.
'It was an international crisis' is often the reply.
The latest banking crash was caused by the rampant greed of deregulation; initiated by thatcherism to bolster the UK economy.
A slightly different angle - adopted internationally - to the same game GOSH
2013 Buckingham Palace held its first official football match to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary.
The competitive fixture was the idea of FA president Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.
London side Civil Service FC, the only surviving team of 11 that formed the FA on 26th October 1863, lost 2-1 against Polytechnic FC, set up in 1875.
At half-time, palace footmen and women - wearing waistcoats and tail-coats - carried water, orange slices and chocolate bars on silver-plated platters onto the pitch for the players.
Talk about the post-industrial era of spin and grin.
Real footie fans will be spinning in their graves NO GOSH
Greece joined the EU in 1981 - the original Greek loans were made for Greece to be able to fulfill the joining economic conditions demanded by the EU.
The present loans were made to service the original loan - the Greek debt is now owned by everyone and his dog.
The largest single amount of the debt was loaned by Heinz and his german shepherds...
The covert part of life of the things financial set of the international establishment.
Play the game... GOSH