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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Thu May 18, 2017 12:00 pm

Arneb wrote:All the more reason for me to find it Very Strange Indeed that Scots (or at least a significant part of Scots) want to dissolve the union of parliaments, but not the union of crowns.

Meh. I couldn't care less about them one way or another. Let them reign for ever, or line them up - all the same to me.

May 18th, 1756 - The Seven Years' War starts, as Britain declares war on France!.

May 18th, 1803 - Britain revokes the Treaty of Amiens and declares war on France!.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Fri May 19, 2017 8:18 am

Always good to declare war on the Frenchies!

Conversely in May 1918 we were fighting with the French against the Germans at Amiens.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Fri May 19, 2017 10:22 am

Perfidious Albion!
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Fri May 19, 2017 10:30 am

Arneb wrote:Perfidious Albion!

It was ever thus, and speaking of which:

May 19th, 1536: King Henry VIII of England has his Queen, Anne Boleyn, executed.

May 19th, 1568: Queen Elizabeth of England orders the arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots

May 19th, 1655: England invades Jamaica.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Fri May 19, 2017 1:58 pm

Admit it, Lianachan: You collect those, don't you?
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Fri May 19, 2017 2:17 pm

There's no need. Every Scotsman can run off lists like that from the top of their head.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Wed May 31, 2017 8:59 am

May 31st: the end of the Anglo - Iraq war. No, the 1941 one.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:42 am

From yesterday, according to my wife's facebook:

May 31st, 2010 - Lianachan falls off a hill in the middle of nowhere, to his injury, and gets a free ride in a helicopter courtesy of the coastguard.

Back on track:

June 1st, 1495 - first recorded mention of Scotch whisky (“To Brother John Cor, by order of the King, to make aqua vitae VIII bolls of malt.”)
June 1st, 1670 – Perfidious Albion signs the secret Treaty of Dover with traditional best chums France, resulting in it declaring war on the Dutch Republic!
June 1st, 1794 - the battle of the Glorious First of June, first naval engagement in Perfidious Albion's current war on France (French Revolutionary Wars)
June 1st, 1985 - arrest of over 300 arseholes.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:29 pm

God I remember those arseholes. Claiming they didn't need insurance or road tax because the vehicles were their homes, generally being dicks.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:26 pm

Heid the Ba' wrote:God I remember those arseholes. Claiming they didn't need insurance or road tax because the vehicles were their homes, generally being dicks.

According to Wikipedia, there were 537 arrests :shock:

If I can put my archaeomonologist (shady) hat on for a moment, I'm not convinced the festival that had been banned had necessarily been good for the care of the monument.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:09 pm

No, I suspect they cared little for the monument and less for anyone else.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:31 pm

50 years ago today, some group of pop musicians hailing from a coastal city in the West of England published an "album", as it was called (apparently, a physical data store for repeated streaming by a mechanical device and sold preloaded with a number of musical pieces that couldn't be easily download, transferred or otherwise shared electronically) honouring a "Sergeant Pepper". There seems to be some signifcance to this, but it's buried in the mist of pre-digital technology. Maybe the archeologist can help?

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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:51 pm

5 years ago today, on 3 June, 2012 Berlin's new airport was to be opened for business. The opening was postponed in May. To this day, no credible opening date has been set. Costs have ballooned from G€ 2 to G€ 6.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:19 am

12th September is Saragarhi Day commemorating an action fought by a small Sikh force against the Afghans. One of the series of thousands of small actions the British and Indian Armies fought against Afghan tribesmen that aren't included in any of our numbered wars against them.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:44 pm

If we counted things like that, we'd need to up the number of such wars from something like fourteen to something like eleventy kajillion.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:09 pm

Indeed, but knowing about Saragarhi and a handful of Punjabi words is a good way to get free beer in certain restaurants.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:19 am

Well, free beer in certain restaurants is certainly a good thing, it's true.

September 15th, 1830 - the opening of the first locomotive-hauled railway to connect two major cities, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. It was also the first railway to rely exclusively on steam power, with no horse-drawn traffic permitted at any time; the first to be entirely double track throughout its length; the first to have a signalling system; the first to be fully timetabled; the first to be powered entirely by its own motive power; and the first to carry mail.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:31 am

In related news.....

September 15th, 1830 - first person run over and killed by a train. William Huskisson, at the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway....

(the sequence of events actually sounds like it would be quite funny, were it polite to laugh at such tragedy)

ETA Actually, the whole thing sounds quite funny.

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The Duke of Wellington felt that the remainder of the day's events should be cancelled following the accident at Parkside, and proposed to return to Liverpool. However, a large crowd had gathered in Manchester to see the trains arrive, and was beginning to become unruly. Wellington was persuaded to continue to Manchester. By the time the trains reached the outskirts of Manchester the crowd had become hostile and was spilling onto the tracks. With local authorities unable to clear the tracks, the trains were obliged to drive at low speed into the crowd, using their own momentum to push people out of the way. Eventually they arrived at Liverpool Road railway station in Manchester to be met by a hostile crowd, who waved banners and flags against the Duke and pelted him with vegetables. Wellington refused to get off the train, and ordered that the trains return to Liverpool. Mechanical failures and an inability to turn the locomotives meant that most of the trains were unable to leave Manchester. While the Duke of Wellington's train left successfully, only three of the remaining seven locomotives were usable. These three locomotives slowly hauled a single long train of 24 carriages back to Liverpool, eventually arriving 6 1⁄2 hours late after having been pelted with objects thrown from bridges by the drunken crowds lining the track.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:48 am

Three years ago today, 18th September 2014, Scotland gave in to fear and bullying and voted No.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:25 am

Heid the Ba' wrote:Three years ago today, 18th September 2014, Scotland gave in to fear and bullying and voted No.

Thank God the NO vote kept us in the EU, avoiding all of the chaos and uncertainty, like they said it would, eh?
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:10 am

You North Britons can be so grateful to have reimained under the calm and competent leadership of people who really know what they're doing, instead of being at the mercy of leftist head-in-the-clouds dreamers like Salmond and Sturgeon. The current British gouvernment is performing so well, there'll be a Tory landslide come the next general election in, umm, four or five...months, err, years, of course - when you have finally achieved what you always wanted: Getting out of the E. U. and finally being independent again.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Halcyon Dayz, FCD » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:35 am

With Brussels out of the picture who are British politicians going to blame for their failures?

They really haven't thought ahead.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:00 am

Halcyon Dayz, FCD wrote:With Brussels out of the picture who are British politicians going to blame for their failures?

They really haven't thought ahead.


The foreigners that are still in the UK, presumably, until they throw those all out. Then anybody whose skin looks a bit dusky or who speaks with any non-English accent.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:09 pm

You know, shiftless darkies who have been here for generations, and more importantly as soon as we get rid of all the EU doctors in the NHS there will be jobs for Britons! And jobs in the fields picking crops, you know, the jobs that Britons aren't qualified for or won't do. It will all be their fault. All of them.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:48 am

If anybody is interested in what happened after Scotland voted no, in terms of promises and threats from the vote no lot, The Wee Black Book is a good read. All unionists should read it too.
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