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#76    Kowalski

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:08 PM

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1981 - Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca. (At almost exactly the same moment as my youngest daughter Suki was born!) ....I checked for the 666 mark BTW, and she didn't have one.

Ha Ha, that's pretty funny.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 06:32 PM

16 May 1866 – The United States Congress authorized the minting of the country's first copper-nickel five-cent piece, the Shield nickel.

'A phantom,' said my Uncle Mycroft, who had just materialised, 'is essentially a heteromorphic wave pattern that gains solidity when the apparition converts thermal energy from the surroundings to visible light. It's a fascinating process and I'm amazed no one has thought of harnessing it - a holographic TV that could operate from the heat given off by an average-size guinea pig.' ~ First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 03:26 PM

20th.May

1191 - Richard I 'the Lion Heart' conquered Cyprus on his way to join the Crusaders in north west Israel.
1497 - The Italian explorer John Cabot, commissioned by England, set sail from Bristol in his ship Matthew looking for a route to the west.
1895 - The birth, in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, of Reginald Joseph Mitchell, the designer of the Spitfire aircraft.
2012 - Bee Gees' singer Robin Gibb died aged 62 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 02:05 PM

22nd.May

1455 - First Battle of St.Albans (marks beginning of the 'Wars of the Roses')
1868 - the last batch of convicts to be sent to the Penal Colony of Australia lands in Freemantle, W.Australia.
1897 - the Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is opened by the Prince of Wales.
1939 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign the 'Pact of Steel'.

"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:32 PM

24th.May

1487 - The ten-year-old Lambert Simnel was crowned in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, with the name of Edward VI in a bid to threaten King Henry VII's reign.
1819 - Princess Alexandrina Victoria was born at Kensington Palace in London, the only daughter of the Duke of Kent and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.
1941 - World War II: The German battleship Bismarck sank the Royal Navy's largest warship HMS Hood off Greenland with the loss of more than 1,400 lives.
1995 - The death of Harold Wilson, Labour politician and Prime MInister.

Edited by ealdwita, 24 May 2013 - 01:35 PM.

"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:00 PM

IIRC there were only three survivors of the HMS Hood... The Bismark took a much heavier and more sustained pounding before it sank but actually had more suvivors - owing to the "lucky hit" on the Hood's powder magazine...


I really like these posts eald... keep it up!..


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:20 PM

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I really like these posts eald... keep it up!..

Thank you Taun. Tickets will shortly be available in Mrs.Pumblechook's Tea Rooms in the High Street.

Edited by ealdwita, 24 May 2013 - 03:21 PM.

"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:54 PM

View Postealdwita, on 24 May 2013 - 03:20 PM, said:

Thank you Taun. Tickets will shortly be available in Mrs.Pumblechook's Tea Rooms in the High Street.

Does she still offer that nice Darjeeling tea served with a fresh egg-salad on pumpernickel sandwich?... If so I'll be there!


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:14 PM

View Postealdwita, on 22 May 2013 - 02:05 PM, said:

22nd.May

1455 - First Battle of St.Albans (marks beginning of the 'Wars of the Roses')
1868 - the last batch of convicts to be sent to the Penal Colony of Australia lands in Freemantle, W.Australia.
1897 - the Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is opened by the Prince of Wales.
1939 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign the 'Pact of Steel'.
Should we not still be sending convicts to Botany Bay ?  oh sorry its more comfortable in jail here.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:24 PM

View PostTaun, on 24 May 2013 - 03:54 PM, said:

Does she still offer that nice Darjeeling tea served with a fresh egg-salad on pumpernickel sandwich?... If so I'll be there!

You must try her Earl Grey tea and salmon and cucumber sandwiches. (Cut into triangles of course).


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"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
I can teach you with a quip, if I've a mind; I can trick you into learning with a laugh; Oh, winnow all my folly and you'll find, A grain or two of truth among the chaff!
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Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:25 PM

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Should we not still be sending convicts to Botany Bay ?  oh sorry its more comfortable in jail here.

These days, the whole bloody world send their criminals here, or so it seems!

"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
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Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:28 PM

View Postealdwita, on 24 May 2013 - 04:24 PM, said:

You must try her Earl Grey tea and salmon and cucumber sandwiches. (Cut into triangles of course).



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Afternoon tea at the Ealdwitas'

  And  the Butlers name was ?? er... begins with E ??

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:37 PM

A Few More:

24 May 1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge is opened for public use... (The most 'sold' bridge in history)

24 may 1884 -  Samuel Morse sends first telegraph message ("What hath God wrought") (.-- .... .- - / .... .- - .... / --. --- -.. / .-- .-. --- ..- --. .... -)

24 May 1830 - "Mary Had a Little Lamb" written

24 May 1626 - Peter Minuet buys the island of Manhatten from the natives for the equivalent of $24 (I still think the Indians got the better of that deal)

View Postealdwita, on 24 May 2013 - 04:24 PM, said:

You must try her Earl Grey tea and salmon and cucumber sandwiches. (Cut into triangles of course).




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Afternoon tea at the Ealdwitas'



Do I get to wear a silly hat too?...


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:46 PM

As you can see I've got a fancy new hat and nice formal clothes for the occasion... I'm a regular man about town!

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:55 PM

You remind me of my mother when she was in the Land Army during the war!

"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
I can teach you with a quip, if I've a mind; I can trick you into learning with a laugh; Oh, winnow all my folly and you'll find, A grain or two of truth among the chaff!
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