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post 27th Sep 2012, 12:04pm
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So Rab, they had to launch it 4 times. laugh.gif
Must have been really big. laugh.gif

No Tomi, it got stuck on the slipway 4 times!


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post 27th Sep 2012, 01:11pm
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Queen Elizabeth, a consort of King George VI


Did he have mair than wan then?


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post 28th Sep 2012, 06:21am
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On this day in history Sept. 28th 1066 ...

William the Conquerer invaded England ... bringin' an end to Anglo-Saxon rule.
Maybe Scotland should use this date in 2014 to celebrate independance. laugh.gif
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Claiming his right to the English throne, William, duke of Normandy, invades England at Pevensey on Britain's southeast coast. His subsequent defeat of King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings marked the beginning of a new era in British history.

William was the illegitimate son of Robert I, duke of Normandy, by his concubine Arlette, a tanner's daughter from the town of Falaise. The duke, who had no other sons, designated William his heir, and with his death in 1035 William became duke of Normandy at age seven. Rebellions were epidemic during the early years of his reign, and on several occasions the young duke narrowly escaped death. Many of his advisers did not. By the time he was 20, William had become an able ruler and was backed by King Henry I of France. Henry later turned against him, but William survived the opposition and in 1063 expanded the borders of his duchy into the region of Maine.

In 1051, William is believed to have visited England and met with his cousin Edward the Confessor, the childless English king. According to Norman historians, Edward promised to make William his heir. On his deathbed, however, Edward granted the kingdom to Harold Godwine, head of the leading noble family in England and more powerful than the king himself.

In January 1066, King Edward died, and Harold Godwine was proclaimed King Harold II. William immediately disputed his claim. In addition, King Harald III Hardraade of Norway had designs on England, as did Tostig, brother of Harold. King Harold rallied his forces for an expected invasion by William, but Tostig launched a series of raids instead, forcing the king to leave the English Channel unprotected. In September, Tostig joined forces with King Harald III and invaded England from Scotland. On September 25, Harold met them at Stamford Bridge and defeated and killed them both. Three days later, William landed in England at Pevensey.

With approximately 7,000 troops and cavalry, William seized Pevensey and marched to Hastings, where he paused to organize his forces. On October 13, Harold arrived near Hastings with his army, and the next day William led his forces out to give battle. At the end of a bloody, all-day battle, King Harold II was killed--shot in the eye with an arrow, according to legend--and his forces were defeated.

William then marched on London and received the city's submission. On Christmas Day, 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned the first Norman king of England, in Westminster Abbey, and the Anglo-Saxon phase of English history came to an end. French became the language of the king's court and gradually blended with the Anglo-Saxon tongue to give birth to modern English. William I proved an effective king of England, and the "Domesday Book," a great census of the lands and people of England, was among his notable achievements. Upon the death of William I in 1087, his son, William Rufus, became William II, the second Norman king of England.


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post 28th Sep 2012, 06:30am
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Oh dear



On September 28, 1918,
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... in an incident that would go down in the lore of World War I history—although the details of the event are still unclear—Private Henry Tandey, a British soldier serving near the French village of Marcoing, reportedly encounters a wounded German soldier and declines to shoot him, sparing the life of 29-year-old Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler.

Tandey, a native of Warwickshire, took part in the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914 and the Battle of the Somme in 1916, where he was wounded in the leg. After being discharged from the hospital, he was transferred to the 9th Battalion in France and was wounded again during the Third Battle of Ypres at Passchendaele in the summer of 1917. From July to October 1918, Tandey served with the 5th Duke of Wellington Regiment; it was during this time that he took part in the successful British capture of Marcoing, for which he earned a Victoria Cross for "conspicuous bravery."

As Tandey later told sources, during the final moments of that battle, as the German troops were in retreat, a wounded German soldier entered Tandey’s line of fire. "I took aim but couldn’t shoot a wounded man," Tandey remembered, "so I let him go." The German soldier nodded in thanks, and disappeared.

Though sources do not exist to prove the exact whereabouts of Adolf Hitler on that day in 1918, an intriguing link emerged to suggest that he was in fact the soldier Tandey spared. A photograph that appeared in London newspapers of Tandey carrying a wounded soldier at Ypres in 1914 was later portrayed on canvas in a painting by the Italian artist Fortunino Matania glorifying the Allied war effort. As the story goes, when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain traveled to Germany in 1938 to engage Hitler in a last-ditch effort to avoid another war in Europe, he was taken by the führer to his new country retreat in Bavaria. There, Hitler showed Chamberlain his copy of the Matania painting, commenting, "That’s the man who nearly shot me."

The authenticity of the Tandey-Hitler encounter remains in dispute, though evidence does suggest that Hitler had a reproduction of the Matania painting as early as 1937—a strange acquisition for a man who had been furious and devastated by the German defeat at Allied hands in the Great War. Twice decorated as a soldier, Hitler was temporarily blinded by a mustard gas attack in Belgium in October 1918 and was in a military hospital in Pacewalk, Germany, when he received news of the German surrender. The experiences of battle—first glory and ultimately disillusion and despondence—would color the rest of Hitler’s life and career, as he admitted in 1941, after leading his country into another devastating conflict: "When I returned from the War, I brought back home with me my experiences at the front; out of them I built my National Socialist community."



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post 28th Sep 2012, 10:33am
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Ref post #18 "William the Conquerer invaded England ... bringin' an end to Anglo-Saxon rule.
Maybe Scotland should use this date in 2014 to celebrate independance

All true, but then the French Language became the official court language until Edward 111 re-introduced the English Language again in 1332, otherwise TeeHeeHee we would probably posting on GG in French


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post 28th Sep 2012, 10:36am
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Edward the Hundred and eleventh? laugh.gif
Anyway, it'll be Gaelic ... or German when we become part of the EU. laugh.gif


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post 28th Sep 2012, 10:41am
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Edward the Hundred and eleventh? laugh.gif
Anyway, it'll be Gaelic ... or German when we become part of the EU. laugh.gif


Ah jist love people with imagination


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post 28th Sep 2012, 10:42am
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Today Paul Henderson had the winning goal in the Canada/Soviet hockey series in 1972, forty years ago. It's the Canadian "where were you when?" moment for Canadians of my generation.


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post 28th Sep 2012, 12:02pm
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1968 - Beatles' "Hey Jude," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks


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post 28th Sep 2012, 12:10pm
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1884 - Michael Marks & Thomas Spencer open Penny Bazaar in Leeds
M&S now have 361 stores in over 40 countries and are still expanding.




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post 29th Sep 2012, 10:31pm
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1902: Emile Zola accidentally died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his home.


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post 30th Sep 2012, 09:31am
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1888 - "Jack the Ripper" butchers 2 more women, Lizzie Stride & Kate Eddowes


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post 30th Sep 2012, 09:44am
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On this day in 1944 I was 101 days old and had past my first milestone. tongue.gif laugh.gif


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post 30th Sep 2012, 10:05am
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On this day in 1944 I was 101 days old and had past my first milestone.

Rumour has it that just outside Auchtermuchtie, on the day you were 'born', a strange capsule was found in a field, having apparently plunged into our atmosphere from outer space. The child it contained was wearing his underpants over his trousers and was clutching a strange crystal. Could this have been .....................? Naw, surely not! Hm? confused2.gif


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post 30th Sep 2012, 11:01pm
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Couldn't be Rab. I wear rimless specs ... but only for readin'. laugh.gif
On second thoughts ... I am slowly becoming a man of steel - well, titanium at any rate. tongue.gif


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