This St George’s Day also marks what would have been the 451st birthday of England’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. His plays are still hailed as the pinnacle of literature, and hundreds of his coined phrases are still in wide usage in modern Britain.
The Bard’s influence on our language and culture is still impossible to escape and even those who “don’t do Shakespeare” unwittingly channel his words in their daily lives. Ever found yourself muttering ‘for goodness sake’ as someone queue-jumps? Or perhaps having “too much of a good thing” has left you “puking” and a “sorry sight”? These are just a handful of popular sayings that came courtesy of Shakespeare…
On the morning I started work alongside some mean iron fighters in a heavy engineering yard – my Father’s words of caution; “Keep your ears open and your mouth shut.” ~ To quote Shakespeare; “Listen to many, speak to a few.” Wise words either way… Yours Aye.
St. George’s Day – 23rd of April – The day on which to celebrate being English. ‘It was in the year 1415 AD that St. George became the Patron Saint of England, when English Soldiers under King Henry V beat the French at the Battle of Agincourt in Northern France.’
British by birth, ENGLISH BY THE GRACE OF GAWD. The next dragon to be slain will be the monstrous Socialist European Union…
Sticking with tradition; this evenings fine dining within my humble abode will be Bangers & Mash served up in a large Yorkshire pudding – with thick onion gravy and garden peas… This very day, the canines treat entitlement is one banger each… Yours Aye.
Passport facts: King Henry V of England is credited with having invented what some consider the first true passport, notwithstanding the earlier examples cited here, as a means of helping his subjects prove who they were in foreign lands. A British passport allows for visa-free access to 174 countries. That is tied for the most with the US, Finland, Germany, and Sweden. Turkey has the most expensive passport, Canada’s has hidden images, Sweden’s dominates the black market
Dear Gawd… I long for the day when the United Kingdom pull’s out of the despised socialist European Union – we can then return to our old style British Passport. Although they were discontinued in 1993, my original remained in date until 2002. Under great protest and utter disgust I was forced to apply for a maroon coloured ‘EU Impostor.’
The EU wanted to get rid of the Queen from the new style British Passport, which was shouted down by an outraged ferocious British public.
A fact not mentioned; “The ink in both types of BRITISH PASSPORT never dries.” One very simple way of checking to see if such a passport is counterfeit – gently rub a white sheet of paper over the ink, it will smudge and mark the paper, but it never smudges the inked print within the passport itself. Yours Aye.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – 89-years-young today! ‘21st April 1926′
The Queen is Head of State of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms. The elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, she was born in 1926 and became Queen at the age of 25, and has reigned through more than five decades of enormous social change and development.
The Queen is married to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and has four children and eight grandchildren.
During her reign, Her Majesty has given regular audiences to 12 Prime Ministers. The Queen has also met 12 different US presidents.
The Queen has only missed Trooping the Colour once in 1955, when a national rail strike caused the cancellation of the parade.
As she turns 89, the Queen still likes a G&T, adores horse racing and is the most popular royal on Twitter
‘I have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty’s humble and obedient servant’. “Splice the mainbrace!” Gawd Bless You Ma’am… Yours Aye.
Teacher sues rural school over surprise active shooter drill she says left her with post-traumatic stress. Oregon teacher is suing her rural school district over the lingering stress she feels following a surprise active shooter drill that administrators held in 2013.Linda McLean was in her classroom at Pine Eagle Charter School in the tiny town of Halfway in August of that year when a masked man in a hoodie burst in with a gun, lowered it to her head and pulled the trigger. The 56-year-old elementary school teacher had no clue it was a drill to test her ‘preparedness’ or that the gun was loaded with blanks. ‘You’re dead,’ the shooter said. In fact, she believed for a several moments that she would soon die.
Pre-planning & preparation, prevents, piss, poor, performance… I’d grade the drill with a big fat Fail. Yours Aye.
The bombshell book that could derail Hillary’s campaign: Foreign donors to her foundation ‘were rewarded through U.S. policy while she was Secretary of State.’ Hillary Clinton shaped State Department policy to reward big money foreign donors to her family foundation, an explosive new book written by a political foe will claim.
According to author Peter Schweizer there is a clear trend of money flowing into the controversial Clinton Foundation and rewards emerging for donors – in forms such as free trade agreements and development projects. The claims against Clinton, Secretary of State from 2009-13, are laid out in Clinton Cash, due to be published May 5th by HarperCollins.
It is hoped the book will act as a modern-day version of an 18th century Vampire Slaying Box… Which may well be the alternative to stop this hideous creature! Yours Aye.
Head of the FBI claims that Polish people were ‘murderers and accomplices’ who helped kill Jews during the Holocaust – and Poland demands an apology. US Ambassador Stephen Mull will ‘receive a note of protest and a summons for an apology’ over FBI director James Comey’s comments, spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski said on Sunday. (Right – James Comey)
Six million Polish citizens were killed under Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland during World War II. While half of the victims were Jewish, the other half were Christian. Historical records show instances of Poles turning against their Jewish neighbours, either killing them or giving them up to the Nazis. Poles also risked their lives and families to save Jews. The stories of Polish Christians who during WWII (1939-1945) lost their lives saving Polish Jews as well as the Polish rescuers of Jews recognized as the Righteous Among the Nations
He is not the first to drop an international clanger in such a way. Back in 2012 – Obama caused outrage in Warsaw when he labelled a WWII Nazi German facility in occupied Poland used to process Jews for extermination a ‘Polish death camp’. He subsequently expressed ‘regret’ at what he called his inadvertent use of the erroneous term ‘Polish death camp.’ Which isn’t the first time Obama has insulted Poland and its people!
And if I may recommend a couple of books to be purchased for the FBI’s comprehensive library – that the director should read and weep tears of shame; ‘In My Hands': Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer ~ ‘Your Life is Worth Mine': Yours Aye!
The largest Buddhist settlement in the world: Inside the village where 40,000 monks and nuns are segregated and televisions are banned… but iPhones are allowed.Among the green rolling hills in the Larung Gar Valley in China, the last thing you would expect to see in the countryside are thousands of red wooden huts that have been built-in a massive cluster. Despite its secluded location it is home to the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, the world’s largest Buddhist settlement. A vibrant splash of red, this colourful settlement has sprung up in the 1980s and is now a haven for over 40,000 monks and nuns.
Dear Gawd! As a 10-year-old I thought my ‘morning & evening’ news paper round was big. I pity the poor sod that delivers to this lot – you’d need legs the size of the Titanic’s pistons to crack one daily delivery on a push bike… Aye.
‘Shoot me, shoot me!’ Rookie cop praised for NOT firing at murder suspect who charged and threatened him in terrifying confrontation caught on his bodycam. Former Marine Jesse Kidder was in a patrol car chasing Michael Wilcox, who allegedly gunned down is fiance and best friend, in New Richmond on Thursday when they stopped and continued the confrontation on foot. (Wilcox, left & inset – Officer Kidder, right)
The 27-year-old accused killer then started sprinting towards Kidder, asking him to shoot. The officer had been warned by dispatchers the suspect might try ‘suicide by cop’ before he arrived at the scene. At one point Wilcox said: ‘Shoot me or I’ll shoot you’, but the Purple Heart winner refuses and responds by saying: ‘I don’t want to.’ Eventually the suspect surrendered and lay on the ground as backup arrived, allowing Kidder’s partner to handcuff him. After the clip surfaced, Richmond Police Chief Randy Harvey, led the response for the cop’s actions, saying: ‘For him to make the judgment call that he did shows great restraint and maturity.’
He may be a rookie cop ~ but he was a former combat Marine… Credit where it is due, and it is due by the bucket load. Very Well Done Officer Jesse Kidder, may you enjoy a long and honourable second career. Yours Aye.
World’s top Holocaust deniers are filmed at a secret race hate rally where Jews are referred to as the ‘enemy.’ The meeting held at the Grosvenor Hotel, was said to be the most significant gathering of Holocaust deniers Britain has ever seen, with speakers invited from Spain, Canada and the United States. The vile event was observed by a ‘Mail on Sunday undercover team.’ The attendees met at Victoria Station (bottom right), with former BNP thug Richard Edmonds (circled) among them. They were then shepherded to the hotel by retired teacher Michael Woodbridge (left), who wore a lapel badge of the British Union of Fascists and carried a book by its leader Oswald Mosley. The event saw top US Holocaust speaker Mark Weber (top right) take to the stage as well as self-confessed Nazi Pedro Varela (pictured bottom centre, with London socialite Lady Renouf).
They are the few – the utterly despicable few – of which, I call each and everyone repugnant barstewards… Yours Aye.
Saddam Hussein henchman codenamed ‘King of Clubs’ in US military’s list of most wanted in Iraq – is killed near former tyrant’s home city.
A fugitive Iraqi militant leader and the former right-hand man of Saddam Hussein has reportedly been killed in a skirmish. Iraqi officials said Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri had died in fighting with government troops in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad.
Al-Douri, 72, headed the Naqshbandi Order insurgent group, an important faction behind the recent rise of ISIS.
So it’s taken twelve years and a stray bullet to bring justice to the doorstep of this hideous creature – it’s not as if he blended in with his surrounding background! The US Government has asked for the associates of ‘old Ginge’ to form an orderly queue within Tikrit Stadium for the repatriation of his body at 18:00hrs, where two MQ-9 Reapers will be hanging around to show their respects accordingly… Do not pass Go. Do not collect $10,000,000,00 Yours Aye.
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Thinking about another woman while having sex with your partner will make your children gay, declares Iranian cleric Ayatollah Hossein Dehnavi.
“While thinking about another woman while having sex with your wife is not a sin, if she becomes pregnant it will mean the child will be gay.”
Dear Gawd – what extraterrestrial book has he been reading? If his brain was made of dynamite – he wouldn’t have enough to blow his turban off… Yours Aye.
US Navy’s drone CANNON: Delivery system capable of launching 30 swarm bots into the sky in under a minute in a ‘new era’ for warfare. It could be the ultimate weapon – a cannon capable of launching not missiles, but drones. The US Navy says its system will be able to launch a 30 drone ‘swarm’ in under a minute from which the ‘swarm’ is capable of flying together to carry out attack, or defensive missions.
Something you wont hear from a group of ISIS terrorists as they use 14Ib sledgehammers to destroy ancient artefacts: “Isn’t modern technology simply marvellous?” Yours Aye.
The ‘beast’ has been sighted! – And so has the Armoured Chevrolet van being used by the Presidential hopeful…
Hillary Clinton’s now-famous Mystery Mobile, an oversized, armored Chevy van, stopped in Iowa on Tuesday long enough for photographers to catch a glimpse of the vehicle that hauled the former secretary of state from New York to the American midwest.
The beast was also photographed stalking its prey…
The woman is a complete disgrace, she breathes denial – and lives in a delusional bubble. She is not fit for purpose… Yours Aye.
‘I don’t give this one out very often’: HM The Queen presents the Victoria Cross for gallantry to paratrooper Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey – who risked his life three times during intense Taliban firefight to save his comrades.
Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey – the second member of his family to receive the medal – played down his actions and praised his regiment after receiving the honour. The 27-year-old paratrooper from Hampshire is the third serviceman to receive the Victoria Cross (VC) for service in Afghanistan and the only one not to receive it posthumously.
His bravery during the attack on the Taliban base in Bar Now Zad, Helmand province, in August 2013 earned him the British armed forces’ highest gallantry medal. It is just the sixth time the Queen has given a VC to a living, British recipient during her reign.
Very Well Done Red Devil – Thankfully you received it personally, and not posthumously – wear it with pride. Yours Aye.
Of Interest Perhaps: The traditional explanation of the source of the gunmetal from which the medals are struck – is that it derives from Russian cannon captured at the Siege of Sevastopol. Recent research has thrown doubt on this story, suggesting a variety of origins for the material actually making up the medals themselves. It has since been established that the gunmetal for many of the medals came from Chinese cannons that were captured from the Russians in 1855. Today, there is only sufficient metal left for 80 more medals. The London jewellers Hancocks, based in the Burlington Arcade in London, make the medals. The bronze has always been unstable to work with as it has already been worked on when the cannon was made.
The Queen’s Guard being posted on sentry duty slipped on a manhole cover during the popular Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace last week. Unfortunately for him, the entire incident was caught on camera…
The Guardsman lost traction through the hob nails on the soles of his boots contacting the worn manhole cover, which over corrected his balance knocking him sideways
They are obviously Welsh Guards, as their tunic buttons are laid in two groups of five, as well as a set on each sleeve. Judging the ones above they are straight out of the box, as none of them appear to have any ‘brag rags’ (medal ribbons.) We all had to start our military career somewhere – but tripping the light fantastic in full view of the general public is just showing off 😉 He’s not the first to fall foul of the manhole cover, and he won’t be the last. Yours Aye