At the height of the Cold War in 1964, only two years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the British Westminster government decided it was a good idea to breach every trade embargo in the book and try to ship a load of Leyland buses to Cuba.
The past is much more interesting when it is penned by people who led much more extraordinary lives than did the kings, queens and statesmen of the past. During his 1,000-mile route march across India to the North-West Frontier and Afghanistan Hindu Kush, Bandsman William Rutter penned his diary. It never crossed his mind that his diary entries penned for family interest would in 200 years’ time fascinate readers all over the world.
I am much amused by a Hagar the Viking cartoon in which Lucky Eddie declares Norwegian girls as being the best. The Norwegian sea bandit responds by declaring that ‘Bulgarian girls are pretty and they’re good cooks.’
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv in ‘solidarity with the Ukrainian people’, reports The Daily Telegraph. As part of the visit, Johnson promised Ukraine another military support and £385 million in World Bank loans.
Story translated from the original German by Gerry Frederics. Frau Paula Hitler (1896-1960), the sister of German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, penned the following statement 12 years after the death of her brother.
A Study of War by Professor Quincy Wright shows that in the period from 1480 to 1940 there were 278 wars involving European countries, whose percentage participation was as follows: ENGLAND 28% FRANCE 26% SPAIN 23% RUSSIA 22% AUSTRIA 19% TURKEY 15% POLAND 11% SWEDEN 9% ITALY 9% NETHERLANDS 8% GERMANY (INCLUDING PRUSSIA) 8%, DENMARK 7%.
There are two things certain in life so it is said; death and taxes. To this might be added regrets and who better to ask what these might be than the angels of mercy, those nurses in palliative care. What are deathbed laments of regret?
When during a televised skirmish Ronald Reagan’s published memoirs came up, the former US president wryly remarked: ‘I hear it’s a terrific book. One of these days I am going to read it myself.’
Vampire suck as the armies’ ruck,
And the beast goes on its way,
Invades and raids each nation’s wealth,
For the blood is the vampire’s pay.
Media drones with hearts like stones,
Launder their nation’s crimes,
While their hoodwinked poor,
At the pauper’s door,
Must suffer such trying times.
A DAY IN IRISH HISTORY: 17 July 1920 – The IRA executes English Army officer Colonel Gerald Bryce Ferguson Smyth in Cork.