Monthly Archives: February 2016

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 29th February, 1900 : In late afternoon a detachment of cavalry, appearing on the hills above the town and being called on by a sentry to identify itself, responds with a triumphant cry: “The … Continue reading

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Ballad, by the way of ending

…from the quills of the dead white poets   Francois Villon (1431 – 1463) I Here is ended (both great and small) Poor Villon’s Testament! When he is dead, Come, I pray, to his funeral, Whilst the bell tinkles overhead. … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 27th February, 1907 : The King and Queen drove down a flower-lined route, loyally cheered by large crowds, to open the new Criminal Courts of Justice at Old Bailey today. It was a magnificent … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 26th February, 1951 : American Presidents are to be limited to a maximum term of eight years in office, following the passage of the 22nd Amendment, which has been ratified by 36 of the … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 25th February, 1914 : The paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) now has 100,000 armed men, it was claimed in Belfast today. With British Ministers still silent about their next moves in the crisis over … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 24th February, 1903 : A detachment of the British field force operating against the the “Mad” Mullah in Italian Somaliland struck from the Indian Ocean port of Obbia today. Commanded by General Manning, who … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 23rd February, 1954 : At least 22 people are dead as floods and a cyclone wreak havoc down the coast of New South Wales and Queensland. The cyclone was was one of the worst … Continue reading

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“The Gods Are Dead?”

…from the quills of the dead white poets William Ernest Henley 1849 -1903 The gods are dead? Perhaps they are! Who knows? Living at least in Lempriere undeleted, The wise, the fair, the awful, the jocose, Are one and all. … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 20th February, 1911 : South Australia launched an attack today to shift the Victorian border two-and-a half miles east, but fighting will take place in the High Court rather than in the field. The … Continue reading

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The Sandman on the roll

  …from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger That was a slip of a keyboard, I meant comrade Sandowski a.k.a. Sanders. Who would have believed that the American voters would be stupid enough to consider a geriatric hard-core socialist for … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 18th February, 1949 : Army leaders in Argentina are trying to force President Peron’s wife out of public life. They want her to retire and, preferably, go to live in Europe. Peron has countered … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 17th February, 1955 : The Chairman of the Royal Commission on Espionage, Mr Justice Owen, said today that the payment of £5,000 to the Russian defector, Vladimir Petrov, could be justified a hundredfold. The … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 16th February, 1903 : How porcelain could be used to restore teeth was disclosed to 2,000 American dentists today at the 15th anniversary meeting of the Orthontographic Society of Chicago. Porcelain can replace the … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 15th February, 1950 : Russia and China, the two great Communist nations, today announced they had formed a common, united front against the world. After three months of negotiations Stalin and Mao Tse-tung concluded … Continue reading

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…from the quills of the dead white poets Svatopluk Čech (1846 -1908) Byť celý svět se v úděl dostal tobě, jdi bez radosti dál – toť pouhé nic! Byť celý svět jsi ztratil v sudby zlobě, jdi bez žalosti dál … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 13th February, 1976 : Soviet T-54 tanks, driven by Cuban troops, and backed by MiG fighter planes, are sweeping all before them as they drive into southern Angola, stronghold of the anti-Marxist and Western-backed … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 12th February, 1901 : Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, has decided to create a new Frontier Province in the North of the Punjab, bordering on Afghanistan. The new province will include the tribal … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 11th February, 1908 : Thomas Alva Edison, the prolific American inventor, has settled a long-running dispute over one of his most ingenious devices, the motion picture projector. The inventor of phonograph, the carbon telephone … Continue reading

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Just in case

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger The Leader of the Free World, Hussein Obama if you do not recall, just about solved another problem. The problem is the so called ZIKA virus, and, with due allowance for the propensity … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 10th February, 1978 : Somalia is reported to be preparing to send regular forces into the Ogaden, a Somali-speaking province of Ethiopia, after peasant guerrillas have begun inflicting defeats on Ethiopian units. Behind this … Continue reading

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