The local* history of Christmas: a ‘tree-and-bird‘ story
Which came first: the turkey or the ‘tree?
Grab a last-minute bargain!
Penultimate Cottingham Thursday Market: portable camera pan-around!
Which came first: the Christmas Turkey or the Christmas Tree?
We know the turkey is a species indigenous to North America – so it can’t realistically pre-date Christopher Columbus in 1492 – but it was the enterprising Yorkshireman William Strickland * who settled here in East Yorkshire who first brought six live birds back to the UK from The Americas just 34 years later! So we can say with some certainty that Henry XIIIwould have been the first reigning monarch to have enjoyed eating turkey in court!
‘Modern’ traditional Christmas as we’ve known it for over a Century now in the UK and the Western World was really an invention of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert! But turkeys only became available for all to eat rather than a very expensive exclusive luxury in the 1950s
To get glimpse of life before our ‘traditional’ Christmas we take for granted mostly today, take a peak at Victorian social commentator Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol”. When taken together with his other works, this forms a thought- provoking and disturbing reminder to the Establishment to think of the plight of the working poor and needy at Christmas!
Thanksgiving Day: Food for thought and a time for ‘post truth’ reflection
By giving the News a helping hand ahead of unfolding events** rather than falsifying it, Cottingham TV’s editor has with creative and historical personality profiling and research successfully pre-empted events unfolding – is this also the beginning of a new ‘pre-truth’ politics*?
Ben Franklin pioneered particulate or granular money as popular printed-on-paper (aka cotton, green-back) currency denominations and accounting economics – mirroring his Electroscope (Franklin Jar) invention revealing the particulate nature of electrons and hence their flow and accumulation as electrical charge
Historical Analysis reveals additional similarities between President Donald Trump and Governor Benjamin Franklin – before the days of lawyers and litigation and the age of political correctness they’ve ushered-in: both were masters of invention, fabrication and the (social) media of their time with BF producing scurrilous defamatory printed leaflets about his opponents on his presses! Had modern online social media been on hand to BF as a ‘can-do’ pragmatist and empiricist who wasn’t so hide-bound by rules and regulations back then, democracy as we know it might well have turned out rather differently!
Profiling personalities to predict electoral success – forget the numbers – its about chatacter leadership style and charisma: Nigel Farage and Donald Trump – and Hilary Clinton as ‘rule-breakers’ and ‘rule-makers’!
The word “News” means ‘new’, or better, ‘what’s new’ (as it happens). In the German Language they call the news “Nachrichten” which means ‘after-wrighting’ which translates to ‘interpreting and reporting what’s happened after the event’ (post-truth analysis). This raises the question posed by Evelyn Waugh: should the newscaster ‘pre-empt’ the news by helping make it happen or should he/she remain a dispassionate or objective, even ‘scientific’ observer and sit on the fence **?
It’s worth noting here that those readers who are ‘of an academic or intellectual persuasion’ are encouraged to disregard the tabloid ‘popular’ press and read the broadsheets instead.
As a further aside worthy of a Mark Twain observation, ‘trust the Germans to leave the reader in suspense until the very end of each overly-long sentence where they gather-up all the important verbs and then spring ‘the truth’ on the reader catching him unawares – the shock of the News – it’s really quite shocking indeed!
Best left as is (the news, that is) and remain objective, as to interfere with it would make matters infinitely worse, as the more orderly, rule-based, pessimistic and perhaps more cynical and sensible Germans might surmize’!
Has Nigel Farage Over-reached Himself with “Delusions of Grandeur” as did Lawrence of Arabia a Century Ago?
WW1: the Arab Uprising: T.E. Lawrence, a latterday celebrity and legend in his time, an Arabic languages student, linguist and Oxford scholar, was recruited by British Intelligence and he ‘went native’ with the Arabian tribes to assist King Faisal in the Arab Uprisings
A double whammy warning from history awaits those that would interfere with due democratic process, the Establishment, its bureaucracy and elected representatives!
British Democracy, Rule of Law, tax collecting and governmental administration aka “The Establishment” are intimately intertwined and together they deal relentlessly with revolutionaries upstarts and those that would meddle and tinker with the ‘dead hand’ of due bureaucratic process! In such a way it has put down many colonial uprisings and even enslaved and bent continents to its will including in the most recent past!
Lawrence of Arabia was treated very shabbily – especially after WW1 when the British Establishment ‘closed ranks’ on him
Like Icarus, the mythical Greek birdman with wings fastened on by wax and string that melted when it flew too high and hence too close to the sun or too low and hence ecome too damp and heavy from the sea, will a fall from grace await Nigel Farage, or will he face the indifference of the British Establishment? To Nigel, the thought of this will probaly chime with his Anti-European Union ‘red lines’ comment about “likened to being savaged by a dead sheep“!
Trump Declares on his Election: “Let’s Make This Our Independence Day”!
Is Theresa May in danger of making a grave error of judgement if she underestimates the influence of Nigel Farage in the Trump Administration?
In upholding Democracy has Nigel Farage been hoist by his own Petard?
Hopefully the UK Government will see sense and not behave in a niggardly way towards him as they have towards so many others over the decades and Centuries, including Benjamin Franklin, Charles de Gaulle, Alan Turing .. the list goes on
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Europe? Climate Change? Don’t forget to fuss the dog!
Europe? Get a dog!
Cottingham.tv urges more people in public office to own dogs!
Dogs can teach their owners quite a bit about basic human behaviour and empathy.
Our democratic system is after all based on localism, not globalism!
If you live locally, then you feel it is your right to obtain fair employment opportunities locally too – especially if you are white, UK-born, male and working-class!
Following on from the tragic killing of local MP Joe Cox, from West Yorkshire: however far-sighted and global your thoughts relating to politics are, local people and their interests need to be prioritized and supported too!
You may have heard of politicians kissing babies – a kind of ‘mother-fussing’ if you get the drift, but dog owners know about having empathy with their canine companions, and many also likely own guns – especially in America. In fact one can go further and state that guns and dogs go had-in-hand and wo-betide the politician who neglects this basic friending technique! If you don’t want your new baby to be attacked by your jealous yet most favourite canine companion, just remember to fuss the dog!
Understanding the building blocks of basic human psychology through dog-owning
Building empathy surely means adopting the politics of building rapport and localism with your electorate on an individual basis?
Paws for thought
Political Empathy-building with the Electorate
Cottingham.tv’s editorial is also under pressure to forget the big global stories and bring reporting back down to a local level! Do you have a story to tell?
Politicians neglect this at your peril: people have basic human rights to work, self-respect and ownership of and within their local environment.
If you understand animals, you may just have a chance of understanding Human Beings too, at least in the minds-eye of many members of the National Rifle Association – although some may disagree!
It would be a sorry situation indeed if dog-owning was outlawed by red tape and criminal liability for damages – we would then be completely freed to ‘lose the leash’ (lose the plot) with empathy and localism altogether! Declare it null and void: ignore it as an uncomfortable truth!
Last night, the BBC broadcast two most interesting programmes on American Life: firstly the US President emphasising the reality of Climate Change visiting National Parks over the weekend and secondly coverage of life and inequality for poor Blacks living in Missouri. To win hearts and minds, you need to think local too!
For all your local dog requirements in Cottingham: –
Centripetal force as acceleration (g) = 0.5591219790816185 = 5.6 m.s(-2)
Or has the Editor got it wrong?
Q. Could 0.5591 .. g actually mean 5.591 .. g? (being careful with your measures expressed as “equivalent units”)
A. No, as the calculator also has a m.s (-2) acceleration (deceleration) readout where 1.0 g approximates to 10 m.s(-2) or expressed in plain English, the acceleration of an object falling freely under gravity (being dropped to the ground) at or around sea level accelerates at 9.81 m.s(-2) (approximately 10.0 m.s(-2) therefore)
Found: other independent estimates of space ship’s length: “Orion”
Fairground Rides – roller-coasters 🙂
5.5 g is quite unpleasant compared to 1g (as we experience our full weight standing on the ground still) – and a fairground roller-coaster ride may only ‘pull’ as much as 4 or 6g in the z axis (acting forwards and or upwards through the seated body). Pull-down, pull-back and lateral forces (x, y and y axees) are far more unpleasant and potentially damaging – height and age restrictions also apply! Injuries can and do happen – fun does have an element of danger and risk!
Q. Given all the problems with long-term exposure to weightlessness in space like loss of fitness, muscle and bone mass, will astronaut Tim Peake wish the designers at the ESA had made the ISS to be rotating?
Q. The Editor’s estimate of the rotation and diameter of the space station were slightly too slow and too small respectively. Can you change the figures to approach an optimum 1.0 g using the calculator? The value for g was too low at 0.55912 g – however this might be quite sufficient for long-term exposure on space missions to Mars as it may reduce the hull stresses, size of space ship and hence mass involved. Scientists will no doubt work this out! There is a further question: what happens to the human sensation of rotation when she is subjected to 1.0 or more RPM over sustained periods?
A. No, since in a rotating body the centripetal force is always acting tangentially outwards in the direction of rotation, so the supporting floor will have to be on the outside surface of the spining body to allow the occupants (also rotating) to experience gravity as a deceleration force pulling them in and towards the floor giving the impression of centrifugal force (unless they’re riding a roller-coaster – that is!)
Q. Referring to the figure above; how would you break down the calculation to include ‘x’, ‘y’ ad ‘z’ axees to create a more costant model for ‘g’ as the space station rotates through a full 360 degrees?
Wishing Mark Perkins as the new owner of Cottingham Health & Fitness success!
Located by Cottingham Allsorts above the shops opposite the Market
86a King Street, Cottingham HU16 5QE (it’s well signposted and located centrally)
Opening hours now extended
9AM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, 10AM to 2PL Saturday and closed Sundays
Additions to the weights section featured
Pay as you go options retained
£5.00 per session payg, £20 monthly membership fee retained and £15 per session with a personal trainer for members, £20 for no-members
Contact Mark on 07854 808682
The pay as you go option and convenient access with local parking on the Green is attractive to the editor as an occaisional member and local resident who can pop in, shower and dress from home quickly
If you have a tendency to gain weight gradually without noticing and then try to lose it periodically but resolve to keep it steady this convenient venue could be right for you. The editor is an ‘air breather’ i.e. an aerobic ‘panter’ (as opposed to an ‘anaerobic load-pusher’ who just wants to maintain his expandable waistline rather than change his basic shape 🙂
PCC Candidate Keith Hunter would be pleased to help you with your enquiries!
He will be publicly accountable to each and all of of us as if elected as our representative commissioning the police
We’d like to have also quizzed him about traffic management including pedestrian cyclist and road safety, given the speed restrictions and limited cycle paths and also given the serious road accidents we’ve had just in the last couple of days including Eppleworth/Raywell (Thursday) and yesterday (Friday) in Spring Bank in Hull days just after the interview.
Serious crime including gun-carrying appears to be mainly limited to West Yorkshire, with a few exceptions
Roy Carmichael 002, 008: Cutty Sark and Last Voyage
Local organizers – local artists!
Haltemprice Art Group
Haltemprice Art Group
Do you recognise this ‘not such a bad old cove’
Local artists painting local scenes and events are a delight to behold and to own!
Labour of love: numerous local events are being held throughout the region so there are plenty more opportunities to see their work
Great effort goes into producing works of art – and you don’t have to be wealthy to own them. They can also work to compliment an interior design or even simply a decorative colour scheme – or even just to set the tone for visitors to your home – or factory or office.
Art is, like beauty what you make it to be and what you make of it, in the eye of the beholder!
Practitioners to Academia: get real and come down from your ivory towers?
Academia to Practitioners: but we don’t like your methods!
A victim of its’ own success?
To see our input, just google “hive mind financial ecosystems” and then “behavioural economics”
Cottingham.tv’s Editor has been lobbying for such multi-disciplinary changes to bring psychology and other disciplines into economics, goverment and social working practises proposing such multi-disciplinary approaches across IT including “big data” as an afilliate member of the IEEE SSIT group for over a decade now
-having faced brick walls in local and regional academia, business and finance, it’s good to have some vindication!
– even if it seems recognition is as far off as ever .. or is it?
Why does the market obsess about general industrial social and economic trends and processes as a herd, yet ignore individuals and their unique roles in building successful trail-blazing enterprises and initiatives?
The exceptions always seem to disprove the rules or dictats laid down by academia and business practice that may be blinkering graduates
for every conglomerate there is a Steve Jobs or a Mark Zuckerberg who breaks the established mould!
Perhaps what is interesting to note is that business practices evolve over time and that they are fluid and not set in stone.
Quality and Quantity: It’s the story behind the what, where, when, where and why you report on – rather than just the how much!
Our Editorial is viewed by Google as more than just that of content providers, more than just page space-filler or padding; more than mere “Jouralistic Aspirin“, as our irritable and grumpy old English teacher used to say in school mockingly after we handed in our then hand-written homework, sometimes copied with screeds of text taken straight out of the textbooks!
Note: I’m willing bet with hindsight old C.C. from Riley High suffered from IBS – as well as plagiarism-induced reading headaches Ed – I liked him 🙂
Top of the Pops
Our top 38 post stats to date from 1st December 2015 to date: –
Viewing Statistics – p1 of 2
It’s the amount of journalistic page-filler, pretty pictures that consume too much bandwidth to download, distracting adverts and
Viewing Statistics – p2
low-grade interpretation that puts people off – therefore we try not to insult our readers intelligence!
In some cases we will succeed, in others we will fail abjectly 🙂
What 3 points are particularly revealing from the above stats: –
people are interested in finding out about local businesses politics and affairs
quality begets more views than quantity alone – but you need both to become a good writer – and create a traffic hub for your market place!
the early bird catches the worm: our posts keep on getting hits (views, reads) well after they are published, thanks to their favourable positioning in google search rankings and informative, interesting content!
Tip: if you are having difficulty reading the numbers from the images, try viewing this on a larger screen PC. They appear as readable OK on the editors smaller smart phone at least.
To our disgruntled fellow Sun readers and their likes ‘trying to keep abreast of a difficult situation’ or worse, ‘still struggling to maintain a hard copy on the side’, this is regarded as a compliment, not in any way degrading! 🙂
Further charts and quarterly figures are available on request. Our most popular page by far was the review of artist Anselm Kiefer’s London Exhibition over a year ago with over 4,500 views, we think establishing Cottingham.tv as a player in online jouralism!
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Having the gift of the gab is rarer than you might suppose:
lifes journey, sometimes refered to as the bumpy road, can be made a lot easier and smoothed-out if you have it and a lot rougher if you don’t!
Although Sir Terry was much liked, the Editor struggled at first to find common ground here: the Eurovision Song Contest and its organizers as headquartered in Vienna which he visited briefly last year – and bumped into on the central station there, managing to crack a joke with the Station Master about golf whilst not personally considering retirement just yet. He thought it was more funny than the Editor did at the time – but we do share a slight sense of dark humour with our Saxon friends, also having a bit more of the Blarney in common. Terry didn’t take things (work, retirement or life) at all too seriously it appeared, including humour itself that is, unlike our foreign German-speaking friends 🙂
The Editor thinks both Terry Wogan and David Bowie read and listened to music and the arts widely (as enthusiastic autodidactic learners rather than structured academically-trained thinkers) and that therefore they were able to experiment more freely with ideas.
Bawler or Boomer?
Terry was certainly a boomer, never a bawler!
Life compared to a Waltz rather than a bumpy road
As he might have said: And now for some some steam music? Why for steam radio of course – to be enjoyed by older boilers like me – and you, and you!
To be followed hastily by; and of course younger boilers like your dear self, Madam!
(In typically self-deprocating manner)
And something for Radio 2 Listeners?
This one’s definitely more for Radio 3 listeners however: –
In some ways, life for Terry could be regarded as a waltz rather than a bumpy road, rather like Johann Strauss’ steam engine where dancers glide and reciprocate in gentle circular motion with each other – rather than clash up against immovable obstacles! Perhaps this is why people liked the elegance of steam engines compared with the rough argy-bargy of engine and carriage-shunting, Diesels, buffers and all the ‘stop-go’ motion involved in marshalling yards!
Round House Turntable – seeing things in the round – good things like music come in round packages
And for a Radio 4 type discussion perhaps..
Waltz piano sheet (and pianola) music from Vienna: the popular music of the time
The Editor claims also to be 1/16th. Irish though, from those Kellys from Cork rather than neighbouring Limerick.
Let us know of your encounters – witticisms, be they informal, remote or otherwise, with Sir Terry!
Terry shared with the Editor a common reluctance for having scripts for what he said live and online, and much of what Terry said was indeed straight from the heart and un-rehearsed, which gave it a spontaneity – and also made him inadvertently a master of understatement.