Archive for the ‘1700s’ Category

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 XIII would 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!

Nick

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’!

A role we predicted Nigel Farage would be delighted to accept!

Read about Cottingham TV’s first major scoop

Celebrating with turkeys voting for Christmas – and what about the poor turkeys? 🙂

Read about American Thanksgiving

Analysis

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’!

 

Nick

 

Perhaps in this case he should make an exception! read on ..

Profiling President Elect Donald Trump

 

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”!

“The Americas” was the one group of British Colonies that revolted by declaring their Independence and is therefore most likely to side with underdog Nigel Farage ‘Boston-Tea-Party-style’ against the UK Establishment!   

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

Nick