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I was born on this day 60 years ago. ☹️

(All commiserations gratefully accepted!)

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3 hours ago, Old Frightful said:

I was born on this day 60 years ago. ☹️

(All commiserations gratefully accepted!)

Well done, young 'un.  Have a good day.  Thanks for your consistently worthwhile posts; keep them coming!

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1536 , Anne Boleyn stands trial for adultery , incest and treason and in shock news is found guilty and sentenced to death . Totally  unconnected to that McDonald’s opens its first restaurant 404 years later

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3 minutes ago, The Masked Poster said:

Are you going to do like fellow Hull type Paul Heaton and put a grand behind the bar at a load of pubs? (60?)

*Cough...splutter...hack...*

No.

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                                                                     (Well, we are about to be crucified on Good Friday)
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2 hours ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

Well done, young 'un.  Have a good day.  Thanks for your consistently worthwhile posts; keep them coming!

That's very kind, thank you.

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                                                                     (Well, we are about to be crucified on Good Friday)
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34 minutes ago, DavidM said:

1536 , Anne Boleyn stands trial for adultery , incest and treason and in shock news is found guilty and sentenced to death . Totally  unconnected to that McDonald’s opens its first restaurant 404 years later

I'm sure you can find a link between those two events! 

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Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Wehrmacht occupies Brussels , 1940 … England ( William of Orange ) declares war on France in support of the Dutch Republic 1689 … And also declared war on France in 1756 … British Summer Time introduced 1916 … The Wonderful Wizard of Oz published 1900 …

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Eruption of St Helens 1980 …After seven days the German paratroopers evacuate Monte Cassino 1944… Dracula is published 1897…John Bellingham sentenced to hang for assassinating Spencer Percival 1812… Napoleon proclaimed Emperor 1804 … Britain declares war on France ( lot of that going on you’ve noticed ) 1803 

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A significant day in history for us Napoleonic War buffs. 

Today in 1809 was the decisive day in the Battle of Aspern-Essling where the Austrians successfully repelled the French from crossing the Danube. This was Napoleon's first defeat in a major battle in his entire career and his first defeat of any kind for 10 years since the Siege of Acre in 1799. 

During the battle, Marshal Jean Lannes was killed which was a significant blow to Napoleon, the Marshal being one of his closest friends and most able commanders. It is thought that the loss of Marshal Lannes contributed quite a bit to the eventual loss of the war. 

The battle itself did little to halt Napoleon's march east however, simply slowing his progress as a month later he would make another more successful attempt to cross the Danube, meeting the Austrians again at the Battle of Wagram and winning a huge victory. 

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2 hours ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

Did it ever see combat? 

I thought only the Germans got jets up and running in WW2?

No, it was never put into operational service. Only 2 prototypes were actually built and were essentially built to test and refine different designs of early jet engines. It flew from 1941 to 1944 and one of the two was lost after a critical aileron failure but the research done with the prototypes directly led to the development of the Gloster Meteor which of course was our first operational jet and came into service in 1944.

The Meteor, however, did see a limited amount of operational service in the Second World War. At first they were based in Kent and used to shoot down V1 rockets and once the allies had retaken parts of the continent, a small number were moved to Belgium and the Netherlands. On the continent they were used for armed reconnaisance missions but were never permitted to fly over German-occupied territory in case one should be shot down and captured by the Germans or Soviets. It was hoped that their presence on the continent would provoke the Germans into sending their own jets against ours, so we could try to capture one of theirs as well, but they never did. 

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On 18/05/2023 at 15:52, DavidM said:

Eruption of St Helens 1980 …After seven days the German paratroopers evacuate Monte Cassino 1944… Dracula is published 1897…John Bellingham sentenced to hang for assassinating Spencer Percival 1812… Napoleon proclaimed Emperor 1804 … Britain declares war on France ( lot of that going on you’ve noticed ) 1803 

Was the Knowsley Road ground damaged?

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4 minutes ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

Was the Knowsley Road ground damaged?

£50,000 worth of improvements

I'm here all week

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Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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1 hour ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

No, it was never put into operational service. Only 2 prototypes were actually built and were essentially built to test and refine different designs of early jet engines. It flew from 1941 to 1944 and one of the two was lost after a critical aileron failure but the research done with the prototypes directly led to the development of the Gloster Meteor which of course was our first operational jet and came into service in 1944.

The Meteor, however, did see a limited amount of operational service in the Second World War. At first they were based in Kent and used to shoot down V1 rockets and once the allies had retaken parts of the continent, a small number were moved to Belgium and the Netherlands. On the continent they were used for armed reconnaisance missions but were never permitted to fly over German-occupied territory in case one should be shot down and captured by the Germans or Soviets. It was hoped that their presence on the continent would provoke the Germans into sending their own jets against ours, so we could try to capture one of theirs as well, but they never did. 

So the danger of them stealing the technology meant they weren used? 

How would they have faded against a traditional German fighter jet? I assume they would beich faster?

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