11th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1950 Jeremy Paxman (British broadcaster)

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Died:

John D Rockerfeller Jr (philanthropist)

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On This Day:

1960 The formation of Monty Python

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Have a good Monday, 11th May!

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10th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1955 Homer Simpson (animation – The Simpsons)

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Died:

1818 Paul Revere (American patriot)

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On This Day:

1940 Winston Churchill comes British Prime Minister

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Have a good Sunday, 10th May!

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9th May – Today In History

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Born:

1949 Billy Joel (musician)

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Died:

1966 Alfred Mendelsohn (composer)

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On This Day:

1945 Czechoslovakia freed after Nazi occupation

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Have a good Saturday, 9th May!

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It’s Friday! It’s Friday!

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Yipeeee!

Weekend coming!

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VE Day

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Today is the day where we celebrate the official ending of the Second World War. It was on this day, 1945, that the Germans signed the official, unconditional surrender.

Have we learnt anything? Not so long before the outbreak of WW2, we had concluded WW1 – costing the lives of millions on both sides.

“The War To End All Wars”, they said.

But it didn’t work out that way, did it?

And as humanity, it seems that we are unable to break away from the habit of war – one that is almost as old as mankind.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could learn to live in harmony with each other, tolerating differences? But so long as there is greed and the desire for power in our hearts, there will never be an end to all wars.

Let’s take today, though, to remember the ultimate sacrifice that so many made in the name of freedom, ridding Europe and the world of tyranny – at least for a little while.

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8th May – Today In History

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Born:

1926 Sir David Attenborough (environmentalist and presenter of wildlife documentaries)

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Died:

1982 Gilles Villeneuve (Canadian racing driver – F1)

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On This Day:

1945 Germany signs unconditional surrender, bringing an end to the Second World War

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Have a great Friday, 8th May

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UK Election 2015

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We tend, in the so called Western World, to take our vote rather casually. In fact, it is too often the case that the turnout at the polls is woeful.

People love to complain about the government, but when it actually comes down to making that quick stop by the polling station, we find ourselves too busy or simply too lazy to bother.

This is complacency, and is a sad trend in our society. The excuse, all too often, is that one vote won’t make a difference, or that all the candidates are useless anyway. So why bother.

The reason why we should bother is this:

While we consider the ability to vote (ie have a say in who governs us) is our right, it is also a privilege. Remember that there are many millions living under circumstances and in countries where they get absolutely NO say.

When the average, reasonable man and woman don’t bother to get involved, that is when the lunatic fringe starts to gain strength.

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So the message:

People of the UK – if you haven’t done so already, get yourself off the settee, and go and exercise your right to decide who runs the country! And if you don’t –¬†and you don’t like the election outcome – then you have only yourself to blame!