Archive for November, 2010

Sunday 28th November 2010

Posted in Stuffed. on November 28, 2010 by uppyalf

Bidford-on-Avon Christmas Lights presents the annual ‘switch on’ taking place on Sunday 28 November 2010 starting at 4.45pm in The Square, High Street, Bidford-on-Avon.This year’s celebrity is singer, songwriter and actress Toyah Willcox.Many stalls and attraction. Brrrrrrrrrrrr Toyah ! Its a Christmas Tree. Bish! See Us there!

Don’t you think Toyah looks a little like ALf when he was younger in this picture of her from the 80s?


Friday 26th November 2010

Posted in Stuffed. on November 26, 2010 by uppyalf

Our beloved park owner has increased the rent yet again by 4.6% this will gross him on this park alone £32,000 a year on 24 homes.All this when the country is in economic meltdown. All he does is cut the bit of grass that is left once a week.

He increases this every year by the RPI and this year it is 4.6%.

Last year the RPI went down -1.4 and did we see a rent decrease NO!

He is just a greedy person.


Greed is an excessive desire to possess wealth or goods with the intention to keep it for yourself; Greed (Latin, avaritia), also known as avarice or covetousness, is, like lust and gluttony, a sin of excess. Greed is inappropriate expectation. However, greed is applied to a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of wealth, status, and power.

Legalised Extortion.

The term extortion is often used metaphorically to refer to usury or to price-gouging, though neither is legally considered extortion. It is also often used loosely to refer to everyday situations where one person feels indebted against their will, to another, in order to receive an essential service or avoid legal consequences. For example, certain lawsuits, fees for services such as banking, unreasonable rent,  automobile insurance, gasoline prices, and even taxation, have all been labeled “legalized extortion”.


Sunday 21st November 2010

Posted in Stuffed. on November 21, 2010 by uppyalf

Saturday 20th November 2010

Posted in Stuffed. on November 20, 2010 by uppyalf

Don’t be fooled by this!

Follow Up to Lily and Mo’s trip to parliament.

Friday 19th November 2010

Posted in Stuffed. on November 19, 2010 by uppyalf

A question from and a reply to our face book friend Shannon.

November 19 at 4:31am
Dear UppyAlf, 

I send you the fondest greetings, as one who has been delighted in your choice of words, images, et al. You are a delight.

I fling myself before you, as one who has only a modest familiarity with UK politics, to ask you to describe, solely for my own enlightenment, the motives and intent of your Republican party. As an American, or more specifically, a North American Currently Residing in the United States of America (whatever that means) the term “Republican” has a very specific current political meaning to me; i.e. “Tea Party”; as is distinct from former (U.S.) Republicans such as Lincoln; (good thinker, heck of a president) or Eisenhower; (who warned us all, it must be said, about the dangers of the military industrial complex) and as compared with current Tea Party Favorites, such as Palin and O’Donnell, who are Nutters from Hell.

My understanding of the “levellers” is that they were a group of people, during the English civil wars, who held to a very just system of thought, in that:

Taxation should be proportionate,
freedom of religion, no imprisonment for debt,
no capital punishment, save for murder,
no trial but by jury.

These seem like fine ideals to me, as a Democrat. I recently voted to increase my own taxes, for the good of country, but I was voted down by very angry Republicans.
As a person who holds your system of government in high esteem, as an example of how it ought to be, as one who clings to the idea that I might flee to your great country if mine becomes ruled solely by xenophobic fundamentalists who feel that doing unto others is great as long as it doesn’t benefit their neighbors; I ask you to help me out of my confusion, if humanly possible, at which point, I can “like” your Republican party on Facebook, or not, in good conscience.



Nice graphics, by the way!

Gosh Shannon you are really an amazing mind of interest.

We will try to pen or word process an honest reply to this very honest and interesting question.

As you are aware we are just two simply folk who in all truthfulness just want what is right for all. Not what is right for might.

Today in the UK there is a kind of oppression beginning to appear. Everywhere the politicians are saying we have to tighten our belts and things are going to get lean and mean.

We have had a fantastic health service, police force, fire and ambulance system and these what in our minds are vital services are being squeezed into decline.

Everywhere we see people who have made money. Lots of this money has been made through illegal ways. Sport people and Television and Movie people are paid obscene amounts of money to do what is a trivial pursuit of glory.

Women are still being paid a lower wage in most respects and the National Minimum Wage from October 2010 for workers aged 21 is £5.93 an hour.

This minimum wage is a joke. It should be a fair days pay for a fair days work.

If a man or a woman is doing an equal job the pay should be equal.

In some case young people under 21 are doing the work of over 21’s this should then be equal.

Real jobs are required. The state of our work situation is awful and a lot of the jobs are being sent out abroad at the exploitation of the poorer work forces of the third world.

Many people are volunteering to do work like fire fighting etc; which is all well and good and an honest approach by them but really the state should be providing these positions as real work for the people to make an honest truthful contribution to the state and be paid in kind for there work.

People with money are buying land and property and like in Victorian England are renting these properties for vast amounts of money to people who cannot afford a home of their own to raise family and children. Most of these properties land lorded over are poor and unfit for habitation. Many are large homes housing many young people in one room paying £500 plus a month and The minimum wage is £.5.93 per hour.

If these properties were rented out at an honest rate then the minimum wage may be sufficient to live on and not the fat cats scrape the cream.

Taxation is through the roof. Petrol prices have risen by 2.5ppl from £1.15 and I have seen it £1.28 per litre. The minimum wage is £.5.93 per hour.

Green issues are great but again anything that is green or good for you are more expensive and we are told that it costs more to produce. I do not believe this.

The royals will indirectly benefit from the £200m extra that the Government will invest in offshore wind farms and in the port facilities needed to handle them.

The number of turbines operating around Britain’s coastline is scheduled to grow from 436 at present to around 6,400 in 2020, creating thousands of new jobs and generating tens of millions of extra income for the Crown Estate.

Prince Charles is a well-known campaigner for offshore wind turbines and other forms of clean energy — although he strongly disapproves of wind turbines sited in beauty spots on land, describing these as a “horrendous blot on the landscape”. He refused to have them built on his Highgrove estate.

The estate owns about £6bn worth of land and other assets, bringing in last year a profit of £210m.

The development of wind turbines could more than double that annual figure.

The royal family is another matter.

This is a big issue. My father and grandfather all fought wars for king or queen and country but these are out dated 21st century nonsense’s.

I don’t know how we would level this situation?

I would just like them as a massive group along with their lords and ladies to see that this can no longer continue in the 21st century.

In our minds REPUBLIC is a great word we like the sound of it.

It sounds honest.

The Levellers were trying to put it right.

It is an interesting and sad episode in English history.

They were fighting for parliament to rid this country of tyranny only to have it replaced by another tyrant who executed them, banished them and imprisoned them and made them lower than they were before.

These people who were now in power were the Lords and gentry who had enclosed the common land and forced the ordinary people into starvation and serfdom again.

That is one of the reasons along with freedom of religion that the people went to war with the crown for in the first instance.

Katherine Chidley (1616–1653) was a religious controversialist & Leveller.

Her origins and background are unknown but by the late 1640s she had emerged as the leader of Leveller women.

In 1649 several hundred Leveller women besiged Parliament in support of the Leveller leader John Lilburne. Who was again imprisoned by parliament.

In their petition the Leveller women justified their political activity on the basis of ‘our creation in the image of God, and of an interest in Christ equal unto men, as also of a proportional share in the freedoms of this Commonwealth’.

When John Lilburne found himself on trial again in 1653, Chidley rallied to his defence organizing a petition to Barebone’s Parliament that reportedly gathered over 6000 female signatures. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography reports that they were informed Parliament could not notice the petition,

‘They being women and many of them wives, The Law took no notice of them’.

The information above is just a tiny glimpse at the histories of what The Levellers were all about. They had many issues that would not work or stand up today but the basic facts are  honest and truthful.

There is more I can write but I would need to think hard on it all.

Thank you for your interest.

Mankind should be our business.

Scrooge says to Marley.

Ebenezer: But it was only that you were an honest man of business!
Jacob Marley: BUSINESS? Mankind should be my business! Their common welfare should have been my business!

Below is an interesting article on the Levellers.

The True Levellers’ Standard Advanced

Gerrard Winstanley – the Digger – was one of the first individuals to clearly identify the extension of private property rights to land as mankind’s fundamental flaw.  His clear understanding of The Earth as a gift bequeathed to all mankind ‘without respect of persons’ is articulated in a visionary flow of spirited prose.

The Levellers and the Diggers were inextricably connected, not just in time or in their social and political vision. When they first moved on to St George’s Hill in Surrey on April 1st 1649 the Diggers called themselves The True Levellers. They saw themselves as a more visionary and less compromising movement. Gerrard Winstanley and his friend’s words speak for themselves.


Gerrard Winstanley, Selected Writings, Aporia Press, available from The Land Is Ours

Why celebrate The Diggers?

Aug98 – by Tony Gosling and Jim Paton

The English Civil War was a pivotal point in world history. Politcal power was seized by the burgeoning English merchant class, which went on to create the industrial Revolution and build one of the biggest exploitative empires the world has ever seen. In the late 1640s, Cromwell was constructing the police state on which his middle class revolutiuon would be based.

The British education system leaves us with an image of Roundheads and Cavaliers, Parliament fighting the King. Parliament, teachers explain, was more representative than the King and so Cromwell’s victory was a victory for the people. But history is not always as it seems, particularly when ‘written by the winners’.

The parliament of the day was anything but representative. Elections had been suspended and soldiers, on several occasions, were in the Houses of Parliament, arresting MP’s who would not toe the line. It was a schizophrenic war, with roundhead soldiers frequently having more to fear from their own commanders than the so called enemy. This gives ironic credence to the view that the most distinguishing difference between the warring parties was in the style of their officers’ hats.

Research since the 1940s by historians Christopher Hill, H.N. Brailsford, Brian Manning and others has begun to bring recognition to long-neglected popular civil war movements and events. The Levellers were a vast popular movement which took its name from the anti-enclosure activists earlier in the century. The Levellers are only now being acknowledged as the first political faction on either side of the Atlantic to organise itself on a pattern of democratic self-government.

When Leveller pamphleteer John Lilburne was arrested and tried for treason events in the courtroom were relayed out to thousands jamming the streets around Guildhall. When he died, tens of thousands of ordinary Londoners turned out to pay their respects at what is now thought to have been the largest funeral of the century.

Most textbooks still skim over the people’s war. One present-day history teacher even testifies to having been reprimanded by her headmistress for giving a lesson on the Levellers. In some schools they are still considered ‘too political’.

The Leveller women, Elizabeth Lilburne and Katherine Chidley amongst others, were centuries ahead of their time. Tens of thousands of women signed their equal rights petitions but when thousands of women delivered one of them to parliament they received short shrift. They were told by Cromwell’s Parliamentarians to ‘go home and wash the dishes’.

The war was a time of great popular ferment. It was by no means clear what form of government would replace the monarchy and the Leveller party pulled together many visions of a better country and a better world. There was a great deal of discussion, especially within the parliamentary army, about what had been wrong with the old system and how best to replace it.

Printing had been strictly controlled by the Stationers Guild before the war. But sympathetic Leveller soldiers liberated presses and publisher Giles Calvert (the name resurrected by Calverts Press in Shoreditch today) helped ensure that Leveller ideas were available to counter Royalist and Parliamentarian propaganda. Lilburne’s ‘Agreement of the People’ captured ordinary people’s vision of a fairer more representative government of which England could be proud. A definite improvement on the monarchy. Many of the liberties enshrined in the ‘Agreement’ was an inspiration subsequently acknowledged by radical reformers right across the world.

So worried were the Parliamentarians by Leveller literature that they had the pamphleteers imprisoned and lying propaganda was issued to discredit them. As a final body-blow Cromwell’s ‘mercenary dammne crew’ treacherously decimated the final regiments of faithful Leveller soldiers.

The Diggers appeared in a nation wracked by the fallout of war just as this end-game was being played out. On 1st April 1649 calling themselves the ‘True Levellers’ they occupied a small area of common land at St. George’s Hill near Weybridge in Surrey. Winstanley believed in a radical form of Christianity spelt out in confessional pamphlets like ‘The Saint’s paradice’:

“To my beloved friends, whose souls hunger after sincere milk.

Dear friends, It hath been the universall condition of the earth (mankind) to be over-spread with a black cloud of darkness ; and the knowledge of the King of righteousness hath been manifested but in some few scattered ones… …I spoke the name of God, and Lord, and Christ, but I knew not this Lord, God and Christ; I prayed to a God but I knew not where he was, nor what he was, and so walking by imagination, I worshipped that devill, and called him God; by reason wherof my comforts were often shaken to pieces, and at last it was shewed to me, That while I builded upon any words or writings of other men, or while I looked after a God without me, I did but build upon the sand, and as yet I knew not the rock.”

To Winstanley mankind is the Lord of the Creation, but he was always careful to explain that using the term “mankind” included women as fully as men. Sovereignty is given to each soul to use for good or ill as they choose. The thought of some sovereign force outside the sphere of the individual he saw as an insult to “the great creator, Reason”.

Declaring the earth a ‘common treasury for all’ Gerrard Winstanley went further than the Levellers had dared. With his 40 or so supporters he issued a peaceful challenge to all the nation to come and join him, to help cast off the ‘Norman yoke’ and liberate the land of England forever. To set an example the world could follow.

Winstanley called this practical manifesto ‘The True Levellers’ Standard Advanced’. He was expanding on Leveller ideas to tackle issues even more fundamental to the plight of common people.

For all their popular support most Levellers believed it would only be necessary to revise the parliament. The Diggers went further, tackling social questions that Levellers had only touched on. Questions like whether the state has any jurisdiction over those not willingly consenting to it. In Winstanley’s vision there was no place for the familiar institutions the Levellers wanted to reform.

Central in his analysis was addressing the hard fact of land poverty and dispossession, leaving those who had been masters of their own destiny in the clutches of ‘Lords of Manors and Lords of the Land.’ When Winstanley addressed England’s landowners in ‘a declaration of the poor oppressed people of England’ he struck at the very root of class divisions:

“…the earth was not made purposely for you, to be Lords of it, and we to be your Slaves, Servants, and Beggars; but it was made to be a common Livelihood to all, without respect of persons: And that your buying and selling of Land, and the Fruits of it, one to another, is The Cursed thing, and was brought in by War; which hath, and still does establish murder, and theft, in the branches of some parts of Mankinde over others,…”

Winstanley straightforwardly exposed what he saw as the fraud of the civil war as Lilburne had done before him. It was a popular point of view in 1649 which is only recently being acknowledged:

“O thou powers of England, though thou hast promised to make this People a Free People, yet thou hast so handled the matter, through thy self-seeking humour, That thou hast wrapped us up more in bondage, and oppression lies heavier upon us; not only bringing thy fellow creatures, the Commoners, to a morsel of Bread, but by confounding all sorts of people by thy Government…”

He was determined to strike at the root causes of social conflict. In spirited prose, he explained why the Diggers had chosen to act and spelt out his vision for an equitable future.

And the First Reason is this, That we may work in righteousness, and lay the Foundation of making the Earth a Common Treasury for All, both Rich and Poor, That every one that is born in the Land, may be fed by the Earth his Mother that brought him forth, according to the Reason that rules in the Creation. Not Inclosing any part into any particular hand, but all as one man, working together and feeding together as Sons of one Father, members of one Family; not one Lording over another, but all looking upon each other as equals in the Creation;

As the Diggers built their makeshift settlement their pamphlets and their ideas were spreading. The common at St. George’s Hill was planted with parsnips, carrots and beans. Several more Digger colonies sprang up around the country, especially in Buckinghamshire and Kent, with a major settlement at Wllingborough in Northamptonshire.

The local clergyman-landowner, Parson Platt, dismissed Winstanley’s Christian creed and that of his squatters. Means legal and illegal were used to confiscate livestock and destroy the encampment and crops, leaving the Digger community without food. But the Diggers didn’t give up. The colony at St.George’s Hill lasted only a few months, but they moved to another site near Cobham, where they were able to stay longer and raise crops. As the year wore on and winter came, however, conditions were increasingly cold and grim. Eventually they were defeated by constant attacks and oppression after a year, as malnutrition and general ill-health took their toll. Other Digger settlements lasted longer and the colony at Wellingborough gave money to support the Surrey Diggers as their venture came to an end.

Though the experiment had ended the vision refused to go away.

In the same way that Leveller ideas were taken up by…. Thomas Paine and others so the Digger philosophy has stuck. It can be traced in the Monmouth Rebellion, in the French Revolution and amongst its supporters in other countries, in the Paris Commune and in British land struggles throughout the last two centuries. In the tradition of social equity there are few that have stripped social assumptions back so far as Winstanley. His critiques transcend concepts of left or right. Winstanley’s demanded no less than direct personal access to natural resources.

His convictions on common ownership reflected those of the Christian apostles:

“Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common.” Acts 4.32

Winstanley equated the extension of private property rights with evil and the concept of participative common rights with good. He particularly highlighted land as the key resource being privatised or inclosed in his day, directly against the interests and wishes of dispossessed commoners.

By the early 1900’s almost all land in Britain had been inclosed. Leaving the vast majority of the population landless, taking their livelihood through others.

The capitalist champions of private ownership have had to make new inroads, both deregulating and defiling remaining commons such as the seas and the air and bringing even the natural monopolies such as public utilities into private ownership.

Rights once thought inalienable have been recently stripped away in legislation such as the Criminal Justice Act 1995 and Police Act 1997. Meanwhile private property rights are being extended even into the building blocks of life itself.

The Landlords are being surpassed. Indian writer Vandana Shiva recently coined the expression ‘Lifelords’ for companies such as Monsanto new owners of copyrighted strains of living material. The extension of private property rights is now reaching unheard of proportions

What unnerving foresight Winstanley showed in his warnings and how can we not take up his challenge to those who followed him to continue his work.

“And here I end, having put my Arm as far as my strength will go to advance Righteousness: I have Writ, I have Acted, I have Peace: and now I must wait to see the Spirit do his own work in the hearts of others, and whether England shall be the first Land, or some others, wherin Truth shall sit down in triumph.”
A Bill of Account of the most Remarkable Sufferings that the Diggers have met with… Gerrard Winstanley 1649/50.

Tony Gosling is a researcher with The Land Is Ours Jim Paton works at the Advisory Service for Squatters, 2 St Paul’s Road, LONDON N1

Reply to our reply from Shannon

November 20 at 4:19am
Dear UppyAlf, 

This is a far more considered and eloquent a response than I had ever hoped of receiving; and I am grateful for it.

I wonder, sometimes, how often semantics or metaphors distort or stray the reader from the written word, and in this case, I have to say that it is a case of “two peoples divided by a common language” – in the sense that I had feared you were in any way related to the “republicans” of my commonly understood, completely continent-centric meaning of the word.

I understand you now, I think, to have the best of every christian impulse, free of every dogma, and the best of every enlightenment understanding, free of every mechanical over-simplification. Thank you, UppyAlf, I like you very much!

Thursday 18th November 2010

Posted in Stuffed. on November 18, 2010 by uppyalf

This is the emblem of the new UARP The UppyALf Republican Party. Never mind UKIP and NEW LABOUR and the COALITION.

This is the new true party of the people. Taking up once again the Sea Green Banner of THE LEVELLERS.

The Sun in Splendour on a blue sky background with a level playing field foreground representing the new dawn of united level thinking men and women of The United Kingdom. We can make this a heaven on earth.


2010 The UppyALf Republican Party is formed in Welford UK
2004 Clinton Library opens in Little Rock Arkansas, containing 2 million photographs and 80 million documents
1997 Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion draft
1997 FBI says no evidence of foul play in 1996 TWA 800 crash
1997 Mavericks’ A C Green ties Randy Smith’s NBA record of 906 cons games
1997 Rare black pearl necklace auctioned for record $902,000
1997 Willem de Kooning painting, “Two Standing Women,” sold for $4,182,500
1996 Eappens hire Louise Woodward as nanny, later she’s charged with murder
1995 Jacqueline Aguilera Marcano, 19, of Venezuela, crowned 45th Miss World
1995 Sam’s Town Bowling Invitational won by Michelle Mullen
1994 “Star Trek VII – Generations,” premieres
1993 27 killed at prison in Morazan, El Salvador
1993 Black and white leaders in South Africa approve new democratic constitution
1993 NAFTA passes House of Representatives
1993 North-Siberia record cold for November (-55 degrees C)
1993 Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder arrested for public drunkiness
1993 WWF boss Vince McMahon charged with steroid distribution
1992 “Malcolm X” with Denzel Washington premieres in US
1992 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Las Vegas, Nevada on KXTE 107.5 FM
1991 France deports Marlon’s daughter Cheyenne Brando to Tahiti
1991 Moslem Shites release hostages Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland
1991 Auburn men’s basketball team was placed on 2 yr probation for recruiting violations and is not eligble for post-season play in 1991-92
1990 “Fiddler on the Roof” opens at Gershwin Theater New York City for 241 performances
1990 1st Solheim Cup: U.S. beats Europe 11 -4 at Lake Nona CC FLA
1990 NFL New York Giants beat Det Lions 20-0, to run 1990 record to 10-0
1990 Saddam offers to free an estimated 2,000 men held in Kuwait
1989 Penn is 1st to restrict abortions after Supreme Court gave states the right to do so
1987 31 die in a fire at King’s Cross, London’s busiest subway station
1987 Congressional committee reports on Iran-Contra affair
1987 Cubs Andre Dawson is 1st from last-place club ever to win an MVP
1986 Roger Clemens wins AL MVP
1985 Dwight Gooden (NL) and Bret Saberhagen (AL) win Cy Young
1985 Enterprise (OV-101) flies from Kennedy Space Center to Dulles Airport
1985 Howard Stern radio show returns to New York City WXRK 92.3 FM-afternoons
1985 Paul McCartney releases “Spies Like Us”
1984 “3 Musketeers” closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 9 performances
1984 72nd CFL Grey Cup: Win Blue Bombers defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 47-17
1984 Browns set team records for most sacks (11)
1984 Flyers’ Ron Sutter fails on 11th penalty shot against Islanders
1984 New Jersey Devils shutout New York Rangers 6-0
1982 Mariasela Alvarez of Dominican Republic, crowned 32nd Miss World
1981 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP
1980 “Heaven’s Gate” premieres
1980 Despite missing 45 games, George Brett wins AL MVP
1980 Honduras and El Salvador signs peace (after “soccer war” 1969)
1979 Ayatollah Khomeini charges U.S. ambassador/embassy espionage
1978 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1976 Spain’s parliament establishes democracy after 37 years of dictatorship
1976 Yankees sign free agent Don Gullett
1975 Black-Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver returns to U.S.
1975 Calvin Murphy (Houston) ends NBA free throw streak of 58 games
1973 Greek regime calls emergency crisis due to mass protests
1971 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1970 Joe Frazier KOs Bob Foster in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
1970 Johnny Bench wins NL MVP
1970 Linus Pauling declares large doses of Vitamin C could ward off colds
1970 Netherlands and Albania form diplomatic relations
1970 Russia lands self propelled rover on Moon
1968 Military coup in Mali, President Keita ousted
1967 British government devalues pounds from U.S. equivalent of $2.80 to $2.40
1966 Sandy Koufax announces his retirement, due to arthritic left elbow
1966 U.S. RC bishops ends rules against eating meat on Fridays
1966 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 Twins SS Zoilo Versalles is named AL MVP
1964 Baltimore Oriole Brooks Robinson wins AL MVP
1964 J. Edgar Hoover describes Martin Luther King as “most notorious liar”
1963 Bell Telephone introduces push button telephone
1963 England’s Dartford-Purfleet tunnel under Thames opens
1963 King Hassan II opens 1st parliament in Morocco
1961 “Gay Life” opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 113 performances
1961 “Kwamina” closes at 54th St. Theater New York City after 32 performances
1961 John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam
1961 U.S. Ranger 2 launched to Moon; failed
1960 Charlie Finley, makes a bid to purchase expansion LA Angels
1960 Copyright office issues its 10 millionth registration
1959 Washington Senator Bob Allison wins AL Rookie of Year
1958 1st true reservoir in Jerusalem opens
1958 Indians minority stockholders sell their stock to William Delay
1957 Tunisia refuses Russian weapons
1956 Morocco gains independence
1955 Bell X-2 rocket plane taken up for 1st powered flight
1954 Yankees trade Woodling, Byrd, McDonald, Triandos, Miranada and Smith to Orioles for Turley, Larsen and Hunter as part of an 18 player deal
1953 Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) accept female suffrage
1951 “See it Now” premieres on TV
1951 British troops occupies Ismailiya Egypt
1951 Former Cubs 1st baseman and future TV star of Rifleman Chuck Connors is 1st player to oppose the major league draft
1950 South Korea President Syngman Rhee forced to end mass executions
1949 NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP
1945 Arnold Schonberg’s Prelude for orchestra and mixed choir, premieres
1943 1st U.S. ambassador to Canada, Ray Atherton, nominated
1943 444 British bombers attack Berlin
1943 U-211 sinks in Atlantic Ocean
1942 Thornton Wilders “Skin of our Teeth,” premieres in New York City
1941 British troops open attack on Tobruk, North-Africa
1941 Jerome Chodorov/Joseph Fields’ “Junior Miss,” premieres in New York City
1941 Mussolini’s forces leave Abyssinia/Ethiopia
1940 George Matesky Mad Bomber’s 1st time-bomb
1939 Netherlands KNSM passenger ship Simon Bolivar hits German mine, 86 die
1936 Germany and Italy recognized Spanish government of Francisco Franco
1936 Main span of Golden Gate Bridge joined
1932 “Flowers and Trees” receives 1st Academy Award for a cartoon
1932 1st tie for Best Actor Academy Award Wallace Beery and Fredric March
1930 Musical “Smiles” with Bob Hope/Fred Astaire premieres in New York City
1930 Sjostakovitch’ opera “The Nose,” premiers in Lenningrad
1929 Dr. Vladimir K Zworykin demonstrates “kinescope”
1929 Large quake in Atlantic breaks Transatlantic cable in 28 places
1929 Stalin routes troops to Manchuria
1928 Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse debuts in New York in “Steamboat Willie”
1926 Pope Pius XI encyclical On persecution of Church in Mexico
1922 Turkish National Assembly nominates Abdul Medjid kalief
1920 Apollo Theater (Academy, Bryant) opens at 221 W 42nd St. New York City
1919 H Tierney and J McCarthy’s musical “Irene,” premieres in New York City
1918 Brussels free Stofnar
1918 Latvia declares independence from Russia
1916 General Douglas Haig finally calls off 1st Battle of the Somme in Europe
1913 Lincoln Deachey performs 1st airplane loop-the-loop (San Diego)
1912 Albania declares independence from Turkey
1911 Britain’s 1st seaplane flies
1911 Opera “Lobetanz” 1st American performance
1909 U.S. invades Nicaragua, later overthrows President Zelaya
1906 Langdon Mitchells “New York Idea,” premieres in New York City
1905 George Bernard Shaws “Major Barbara,” premieres in London
1905 Prince Carl of Denmark becomes King Haakon VII of Norway
1903 Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty gives U.S. exclusive canal rights in Panama
1902 Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton names teddy bear after Teddy Roosevelt
1899 Trumper scores 208 in 185 minutes (1 five 25 fours) NSW vs. Qld
1894 1st newspaper Sunday color comic section published (New York World)
1894 1st comic strip “Origin of a New Species,” by Richard Outcault
1893 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Providentissimus Deus
1889 Oahu Railway begins public service in Hawaii
1883 Antonin Dvorak’s “Husitska,” premieres
1883 Standard time zones forms by railroads in U.S. and Canada
1874 National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union organizes in Cleveland
1865 Mark Twain publishes “Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”
1852 State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)
1835 Charles Darwin travels to Tahiti
1833 Netherlands and Belgium sign Treaty of Zonhoven
1820 Antarctica discovered by U.S. Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer
1805 30 women meet at Mrs. Silas Lee’s home in Wiscasset Maine, organizes
1805 Lewis and Clark reach Pacific Ocean, 1st Americans to cross continent
1805 Female Charitable Society, first woman’s club in America
1804 Palver Purim 1st celebrated to commemorate miraculous escape
1803 Battle of Vertieres, in which Haitians defeat French
1793 Louvre officially opens in Paris
1787 1st Unitarian minister in U.S. ordained, Boston
1776 Hessians capture Ft. Lee, NJ
1755 Worst quake in Mass Bay area strikes Boston; no deaths report
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlies troops occupy Carlisle
1742 Prussia and England sign anti-French military covenant
1738 France and Austria sign peace
1718 Voltaires “Oedipe,” premieres in Paris
1667 Treaty of Bongaja: King Hassan-Udin of Makasar and VOC
1626 St-Petruskerk in Rome, initiated
1497 Vasco da Gama reached the Cape of Good Hope
1494 French king Charles VIII occupies Florence
1477 1st English printed book “Dictes and Sayengis of the Phylosophers”
1424 Storm flood ravages Dutch coast
1421 Holland/Zealand dikes break in storm, 1000s killed
1421 Southern sea floods 72 villages, killing est 10,000 in Netherlands
1307 William Tell shoots apple off his son’s head
1210 Pope Innocent III excommunicates Roman Catholic Emperor Otto IV
1105 Maginulf elected anti-Pope Silvester I
794 Japanese emperor Kammu deallocates residence of Nara to Kioto

Sunday 14th November 2010

Posted in Stuffed. on November 14, 2010 by uppyalf

Saturday 13th November 2010

Posted in Stuffed. on November 12, 2010 by uppyalf

Visit The Swinging Sixties at Compton Verney this weekend 13th-14th November 2010

Celebrate the ’60s. Listen to your favourite hits on our jukebox, check out the vintage cars or the ’60s catwalk show or just join in and do the locomotion. Lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

We will be there on the Saturday 13th ………..WAY OUT MAN!

We had a FAB day at Compton Verney’s 60s extravaganza.

There was music played on an old gramophone thing and they used what looked like big black plates.There was the Magical Mystery Tour bus and badge making plus posters and a great cat walk fashion show.There were famous photographs by Bill Zygmant of the stars.  No Mouldy Buns.

There was a great fashion show put on by a lot of the Compton Verney staff and volunteers.

It was a great success and some of the young models showed some perfect 60s angst.

Tuesday 9th November 2010

Posted in Stuffed. on November 9, 2010 by uppyalf

Watch The Skies!

THE North of England was last night crowned the world’s top hotspot for UFO sightings – as the latest weird footage emerged from SCARBOROUGH.

It follows a string of strange objects spotted in the northern sky being reported to The Sun.

Ex-MoD UFO expert Nick Pope said: “At the moment the North of England seems to be having more than its fair share.

“Arizona has been famous for lots of sightings but it seems the North is now overtaking it.”

UFOs have been snapped in Rotherham, South Yorks, and Harrogate, North Yorks, in the past three weeks.

Last year a formation of 50 UFOs was seen above Scarborough.

Saturday 6th November 2010

Posted in Stuffed. on November 6, 2010 by uppyalf

Lily’s Birthday…Stu here….We went for dinner and popped in to the art depot. We bought Lily a pink pigg. and Stu bought her some twigs with lights on and a thing to rotavate the ploppy only a small one not a tractor. Rosie and Steve gave her some great pencil origional framed sketches. Why not go and visit them in Bidford on Avon at the Art Depot.