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Milwaukee is the only city in the U.S. to have elected three socialist mayors.
Peterborough is the largest conurbation in the UK without a university
I should give credit for today's fact to Alice Cooper
straight outta Waynes World, shame on you.
but decided just to give credit instead.
Incidentally, I was wandering around central London on Saturday evening and came across this statue of Edward VII:
with one of the horse's hooves raised. And Edward VII died of bronchitis. So sadly, it seems that fact about equestrian statues doesn't hold in England either.
His last words were "I am very glad," uttered in response to the news that his horse "Witch of the Air" had won at Kempton Park.
I CAN OUT QUOTE ANYONE AT WAYNES WORLD.
Just so long as you understand.
or just a vicious slur?
that i wanted to post.
but now i can't remember it.
and it's the only island in the world that contains parts of three separate countries.
England, Scotland, Wales, no?
Proper independent countries, schmoper schmindependent schmountries
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but constituent countries.
Great Britain is the island that is made up of the constituent countries of england, scotland and wales, which are part of the country United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
one country but three "nations" i guess.
I like learning things
is the third busiest railway station in the world, and probably the busiest in Europe, with 180 million passengers per year.
it's had all its romance stripped away and now looks like a big version of Charing Cross
You know those vending machines with the robotic arms? They have one as big as a whole shop front. How cool is that?
of King Harold can be found in the graveyard of the church at Waltham Abbey.
I know this because I went there yesterday
My mum's family are from that neck of the woods. I might go up for a visit. What's the grave like? Impressive?
in that it's very old, but it isn't grand
very close from gare du nord.
in 1968, the United Kingdom produces its first decimalised coins, a 5p and a 10p coin.
that the 5p should be the lowest deonmination of coin.
SCRAP 1p and 2p coins. NOW
may apply for french nationality. This is unique throughout the world.
not the case with Gurkahs!
What Dave means is that (in contrast to the rules of the Foreign Legion) Nepalese Gurkhas who served with the British Army weren't previously granted residency rights, and many ex-Gurkha families were forced to leave the UK. I think they qualify for residency now, if not for nationality.
Yes that is what I meant
but you have to be carzy to engage in the legion.
Most people don't stand one month in it...
is celebrated on April 23rd. However, there's no concrete evidence that he was born on this day. There's a record of his christening on April 26th 1564, and at the time, children were usually baptised when they were three days old. So the traditional setting of Shakespeare's birthday as St George's Day is both the result of scholarly detective work and an act of nationalist myth-making, given his status as a poet of England and Englishness. It also lends his life a neatness he'd have appreciated, as he died on April 23rd 1616, supposedly aged 52 years old to the day.
in The Guardian on Saturday that they now believe it to be April 22nd. Or maybe I read that wrong after five pints of Cider
I think we may have forgotten to celebrate it
I can't believe it wasn't mentioned in the glorious Fact-o-rama rout on Friday. Next Monday's the anniversary of his death, though, we can celebrate that instead.
And probably more politically correct too
Probably, aye. Unless we put black shirts and armbands on and go for a drink in Golders Green
which frankly would be easier for me.
FACT - Radlett has two synagogues
when there are plenty of Jews to offend closer to home
(I think we should probably stop this now)
they are german and austrian and lived in the reich in the war.
my grandma is quite nice once you get past the latent racism and daily mail crap she talks.
which he shares with the Queen
which he shares with my girlfriend
Carlos D from Interpol
Lauri Ylönen from the Rasmus
If I include dead people's birthdays, we still only get James Buchanan, Max Planck, Ngaio Marsh, Halldor Laxness, Halston, Roy Orbison, Sandra Dee, Herve Villechaize and Timothy McVeigh. Hardly a glittering list.
keeps popping up.
Roy Orbison though
According to Wikipedia, the appearance of Doc Octopus from Spiderman is based on him. There is a certain resemblance:
Saturday was James Osterberg's 60th birthday, and Sunday was Henry Fielding's 300th.
Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes
Ethelred 'the Unready'
James Earl Ray
Worst nickname ever. I know why he's called that, but the details are too boring even for me.
Malesherbes has the best name we've seen in Fact-o-rama for quite some time.
I wish I had a name that impressive.
I thought that was just the commonly accepted view, that he was also born on the 23rd. However I don't think it's actually factually proven.
although I think he died on April 23rd in the Julian Calendar (whereas we use the slightly different Gregorian) and as noted above, the date of his birth is a matter of uncertainty and conjecture. Man, do I know how to ruin a good story.
The ancient Hebrews believed that their great prophets, such as King David, were born and died on the same date. This belief is based upon the view that God does not create confusion (see Corinthians 14:33); therefore, He would not have a prophet live a fraction of a year.
That's a great fact.
1 Corinthians 14:34-35 says "women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church." Nice one, Paul.
She grew up in the university town of St Andrew's ("beautiful but sheltered, a little bubble"), always knowing she had been adopted at birth. "I grew up knowing I could have had a million different lives. It makes your life mysterious and your imagination go wild."
She came third in the first series of The X-Factor. The last song she sang as part of the series was an execrable version of the already-execrable 'Sailing' by Rod Stewart.
Kinder Eggs are sold all over the world; however, they are banned in the United States where the Food and Drug Administration has deemed the encapsulated toy to be a choking hazard.
It's like you're just going through the motions.
I've got a lot of work on so I can't focus 100%. i'm sorry Joe. Do you still love me?