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Wednesday, 05 April 2017


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I like it! A fine start to the day. Those virgins may have wandered over to Wales by the way.

Oh God, well in that case, they can stay there, never stop talking, the Welsh!

It were "gerbil worming" what done it. I wonder if they had a contemporary Al Gore in those days.

The Romans mostly sacrificed Vestal Virgins in time of war, like after the defeat at Cannae. Are things really THAT bad, yet?

AussieD, not those days there was not yet a Mount Olympus.

I assume that by "stubborn Jewry" Big Bill was referring to a "tight necklace" which gives its wearer a stiff neck?

No, Henry, as you know perfectly well, it refers to those stubborn Jews who consistently refuse to accept Christianity even when it's free on offer! Honestly, there's no pleasing some people!

I guess, David, it's why God called Jewelry the stiff-necked people. I guess you didn't get my pun either.

And here I labored mightily to please/entertain y'all. Tough audience!

Regrettably, you missed out what is currently the most topical, and depressing part of John of Gaunt's speech. Allow me to make up for that omission...

"Like to a tenement or pelting farm:
England, bound in with the triumphant sea
Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds:
That England, that was wont to conquer others,
Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.
Ah, would the scandal vanish with my life,
How happy then were my ensuing death!"

Richard, well, we certainly were a sort of "tenement or pelting farm" but happily, following the Brexit vote, we are now on the way back to independence. However, I sincerely hope we do not go in for any more of that "wont to conquer others" stuff, far too expensive and troublesome!

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