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Well today is 14th July. Fete de la Liberté. The day of the storming of the Bastille and the release of its six prisonners to the detriment of the 87 or so guards, most of them Swiss, who perished in the ensuing havoc. The power of the mob. And most of it was started by hatter or felter from Thetford in Norfolk - Thomas Paine by name - who wrote a book called 'The Rights of Man' and there have been courts dancing to his tune ever since and even Human Rights lawyers making a pretty penny out of those principles that he enunciated when he wasn't making felt or hats. Who knows he may even have visited Winterton and walked on the same sand dunes as Resident Owl.

Of course revolutions consume their own children and when Thomas Paine, began to inveigh against the French revolutionaries, they said 'Off with his Head' and he was put in prison with a big red X marked on the door of his cell indicating that he should be put on an early morning tumbril. But our Thomas suffered from asthma - as it seems do most people in Norfolk and doubtless making felt didn't help - so he asked the warder whether he wouldn't mind leaving the door open so that he could get some air.

As he was chained up at the time the warder agreed but the effect of opening the door was to hide the big X on the front of it and so he was never collected for the guillotine and so let off and told to go and foment revolution somewhere else. So he went to America and bent Thomas Jefferson's ear about the Rights of Man and citizens being created equal and having rights to happiness etc. Normal for Norfolk, you might say.

Anyway our French neighbour had a little party last night to celebrate - a day early for some reason and we sang the Marseillaise. But of course forgot about the hatter from Norfolk. Still no doubt Thomas Paine is quite used to this by now.

Have a good day owls and larks.Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 14th Jul 2017 - 08:20AM   Posted by Fennie   Lark Post Comments: 4

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Withy Brook's Avatar I had no idea about all that, Fennie! Thank you for the history lesson

Posted by: Withy Brook on 14th Jul 2017 at 09:01AM

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Fennie's Avatar I fear, Withy, that though I am broadly correct I am all at sea with my details. One should always do the research first and then write the article but faced with a blank page at eight in the morning one writes whatever may be occupying the dim and forgotten recesses of the mind. Nevertheless I became sufficiently interested in my own scribblings to look up Thomas Paine in Wikipedia where there is indeed much written about him and I advise the same for everyone else - a fascinating fellow indeed. If someone wants to correct what I have written I shall be only to pleased. Besides if people wrote history accurately where should we be? Charles I would probably still have his head. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 14th Jul 2017 at 09:32AM

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Camilla's Avatar Good Morning Fennie, Withy and everyone.

Thank you kindly Fennie for posting for the larks, this wee owl is not being a very good owl lately not making it to the perch.

A very interesting post Fennie have you ever thought about contributing to a newspaper even your local one perhaps? I shall now have to look up Thomas Paine knew nothing about him, thanks for the history lesson Fennie.

19 degrees today and lots of clouds in the sky weather forecast says we may have some rain later.

Posted by: Camilla on 14th Jul 2017 at 10:16AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar The history lesson is much appreciated, we are a skool after all! Very Happy

I've been tidying up after my bag making session over the last few weeks and just about ready to start something new. I can see my work bench for the first time in months... I still can't move my chair for the boxes of supplies surrounding me waiting to find a home until they are used though. Rolling Eyes

Lovey warm day here today but much rain to come over the weekend, never mind that means I can make HO sit down and finish his accounts. Confused

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 14th Jul 2017 at 10:35AM

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