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A vegetarian Haggis! The Address! 2017
On 24th June 2016 the Nation voted 'OUT' and no amount of 'Remain' protestations by 'Remainers' was going to change that date. On 29th March 2017 Theresa May historically signed the 'Brexit' letter that heralds and paves the way of our 'divorce' from Europe.
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The first themed page we hosted was for St. George on 23rd April 2011 and for that we used an excellent image created by Clinton Cards featuring a Classic Mini.
St. George is a much maligned saint and does not feature as prominently as the other four major patron saints of the United Kingdom - St. Patrick, St. David and St. Andrew - each will be acknowledged on their own dates with imagery commensurate to our interests.
70th Anniversary 2014
Remembering: Cyril Ager, 90, salutes the thousands of British comrades he landed with on June 6, 1944, each one represented by a flag - image © David Parker
The achievements of this WWII initiative must never be underestimated. Neither must the sacrifices of the heroes from that time or those engaged today, fighting for our democratic and independent right of existence to continue unmolested.
The image, created by the British Legion featured on the front page from 5th-17th June 2011 inclusive. It shows a tasteful compilation of archive and modern images and the iconic badge created to commemorate the 65th anniversary of one of the most famous moments of modern history.
In 2011 we hosted our first Armed Forces Day on the front page in honour of all the current heroes helping to keep us safe - these are worthy successors to the D-Day Forces and all those who followed.
10th Anniversary (2011) of the atrocities! - Not much more can be said really, however the tribute home page has been preserved.
"O God, who are rich in mercy and who willed that the Blessed John Paul II should preside as Pope over your universal Church, grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching, we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole Redeemer of mankind.
Who lives and reigns."
As with every year on this most solemn of occasions we will be happy to promote the generosity of heart and soul of all those involved in the events that are held and the reason for them. (This year was also the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion and the image represented on the front page pays tribute to that).
- St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland
- St Andrew is celebrated on 30 November
- St Andrew’s Day is a day to celebrate Scottish culture, food and dance
- St Andrew’s flag is the flag of Scotland The flag is in the form of a white X on a blue background and is commonly known as The Saltire
- St Andrew's Societies celebrate Scottish culture around the world
- Scotland is one of the few countries to have one of Christ’s disciples as their patron saint
- St Andrew was one of the Twelve Apostles (disciples of Jesus) and brother of St Peter
- St Andrew is believed to have died on a diagonally transversed cross which the Romans sometimes used for executions and which, therefore, came to be called St Andrew’s Cross
- St Andrew’s Day is connected with Advent, which begins on the first Sunday after November 26
- St Andrew’s Day marks the beginning of Scotland’s winter festivals.
Rejoicing in the News that the Beach Boys are reuniting for their 50th Anniversary and playing their first concert in New Orleans on 27th April, 2012!
Charlie Hebdo - France and the world mourn the atrocities.
The story of El Tel ......
Notification of new Biba Exhibition - coming September 2012
Pope Francis I is elected to the pontificate and on Saturday, 23rd March sets further precedent by meeting publicly with Pope Emeritus Benedict.
The continuing saga of Sergei ..... and his hospital admittance.
The Beach Boys are invited to sing the national anthem at the LA Dodgers Stadium in honour of the "home-opener baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates".
This edition carried a feature about us and the potholes on Rockwood Crescent - time for it to be rested now - if you want to read all the gruesome details you can find the article by following the link here or reading the .pdf file here
The long-awaited and not disappointing wedding of William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge featured on our front page for several days in honour of their nuptials. The time has come to allow them some privacy and as a consequence the main picture has come over to the Archives. The smaller images remain to make the front page a little more interesting to visitors.
We wish William and Catherine a long and happy marriage.
This is one Pole who has reached every heart universally whatever race or religion you may be - but we are rightly and nationally proud of this son of Poland. The three images (seen above) placed in archive were replaced, on our front page by this lovely souvenir image issued by the Vatican.
Monte Cassino - "It was exactly 70 years ago today that, after months of repeated assaults on the abbey had been repelled by determined German defenders, the Allies finally managed to take the summit."
Pride of Poland - Agnieszka Radwanska wins the Brussels Open in preparation for her assault to win her maiden Grand Slam - the French Open - fingers crossed!
We hosted our first obituary on the front page in homage to the author who brought many a smile to her fans by introducing us to her famous 'Cat Who' books. The full Obituary and Tribute may be found here.
I made the Hucknall Dispatch again - this time my porch tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.
The Nation voted Out!
Well, that was a bit of a surprise then ......................
Guest appearance in the Hucknall Dispatch (again) - this time Arthur Ashe's surprise win in 1975!
The front page features the latest letter of apology and launches the OMG section!
Made it into the Picture of the week with El Tel!
Coincidentally, no sooner had our picture appeared in the Hucknall Dispatch than the Telegraph, the weekend following our appearance ran a feature about celebrity gardens and it just so happens that Felix Dennis has a kiosk in his garden which he deems is a whimsy .....
Nice to know we aren't the only whimsical people around!
The birth of a son to the Duke and duchess of Cambridge is announced.
An episode entitle 'Let's Kill Hitler' was broadcast on 27th August, 2011 and the Telegraph summarises it adequately :
"Doctor Who was back and what a whiz-bang, bells-and-whistles return it was. Entitled Let’s Kill Hitler, the episode opened with the Tardis getting hijacked and the Doctor being ordered to fly to 1938 Berlin, so the Führer could be eliminated. It involved crop circles, shape-shifting android assassins and miniaturised time cops. Boring old Adolf barely featured. Despite the title, the joke was on him (and us) because he was bundled into a broom cupboard after a few minutes."
What the Telegraph omitted to say was that the Classic Mini featured in the opening sequence and (to plaigiarise) what a sequence it was!
Notts County played and held Juventus to a 1-1 draw in the inauguration of the new Stadium - the page has been preserved and can be linked to here - the page was removed to make way for the respect due to the September 11th tragedy which occurred a decade ago in 2001. But as the Notts. County achievement was so great it is nice to be able to keep that Front Page for posterity. It also means that Andrew got a chance to see it as he was in Turin for the couple of days it stayed on the internet.
HM Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning British Monarch
The Scottish Referendum - the Scots voted 'No'
Agnieszka wins China Open! It was my very great pleasure to host Agnieszka Radwanska's meteoric end of season rise to qualify for the Top 8 Season End Championships in Istanbul (or iStanbul as it renamed itself). Unfortunately Agnieszka did not get passed the Round Robin Stage, but as the no. 8 seed acquitted herself very well by stretching the World No. 1 Caroline Wozniaki to three sets and staging a remarkable recovery against Vera Zvonareva which had all the commentators on the edge of their seats and praising the quality of the tennis of both the players. The eventual winner Petra Kvitova, current Wimbledon Champion proved one match too far.
So far have tracked down Bogdan on the Internet and Sergei on the Hucknall/Bulwell boundary the Maiya and Bohdan in Sneinton!.
OK - so we got a half-win in the Boys doubles! Better than nothing - time to congratulate Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova and retire Virginia for another year or so.
The Iconic Wimbledon Calendar featuring Fiona Walker featured for a few days prior to the Championships starting - this is now replaced by a triumphant Virginia Wade in 1977. We've also now discovered the identity of the man in the black hat always visible in the Players box - whom the Wimbledon web-site describes as 'The AELTC's longest-serving honorary steward David Spearing, with 38 years of service behind him.'