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Some notes on a not so ‘Civil War’

Jun 08, 12 Some notes on a not so ‘Civil War’

Posted by in Cambridgeshire 2012, Miscellaneous

The English Civil War : 1642-1651 The Outbreak of War The Civil War in England broke out in in August 1642. On one side stood King Charles I, and his supporters and on the other, men like Oliver Cromwell who believed that the king was a tyrant. War spread to Scotland, Ireland and Wales and lasted nearly nine years. Families and friends found themselves on opposite sides but were prepared to fight each other to the death. Historians still disagree about why war broke out but the following certainly played a part: Government – Charles I believed that God had made him a king and that he had no need to consult Parliament so he ruled without it from 1629 to 1640. This led to a power struggle between him and the Members of Parliament. Religion – England was a Protestant country but Charles I introduced ceremonials and rituals that teemed very Roman Catholic to a lot of people. Those that feared this, fought against the king. Cromwell’s War King Charles raised his standard on 22nd August 1642, declaring war, Oliver Cromwell was made a captain and spent the autumn raising a troop of about sixty horsemen from this area then in October they joined the main army of Parliament. In 1643, Cromwell was made a colonel and put at the head of a cavalry regiment within the Eastern Association, Parliament’s army in East Anglia. For much of the war, he was engaged in almost continuous military service and was hardly ever at home in Ely, He became extremely successful and played a crucial part in some of Parliament’s most important victories. The New Model Army At the start of the war both the King and Parliament relied on private armies being raised by wealthy men to fight in their local area as Cromwell had done in East Anglia. This situation changed in 1645 when Parliament realised that it needed a more organised national army if it was going to defeat the king. The...

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Cromwell Country

Jun 07, 12 Cromwell Country

Posted by in Cambridgeshire 2012

The area around Cambridge can definitely be described as “Cromwell Country”. His influence and memory can be seen everywhere. Accordingly we immersed ourselves in exploring his historical legacy today by visiting his house in Ely. It was great to walk through the house where this great man lived, worked and planned the greatest political upheaval in British history. The English Civil war shaped the politics and formed the constitutional Monarchy we see today in modern Britain. Before visiting Cromwell’s house the irony of eating our lunch in small pub calld “The King’s Arms”, just down the road from his house wasn’t lost on us !...

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The Queen … Our Duke

Jun 04, 12 The Queen … Our Duke

Posted by in Cambridgeshire 2012, Miscellaneous

“The Queen, Our Duke” – an odd thing to say, especially in a loyal toast to the English Sovereign. Nonetheless whenever Channel Islanders raise their glasses to her majesty that’s the toast that will be made.

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Jubileeee!

Jun 02, 12 Jubileeee!

Posted by in Cambridgeshire 2012

We’ve arrived in Grafham near Cambridge to spend a week in the bucolic splendor of Cambridgeshire. We’ve got a magnificent cottage right in the heart of the countryside. Determined to celebrate the diamond jubilee in splendor we’ve decorated the cottage to be resplendent in the Guernsey and Union...

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Crossing the Rubicon

Apr 05, 12 Crossing the Rubicon

Posted by in General Tech Stuff, Tech Stuff

I’ve crossed the last hurdle into the state of “Geekdom” … Linux.

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Homeward bound – touchdown

Mar 26, 12 Homeward bound – touchdown

Posted by in Singapore-Sydney-Norfolk 2012

After a round trip of 24,502 miles we find ourselves back in Guernsey. We’ve nearly travelled the entire circumference of the globe in 2 weeks (Earth’s circumference is 24,859 miles) ! 😀 We’ve had a great trip, seen some great things and met up with the family again in Norfolk Island which was soooo good ! Leg Distance Time Guernsey ⇒ Gatwick 159 miles 256 km 45 mins London Heathrow ⇒ Singapore 7,265 miles 11,692 km 12.5 hours Singapore ⇒ Sydney 3,915 miles 6,300 km 7.5 hours Sydney ⇒ Norfolk 1,043 miles 1,679 km 2.5 hours Norfolk ⇒ Sydney 1,043 miles 1,679 km 2.5 hours Sydney ⇒ Singapore 4,004 miles 6,443 km 7.5 hours Singapore ⇒ London Heathrow 6,914 miles 11,127 km 13.5 hours Gatwick ⇒ Guernsey 159 miles 256 km 45 mins TOTAL 24,502 miles 39,432 km 47.5 hours Outward...

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Homeward bound – part 2

After a very pleasant night at the Crowne Plaza hotel at Singapore’s Changi Airport we’re off on our last but one leg home to dear ol’ Blighty … just another 6,914 miles to get under our belt … … simples 😀 Our journey took us over : Malaysia; India; Pakistan; Afghanistan; Turkmenistan; Russia; Ukraine; Poland; Germany and Holland. We passed over some pretty spectacular and rugged countryside especially in...

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Homeward bound – part 1

Well we’re on our way home. This time we travelled on the mighty Airbus A380. A most impressive leviathan of the air. The A380 has a length of 72.7m which is only 1.1m longer than a 747 but can carry 96 more passengers! Its secret lies in the fact that it contains 2 decks. Whilst the interior on the main deck, which we were on, is nearly the same as the Boeing 777 (3; 4; 3; seat arrangement) which we travelled down on on both legs of of journey to Oz, we noticed differences straight away. For one it’s incredibly quiet when compared with the Boeings. On take off it hardly felt the engines were on let alone being pushed to maximum capacity. Another major difference, although one we didn’t see being in “Cattle class” economy class, is the existence of suites … yes suites! In 1st class on the A380, for Singapore Air at least, you can have a suite. A suite is effectively your own enclosed cabin containing video screen entertainment, a recliner seat AND a separate full flat bed and...

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