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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
16th September 1400
THE WELSH REVOLT BEGINS
Owain Glyndŵr is proclaimed Prince of Wales and independence from England declared. At first, the revolt went well. The new English king, Henry IV was a usurper and still establishing himself against rebellious English barons, particularly the Percy family in Northumberland. By 1405 all of Wales owed alliegance to Glyndŵr, who made Harlech his capital.
In 1406 the tide turned - the French withdrew their support, and the English re-took Anglesey. The War against the Welsh was taken over by the king's son (also called Henry), a brilliant military strategist, he stopped the failed army expeditions, imposed a blockade on Wales and began re-taking castles one-at-a-time. In 1409 the capital Harlech fell and Glyndŵr's wife and daughters were captured and imprisoned for life in the Tower of London.
Glyndŵr remained free and continued a guerrilla war against the English. In 1412 he led his last major successful raid on Brecon, where he captured then ransomed Dafydd Gam, a supporter of the English king. In 1413 Henry IV died. His son as Henry V offered royal pardons to the rebels, and many accepted, effectively ending the revolt. Glyndŵr himself refused these offers and was never captured. He probably died in 1415 and was buried by his followers in a secret location.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Client prep and session
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
In another change, I've needed more sleep recently, unprompted by any shift of circumstance. By 1pm yesterday I was seriously nodding. Next time I opened my eyes it was 3pm. I then was in bed for 9am and went through 'til 4.30, woken by - yes - a urine boner. Then the cats wanted breakfast so I stayed up. I will probably be in bed for 10pm tonight. I know how important sleep is to wellbeing so I'm not going to fight this upsurge in demand if my bodymind needs it.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are all the separate parts of yourself working in harmony towards a common cause?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
A dry clear and cool start
It will cloud over from mid-morning
Rain may arrive from the south from mid-afternoon and if so will persist thereafter
A cool moderate north-easterly will pick up by mid-morning
Max Temp = 12 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 8 degC at 7am
Sunrise at 06:41
Sunset at 19:21
Weathertrack: A strong depression centred on the English Channel will bring heavy rain to southern England and Wales. Northern Ireland and Scotland will be in a col and keep dry
Air Pressure: 994 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
You know what I hate? People who answer their own questions. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
William Hitler, a nephew of Adolf Hitler, was in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He changed his name after the war.
9. ZEN WISDOM
A person who is not swayed from their chosen path, even during the most trying times, will ultimately find that they are trusted by all.