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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
5th December 1259
The Treaty Of Paris
In 1204, Philip II of France had forced King John out of continental Normandy, enforcing his 1202 claim that the lands were forfeit. Despite the 1217 Treaty of Lambeth, hostilities continued between the successive Kings of France and England until 1259.
Under the Treaty, Henry acknowledged loss of the Dukedom of Normandy. However Philip had failed in his attempts to occupy the Norman islands in the Channel. The treaty held that "islands (if any) which the King of England should hold", he would retain "as peer of France and Duke of Aquitaine" .
Henry agreed to renounce control of Maine, Anjou and Poitou, which had been lost under the reign of King John but remained Duke of Aquitaine and was able to keep the lands of Gascony and parts of Aquitaine but only as a vassal to Louis.
In exchange, Louis withdrew his support for English rebels. He also ceded to Henry the bishoprics and cities of Limoges, Cahors and Périgueux and was to pay an annual rent for possession of Agenais.
The peace held until the reign of Edward III, who had no intention of paying homage to the Capetian kings of France to keep his lands there, so initiating the Hundred Years War.
A consequence of the Treaty of Paris was the end of French as the language of the English royal court. No longer in possession of lands across the English Channel, the French-speaking Normans interbred with the majority indigenous English and so brought about the extinction of separate Norman identity.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
TV comedy night
Twitter Followers = 2,040 (down 2)
Non-followed eliminated = 2
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
It's taken many years to get to this point, to be perpetually attached may take a while longer, but while it's here it's absolutely excellent. I'VE ARRIVED!! Peace of mind, independent of circumstances! Of course, that's easy when the circumstances are so benevolent. It's now important to make hay while the sun shines and consolidate this location as the permanent home of consciousness, sat on the shoulder of the character.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What is the most content state of mind?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Rain before dawn
It will be dry cloudy and mild thereafter
A moderate south-westerly will strengthen to gale force by mid-evening and persist overnight
Max Temp = 10 degC at 10 pm
Min Temp = 7 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 08:05
Sunset at 15:48
Weathertrack: Britain is in a run of fast moving air between depressions to the north and the Azores anticyclone
Air Pressure: 1017 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I've been arguing in sign-language and now I'm exhausted! :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Steve Hughes on work - very funny!
Some sharks can smell one part of blood in 100 million parts of water and can tell which direction that smell is coming from.
9. ZEN WISDOM
No matter how difficult your situation may be, you are alive now, and there is no treasure more precious than life itself.