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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
th April 1320: The Declaration of Arbroath
The Declaration of Arbroath is a declaration of Scottish independence, made in 1320. It is in the form of a letter in Latin submitted to Pope John XXII, dated 6 April 1320, intended to confirm Scotland's status as an independent, sovereign state and defending Scotland's right to use military action when unjustly attacked. It was written in response to an interdict imposed on Scotland by the pope, petitioned for by the English, who argued that Scotland was a rebellious province of the English king.
Generally believed to have been written in the Arbroath Abbey by Bernard of Kilwinning, then Chancellor of Scotland and Abbot of Arbroath, and sealed by fifty-one magnates and nobles, the letter is the sole survivor of three created at the time. The others were a letter from the King of Scots, Robert I, and a letter from four Scottish bishops which all presumably made similar points.
The most famous paragraph from this declaration is:
...for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.
The Pope heeded the arguments contained in the Declaration, influenced by the offer of support from the Scots for his long-desired crusade if they no longer had to fear English invasion. He exhorted Edward II in a letter to make peace with the Scots, but the following year was again persuaded by the English to take their side and issued six bulls to that effect. It was only in October 1328, after a short-lived peace treaty between Scotland and England, the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton (which renounced all English claims to Scotland and was signed by the new English king, Edward III, on 1 March 1328), that the interdict on Scotland and the excommunication of its king were finally removed.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I am somewhat annoyed at myself loading adware onto my Kindle Fire HD6 in pursuit of a Virgin TV app, so now on my list-to-do is fins an app to remove it! I can tell you that Lookout doesn't work, so the search continues!
However, as I often assert, happiness is not the absence of challenges, but in making a difference your way. That I'm certainly doing, and also responding to the challenges I'm facing. I am currently very pleased with my responses, and believe they can only improve as I bring my focus ever-tighter to heel.
With Missus strained calf now improved enough to walk on, it's time to get her gently moving. This began yesterday with a trip to town, and today she'll be joining me shopping. And I WON'T be tickling her foot to wake her up! It's week-to-the-day that this caused the problem in the first place, though olanzapine-soaked Missus never made the connection. I see no point in pointing it out either, but I have learned my lesson.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you responding in the right way to the challenges you face?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
HEAVY SQUALLY SHOWERS
1000 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Unfortunately I cannot afford the new Origami channel as it is paper view. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
David Mitchell - miscellaneous rants
Marie Curie's notebooks, preserved for posterity, are radioactive.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Friendship is the most genuinely humane relationship of which we are capable. To be understood and appreciated for oneself is a vital experience in life.