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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
3rd May 1921: The Government of Ireland Act (1920) comes into force - Ireland is partitioned
Since 1919 the Irish war of independence had been raging. The Lloyd-George coalition government were caught in the dilemma of realizing that Ireland was now ungovernable but were committed to supporting the large Protestant Unionist minority in the region of Ulster. A radical new solution was proposed by Unionist leader Walter Long. He proposed the partition of Ulster from the rest of Ireland and each partitioned section would be self-governing dependencies of the United Kingdom. To ensure the Unionists had majority rule, the predominantly Catholic Ulster counties of Sligo, Monaghan and Donegal were to be included in the southern dependency.
With the Irish Republican movement accepting nothing less than the full of independence of the whole of Ireland and refusing to negotiate, the British government took what was the only available compromise, and via an act of Parliament imposed partition on Ireland.
Whilst the southern dependency remained in civil war and never actually functioned, Northern Ireland, supported by its predominantly Protestant population, began working immediately. Northern Ireland thus pursued its own course since that time.
After the Irish War of Independence concluded with the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, the resulting Irish Free State theoretically ruled Northern Ireland but required the Northern Ireland parliament to agree to decide to join it. There was of course no way the Unionist-dominated parliament would agree to such a move. In December 1922 Northern Ireland "opted out" of the Irish Free State by petition to the King and partition thus became permanent.
From 1937 after a series of reforms to the constitution, the Irish Free State became "Eire" (the Irish-Gaelic name for Ireland) and laid claim to sovereignty over Northern Ireland. This claim was maintained until under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement of April 1998, the Republic of Ireland (so-named from 1948) after a referendum withdrew this claim. Partition will now remain until or unless the Northern Ireland Assembly votes to abolish it, something unlikely for the foreseeable future.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
May Day Bank Holiday Weekend was a complete success, though not exactly a break for me - servicing Missus all day Monday was hardly a break. However, there is no resentment at all. She goes out to work so I don't have to so it's perfectly fair that I do all the housekeeping and caring. It's only rarely tiring and in return I get to live and work in Shangri-La.
My ambition remains for my Hypnotherapy Practice to be self-supporting, and regardless of what the outcome will be, the very pursuit of it is fulfilling. I now have the right mindset to pursue this goal within the (freely chosen) limitations being carer/housekeeper.
A four-day food binge must now end and it's back to sensible eating. I don't have a shred of guilt though - it was f*cking excellent!! I embrace it as a most pleasant memory and return to some degree of discipline.
I have an abundance of time available, and my intention is to use it wisely, pursuing my triple-track roles of housekeeper, carer and Hypnotherapist. In doing so I'm lapping up and savouring every moment of this bliss I now find myself in.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you in pursuit of a fulfilling life?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, sunny spells, cool.
1020 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
C-flat, E-flat and G-flat walk into a bar. The bartender shows them the door and says, “Sorry, we don’t serve minors".
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Jack Whitehall in New York
Chronic stress floods the brain with powerful hormones that are only meant for short-term emergency situations. Chronic exposure to these hormones can damage, shrink, and kill brain cells.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Alone, one’s suffering only deepens. Human beings need to be with and among other human beings. Engagement with others forges our character and enriches us.