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PostPosted: 09-09-2009 14:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

When the Italian Army withdrew from Yugoslavia in 1943 (after the overthrow of Mussolini) they brought thousands of Jews with them. In Southern Greece the area occupied by the Italians had long been a refuge for Jews. Sadly this ended in 1943, the Italian soldiers were cut off and surrendered to the Germans.
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http://www.gotts.org.uk/page35.htm

Yarmouth Bridge disaster - 1845

82 people die, mostly children, after the suspension bridge they are stood on collapses.

A gathering had formed on the bridge to watch a clown floating down the river in a barrel pulled by geese - Shocked - and as the japester passed under the bridge the movement of people from one side to the other evidently brought it down.

Doesn't seem to be much about this one online. I guess it may be better known in the Norfolk area.
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PostPosted: 29-09-2009 14:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

McAvennie_ wrote:
http://www.gotts.org.uk/page35.htm

Yarmouth Bridge disaster - 1845

82 people die, mostly children, after the suspension bridge they are stood on collapses.

A gathering had formed on the bridge to watch a clown floating down the river in a barrel pulled by geese - Shocked - and as the japester passed under the bridge the movement of people from one side to the other evidently brought it down.

Doesn't seem to be much about this one online. I guess it may be better known in the Norfolk area.



So that's what people did before the telly and internet.
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That clown must have felt really bad afterwards.
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Xanatic_ wrote:
That clown must have felt really bad afterwards.


I bet he was an evil clown and laughed all the way to the riverbank.
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I didn´t think about that, maybe he planned the whole thing.
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That's what happens when John Wayne Gacy plays Pooh Sticks.
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PostPosted: 30-09-2009 05:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naughty_Felid wrote:
McAvennie_ wrote:
A gathering had formed on the bridge to watch a clown floating down the river in a barrel pulled by geese


So that's what people did before the telly and internet.


Tell you what - compared to Strictly Come Mincing, Crap Factor etc I'd happily stand on a bridge to watch a clown floating down the river in a barrel pulled by geese.

At least until Harry Hill's back (and Primeval! Wheeee!)
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stuneville wrote:
Tell you what - compared to Strictly Come Mincing, Crap Factor etc I'd happily stand on a bridge to watch a clown floating down the river in a barrel pulled by geese.


Don't. They're so desperate for new formats that, if there are any TV execs on this board, it's only going to be a matter of time before we've got Celebrity Falling Of A Bridge While Watching a Clown Float Down a River In a Barrel Pulled By Geese.
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PostPosted: 30-09-2009 09:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spookdaddy wrote:
stuneville wrote:
Tell you what - compared to Strictly Come Mincing, Crap Factor etc I'd happily stand on a bridge to watch a clown floating down the river in a barrel pulled by geese.


Don't. They're so desperate for new formats that, if there are any TV execs on this board, it's only going to be a matter of time before we've got Celebrity Falling Of A Bridge While Watching a Clown Float Down a River In a Barrel Pulled By Geese.


rofl

Soon to be followed by:

I'm a celebrity, get me out of this river and away from this freakish clown-barrel-goose contraption!
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PostPosted: 30-09-2009 10:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clowns In Barrels Pulled By Geese ...from Hell!

Can't Fall Off A Bridge While Watching A Clown Float Down A River In A Barrel Pulled By Geese,Won't Fall Off A Bridge While Watching A Clown Float Down A River In A Barrel Pulled By Geese.


...sorry.
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I'm waiting for Celebrity Choir Islands.
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And don't let the people at Hallmark know. Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day, Administrative Professionals Day (I kid you not), Throw a Child at a Clown Day...
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French plan to invade Britain in the 18th century
An 18th-century French plot to invade with an American army during the War of Independence has been discovered by historians.
By Ben Leach
Published: 8:31AM BST 03 Oct 2009

The plan, which was drawn up by a French general, was to bring over 10,000 American soldiers and capitalise on a Britain that was distracted by the war on the other side of the Atlantic.

The general also proposed that the force include a corps of American Indians, or “sauvages”, as he termed them, that would strike terror into the British.

The document was drawn up by Charles-François Dumouriez when commander at Cherbourg and bears a pencil note saying it came from the papers of General Barthélemy Scherer, briefly Minister of War.

The papers state that it would be easy to transport the Americans across the Atlantic, and proposes they land in Ireland, where “they would be guaranteed success”.

With a corps of just 500 American Indians, the document notes: “It is impossible to imagine the terror that would strike the British on seeing them”.

The plot even suggests that the Bostonian people could "dress up and paint themselves" if they are unable to recruit enough willing savages.

“Even if the Bostonians could not assemble this number of savages, they could dress up and paint themselves,” it says. “These phantoms would be enough, by their mere appearance, to cause mass desertions among the British.”

The document includes detail on the likely deployment of British forces, and the supplies, ships, horses and artillery that would be needed.

It is not known how the Americans reacted to the proposal, or if they ever knew of it.

Jeremy Black, a professor of history at Exeter University, told The Times: “It is fantastical, in terms of the technology but ... completely mad — there is no way they could have made it across the Atlantic.

The document, Projet d’une Descente en Angleterre pour l’Année 1779, is being sold at auctioneers Bonhams in London on October 6 as part of a lot of books.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6257052/French-plan-to-invade-Britain-in-the-18th-century.html
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Oh, dear. That sounds like a flight of fancy from someone who didn't have any grasp whatever of what was going on in America at the time. At what would we - much less 500 Indians from any tribe! - have wanted to do it for? We had no interest in conquering Britain.
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