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Saint of the Day for Friday, May 1st, 2015 , St. Marculf

today’s holiday: Tichborne Dole (2015)

Tichborne Dole (2015)

The custom of handing out a dole, or allotment of flour, to the village poor in Tichborne, Hampshire, England, dates back to the 12th or 13th century. Lady Mabella Tichborne, who was on her deathbed at the time, begged her husband to grant her enough land to provide an annual bounty of bread to the poor, who were suffering from a recent failure of the wheat crop. On March 25, or Lady Day, each year, villagers in need of assistance gather at the porch of Tichborne House to claim their portion of the gift: a gallon of flour for adults, half as much for children. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Benjamin Disraeli (1804)

Benjamin Disraeli (1804)

Disraeli, a Conservative politician and novelist, succeeded the earl of Derby as prime minister of Great Britain in 1868 but lost the office to political rival William Gladstone that same year. During his second term as prime minister, from 1874 to 1880, Disraeli’s ministry enacted a number of domestic reforms. He was a staunch imperialist and, under his leadership, Britain gained a controlling interest in the Suez Canal. Why was Disraeli’s first book, Vivian Grey, strongly criticized? More… Discuss

quotation: “With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please…”. Jane Austen

With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works.

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quotation: It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. Jane Austen

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.

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quotation: Jane Austen

It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; but when a beginning is made–when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt–it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.

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QUOTATION: Jane Austen

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

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The Aldershot Bombing (1972)

In revenge for the Bloody Sunday incident of a month earlier in which 13 civil-rights protesters in Northern Ireland were shot dead by British paratroopers, the Official IRA detonated a car bomb at the Hampshire, England, headquarters of the British Army’s 16th Parachute Brigade. The intended targets—soldiers and officers—largely escaped harm, but the bomb did claim the lives of seven civilian staff—a priest, a gardener, and five kitchen workers. How did this influence Official IRA tactics? More… Discuss


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Quotation of the Day: Jane Austen – On Human Temerity To Adjust and Surmount

There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.
(from Ch. 5 of Mansfield Park)

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