burning of the houses of parliament

anonymous asked:

Lottie!!! Do you have any feelings about the accents of various Harry Potter characters?? I would love to hear about it bc I for one am very passionate about Sirius Black occasionally sounding EXTREMELY posh and feeling a bit embarrassed about it


and by ‘the accents of various Harry Potter characters’ I mean the LACK THEREOF and the Overwhelming amount of Posh Wankers in this series. I MEAN. it winds me up MASSIVELY, and it also opens a can of wooorrrmmmss re: the wizarding population around the British Isles. like… We Need To Talk About Wales. caveat: this is all coming from a Northerner, so as far as I’m concerned the Midlands are in the South, but I’m going to try to be geographical instead of Northern about this.

SO, for those who can’t tell the difference between various UK accents/didn’t realise there were accents in England other than The Benedict Cumberbatch (which, if you’re going from these movies, is understandable), let me break down the film accents for you: McGonagall, Cho Chang and Oliver Wood are Scottish, Seamus Finnegan, Mad-Eye Moody and Luna Lovegood are Irish (Evanna Lynch is from the border region so her accent sounds slightly Northern Irish), Neville Longbottom has a Yorkshire accent (Yorkshire is a county in the North of England), Hagrid is from the West Country (which, despite how it sounds, is The South), and literally every other character sounds like they grew up below the Watford Gap. discounting the ones I’ve just mentioned, everyone else is Generic Southern or straight up Good Old Boy RP (Received Pronunciation, which is like standard BBC English that you hear on the telly/out of the gob of pretty much every HP character). 

(I mean, in fairness, this wasn’t really a Movie decision. in the books the Midlands and the North are just places the Hogwarts Express has to pass through to get to Scotland. Harry is from Surrey, the Weasleys are from Devon, it never really says where Hermione’s from but judging by how her dialogue reads I’m guessing it’s The South, Sirius grew up walking distance from King’s Cross, Godric’s Hollow is in the West Country somewhere, Malfoy Manor is in Wiltshire, and even though the footy team you support doesn’t always indicate where you’re from we’ll ignore that in this case and say that Dean Thomas is from Stratford, East London. and those are just the characters I can remember off the top of my head. that’s a lot of southerners. like, Pureblood wizards seem to be mostly very old aristocracy (I remember reading that the Malfoys came over from France with William the Conquerer in 1066), so you could argue that, like, they all had wizard babies in/around the capital and they’re slowly but surely spreading outwards hence the CLUMP of southern wizards (not to mention they tend to stick together in communities like Ottery St Catchpole and Godric’s Hollow) but a) that is a stupid, reaching theory and I seriously doubt it, and b) even if it WAS true, MUGGLEBORNS EXIST! why aren’t there wizards popping up in, like, Liverpool or Salford or Birmingham? why is EVERYONE so goddamn WELL-SPOKEN???)

I do think about the accents thing a lot. and I get mad about the movies a lot. I mean, Hagrid’s accent reads as Yorkshire. he says ‘summat’! he’s the most Yorkshire thing ever!! and Dean has a Generic Nice Southern accent, not an East London accent! he should sound like Alfie bloody Moon!!! also, considering Godric’s Hollow is in the West Country, DUMBLEDORE SHOULD HAVE HAGRID’S ACCENT!!!!! I JUST DIE OVER THE TERRIBLE ACCENT CHOICES FOR THESE FILMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY WOULD YOU LET MICHAEL ‘I DON’T NEED TO READ THE BOOKS’ GAMBON DO A WEIRD DRUNKEN IRISH LILT WHEN HE COULD HAVE BEEN HAGRIDDING EVERYWHERE!!!!!! (also if Voldemort hadn’t ruined everything and Harry had been raised in Godric’s Hollow he would also have a Hagrid-ish accent. amazing.) AND, according to the HP wiki, Little Hangleton is in the North somewhere, which means Gaunt cottage is in the North somewhere, which means VOLDEMORT IS NORTHERN. LOL. take a moment for that one. let it sink in. Voldemort is my past, present and fookin’ future, innit. 


so if we’re going by the books there’s literally one Scottish person and one Irish person that we know of at Hogwarts (AND one of them is a teacher, AND I don’t think either of them were ever SPECIFICALLY said to have a Scottish/Irish accent). which begs the question: where the fuck is everyone who isn’t middle class English going to school??? what the hell is going on here???? as far as we know there is one (1) Irish student and this school and no (0) Scottish students. which… is wild. especially because the entire Irish quidditch team must have passed through the hallowed halls of Hogwarts in the preceding 10 years, but suddenly: a dearth. AND THERE’S NO WELSH STUDENTS! WHERE ARE THE WELSH? obviously the Holyhead Harpies are a Welsh team, and the common Welsh Green is a Welsh dragon, and Dai Llewellyn who had a ward in St Mungo’s named after him sounds Welsh, and I’m pretty sure Helga Hufflepuff was from Wales*, SO WHERE ARE THEIR SPROGS AT? 

*IIRC aren’t the four founders all from different countries? I’m sure it’s at least implied by the Sorting Hat at one point. like ‘Gryffindor from wild moor’** = Dartmoor, I assume, as Godric’s Hollow is in the West Country = England, Ravenclaw’s from ‘glen’ = Scotland, I’m sure there are glens in other places but SCOTLAND, Hufflepuff is something something valley? again, valleys are everywhere, but whenever someone says ‘valley’ my brain immediately puts on a Daffyd Thomas voice and goes ‘IN THE VALLEEEEYYYSS’ which it certainly doesn’t do for any other country, so = Wales, and SLYTHERIN = FEN = Ireland has a shitload of bogs and fens and stuff. plus Slytherin is green, Ireland is the Emerald Isle, I’m just REALLY GLAD SLYTHERIN’S IRISH HAHA ÉIRE GO BRÁCH LOSERS 

**FOR THE RECORD the HP wiki told me Godric’s Hollow is in the West Country, and that seems very likely as the North of England doesn’t seem to exist in the HP canon, HOWEVER I PERSONALLY choose to believe that the ‘wild moor’ is in fact THE YORKSHIRE MOORS and that Godric Gryffindor, like Tom Marvolo Riddle, is a top lad innit mate. 

but back to The Absent Welsh: I like to think that maybe they’ve set up their own school. it’s a weekly boarding. everyone speaks Cymraeg. all the Irish and Scottish students go there too because they fucking hate the English. it would certainly explain the lack of Scottish, Irish and Welsh students at Hogwarts. they’re all just getting on with it in Wales somewhere. probably Anglesey. or maybe there are actually wizarding schools that are just normal day schools and Hogwarts is just the famous one because it’s a big, old, prestigious boarding school. considering Harry apparently had his name down since birth… MAYBE HOGWARTS IS THE ETON COLLEGE OF MAGIC! THIS IS MAKING SO MUCH SENSE!!! all the middle class English lot are like ‘oh darling, you simply must go to the Eton College of magic!!’ meanwhile muggleborn Gary ‘Gazza’ Bloggs from the Wirral is like ‘nah mate I’ll just go t’ t’ local like.’

(SPEAKING OF ETON COLLEGE, Justin Finch-Fletchley had his name down for it, which is aaaaabsolutely hilarious. Eton is an independent all-boys boarding school which costs roughly £37,000 ($48,000) per academic year. if Justin hadn’t been a surprise wizard he probably would have gone to Eton, gone to Oxford, joined an elite drinking club, burned money in front of homeless people, rattled a dead pig and then become Prime Minister. but instead of doing all of that he has to go to a PUBLIC SCHOOL with negligible rules, very little uniform, girls, AND he can’t even tell any of his posh little mates about it when he goes home to MUMMY for the VAC. to top it all off he’s gone from being a Good Old Boy Top Shelf Jolly Hockey Sticks Young Chap on the path to upper class glory and the Houses of Parliament to being a MUGGLEBORN HUFFLEPUFF i.e. the bottom of the Wizarding world/Hogwarts food chain. but never mind, eh, he seems pleased enough. bet he has a CORKING accent, what!)

even though my Average Joe Wizard High School idea is definitely not true, I definitely 100% feel like Ireland should have its own wizarding school. the Republic of Ireland’s relationship with The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is so long and arduous that even I, who has an Irish mother, can’t keep it all straight in my head, but basically Ireland is not part of ~the UK~ or ~Great Britain~ even though it is part of the British Isles, so they really need their own school. (tbh I’m low key offending myself by talking about this like they Should have their own school rather than They Have Their Own School, Obviously, but… whatever.) THEY ALSO SHOULD HAVE THEIR OWN MINISTRY OF MAGIC! they might have! we just don’t know! why didn’t Harry make better friends with Seamus!!! UNLESS, of course, wizards don’t trifle themselves with Muggle Affairs and didn’t get involved with the Irish revolution and the Troubles etc. (although considering how the Order of the Phoenix being founded/the war really kicking into high gear coincided with the Winter of Discontent/widespread right wing sympathy across the UK… I doubt it), and so Irish wizards are still being governed from ~Westminster. but again, if that’s the case, WHY ARE NONE OF ‘EM GOIN’ HOGWARTS??????? WHY IS SEAMUS FINNEGAN THE LONE IRISH DIASPORA AT WIZARD SCHOOL???? 

I… literally cannot believe how Away from me this has Gotten. 

accents. okay. 

yes, Sirius Black accidentally being EXTREMELY POSH is something I am very passionate about also. he tries to mask it by being all rebellious and Landaaaannn about everything but fails miserably because every so often he’ll say ‘one’, and when he’s tired or excited he’s just like… the Queen on steds. arrived at Hogwarts fluent in French and passable in Latin. knows how to use so many forks. a prank goes right and he’s like ‘YESSSS TOP SHELF, BOYS! ABSOLUTELY BANG ON!’ James is also posh but posh in the rich, big old farmhouse, Barbour jackets and Hunter wellies way, so he gets away with it because he’s never been to a cotillion and doesn’t sometimes slip and say ‘spiffing’. meanwhile Remus is from the Midlands in my heart (maybe Shropshire)*** and is just very normal and not at all impressed by these posh knobs he has to share a bedroom with. Peter is probably from somewhere with an accent that grates on you after a while, like Birmingham. (no offence @Brummies.) according to the HP wiki (it’s teaching me SO MUCH but literally where tf are they getting this info) Snape is from the Midlands, which means that surely Lily is from the Midlands, because they met when they were playing out as kids!!! this Excites Me! also imagining Snape with a Wolverhampton accent is just… exquisite. 

***I know a lot of people are All About Scottish Remus and while that is second in my heart to Midlands Remus it is certainly In My Heart. 

I love and support Neville Longbottom having a Yorkshire accent because I, too, have a Yorkshire accent, and his in the films means SO MUCH TO ME!! he’s OUR BOY!!! GO ON, LADDDD!!!!!! etc. I really want Lee Jordan to have a Limmy-esque Glaswegian accent, because IMAGINE him doing the quidditch commentary and just getting more and more incomprehensibly Scottish, and McGonagall keeps yelling at him because she can actually understand what he’s saying whereas everyone else can just manage to catch ‘Slytherin’ and ‘cheating’ and ‘10 points’ so they’re just like ‘???!!!!! ! !! ? !!’ also I’m a big fan of Bristolian Lavender Brown, for no other reason than I just thought of her greeting Ron by saying ALRIGHT MY LUVVER and nearly died. 

in conclusion, you could say that I do indeed have feelings about the accents of various Harry Potter characters and I hope you weren’t lying when you said you’d love to hear about it. 

Anarchists Fill Services Void Left by Faltering Greek Governance
Anarchist groups are taking matters into their own hands after years of austerity policies and a refugee crisis have undermined the Greek government.
By Niki Kitsantonis

“We want people to fight back, in all ways, from taking care of refugees to burning banks and Parliament,” said Mr. Sagris, the member of Void Network and the Embros theater group, which raises money to fund squats housing refugees. “Anarchists use all tactics, violent and nonviolent.”

“Anarchists obviously cannot form a political party,” said Spiros Dapergolas, 45, a graphic designer who belongs to Rouvikonas. “But we have our own means to enter the political center,” he said. “We want to get bigger.”

The group’s long-term aim is “militant unionism,” Mr. Dapergolas said. But, he conceded, it is not easy for people to organize themselves. In the meantime, he said, “what Rouvikonas is doing can be done by anyone.”

Do non-Australians know the story of how Canberra, our nation’s glorious capital, was founded? If not, gather round.

Most folks think Sydney or Melbourne is the capital of Australia, but no, that would actually make sense, and Canberra is not here to make sense. Canberra is here because Mum and Dad didn’t want to play favourites with the bickering children.

Basically, after Federation in 1901 when Australia became a country in its own right instead of just a bunch of Britain’s convict colonies, people couldn’t decide whether Sydney or Melbourne should be the capital. There was a huge rivalry between the cities (one that still exists today. Melbourne is better btw) and they squabbled and fought for YEARS over who would get it, until finally in 1908 they decided, “right. NEITHER of you get to be the capital.” They compromised by building a city entirely from scratch halfway between Melbourne and Sydney, smack-dab in the middle of the bush. Observe:

(Look at that tiny void of despair.)

For some reason the city planners also decided that grids and sensible symmetrical roads weren’t desirable for the capital, so the city layout is a mess of circles and hexagons and triangles and weird geometrical shapes. Roundabouts. Roundabouts everywhere. And since it’s literally just Parliament House dumped in the middle of nowhere, the city is entirely surrounded by dense bush and there are real problems with kangaroos invading the suburbs, and every summer there’s a good chance it could burn down because of bushfires. It’s so far away from anything that no-one lives there unless they have to, and the people who have to live there are the ones who need to work there, and the ones who need to work there are all politicians. It’s a city full of Tony Abbotts, tbh. Truly a dismal, dismal place. 

tl;dr Canberra is a tiny custom-built nightmare of roundabouts, kangaroos, fires and politicians that exists solely to punish us because Sydney and Melbourne were like bickering siblings who couldn’t get their shit together.

Animals - James Delaney

omg so requests are open and i’ve had this taboo imagine in my head for awhile so like maybe you’re family is very high on the social scale and your mother catches you and james delaney together 😉😉thank youuuuu // you’re amazing 💕

Could you please write a smut of James Delaney x reader based on the song “animals” by maroon V?? I love your blog btw 💕 @till-the-end-of-the-line-bucky

Animals - James Delaney

It was nearing midnight but the coals in your fireplace were still burning as you sat up at your vanity, waiting. James had promised you that he would come by tonight after everyone had gone to sleep. Your father, who held a place in the house of Lords, and your mother, whose own family had a history in Parliament, did not know that their youngest daughter was seeing a Delaney. If they had known, they would surely have you disowned or sent away. Seeing James meant sneaking around at night and ‘accidentally’ bumping into each other at the market.  

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My only wish in the world is for people to draw America/Alfred seriously like they do the other nations. People draw Amazing historical/war drawings of the other nations and then draw America eating burgers or only revolution!America. The US has so much history, there is so much to work with!

Not in order- 

- Days before Europen settlers

-The Pilgrims

- The Puritans/Salm Witch trials

- The Lousiana purchase/Lewis and Clark 

- War of 1812- Trying to invade Canada and burning down parliament and in return the Britsh burning down the White House. 

- Mexican-American War

-History of Texas


-American Civil War

- Women right movement/Feminist movement

-Spanish-American War

- The early 1900s- So much happened

- The first flight

- The Great Depression

- The Roaring 20s 

- The clothing and culture of the 50s-90s

- The Space Race

And so much more!

 Just because America’s young compared to the rest of the nations doesn’t mean he doesn’t have an interesting and dark history.

In early December, for example, the students of Edinburgh University broke into the Parliament House in broad daylight and held their own mock trial and condemnation of the pope, whom they then “sentenced to be burn publickly” at the market cross on Christmas Day. Similarly, in January the students of Aberdeen set up a High Court of Justice to “try” his holiness, who was accused (and found guilty) of being “an enemy to Religion, Monarchy and Government.”
—  1688, the only time when being at a Scottish Uni was even more banterful than it is today.
Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn'orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!
—  Perhaps most widely known in America from its use in the movie V for Vendetta, versions of the above poem have been wide spread in England for centuries. They celebrate the foiling of (Catholic) Guy Fawkes’s attempt to blow up (Protestant controlled) England’s House of Parliament on November 5th, 1605. Known variously as Guy Fawkes Day,Gunpowder Treason Day, and Fireworks Night, the November 5th celebrations in some time periods included the burning of the Pope or Guy Fawkes in effigy.

anonymous asked:

after the Americans burned down Canada's parliament building in the war of 1812, tree Canadians tried to burn down the White House. they only succeeded in scorching the building which led to it being painted white.

One of Canada’s most unique Centennial projects in 1967 was the building of the world’s first UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alberta. The town provided the land, and local businesses provided building supplies and labour for the raised cement pad. Making things even stranger? Paul Hellyer, then Minister of National Defense, flew in (by helicopter, not spaceship) to officially open it.

send me an ask with a weird history fact and I’ll try to reply with one just as weird


Saving Face (2012)

Every year in Pakistan, many people – the majority of them women – are known to be victimized by brutal acid attacks, while numerous other cases go unreported. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred. Many reported assailants, often a husband or someone else known by the victim, receive minimal if any punishment from the state.
The woman giving a speech is Rukhsana Bibi who was attacked by her husband, her sister-in-law threw gasoline on her and her mother-in- law lit a match and set her on fire. 
She couldn’t afford to take care of her sick kids so she had to move back to her husband’s house. They locked her into a room, intending her to die. The husband was arrested, and looks straight into the camera while saying his wife set herself on fire. If you look at the women in the burn unit of the Islamabad hospital, he claims, you’ll find that most of the women there set themselves on fire, or threw acid at themselves.
Acid attacks became illegal in Pakistan in 2010 when parliament passed the Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill, which can carry punishments of lifetime imprisonment. In 2011, there was a law passed that there would be a minimum mandatory prison term of 14 years to life for acid attacks.

Reasons the life of Alexander Hamilton and company may have been more dramatic (and tragic) than his musical:

During the war, Catherine Schuyler (the Schuyler Sisters’ mother) burned a field of wheat at their farm house rather than let it fall in British hands.

Angelica Schuyler eloped with her husband, John Church, a member of the British Parliament who was a smuggler for the Patriots during the war, choosing for herself rather than allowing her husband to do so.

Aaron Burr was Maria Reynold’s divorce lawyer.

Aaron Burr once challenged Angelica’s husband to a duel over accusations over corruption. They both fired, missed, and Church apologized.

Philip Schuyler won his Senate seat back from Burr in 1797.

George Eacker (the guy who shot Phillip Hamilton) was an associate of Burr’s, hence why he ridiculed Hamilton.

Phillip’s little sister, Angelica Hamilton, went mad after he died.

Eliza was about two-months pregnant with her last child when Phillip died; the child was named Phillip Hamilton or “Little Phil,” and was 3 years old when his father died.

Eliza had a lot of financial trouble after her husband’s death, depending on friends and her inheritance after her father’s death.

So I’m reading Jane Eyre for the first time, and I come across the name “Guy Fawkes”

And as the Harry Potter fan that I am, I thought, gigglingly, “Oh, Fawkes the Phoenix!”

See, and there’s an end-note attached to the name, so I head on to the back of the book, and this is what it said:

Guy Fawkes: plotted to burn down the House of Parliament on 5 November 1605.”


It didn‘t start with gas chambers. It started with politics talking about „us“ against „them“. It started with intolerance and hate speeches. It started with depriving some people of basic rights. It started with burning houses. It started with people who just looked away.

On September 24th, there are Bundestag elections in Germany. For the first time since 1945, a fascist party may be elected into parliament, maybe even in third strongest position. The voter participation is extremely important, so please vote. The less people vote, the more chances the AfD gets. So, as trite as it may sound, „who doesn‘t vote, votes for the fascists“. I seldomly talk about politics here and I do not propose a particular party to you, yet it is high time to show your true colors against right-wing politics.

(original German text by Uwe Schlüter, read on Facebook)

Am 24.09. ist Bundestagswahl. So wie es aussieht wird zum ersten Male, nach dem Zerfall von Hitlerdeutschland, wieder eine faschistische Partei in unser Parlament einziehen - vielleicht sogar als drittstärkste Kraft. Die Wahlbeteiligung wird dabei eine große Rolle spielen. Also bitte, bitte, bitte geht wählen!!! Je schwächer die Wahlbeteiligung desto stärker wird die AFD. So abgedroschen es klingt: “Wer nicht wählt, wählt die Faschisten!” Ich äußere mich ja nur noch sehr selten hier politisch und schlage euch auch keine bestimmte Partei vor aber es ist höchste Zeit eindeutig Farbe zu bekennen gegen Rechts.

(Text von Uwe Schlüter, bei Facebook gelesen)


April 3rd 1911: Emily Davison found in Parliament

On this day in 1911, suffragette Emily Wilding Davison was discovered in a broom cupboard in the chapel crypt of the Houses of Parliament. She hid during the night of April 2nd - the night of the 1911 census - so that she could officially record her place of residence as ‘the House of Commons’. Ths stunt was intended to promote the suffragette cause, and emphasise the fact that disenfranchised women were excluded from participating in the British political system. The former teacher dedicated herself to the campaign for women’s rights and female suffrage, even being subjected to force feeding while on hunger strike in prison. Davison often committed acts of civil disobedience, including hiding in Parliament overnight, burning post boxes, and throwing rocks at the carriage of chancellor David Lloyd George. Two years after the Parliament incident, at the Epsom Derby, Davison ran out in front of King George V’s horse Anmer; she was trampled by the horse, and later died from her injuries. She appears to have been attempting to attach a suffragette flag to the King’s horse, though it has also been suggested she was trying to pull down the horse. Others believed she had been aiming to commit suicide and become a martyr for the suffragette cause, but the fact she had purchased a return rail ticket that day appears to suggest otherwise. Davison’s extraordinary devotion to the suffragette cause demonstrates the lengths to which women would go to fight for their political rights. Her daring foray into Parliament is today commemorated with a plaque in the place she hid overnight.

Tomorrow is Bonfire Night and it’s kind of hard for me to explain for those of you outside the UK but basically there was this dude (except actually he was a Guy because that was his name) and about 400 years ago he was part of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament but he was caught literally leaving the gunpowder in the cellars and so they arrested him and tortured him so badly that he could barely sign his name on his confession and now every year we burn effigies of him on a massive fire and light fireworks in mocking remembrance of the failed plot that led to his hideous torture and ultimately cost him his life and it’s a really great night all round really


Guy Fawkes Day

On November 5th in 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested for trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The botched Gunpowder Plot is memorialized today in England with Bonfire Night, where crowds light fireworks and burn effigies to commemorate the failure 409 years ago.

To mark the fifth of November, we at Special Collections veered towards celebrating vicariously through the venerated volumes of Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta.  Originally published in black and white between 1982 and 1985, the series was published again by DC Comics in 1988 (in color) over 10 visually vibrant issues, of which we are sharing the first I, II, III, IV…V of them! The iconic Guy Fawkes mask popularized and used as a plot element by the comic has since been adopted as a rallying symbol by such factions as the Occupy movement, the online group Anonymous, and other anti-establishment demonstrations around the globe.

Remember, remember! The fifth of November, the Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason, why the Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!