the burning of the houses of parliament

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.

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

- GOLD RUSH

-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.

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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.

Tonight the Houses of Parliament vote on if they are going to bomb Syria. I am terrified of the outcome and for the countless innocent lives that will be destroyed if this goes ahead.

My granddad told me many stories of war. Of what it was like being woken by the sound of screams and explosions. Of walking into the street, lit not by daylight, but by fire. By the burning of homes, possessions and lives. He said he thought he had been killed and was walking into hell.

He told me of going into school after an air raid to find more empty desks. The teacher would call out a name and if they didn’t answer, just move on. Everyone knew what had happened, no one would say a word.

He told me of thousands upon thousands of family’s cramming themselves into the London underground stations because that was the only place they were safe from the living nightmare that rained above them. People sleeping in soot, their stomach gripped by the fear that maybe this is the time they wouldn’t wake up.

He was 7 when the Great War of his generation started. 7. He was a child.

I weep as I write this; trying to imagine the horror my granddad and millions like him suffered. I weep as I write this; knowing that men who have never truly known war are a vote away from recreating that dark time. I weep for the innocent. I have never been a religious man but I mean it when I say; if there is a God, have mercy on us all. Have mercy, because mankind is a majority vote away from failing once more.

  • me, in parliament: this morning i had meetings with your mum in addition to my duties in this house, i shall have further such meetings today
  • entire house of commons: *screaming* sick burn m8