thousands of shells, machine gun bullets whizzed overhead
advanced over no-man’s land
if you put your hand up, you’d touch a ceiling of sound
and probably lose a finger or two.
French soldier learns of victory at Vimy –>slide 1
French soldier learns four Canadian divisions fighting at Vimy with one British division–>slide 2
Ah! les Canadiens! C’est possible!
Notes: The shelling at the battle began April 2, 1917, and the battle itself began on April 9, 1917. Vimy marked the first time that Canadian troops fought together on a a corps level, and they took the ridge with casualties of 10,000. Previous attempts to break the strong-point in the German line had cost French and British troops more than 150,000. Vimy is often seen as a defining moment in Canadian national history, and as Pierre Burton wrote in his book on the battle, it quickly attained mythic status. This seems like an appropriate post for Remembrance Day.
The Victorians did many things that shape our lives today, and I’m not just talking about lighting bangers and drinking too much on Victoria Day.
Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution
Unlike today, the Theory of Evolution was not accepted by all members of society, not even in the United Kingdom, where Charles Darwin pioneered his important scientific discoveries; while Darwin explored the marketing possibilities of ape-powered robots, other men like Thomas Huxley were left to convince the rest of the scientific community of Evolution’s validity. This debate came to a head when during a widely publicized discussion before the British Association for the Advancement of Science, one of the major opponents of Evolution, the Lord Bishop of Oxford Samuel Wilberforce, asked Huxley if it was his mother or father who was an ape.
The ideology of communism has its roots in the Victorian Era, when Karl Marx and his pirate brother, Friedrich Engels, wrote the Communist Manifesto, which was all about overthrowing capitalism, sharing the means of production and scoring chicks.
This site is all about scoring laughs. Originally published June, 2008.
Sir Thomas More presents “The Religions of Utopia” (circa 1515) –> slide three
sun-worshipers, moon-worshipers, Uranus-worshipers (the worst of them)
but the best religion worships an incomprehensible Deity.
Sir Thomas More presents “The Religions of Utopia” (circa 1515) –> slide five
their most ancient law:
no man ought to be punished for his religion
not even the evil-smelling Uranus-worshipers.
Sir Thomas More presents “The Religions of Utopia” (circa 1515) –> slide six
liberty needed so they can decide:
which religion is true and which is false
also, dignity of human values more important than religious dogma.
Sir Thomas More presents “Burning Lutherans” (circa 1530) –> slide 5
heresy against Church is a disease
started with burning Protestant books
now onto followers of Martin Luther
(but I only burned six).
Sir Thomas More:
“A man of an angel’s wit and singular learning. I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness and affability? And, as time requireth, a man of marvelous mirth and pastimes, and sometime of as sad gravity. A man for all seasons.” ~ Robert Whittington (1520, before More’s “pyro” phase)
In addition to being an all-weather dude, More also was burner of heretics, or Lutherans as we know them now. Alltop is burning hot with humor. Originally published Dec. 7, 2007.