I only realised it was the 3rd of October on the 3rd of October. The goddam German embassy didn't invite me.
The French embassy, on the other hand, seems very forgiving towards it's citoyens.
There used to be a certain restaurant owner in Phnom Penh, (owned the Deauville near Wat Phnom) wo was a wanted man in France. They never got him extradited and he always got invited to the French embassy on Bastille Day. But I heard the ambassador avoided shaking his hand.
Alas, he died about half a year ago. The ratatatatatouille there on Thursday nights is still good though ;D
Aside from the depressing thought that yesterday would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday, :'(and today is 10/10/10 ,I would like to wish all our Canadian friends and visitors a happy,joyous and blessed Thanksgiving. (Even though it's on the calendar as being tomorrow...am sneaking it in early for those of you perhaps getting together with loved ones today). Have a lovely!
Also: 1905 – Norway becomes independent from Sweden. 1958 – Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France. 1999 – Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo--> was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
I see that the US veteran is from Bethany, Missouri, as was my paternal grandfather, who was a sergeant with Battery C in the 55th Artillery. (Link included to show what goldmines for family history can be found online.)
More insanity! I never knew that, Mick. Here's what I got from googling, if anyone else is interested:
At 5.10 on the morning of 11th Nov 1918, the Armistice between the Allies (essentially Britain, France and America) and Germany was signed in a railway carriage in a forest clearing at Compiegne just outside Paris, but it would be a further six hours before the treaty would come into effect.
... the terrible truth [is] that in those final six hours the killing continued. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission alone records 863 British and Commonwealth deaths for that last day of the war. One historian estimates that over 11,000 soldiers on all sides were killed, wounded or were missing on the final day of the war.
By the end of the First World War, there were just two areas of fighting left, both on the Western Front. The other nations - Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria - had surrendered leaving Germany to fight on alone.
Around Mons in Belgium, the Canadian General Sir Arthur Currie was leading the British and Canadian troops on that final day. Britain’s General Haig and Currie knew the end was in sight and didn’t want a bloodbath. As a consequence, the number of deaths amongst their forces was relatively low.
Further south, near Verdun, it was a very different story. American Generals were throwing men into action throughout the morning of 11th November, up until the stroke of 11am, with hundreds of deaths and several thousand casualties. Some might see the deliberate forcing of troops to die in a war awaiting a formal end as murder.
But the American General John Pershing didn't believe in the Armistice. It was, he believed, clearly a mistake, letting Germany off the hook.
A week before the Armistice, on the battlefields of the Argonne where US troops were fighting, the final set battle of World War One took place.
It was here, by the banks of the Sambre-Oise Canal, that 2,000 British soldiers (including the war poet Wilfred Owen) lost their lives.
Above extracted from this page on BBC's open university.
For more details and an in-depth look at the arrogance of "leaders of men", go here.
Wow,that 1977 trivia re. NOLA ,a trip down memory lane...I had just arrived back into the city,been there ever since...jeez... "Dutch"s campaign slogan was "ATTITUDE". I still have the button somewhere.