Saturday, July 30, 2016

Francis Joseph 186 Next Month

As an annual event, Bad Ischl celebrates Austria's Diamond Emperor, His Late Imperial and Royal Majesty Franz Josef I, around his birthday. This year, the centennial year of his passing, is his 186th, which is two days short of three weeks from now – August 18. The festival takes place August 14 thru 19. More details can be found here.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Bad Ischl War Declaration at 102

102 years ago today, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

First Lady? First Husband?

In mid-June, I was at a conference in Finland. One of the keynote speakers was Peter Vesterbacka, then of Rovio Entertainment, maker of Angry Birds.

Mr. Vesterbacka referred to the wife of the Prime Minister of Japan as that country's “First Lady.” Japan does not have a First Lady. Japan has an Empress!

This weekend, I read a few British Sunday newspapers, and I noticed that the upcoming spouse of the United Kindgom's next Prime Minister (there were still at the time of the printing of those newspapers, two options) as ”First Husband.” The United Kingdom does not have a First Lady and will not at the time Mr. David Cameron is relieved have a First Husband. The United Kingdom has the Duke of Edinburgh!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Strutt Passing at 68

We mark 68 years since the passing of this weblog's icon, or mascot if you will, Lt.-Col. Strutt.



Please feel free to browse posts on this great officer.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Donald Trump vs. Woodrow Wilson?

Donald John TrumpOver at Enter Stage Right, I have an article on the presumptive nominee of the Grand Old Party of those United States of America.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Königgrätz 150

A century and a half ago today, the Battle of Königgrätz of the Austro-Prussian War took place.


Saturday, July 2, 2016

240 Years Ago

Two dozen score years ago today, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence.


Poll Results: Will Donald Trump Save Civilization?

making way
The results for the poll asking “[w]ill Donald Trump save civilization,” ending at midnight between June and July, are as follows:

Total votes: 24.
  • No, but he will make way for others to save civilization: 9 (37%)
  • No, civilization will go down regardless of Mr. Trump, but there may be another savior: 7 (29%)
  • No, it is already too late come what may: 4 (16%)
  • Yes, definitely!: 3 (12%)
  • No, civilization does not need saving: 1 (4%)
A new poll will be up shortly.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Quote of the Month

Over at the Mail on Sunday, Mr. Peter Jonathan Hitchens writes:

Election after Election, those who merely wanted to live their lives much as they had always lived them, and were baffled and pained by the unending changes imposed on them, had nowhere to turn.

The parties they thought of as their own were in fact in an alliance against them. Blair became Cameron and Cameron became Blair, and after a while it was impossible to tell which was which.

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