Thank you, GenSec! I will be checking that out for sure! How do you know all of this? More importantly...how do you remember it all?! I'm impressed, and I have to admit, envious. I'm glad you're willing to share your knowledge though!
I know Sir Walter Raleigh! Studied his poetry in university! So excited I recognized his name.
I thought it took a really long time for everyone to realize just how bad tobacco was, didn't it? I seem to recall hearing people in the 1920s still thought it was harmless, but I could be wrong there.
Well, i have always led a pretty uneventful boring life, so i've had plenty of time to indulge my interest in History by reading this, reading that, reading and more reading!
From an early age i was encouraged to read... it kept me quiet.
There's nothing for you to feel envious of - after all you have a raft of pretty impressive talents yourself that i couldn't equal.
I knew Raleigh had an inquisitive mind and even whilst confined in the Tower of London he continued to conduct little scientific experiments: but i didn't know he wrote poetry! Thats where your talent for literature comes in.
Again, another of your talents that i'm totally bereft of!
I don't know about the USA but in Britain it was only by about i think the 1950's that the science proving its harmfulness to human health was beyond doubt. Even then smoking continued to be hugely popular. Virtually all men smoked, it was a fact of life. None of my parents ever smoked but both of their sets of parents did. Nowadays in Britain more women than men continue to smoke; in contrast to all other social categories in society, smoking rates have even risen slightly amongst young women in recent years. When i was at university alot of young women smoked because they had this belief that it prevented them from getting fat, seriously.
You better watch out if you happen to be invited for lunch in a castle. Try and find lunch elsewhere. Much safer, even if less luxurious. And if Oliver can't speak the truth about James, what's the point? I'd give Oliver a warm, fluffy shampoo and layered hair cut. Then maybe he'd give us the truth.
Sure I keep banging my head against the closet door. "Out, out," I say. Let's be honest and live as nature intended. No smoking either, no slaves, no inequality, a bit of ale now and then.
Ben Franklin gave us libraries, the greatest gift of all.
I'll raise a glass to your suggestion of a bit of ale every now and then, ha ha!
Tina, by the sounds of it you must have watched episode 4 yesterday did you?
Yes, an invitation to lunch with the King was not a prospect to consider with relish, lol!
Time and again in Scottish history, all the men seem to be easily offended and have short tempers... that reflects so well on us, eh?
You sound like a protestor with your "out, out!" chant, ha ha.
I'm afraid in James's day coming out was not an option.
It was unthinkable. Nevertheless, i can imagine you banging your head against the oak doors of Holyrood Palace tormenting poor James with your ever constant "out, out" chant.
Oliver more than likely doesn't consider the sexuality of James to be important to the national history of Scotland. And you're not accusing Oliver of being gay now because of his hair, are you?!
The poor guy.