Great Britain/Great War: Great Britain declares war on Germany!

THE DAILY MIRROR       Adapted BY FRANK MORRIS

HUGE CROWDS, MEN OF ALL AGES, LINE UP AT ONE OF THE RECRUITING CENTRES FOLLOWING THE OUTBREAK OF WAR.

HUGE CROWDS CHEER THEIR MAJESTIES AT THE PALACE. REPLY TO THE BRITISH ULTIMATUM “UNSATISFACTORY”.

Great Britain is in a state of war with Germany.

It was officially stated at the Foreign Office last night (August 4) that Great Britain declared war against Germany at seven o’ clock. The British Ambassador in Berlin has been handed his passport.

War was Germany’s reply to our request that she should respect the neutrality of Belgium, whose territories we were bound in honour and by treaty obligations to maintain inviolate.

Speaking in a crowded and hushed House, the Premier yesterday afternoon made the following statement:
“We have made a request to the German Government that we shall have a satisfactory assurance as to Belgian neutrality before midnight tonight (Tuesday).”

The German reply to our request, it was officially stated last night, was unsatisfactory.

It was reported yesterday evening that Germany had taken the first hostile step by destroying a British mine-layer.

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KING GEORGE V …
AT THIS GRAVE MOMENT … I SEND TO YOU AND THROUGH YOU, TO THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE FLEETS, OF WHICH YOU HAVE ASSUMED COMMAND THE ASSURANCE OF MY CONFIDENCE, THAT UNDER YOUR DIRECTION, THEY WILL REVIVE AND RENEW THE OLD GLORIES OF THE ROYAL NAVY …THE SURE SHIELD OF BRITAIN AND OF HER EMPIRE IN THE HOUR OF TRIAL.
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At the present time Germany is in a state of war with Great Britain, France, Russia and Belgium.

It would seem as if Germany, in her ambition to control the destiny of the whole of Europe, was ready to embark on any grandiose scheme of adventure, however precarious her chances.

So far as Great Britain is concerned, her attitude has always been plain, straight-forward and perfectly intelligible.

She was prepared to stand aside from the conflict which has now involved practically the whole of Europe.

But she insisted and had to insist on two things.

These were that Belgium’s neutrality should be respected; and that the German fleet should not bombard defenceless French towns.

Germany tried to bribe us with peace to desert our friend and duty.

But Great Britain has preferred to path of honour.

SOURCE: The Daily Mirror, August 5, 1914.

NEXT WEEK: The assassination of the heir to the throne, Archduke Ferdinand.

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A WORD FROM DOWN UNDER …
WHEN PRIME MINSTER ANDREW FISHER JUMPED ON THE BANDWAGON HE SAID: “AUSTRALIANS WILL STAND BESIDE OUR OWN TO HELP AND DEFEND HER (BRITAIN) TO OUR MAN AND OUR LAST SHILLING”.
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BRITAIN’S WAR YEARS IN GLORIOUS COLOUR …

FOOTBALL FANATICS WERE APLENTY. THEY CAME FROM THE NEAR AND FAR OF THE UNITED ENGLAND. SPECTATORS MAKE USE OF ANY VANTAGE TO WATCH BURNLEY v LIVERPOOL FA CUP FINAL AY CRYSTAL PALACE, LONDON, WON BY BURNLY BY I GOAL, ON APRIL 25, 1914. WAR WAS ONLY FOUR MONTH AWAY. COMPUTER SOFTWARE TEASES OUT THE COLOUR TO MAKE THIS FASCINATING SERIES SPRING VIVIDLY INTO LIFE. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE AND SIMPLICITY – HERE IT IS, FORGOTTEN BRITAIN, IN SPARKLY, GLORIOUS COLOUR. SOURCE: WEEKEND MAGAZINE, ENGLAND.


RAZZLE DAZZLE OLYMPICS: The Games in 1904 were not a success. Was it because they were held in conjunction with the World Fair!

FRANK MORRIS

LATE NEWS. THE WINNER OF THE MARATHON WAS LATER DENOUNCED BY OLYMPIC OFFICIALS AS A NON-WINNER.

THE GAMES WERE ORIGINALLY FOR CHICAGO. A MEETING WITH THE MAYORS RULED THAT ST LOUIS WAS HOST CITY OF THE WORLD FAIR AND SO THE QLYMPIC GAMES WERE HELD THERE.

The 1904 Olympic Games in St Louis were described as “the flattest and most drawn out” in the modern Olympic Games era.

That’s why more than half the countries rejected the move in competing for world honours.

Staged between May 14 and October 29, only 496 men – no women – from 10 nations competed.

Neither Britain nor France felt able to send a single competitor. Apart from the US and Canada, the only other countries to take part were Australia, Cuba, South Africa, Germany, Ireland and Greece.

The long programme caused interest to wane in the Games, and there were never more than 5000 spectators at any one session.

According to a recently published history of the Olympics, the Games were originally scheduled to take place in Chicago.

But the IOC, in its wisdom, transferred the Games to St.Louis to be held in conjunction with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

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RAZZLE DAZZLE OLYMPICS …
WHO WAS THE FASTEST MAN IN THE WORLD IN 1936? HE WAS AN AMERICAN. HIS NAME WAS JESSE OWENS, AND HE REPRESENTED AMERICA IN THE 1936 OLYMPIC GAMES HELD IN BERLIN. HE WON 4 GOLD MEDALS – 100m, 200m, THE BROAD JUMP THE 400m RELAY. THE FIRST TWO MEDALS HE WON, THE SPRINTS, HE SET NEW RECORDS IN BOTH. HE DASHED HOME WITH ASTONISHING PERFORMANCES.
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As a result the Games were in reality of very little importance compared with the exhibition itself.

There was no official accommodation for competitors, except for a “tent camp” in the exhibition park.

The stadium included a grandstand and some scattered buildings used for dressing rooms and administrative offices.

The Games had no international flavour, and there was unbridled rivalry between the American clubs.

Etienne Desmarteau, a Montreal policeman, was the only “foreigner” to win a gold medal. The US scooped the pool by winning 21 of the 22 track events.

But the Games did produce four triple champions.

Archie Hahn, the Milwaukee Meteor, lowered the record for the 200 metres sprint to 21.6 seconds, which was not bettered until 1932.

Fred Lorz of Mohawk, was banned for life after hoaxing his victory in the marathon.

As he entered the stadium to a hero's welcome, it was revealed that Lorz had been disabled by cramps at the 9 mile mark.

He got a lift in a car which broke down so decided to run the last five miles to the finish.

The only Australian to compete was the national schoolboy hurdling and jumping champion Corrie Gardner, from Melbourne Grammar.

Corrie wrote an article for an Australian newspaper from St Louis criticising the direction of the Games organisation and labelling it a as “gigantic fake”.

If Edwin Flack and Corrie Gardner has not competed in the 1896 and 1904 Games, Australia would not “possess its unflawed attendance record”.

SOURCE: Grand Years, 2005.


FOCUS ON CCCCRASHED: Part 1. Road rage from village people who don’t heed the warning

FRANK MORRIS

EARLY CCCCRASH – THE EXAMPLE OF CAR CRASH WHICH TOOK PLACE IN BOWRAL, NSW, 1908. NOTHING EVER CHANGES. CARS HAD BEEN ON THE ROAD ONLY FOR FEW YEARS. PHOTO: SYDNEY MAIL.

WHAT CAUSES A ROAD SMASH? TRY THIS: COMPLACENCY, DRIVER DISTRACTION, CAR SAFETY, ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE, P-PLATERS, RISK-TAKING BEHAVIOURS OR SOME PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA?

It would pay retirement village managers to heed the warning from road accident experts that there are drivers who believe they are still safe and competent behind the wheel but, in reality, they are accidents waiting to happen.

A leading defence driving specialist said the fact that seniors had decades of driving experience behind then, and had never had an accident was a case of “good luck” rather than safe driving skills.

He said, “Some seniors feel insulted that after forty or so years of driving they have to correct their safe driving habits.

“Even though they are quite surprised at how traffic rules have changed. Which only goes to highlight their lack of road safety”.

He said with changing road rules “and the increase in speed and performance of cars” the senior driver is finding it difficult to handle the problem of “road rage” from other motorists.

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POINTS TO REMEMBER …
BEFORE YOU ENTER OR EXIT A PARKING SPOT, TURN YOUR HEAD AND LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER – DON’T RELY ON YOUR MIRRORS – TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY.
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”There are many seniors who should not be driving,” he said. “And many more who will be involved in a major accident long before they have to do the Aged Driving Test”.

A study by a prominent care group, revealed that there are people with dementia who were “judged unsafe to drive but continued to do so”.

A rehabilitation specialist at a leading regional hospital described the situation as, “It’s going to be an increasing problem”.

Other studies have shown that less than half of people with dementia give up driving before they are involved in a crash.

According to the driving specialist, a majority of carers fail to act on warning signs until an accident actually happens.

The specialist’s warning: “If you see signs that a person is losing the ability to drive safely, tell the person’s family.

NEXT: CCCCRASHES – They’re waiting to happen. Coming soon.

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POINTS TO REMEMBER …
IF YOU’RE GETTING INTO CAR … CHECK AROUND IT FOR ANY HAZARDS. MAKE SURE, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE ARE NO SMALL CHILDREN OR DOGS NEARBY THAT YOU COULD RUN INTO.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 01 November 19

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