Wednesday, May 23, 2007


The state of TIAH

May 23rd, 2007

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Alternate Historian's Note: When you start having hallucinations during your waking hours because your amount of REM sleep is pretty much non-existent, I'd say it's time to skip a post and get a little more sleep in the morning. I'll let my esteemed Guest Historian take the whole post today. And, hey, c'mon people! In just 4 days, we'll hit TIAH's third anniversary. As before, that calls for a contest! Please send in your alternate versions of the Academy's beginnings (May 27th, 2004 was the date in this timeline). You can even use the fact that we lost the original day and had to restart on the 28th – whatever you can think of to provide a twist to our start. Send 'em in, and we'll print 'em! Be sure to tell us how you want your credit for the post to appear, as well as any links you want to be connected with your entry. Thanks for reading and get researching those alternate timelines! And, just as an addendum – if we don't get any entries, we're going to consider printing some of our more interesting emails...

In 1941, Colin and Susan were pursued across Alderley Edge by malign forces. The wizard Cadellin took them to the caves of Fundindelve, where a band of Knights slept until the hour when they must rise and fight. Susan had the bracelet he desperately needed to rouse them.

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.

In 1939, Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter Pevensie returned from the Land of Narnia to a dramatically changed England. Even though it was July, the children shivered in the freezing temperature, and the mysterious professor was being interrogated by German paratroopers. They re-entered the dusty old wardrobe to summon Aslan, the true ruler of Narnia. Having defeated the witch Jardis to free Narnia from her icy spell, they needed Aslan to reciprocate. Big time.

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.

In 1947, Senator McCarthy set out his discovery in plain speak. Guderian permitted the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) to escape, in exchange for a small and ancient bottle which remained behind the evacuated BEF containing Montgomery's glamour. And the greatest secret of all. The former owner of the vial was Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1989, there was a group of men whose direct action would shortly bring to an end the three hundred and eighty-seven years of Stuart Rule in Great Britain. The Undefeated Irish Republican Army (UIRA) were desperate, but not in the normal sense of the word; they were desperate for change. Today the Army Council of .. Irish Liberation Army
Irish Liberatio..
.. the UIRA met in West Belfast. A piece of vital intelligence information was examined that would change everything.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

North Beach, Eilat
North Beach, Eilat..
In 2001, had he known about the child, perhaps he would have understood the significance ..
.. of the bitter-sweet smile at the regatta. And yet he knew nothing of the child. And he could not know her smile was not just liberation, but triumph also.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1844, over the prior night the Persian Prophet the Báb announces his revelation, founding Bábísm. He announced to the world of the coming of "He whom God shall make manifest." He is considered the forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith. The whole world was reformed spiritually and morally during the late twentieth century with growing acceptance of the Báb's divinely revealed Message.The room where the Declaration of the Báb took place on May 22, 1844.
The room where ..

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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Anonymous said...

Very nice to acknowledge the declaration of the Bab, the martyr-prophet who announced himself as the Qa'im, abrogated the outer laws of Islam and alerted the people of Iran to the coming of "He whom God shall make manifest". However I am not sure where you get the notion that Baha'u'llah unified the State of Palestine. He was more or less disinterested in politics and himself effectively an exile and prisoner of the Ottoman Court under imprisonment in the prison city of Akka and house arrest most of his life. He was by all accounts aloof from the world and believed his mission was to reform the whole world spiritually and morally with his divinely revealed Message.

Would be really interested in your sources.

Reverend Robbie said...

Oh, you are so appearing on our anniversary post...

Steve Payne said...

Hi - the source was Wikipedia.

The link to Palestine is the transportation of the Bábis to Acre in 1899, the Shrine in Haifa and the death of Bahá'u'lláh in Bahjí.

The story is that the State of Palestine gets a religious "launch" / awakening. In that sense, I have just pulled together a series of unrelated, tenuous links to draw attention to a less well known historical figure. Also to give a positive scenario for the Palestinian people, which has generated this interesting dialogue.

Bill said...

The reference to Baha'is uniting Palestine still makes no sense. There was no Palestine during the ministry of either the Bab or Baha'u'llah. There was the Ottoman province of Syria, of which modern day Israel and Palestine were a part. Baha'u'llah's goal was not to unite Palestine, but to unite humanity and rise above nationalistic sentiments and partisan politics.

Steve Payne said...

You're quite right, I have modified the story and asked RT to republish, let me know if you are happy with the revised one. Thanks for your input its a good shout sir
Sincerely - Steve

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