Sunday, May 20, 2007

White Horses

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May 20th, 2007

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in 1999, Sir Lance du Lac is freed from the Hungarian prison camp he had been held in exchange for a promise from the British troops not to bomb Budapest. Sir Lance forcefully prosecutes the war against the Hungarians regardless, and they regret letting him go. However, Queen Gwen is quite happy that he is free, as are the non-Hungarian elite of the Illuminati. King Arthur II brings du Lac back to England for a ceremony celebrating his freedom, and Queen Gwen uses his brief stay in Great Britain to rekindle the affair between them. For some reason, Sir Lance is far more compliant this time, and spends the night in the queen's chambers before returning to the Hungarian front. Queen Gwen sends word to her illuminated brethren that, “Lance is now completely under our control. Let us use this weapon as subtly as our art can allow us; for, should his true purposes be revealed, his usefulness will cease.”

In 1760, in order to to sell a white stallion a farmer traveled from Moberly to the market at Macclesfield. On the roadside he was stopped by an old man who made an offer; he rejected it, hoping to get a better price in Macclesfield. Having failed to do so, he returned home that evening and accepted the old man's offer. Led to Alderley Edge and down into a cave, the farmer saw fabulous riches. He also saw a host of sleeping knights, each had a white horse - save for one. The farmer filled his pockets with treasure in exchange for his horse, and made his way home; he could never find that cave again.

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

In 1939, on the eve of World War II, civil defence measures were implemented to prepare for German bombing raids of big towns and cities. Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter Pevensie were amongst the million children evacuated from London; they were sent to live in a rambling old house in the countryside owned by a mysterious professor.

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

Battle of Dunkirk
Battle of Dunki..
In 1947, the Tydings Committee continue the cross examination of General Sir Bernard Montgomery with a cruel summary from Senator McCarthy. By your own omission, you masterminded the execution of Operation Dynamo, an incredible, simply incredible, evacuation of Allied troops at Dunkirk with minimal casualties. We ..
.. have noted your weaker performance in the invasion of Italy when your opportunity to seize the position of Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force was lost. Therefore, we must ask ourselves, what has changed? McCarthy walked over to Guderian who passed him a small, ancient bottle. Tail gunner Joe lifted the vial and shouted 'This change, when you lost it!'. Montgomery slumped forward, broken. 'Yes, its true' confessed Montgomery. Apart from Montgomery, Guderian and McCarthy, everyone else is mystified, most of all, Millard Tydings.

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

In 1989, the Republican leadership was in the hands of Peter Tatchell. And he had made a bold decision. The British Royal Household were not going to resign or flee the country. The Republicans required a Force majeure. They needed an alternative government the British public could trust and they also needed some level of .. Peter Tatchell
Peter Tatchell
.. complicity from the Security Forces. Tatchell's plan for the Force majeure was to storm Buckingham Palace and hope that the Security Forces did not have the stomach to open fire on the protesters. Having drawn the Security Forces to the Palace, the Republicans would seize Downing Street and the BBC and announce the dissolution of the monarchy as a televised broadcast.

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

Huntress' Yacht
In 1998, he raced towards the quay but he was out of time and out of luck. The information ..
.. he was acting on had arrived just too late. Again. He pulled up sharply at the end of the jetty, gasping for breath, his heart thumping in his chest. As the yacht pulled away, the huntress saw him briefly. She flashed her trademark bitter-sweet smile in his direction. He had failed, yes, but for a moment his mission was forgotten. Briefly he basked in the radiance of her fierce, liberated joy.

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

In 1918, the small town of Codell, Kansas was struck by a tornado. Incredibly, the same town was also hit in 1916 and 1917 on this date. The sensational reason for this event was revealed by the first aerial photographs of Earth from outer space. Actually, the Wyandot Nation of Kansas had known about Codell for a thousand .. Tornado
.. years. They had imprisoned a false shaman claiming to be the son of Iosheka, and now the spell was unwinding.

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

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