Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A Night Of Celebration

June 27th, 2007

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The Announcement

in 1999, King Arthur II and Queen Gwen make their first public appearance since Arthur came out of his coma at a royal victory celebration. The public goes wild at the sight of the two together, and Great Britain is swept by a sense that all is, at last, right with the world. Two men disagree with that sentiment, however, and they happen to be fairly highly-placed – Sir Lance du Lac, Arthur's greatest general, still has no trust for the queen, and Prime Minister Kay Ector, brainwashed by Walton Thermopolous, has no love for King Arthur. Unknown to each other, they begin setting in motion events that would reach their climax on the same night a few days later. But for the moment, the British people enjoyed a single night where the King and Queen showed their joy in the kingdom and each other, a celebration of the type that the nation had not seen since Arthur's coronation. “Tonight, we give thanks to God that our long trial is nearing its end,” Arthur says to the cameras spreading his words around the globe. “Tonight, we declare an amnesty on hostile feelings.” He looked over at his queen, who smiled brightly at him as he said this. “Tonight, let us think of nothing but the joy of our victory.” And, for a night, Britain seemed to do just that.

In 1999, the networks ran installment two of TSEotTC in two parts - the Empire of the Sun versus the Empire where the Sun never sets.. The finest hour arrives as British Empire and Commonwealth forces fight a losing battle against the Japanese in the jungles of Burma and on the Kokoda Track in New Guinea..

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

In 2006, faced with certain death, Navajo astronaut Jamie Waterman figured the Coyote had tricked humans into coming to the dead world of Mars. The International mission's rover was hopelessly trapped in a Canyon when they discovered life.

~ variant from Steve Payne : to celebrate the author's genius, original text of Ben Bova's classic "Mars" has been reserviced to present an "in context" alternate ending.

Led Zeppelin In 1973, the entire sixth floor of the Hyatt House -- a.k.a. the Riot House -- on the Sunset Strip was raided by the Los Angeles Police Department, arresting the band Led Zeppelin who had turned it into a sex-and-drugs fun house. '73 was "the year we could have conquered America, instead we spent it in County" declared guitarist Jimmy Page.
~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Grape treaders
Grape treaders
In 1761, the fellow stowaway collapsed to the deck amongst the pieces of the smashed Arab wine vessel. The legs of the fallen woman had a crimson hue. As of course did his. In fact all of the stowaways.

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

In 1759, British General James Wolfe started the siege of Quebec. He failed to take the City, and New France survives to this day, a Francophone pocket in North America.New France
New France

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

DLGIA (David Lloyd George International Airport)
DLGIA (David Ll..
In 1998, Prince Charles Windsor opened the David Lloyd George International Airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya. The British had a suffered a difficult time in the 1940s with their possessions in the Far East. However, the Welsh Wizard's order to reinforce the land route to Singapore in 1941 was a turning point and they had never ..
.. looked back since. If not for that order, Malaya would have suffered the horrors of Japanese occupation. Prince Charles gave tribute to that feat of arms during the opening ceremony.

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

In 1996, Mark Lawson published the novel Idlewild. In his counter-history, both John F Kennedy and his bewitched lover Marilyn Monroe died during the turbulent period surrounding the Cuban Crises of 1962-3 and hence Albany's Idlewild sea port was renamed to JFK. The truth was stranger than Lawson's fiction. Would-be .. Idlewild
.. assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was captured by the piercing gaze of JFK's glammour as the former Marine prepared to shoot the Magus from the Texas Book Repository. Straight afterwards, Oswald threw his gun down and handed himself to Constable Tippett, a babbling lunatic. That, was power.

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

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