Saturday, June 23, 2007

Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman...

June 23rd, 2007

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The Announcement

in 1999, as Queen Gwen settles into her old cell, Sir Lance guards her outside it; he trusts no one else. She taunted him, “Will you not be my champion in this, brave Sir Lance?” “You have bewitched me,” he spat at her. “Made me betray my king, my country, everything I hold dear.” She laughed at his torment. “I've done much more than that, Lance.” She rubbed her belly. “I carry your child.” Lance's face turned grey, and he looked away from the queen. “I had no will to resist you.” She laughed heartily at him. “How pathetic. The greatest warrior in the United Kingdom can't resist one little woman? What will the enemy think of that?” He turned back to her cell and pounded the bars. “Silence! Silence, or I will find a way to silence you.” She shrank back in mock horror, holding her hand to her mouth melodramatically. “Threatening a pregnant woman – how ungallant of you, sir knight. What would the people think of that?” Sir Lance attempted to calm himself down, whispering, “When they know everything that you have done, they will forgive me.” Gwen put her face right up against the bars to throw her next barrage at him. “What I have done? Rally the nation? Cement our alliances? Crush the enemy? What else matters?” The shaken du Lac shrinks back her assault before coming up with an answer: “Honor, my lady. Honor, above all else.” She sits down on the cell's bed and mutters, “We'll see.”

In 2009, falsely claiming to be a Postman, Gordon Krantz used his very last gambit to gain admittance to the community of Oakridge. Krantz retrieved three letters from the postal sack found in the long abandoned federal vehicle. The first two were for long dead members of the community, but the third was sent by Gregory Benford for David Brin, congratulating his fellow author on the quality of his Uplift Universe*. There was a movement on the parapet from where most of the community were listening to the exchange between the Mayor and Krantz. The Mayor shrugged the figure of Brin away, but he cried out clearly “I..I'm David Brin!”. Hands reached out, smiles passed around and Krantz entered the community.

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.
* Author's Note: act of Uplift - a patron nurtures a client.

In 2007, blogger Darth Maddolis discovered a falsehood on the Wikipedia web site. Disturbingly a vandal had changed the text of the Early Years section of the Bruce Springsteen auto-biographical page to read - Springsteen was born dumb and needing special needs grew up in Freehold, New Jersey. After reversing the edit, Maddolis also discovered gaps in his CD collection which had been formally filled by an extensive CD collection of the Boss.

~ entry by Co-Historian Steve Payne

In 2016, on this day at 06:00 AEST in North Hamgyong province on the north-east coast of Korea an underground nuclear test was performed. The Government of South Korea reported an earthquake of a 3.58 magnitude; a 4.2 magnitude tremor was detected 240 miles north of P'yongyang. A small terrified lamb wandered above ground out of time. The detonation initiated the Change for reasons that are only partially understood even now at the time of writing, three hundred years later.

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

Fallen woman
Fallen woman
In 1761, the seven European stowaways enjoyed fellowship aboard the Arab Dhow. Speakers of Flemish, German, French and Spanish, they struggled to communicate little more than their fierce job of freedom. Of course with freedom comes responsibility. Their immediate concern was the woman who had fallen. And then a more selfish ..
.. concern. How to avoid the Red Plague when they came ashore in Iberia. And what of the child then?

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

In 1959, on this day convicted Project Rainbow spy Klaus Fuchs was released after only nine years in prison. He was allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany where he resumed a scientific career into the commercial application of teleportation .. Klaus Fuchs
Klaus Fuchs
.. which was by then no secret at all.

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

Dutch Reform Church
Dutch Reform Ch..
In 1958, on this day the Dutch Reformed Church accepted male ministers. The ordination of men created a schism in the church that remains unresolved to this day.

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

In 1940, General Erwin Rommel received a rather odd transmission from Berlin. Not a conviction Nazi himself, he was not too troubled to hear that the national leadership had been wiped out under occultist circumstances. Still, he was a military man and did not require any instruction to proceed with the D-Day landings on .. Erwin Rommel
Erwin Rommel
.. the South coast of England. If anything, he felt the greater degree of empowerment would smooth the execution of the invasion plans.

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

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