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Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 11 Oct 2020, 2:42pm
by mercalia
The West Coast of Africa Station, which was known as the 'preventative squadron' freeing slaves

The Daily Mail had an article on this BLM statue canceling and mentioned the following information on the Royal Navys efforts to intercept the slave trade off the West coast of Africa after slavery was outlawed in the British Empire

..However, it is unclear if the museum (The National Maritime Museum) plans to highlight how, after 1807, the Royal Navy policed the world's oceans to stop other nations and traders from continuing to transport slaves.

Through the West Coast of Africa Station, which was known as the 'preventative squadron', the Navy operated against slavers.

Without the cooperation of all governments still involved in the trade, the operation came at immense cost, with many British lives lost.

The mortality rate for men working in the squadron was 55 per 1,000 men, compared to 10 for fleets sailing in the Mediterranean or closer to home.

By the time of the 1850s, an estimated 25 ships and 3,000 officers and crew were working in the squadron.

The pursuit, capture and sometimes destruction of slave ships was also widely reported in Britain and was very popular among ordinary Britons.

Overall, between 1808 and 1860 the West Africa Squadron captured 1,600 slave ships and freed 150,000 Africans.



https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8826801/Lord-Nelsons-colonial-legacy-Royal-Navys-links-slavery-evaluated-museum.html

Thats quite an achievement and the sort of paying for the past that matters not tearing down statues.

Our ancestors & their govts were not all nasty slave traders. Just as well that Britannia Ruled the Waves?

What surprises me that the The National Maritime Museum intend to recaption the UKs naval heroes with their slave trade associationes but never documented and displayed the above. Why not?

I understand that Freetown in Sierra Leone became the destination for many of those freed

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 12 Oct 2020, 3:14pm
by mercalia

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 10:34am
by mercalia
There is a petition to stop the MPs getting a pay rise

MPs could receive a pay rise of £3,300 per year from April next year on top of their annual salaries

http://chng.it/GX86dwxBps

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 23 Oct 2020, 2:28am
by Oldjohnw
A couple of days ago Tory MPs voted against helping poor kids eat.

This is interesting. Whenever there is a discussion to give foreign aid some people say "don't spend our money on foreigners. We should spend it on our own poor."

Many of us said won't do that either. Now we know they won't.

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 23 Oct 2020, 11:27am
by reohn2
Oldjohnw wrote:A couple of days ago Tory MPs voted against helping poor kids eat.

This is interesting. Whenever there is a discussion to give foreign aid some people say "don't spend our money on foreigners. We should spend it on our own poor."

Many of us think said won't do that either. Now we know they won't.

They're Tories,it's only to be expected...

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 23 Oct 2020, 11:33am
by mercalia
Oldjohnw wrote:A couple of days ago Tory MPs voted against helping poor kids eat.

This is interesting. Whenever there is a discussion to give foreign aid some people say "don't spend our money on foreigners. We should spend it on our own poor."

Many of us think said won't do that either. Now we know they won't.


to the torys the poor are foreigners, "not us" so quite logical

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 23 Oct 2020, 11:53am
by Oldjohnw

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 8:19pm
by mercalia
So the Spectator is a far right comic?

Jonathan Sumption
‘This is how freedom dies’: The folly of Britain’s coercive Covid strategy


https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/-this-is-how-freedom-dies-the-folly-of-britain-s-coercive-covid-strategy?

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 29 Oct 2020, 9:49am
by mercalia
A new book reviewed The Biscuit: The History of a Very British Indulgence

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8891137/Britains-biscuits-explored-jam-packed-book-favourite-teatime-nibble.html

Questions you want answered

Where does the term "slush fund" come from?

Why are Liverpudlians known as Scousers?

Bourbon biscuits?

Marie Biscuits?

Garibaldi any one? how did they get their names?

Why were Digestives invented?

ps The Spectator also have a review of the book but is rather boring.

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-humble-biscuit-has-a-noble-history?