It shoulda been mine and you know it, Lin...
04/28/2013 - 22:03
I hate you for beating me to this subtle beauty
Dude, you can always get another scarf :-))
04/28/2013 - 22:46
cool LOL
I don't give a beep about scarves, mate I want that VC ;-) (nt)
04/29/2013 - 10:59
You'll just have to rob some poor VC employee's house, Radek! nt
04/29/2013 - 04:46
Now that's an idea, Kaz (my partner in crime ;-) nt
04/29/2013 - 10:56
What a great topic for a lazy Sunday
04/28/2013 - 22:48
Sh*t that happened in 1755 yes.  Lin, thanks for giving me this learning opportunity, and a break from tiling the bathroom shower indecision.  According to Wikipedia there were a few other interesting events, in addition to the founding of Wolsey: Moscow University was founded in 1755. Samuel Johnson published his Dictionary of the English Language, following nine years of scholarship. The governing council of Nova Scotia made their shameful decision to deport Acadian families due to the war with France.  They formed new communities in the USA and many are today known as Cajuns. A massive earthquake and resulting tsunami killed 60-90,000 people in Lisbon on Nov. 1st.  On December 9th, an earthquake also struck Switzerland in the Valais region.  However, in contrast to Lisbon, no deaths were recorded.  Interestingly, this is the most seismically active area of Switzerland, with the last major quake being 1946. Marie Antoinette was born, but lost her head by the age of 38.  Interestingly, Louis XVIII was also born in 1755; he assumed the Crown while in exile and returned to France in 1815 following Napoleon's final defeat.  However, as a constitutional monarchy the Crown of France had considerably less powers. On the debit side, the French writer Montesquieu died in 1755.  He was considered a pioneer in constitutional politics and anthropology.  Here I'll borrow directly from Wikipedia to illustrate his radical concepts that we take for granted today:

"Montesquieu's most influential work divided French society into three classes: the monarchy, the aristocracy, and the commons. Montesquieu saw two types of governmental power existing: the soverign and the administrative. The administrative powers were the executive, the legislative, and the jucidial. These should be separate from and dependent upon each other so that the influence of any one power would not be able to exceed that of the other two, either singly or in combination. This was a radical idea because it completely eliminated the three Estates structure of the French Monarchy: the clergy, the aristocracy, and the people at large represented by the Estates-General, thereby erasing the last vestige of a feudalistic structure.

Likewise, there were three main forms of government, each supported by a social "principle": monarchies (free governments headed by a hereditary figure, e.g. king, queen, emperor), which rely on the principle of honor; republics (free governments headed by popularly elected leaders), which rely on the principle of virtue; and despotisms (enslaved governments headed by dictators), which rely on fear. The free governments are dependent on fragile constitutional arrangements. Montesquieu devotes four chapters of The Spirit of the Laws to a discussion of England, a contemporary free government, where liberty was sustained by a balance of powers. Montesquieu worried that in France the intermediate powers (i.e., the nobility) which moderated the power of the prince were being eroded. These ideas of the control of power were often used in the thinking of Maximilien de Robespierre." 
I hope its cashmere at least!
04/29/2013 - 12:09