Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Napoleon Bonarparte Facts

  • Napoleon Bonaparte 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821 born in Corsica, France.
  • In 1799, he staged a coup d'état amidst the turmoil of post revolutionary France and installed himself as First Consul.
  • In 1804 he was proclaimed Emperor by French Senate
  • In 1784, Napoleon was admitted to the elite École Militaire in Paris
  • At one time he did to consider an application to the British Royal Navy to further his naval ambitions, but chose against it.
  • Bonaparte was put under house arrest in August 1794 for his association with the Robespierre brothers.
  • In October 1795 he helped defeat a Royalist insurrection, which caused him to rise rapidly to fame.
  • By 1812, Napoleon had wiped out the last traces of the Holy Roman Empire and conquered most of Europe.
  • However, his next invasion of Russia proved very costly as his army suffered in the harsh winter near Moscow.
  • On 18 March 1814, the allies marched into Paris and Napoleon was forced to abdicate on 6 April 1814.
  • Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba, but, a year later broke away with a 1,000 men and reclaimed the leadership of France.
  • Napoleon was finally defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by the allied armies commanded by the Duke of Wellington.
  • His second exile was to the island of Saint Helena, where he died six years later.

How Tall Was Napoleon?

  • His autopsy states that by the French measure he was five foot two (5' 2"),This actually translates into five feet six and one half inches (5' 6.5")
  • The Napoleonic code, which he introduced forbade privileges based on birth, allowed freedom of religion, and specified that government jobs go to the most qualified.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven initially dedicated his third symphony, the Eroica (Italian for "heroic"), to Napoleon in the belief that the general would sustain the democratic and republican ideals of the French Revolution.
  • But, after Napoleon's imperial ambitions became clear he renamed the symphony "Sinfonia Eroica, composta per festeggiare il Sovvenire di un grand'Uomo", or in English, "composed to celebrate the memory of a great man".

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Facts John Wesley

  • John Wesley (1703-1791), was a preacher and founder of Methodism
  • He attended Charterhouse school, where he was bullied by fellow pupils.
  • It is estimated he rode 250,000 miles, gave away 30,000 pounds, . . . and preached more than 40,000 sermons. - John Wesley: A Biography, by Edward T. Oakes, Copyright (c) 2004 First Things (December 2004)
  • John Wesley opposed slavery
  • His last words were quoted as The best of it all is, God is with us.
  • He is often credited with the phrase: 'Agree to disagree. ' - It stems from his disagreement with Calvinist George Whitfield. They shared certain shared valued - preaching in open air. But, John Wesley disagreed with his calvinist doctrines
John Wesley Biography

Friday, February 12, 2010

John Wesley Quotes

" I observed, "Love is the fulfilling of the law, the end of the commandment." It is not only "the first and great" command, but all the commandments in one. "Whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise," they are all comprised in this one word, love."
- John Wesley quoting his own sermon on "The Circumcision of the Heart" (1 January 1733)

"I look on all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation."- Journal (11 June 1739)

" We believe the written word of God to be the only and sufficient rule, both of Christian faith and practice; and herein we are fundamentally distinguished from those of the Romish church. We believe Christ to be the eternal, supreme God; and herein we are distinguished from the Socinians and Arians. " - The Character of a Methodist" (1739)

"Every one, though born of God in an instant, yet undoubtedly grows by slow degrees." - Letter (27 June 1760), published in The Works of the Rev. John Wesley (1813) Vol. XVI, p. 109

"The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities. I exact more from myself, and less from others. Go thou and do likewise!" - Letter to Reverend Samuel Furley (25 Janurary 1762), P

"Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge." - Letter to Joseph Benson (7 November 1768);

"Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. It is our part, by religion and reason joined, to counteract them all we can." - Letter to John Benson (5 October 1770); published in Wesley's Select Letters (1837), p. 207

"In returning I read a very different book, published by an honest Quaker, on that execrable sum of all villanies, commonly called the Slave-trade." - Journal (12 February 1772) after reading Some historical accounts of Guinea by Anthony Benezet
Source: Wikiquote - John Wesley

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Spike Milligan Quotes

"A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree."

"All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy."

"And God said, 'Let there be light' and there was light, but the Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected."

"I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine. " - Spike Milligan

"Are you going to come quietly, or do I have to use earplugs?"
On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
And the Monkeys all say Boo!
There's a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the tea pots Jibber Jabber Joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang!
And you just can't catch 'em when they do!

Spike Milligan
On the Ning Nang Nong, from Silly Verse for Kids

"For ten years Caesar ruled with an iron hand. Then with a wooden foot, and finally with a piece of string."

"How long was I in the army? Five foot eleven."

"I can speak Esperanto like a native."

"I shook hands with a friendly Arab. I still have my right arm to prove it."

Friday, February 5, 2010

P.G.Wodehouse Quotes

"There are some things a chappie's mind absolutely refuses to picture, and Aunt Julia singing 'Rumpty-tiddley-umpty-ay' is one of them."

The Man with Two Left Feet (1917)

"He wore the unmistakable look of a man about to be present at a row between women, and only a wet cat in a strange backyard bears itself with less jauntiness than a man faced by such a prospect."

Piccadilly Jim (1918)

"And she's got brains enough for two, which is the exact quantity the girl who marries you will need."

-The Adventures of Sally (1922)

"He was not a man who prattled readily, especially in a foreign tongue. He gave the impression that each word was excavated from his interior by some up-to-date process of mining."
The Clicking Of Cuthbert (1922)

"As a rule, you see, I'm not lugged into Family Rows. On the occasions when Aunt is calling Aunt like mastodons bellowing across premieval swamps and Uncle James's letter about Cousin Mabel's peculiar behaviour is being shot round the family circle ('Please read this carefully and send it on Jane') the clan has a tendency to ignore me. It's one of the advantages I get from being a bachelor - and, according to my nearest and dearest, practically a half-witted bachelor at that."

"It was my Uncle George who discovered that alcohol was a food well in advance of modern medical thought."

"I turned to Aunt Agatha, whose demeanour was now rather like that of one who, picking daisies on the railway, has just caught the down express in the small of the back."

" Jeeves lugged my purple socks out of the drawer as if he were a vegetarian fishing a caterpillar out of his salad."
  • The Inimitable Jeeves (1923)
"The Right Hon. was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say `When!'"

" My Aunt Dahlia has a carrying voice... If all other sources of income failed, she could make a good living calling the cattle home across the Sands of Dee.:

"She fitted into my biggest armchair as if it had been built round her by someone who knew they were wearing armchairs tight about the hips that season."

"Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing-glove."
  • Very Good, Jeeves (1930)
"I don't want to seem always to be criticizing your methods of voice production, Jeeves," I said, "but I must inform you that that 'Well, sir' of yours is in many respects fully as unpleasant as your 'Indeed, sir?' Like the latter, it seems to be tinged with a definite scepticism. It suggests a lack of faith in my vision. The impression I retain after hearing you shoot it at me a couple of times is that you consider me to be talking through the back of my neck, and that only a feudal sense of what is fitting restrains you from substituting for it the words 'Says you!'"

Right Ho, Jeeves (1934)

"There is only one cure for grey hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Roald Dahl Facts

  • Roald Dahl was very tall - 6 feet 5 and three-quarter inches tall (1.96 metres).
  • As well as being a best selling author he also wrote two successful screenplays - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the James Bond film You Only Live Twice - He became friends with Ian Fleming during the war.
  • He married Patricia Neal on 2 July 1953 in New York
  • He could speak three languages English, Norwegian and Swahili - learnt whilst working for Shell in Africa in the 1930s
  • Dahl excelled at sport and won cups for Football, Rugby and Fives.
  • Despite his sporting prowess he wasn't made a school prefect because he was seen as something of a rebel.
  • At school, in his last years, he used to go racing around the countryside on a motorbike
  • Some of his most popular stories include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Esio Trot, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, Danny the Champion of the World, George's Marvellous Medicine, and The Witches.
  • 20 April 1941, Dahl took part in the "Battle of Athens", alongside the highest-scoring British Commonwealth ace of World War II, Pat Pattle. Dahl was officially credited with 5 'kills' but probably was more.
  • There he fell in and out of love with a nurse, Mary Welland.
  • His first published work, in the 1 August 1942 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, was "Shot Down Over Libya" - even though he wasn't actually shot down. It was later renamed to "A Piece of Cake"
  • He acquired a traditional Romanichal Gypsy wagon in the 1960s in which he wrote "Danny The Champion of the World"
  • Roald Dahl died in November 1990 at the age of 74 of a rare blood disease, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS, or "pre-leukemia")
  • He is buried at the parish church of Saint Peter and Paul in Great Missenden.
  • He was buried with various items including HB pencils