Archive for December 7th, 2004

Ist Emperor of the United States

Joshua Norton – proclaimed the “1st Emperor of the US and Grand Protector of Mexico”

Joshua Norton was born in England, brought up in South Africa and then went to the USA, as I did. But there the similarity ends.

This is the most amazing story ever. And, when you read the information on this site you will not believe a word of it! However, I have researched this and can assure you it is true.

Even the BBC has covered his story in the past and you can find information on their website.

A search in Google for “Joshua Norton” will produce so many links I suggest you set Google for returning 100 results at a time! At the end of this very good precis is a link to the main Norton site.

There is a link below but, as this is a mirror site, and the original site is now defunct, I am not sure how long you will be able to travel there.


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Edward Burroughs 1659

“We are not for names, nor men, nor titles of Government, nor are we for this party nor against the other but we are for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom, that these may be exalted in our nation, and that goodness, righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace and unity with God, and with one another, that these things may abound.”

Edward Burroughs, 1659 – from ‘Quaker Faith and Practice’

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Speech given by Liz Milton

A speach from an ex-Pat a decade after her return to Blighty and the disgust she felt at what was happening in our country. The speach was made at a UK Independence Party London rally, London School of Economics Saturday 1st February 1997

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the launch of the General Election Campaign for the UK Independence Party in London. My name is Liz Milton – I’m chairman of the Brent and Camden branch.

Sir Winston Churchill said in 1956 “If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea.”

It is now our job to see that the electorate are given that chance! I have very mixed emotions this afternoon. I feel such sadness for the state this country is in. I still find it difficult to believe we have actually needed to form a new political party to protect British independence.

I have a deep and burning anger for the deception our political leaders have, and are continuing to practise. They dare not tell us exactly what they plan, for they know the British people would reject it. I feel such anger that our paid representatives have given away so much of our heritage, without our permission. It was not theirs to give. Yet they continue to do so, and insult us by pretending they can actually do something about it – that they are “winning the arguments” but that progress can only be made if we stay in the heart of Europe.” What rubbish!

But most of all, I feel tremendous pride that, once again, the British spirit will triumph, and ordinary people though we are, we, in this Party, have the grit and the backbone to stand up for what we believe and to put the British interest first.

My family lived abroad for many years, and returned to the UK in the mid 80’s. I soon realised that tremendous changes had taken place in this land that I had known and loved.

Directives? What were they? They certainly didn’t sound very British! And the Collins dictionary definition did nothing to reassure me. A directive is an instruction that must be obeyed, for example the EEC directive forced the Government to act!

When I asked friends and family when we had agreed to be ruled by Brussels, the answer was “we haven’t”.

When I asked what directives were yet to come, no-one seemed to know!

When I asked “what are we doing about it?” the answer was always “What can we do?”

I often felt totally helpless and frustrated at what was being imposed and sometimes to the astonishment of my family, would yell at the TV or radio news.

Clearly, the media had been heavily influenced with regard to EC, now EU, matters. I found that deeply disillusioning, particularly the EEC part, as like many others living abroad, we had thought the EEC above reproach. They’re still at it – did you see Panorama last Monday evening? I voted at the last General Election with a heavy heart. I have never been particularly interested in politics, but I’ve always known who I wanted to vote for. It was a dreadful moment when I reallised that there was not a party I really felt I could support – no party was going to give me, or anyone else the chance to have a say on the European issue. All absolutely deliberate, of course. How could this happen in a democracy?

Considering it the duty of a loyal subject to vote, I watched the political broadcasts for the 1994 Euro elections, really trying to work out which party was the least of the evils. Well – suddenly I was yelling at the TV – “Yes, this is what I’ve been waiting for, there are other people out there who think like I do”. Thank you Alan [Sked**]. You have no idea what that short broadcast meant to me.

Now, as we approach the election, we know the issue of Europe will be sidelined again by the three main parties. Yet Europe is the single most “Issue” – the only issue. We are faced with a daunting task – are we equal to it? Of course we are.

We know the people of this country have the right to decide their future and we will given them back that right, which others have tried to take away. Madam Speaker may try to defend the honour of MPs – there is more honour here this afternoon than has been in the Palace of Westminster for decades.

To quote Chris Booker at Conference: “We are an army on the march and at last we have the chance to change the political force of this country. Let’s meet some of the people who have the courage to stand as candidates at the next election…

** Dr Alan Sked, a senior lecturer at the LSE was the founder of the UK Independent Party. He has since left the party and now fully supports the Conservative Party in the mistaken belief that they want to leave the EU.

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Cape Malay Curried Shrimps

This is one of the tastiest meals to come out of the Cape. It is ideal both as an hors d’oevre or as a main course.

250 grams shrimps — Equally good with prawns, or nearly as good with small pieces of white fish

1/2 tablespoon Butter

1 small onion; chopped

1/8 cup raisins

1 clove garlic; crushed

1 Chilli; finely chopped — preferably not very hot for this particular dish

1/2 tablespoon ginger; grated

1/2 each chicken cube; crushed

1 teaspoon curry powder — Try to get Rajah Mild & Spicy from a South African shop near you…

1/2 cup coconut milk (canned) — Or dry (in block form) at a pinch.

2 each spring onions; chopped

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1 cup of rice

1 banana; sliced

1 tablespoon peanuts — This can be left off but best included

1/4 mango; finely chopped

  • Melt butter over medium heat, add onions and cook until light brown.
  • Add raisisns, garlic, ginger, chilli, chicken cube, curry and salt and stir until fragrant.
  • Add coconut milk and allow to simmer.
  • Thicken sauce if necessary.
  • Add shrimps, cover and simmer gently, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in spring onions and serve with rice and garnish.

Yields two servings — Preparation Time: fifteen to 20 minutes

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My other half

I got a nice e-mail this morning from a very, very friendly man!!! He was very, very polite but I think it is time to introduce my wife Pam!

Pam is a little younger then me, Four years to be precise. She has a lovely job which is what I shall tell you about.

But before, Pam, in the sixties, armed with nine ‘O’ levels attended a well known (at that time) secretarial college called “The Triangle” in South Molton Street.

During her early years she worked in advertising and, at one time, was David Puttnam’s secretary. Later on in life Pam worked in the City, for about ten years, for a management consultancy which dealt with banks and building societies.

Then the company was taken over and morale went down the chute. All but one of the staff left and formed their own company in the year 2000.

It was decided that everyone would work from home and, apart from an increased salary, everyone got an extra annual amount (Pam’s was £5,000) because of the money saved in not having offices. From Pam’s point of view, she also gained ten hours extra free time a week, and the cost of her monthly underground ticket!

Then the company put in broadband which is available for both of us.

Once a week they try to have a team meeting although when busy this slips to one a fortnight. Also they are always having conference calls which is nice if you are stuck at home.

Whenever anyone goes out, they redirect the lines to their mobiles so are always in touch with clients without the clients having to ring a myriad of numbers.

Pam’s number is the “head office”. And she is very conscientious. Once when work was quiet I caught her reading a book sitting at her desk in our office. “Sit in an easy chair in the lounge” I said. But she wouldn’t do that because she thought it wasn’t right!

At home we have a built in office (built by Sharp’s) which was built into the spare bedroom (that was too small to have a double bed in). We work together, me with my journalism and her with her company, often eight hours a day, and then we spend the next sixteen hours together. And, would you believe it? We don’t fight and hardly ever even bicker.

Once or twice a week Pam goes off to a hall where, although not taught, many people paint still life together. I have the occasional political meeting with the UK Independence Party, but apart from that we seem to be together all the time, without getting on each others nerves.

Weird, isn’t it?


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