Journals 11.2 – England in 1592 (Part 2)

Windows into History

Tower of London A 15th Century illustration of the Tower of London, from a manuscript of poems held in the British Library.

This is the conclusion of my article on the journal of the travels of Frederick, Duke of Württember in England. For the first part please see the entry posted on 8th February 2016.

The duke was given an audience with Elizabeth I, and here we come to the reason for Shakespeare satirising him in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Frederick set his heart on the honour of Knight of the Garter, and positively nagged the queen for the appointment. She eventually admitted him to the order in 1597 but it just happened to slip her mind to tell the duke about it (funny, that) and he learnt of the honour too late to attend his investiture.

Her Majesty was at that time in a somewhat mean room, surrounded by her…

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Will You Be My Valentine?!

Through Open Lens

Mute Swan 1

F/6.3, 1/1000, ISO 450.

Mute Swan

What do you call a funny chicken?

A comedi-hen

Interesting Fact: Mute Swans form long-lasting pair bonds. Their reputation for monogamy along with their elegant white plumage has helped establish them as a symbol of love in many cultures. ( )

Bonus Valentine Facts:  Feb. 14 was officially designated St. Valentine’s Day in 1537 by King Henry VII of England. ( )

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I’m So Sorry


When you made a mistake at work, we do at some point in our career, the feeling is horrible. Especially if the mistake you made is impacting the others. At best, creating more work for other coworkers. At worst, a customer gets offended. That’s when you cursed and swore, maybe you hid in the washroom or the pantry and cried a little.

Don’t feel too bad, there are a few shinings in the mud if only you can see it through your tears. For one, you learned from your mistakes and try your best not to repeat the one you just made. Secondly, from your mistake, you probably will know how your coworkers think of you. Do they go ‘Sigh! We are clearing shit for him again…” or do they come and comfort you, telling you they are alright with the extra work that you have just dumped on them?…

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By the Mighty Mumford


(see the just prior post!)

Saw a pickup in a tree,

Would a woman? NO-SIRREE!

Unless she proves

That in HER moves,

She jumps it completely!

Whomever is up in there

Must take special care…

Get out front or back,

Expect a big smack

And the truck falls on nicely combed hair!

Tarzan might just do it,

The window glass–must go through it…

Side doors pinned

By tree trunks at max bend,

Better off–let a ladder truck do it!

It looks like it’s a ploy,

No scrape marks from landing, old boy…

An engine in there—

We don’t care–

It’s there for poets to toy!

–Jonathan Caswell

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2015 in Review | Happy New Year!


The lovely people of WordPress emailed me a 2015 annual report for my blog. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that’s taken the time to read my posts and watch my videos *warm hugs*. A big shout out to one particular blogger, Lifestylebites3 who has been my top commenter. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a Happy New Year. Cheers!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.



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