David Koresh, née Vernon Wayne Howell, was the leader of the Branch Davidians cult. In the pre-YouTube era, he searched for followers by placing eye-catching advertisements in religious journals.
“Dear Brethern in the Seventh-day Adventist Church:
I am the Son of God. You do not know Me nor My name. I have been raised up from the north and My travels are from the rising sun…
…I have been rejected in the person of my Prophets over and over. I have seven eyes and seven horns. My name is the Word of God and I ride on a white horse. I Am here on earth to give you the Seventh’s Angel’s message.
I Am the prophets; all of them. I want to invite you to My marriage supper. The invitation is in Psalms 45. Read it and confess that you don’t know Me. I Am the Word of God.
The key of David is in My hand. I only can open the prophecies of David and Solomon. I have ascended from the east with the seal of the living God. My name is Cyrus and I Am here to destroy Babylon. I have come in a way that is contrary to your preconceived ideas. I will reprove you for your world loving. I will scold your daughters for their nakedness and pride that they parade in my Father’s house and by My angels will strip them naked before all eyes before their foolish pride. Read Isaiah 3:13-36.
The young men will abuse My kindness. They will take My life, but I will arise and take theirs forever more.
You ministers will lament your foolishness. Your lost flock will tear you to pieces…
PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD
P.O. Box 1846
Palestine, Tex 75802”
In Bunhill Fields, London. The inscription on the memorial reads:
“Daniel Defoe, Born 1661 Died 1731 Author of Robinson Crusoe
This monument is the result of an appeal in the CHRISTIAN WORLD newspaper to the boys and girls of England for fund to place a suitable memorial upon the grave of Daniel Defoe. It represents the united contributions of seventeen hundred persons. Septb 1870.”
Photograph: Copyright Justin Griffiths-Wiliams
If Britain ever becomes a republic, the revolution might very well begin in the online comments sections beneath articles about the Windsors. A wit commenting in the Guardian suggested if Britain had to have a non-elected head of state, a Golden retriever would make an excellent substitute, because they love shaking hands and don’t have expensive hobbies like flying helicopters. The Daily Mail Online recently posted an article about Prince Harry’s bachelor party with the 32-word headline: “Is Harry planning a stag do on the slopes? Royal protection officers are ‘spotted scoping out locations’ in exclusive Swiss ski resort – and they could stay in Prince Andrew’s £13m chalet”
In the comments section, a regular named “Harriet” segued between railing on Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle and greeting her many online pals. The commenter “OnYourMark1” alluded to a pertinent point–at a time when record numbers of homeless people are sleeping on Britain’s streets and the National Health Service is in crisis, British taxpayers coughed up for a recce trip to Verbier for Prince Harry’s bodyguards.
Harriet, Toronto, Canada: Blame it on the combo of Ginger and NutMeg. I adore Harry, but, he has lost his bl00dy mind, as much as I hate to say it, I am going off him too. Hopefully, he snaps out of it before it’s too late, he is making a complete a$s out of himself, and it’s sad.
Korova Milk Bar, Somewhere, United Kingdom: Harriet! You’re back! I’ve missed your comments. 🙂
rosie1 woking, United Kingdom: Welcome back Harriet I wondered where you’ve been …..missed your comments!
Harriet, Toronto, Canada: Thanks Rosie and Korova ! I was on holidays before returning back to London. You know this marriage is bad news when the Leicester Square tat shops aren’t even selling naff wedding merchandise.What a disaster, five years tops, if this wedding even still happens. All the best for 2018, H. x
Alexandra, West Vancouver Hampshire, United Kingdom: Welcome Back Harriet … hugs to B x
Louisa, London, United Kingdom: Delighted to see Harriet back! Harriet called this woman out long before anyone had the slightest idea about her. Harriet said the wedding wouldn’t happen, and with all that has come out (I’m sure there’s much more buried) I can see why Harriet would have thought so – she just hadn’t factored in Harry’s breath-taking stupidity and bl00dy-mindedness.
Harriet, Toronto, Canada: Thanks Louisa, all the best to you for 2018. I may be wrong, but I still cannot see it happening. There is something very wrong with this whole scenario. Harry must be in lust, after dealing with her, day in and day out, he should wake up, hopefully before the wedding. Had they lived on the same continent and he was stuck with her 24/7, there wouldn’t be an engagement. Either way, it all end in tears. All the best, Harriet.xx
OnYourMark1, Victoria, Canada: nice to see you back Harriet – hope it was a lovely vacate (I trust no paid security like Harry’s upcoming do?
In 2014 a fresh batch of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s papers were declassified at the National Archives. Leave it to the Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to mention “correct political tone” in his birthday greetings. And poor old Denis Thatcher. He must have spent his entire life saying “It’s just the one ‘n’ in Denis.”
“Esteemed Madame Thatcher,
On the occasion of the remarkable date in Your life please accept my congratulations. Raisa Maximova joins me in our wishes to You of good health and well-being.
I recall our conversation at Chequers and in Moscow. Then, it seems, we took a correct political tone and gave our dialogue such an orientation that meets the demands of the present situation in the world. I would wish to believe that the understanding on the problems of priority that we reached then will remainin force. But for this to be so, apparently, much effort, political wisdom and goodwill will be needed.
Please convey our best wishes to Your husband, Mr. Dennis Thatcher.
Moscow, 12 October, 1985”
The National Archives, PREM 19 1647