Let us all celebrate tomorrow. February 12th
! The 334th year since Stuart despotism was finally ejected for good; and the power of Parliament to hire and fire the King was established in convention. Parliament declared that the flight to France in 1688 by James II constitutes an abdication.
Huzzah! Down with almost a hundred years of unelected Scottish despot kings on our throne! Finally we cast off the shackles of arbitrary and unchecked leadership and became a nation in which it was Parliament, not the King, who was ultimately sovereign. And this time we did it in a lasting manner with no effusion of blood to create a vendetta.
Within a couple of years we had a Bill of Rights! Huzzah.
Some American Colonists in a couple of the colonies didn't like this as they liked the old Stuart King and his "right" to rule; don't worry - we saw to the rebels (that time anyhow). Although it was probably the last time Americans were rebelling in favour of a despotic divine right monarchy! Noble tunes of Britannia Magna!
It literally means "Great Britain" but it was actually the Roman name for South Britain i.e. England (the "Greater" bit) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6iaf_jUy2Q&feature=player_detailpage Oh yes, there's Wales and Scotland too, good for them. Ireland sort of too. Men of Harlech for the Welshies Here's a Scottish one - the Quick March of the Scots Guards in particular. The Irish can have this one
since they were about then and this is a song which was used to criticise James II who went to support their rights as catholics then ran away (can never trust a posh Scot) The Historical Detail
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And if you all think you have the balls, Cane's Bar where I study has an offer on the next three days to celebrate the Glorious Revolution. Basically you have to sit through the nightmarishly more horrid version of "Two Girls One Cup" without making a facial expression and you get a beer.
Now normally I'd be like "Pish a beer isn't expensive" but the deal apparently includes -Every- beer on draft. Including one which is 10.5% Alcohol and costs £8 a pint.. Considering I couldnt sit through the video online with my housemate I doubt I could in the pub.. but £8...?