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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
22nd July 1298: The Battle of Falkirk
King Edward I was campaigning against the French in Flanders when he learned of the defeat of his northern army by William Wallace at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. After concluding a truce with Philip the Fair, he returned to England in March 1298 and immediately began organising an army for his second invasion of Scotland. As a preliminary step he moved the centre of government to York, where it was to remain for the next six years. A council-of-war was held in the city in April to finalise the details of the invasion. The Scottish magnates were all summoned to attend, and when none appeared they were all declared to be traitors. Edward then ordered his army to assemble at Roxburgh on 25 June.
On invading Scotland, Edward found Wallace elusive - Wallace decided not to engage the powerful English army but to shadow them, picking off any straying patrols and letting the English army simply run out of supplies. This was on the brink of succeeding when Edward's scouts found the Scottish army camped outside Calendar Wood near Falkirk and launched a surprise attack.
The outnumbered Scottish cavalry soon gave up and fled the field, leaving the infantry to be slaughtered in a murderous hail of arrows from English longbowmen. Wallace and most of the Scottish nobles escaped, but it was the last time Wallace led a full army and he resigned the title of Guardian of Scotland. Wallace was subsequently sent to Europe to canvass for support for the Scottish cause. On his return in 1304, Wallace was involved in several skirmishes. In 1305 Wallace was betrayed by John de Mentieth, a Scottish knight loyal to Edward, and handed over to the English. Wallace was taken to London and after a "show trial" hung drawn and quartered for treason.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Business promotional work
Missus support (bereavement anniversary)
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I've decided that this will be my last GARY'S NINE-A-DAY. It's an intuitive decision, and I practice what I preach and trust my intuition absolutely. I leave behind an interesting insight into my own development over the last decade, and to how events change your perspective from day-to-day. But now I feel I've said it all in terms of my own life. I have reached SHANGRI LA and fully tracked my progress there. I will continue to pour out memes and entertainment through all my other channels, and share events of interest on those. Zen wisdom and trivia will continue in other places, but the rest you could really find yourself.
If you are one of the 12-15 regular readers of this blog, thank you for your interest over all this time!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What next for you
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and mild with sunny intervals
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Wife wanted to watch a scary movie so I took a video of me opening the credit card bill after our Disney trip. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The Graham Norton Show - Jack Whitehall's toilet anecdote
A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.
9. ZEN WISDOM
When the story has ended, close the book.