07-03-2013, 02:16 PM
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Hi lads,Geordie Sam here,best wishes on your birthday(4th July), I believe your 237 years young today,it was us "beastly British" who decided in our infinite wisdom to concentrate all our energies on kicking French arse (they were used to it)and so we left your shores,and let you just try and "stand on your own two feet" which of course you did.
So have a great day of feasting (careful there Johnny and Bob)have a few "cold ones" (glass or two of red for you Freddy)and just sit back and have a relaxing day of rest,I just honestly wish I could join you.
Happy Birthday again.

ps Always remember, if you can't be British, be American (it's the next best thing,cheers lads.)

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 07-03-2013, 02:27 PM
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That's an...interesting interpretation of how American independence came about...

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 07-03-2013, 02:29 PM
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Thank you, Sam!

It's too bad you can't join us on this side of the pond for celebrations ... it will be a relaxing day with food and drink for many of us! Biggrin

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 07-03-2013, 02:43 PM
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Thank you Geordie and everybody have a great 4th Of July

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 07-03-2013, 03:00 PM
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Thank you Sam. Interesting view of how our independence came about. Wish you join us for the celebrations Biggrin
Happy 4th everybody!

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 07-03-2013, 03:15 PM
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Thanks Geordie Sam!

We celebrate with fireworks, bursting in air, to remember the following:

"The rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air! Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there!"

"Now, say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave! O'er the land of the Free, and the home of the Brave!"

The last stanza of the first verse of "the Star Spangled Banner" t was a declaration to the British, not a question as is commonly thought. It was a matter of fact that no matter how many bombs burst, nor how many rockets were fired, the spirit of our Flag, its people, would ever stand!

This poem was not written to comemorate the Revolutionary War, but in response to the British Bombardment at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, which was witnessed by a very young and impressionable Francis Key Scott. The lyrics were set to the tune of a popular London men's social club called"The Anacreontic Song". It became the United States National Anthem in 1931 by an act of Congress.

As another tidbit, "My Country Tis of Thee" was originally written to scorn the British. The fact that we took the tune from "God Save the Queen" is proof. Many years later, 1940, it was presented by President Franklin D Roosevelt as an honor bestowed on the American People by Queen Mary in deference to the Tune of "God Save the Queen". Britian and the USA were in secret negotiations to offer aid to each other in the event of Nazi aggression, and it only seemed polite to right a wrong left over from the War of 1812.

Happy 4th everyone!

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 07-03-2013, 04:29 PM
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Thanks Geordie.

... (interesting interpretation of how American independence came about) ... The Brits Lost the Revolutionary War, Thought America would turn on itself, Treated America as it's wayward child, and we went at it again in 1812.

Thanks to Crag Too.

I Love that old World War One Song - Irving Berlin's - God Bless America! (Oh, I remember now it was written in 1918 before the end of the war but, was put aside until 1938 when he gave it to Kate Smith on Armistice Day for her radio show.

And there use to be an introduction ...

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free
Let s all be grateful for a land so fair
As we raise our voices in solemn prayer

Now you can Sing ... God Bless America!

So Happy Birthday America

From a Yank.

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 07-03-2013, 04:37 PM
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Thanks, Sam. Biggrin

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 07-03-2013, 05:27 PM
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Thank you very much! There most likely will not be any festivities going on here, we're in the middle of a 5 day stretch of flooding rains.
We've already cancelled our cookout and boating plans, we've received 3" of rain today, it's still coming down and 4-5 more inches expected over the next 2-3 days...my nephew drove by the lake and said it's a muddy mess.

Unless something changes, I'll most likely kick back and read most of the day...which is just fine by me. Biggrin

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 07-03-2013, 09:09 PM
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Thanks GS!

It was a miracle, and I really mean that word, that we won our independence.

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 07-03-2013, 09:42 PM
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Happy 4th July gents!

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 07-04-2013, 01:53 AM
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Happy 4thJuly!

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 07-04-2013, 03:38 AM
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Happy 4th july!!!

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 07-04-2013, 04:42 AM
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July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday America

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 07-04-2013, 05:38 AM
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Happy birthday everyone.

And thankyou Sam. I'll hoist one for you.

I'm just gratefull you guys took your eyes off the ball.Biggrin

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 07-04-2013, 11:20 AM
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I'm pleased you could all take it in the same spirit it was sent in,well done lads,now, where's that bloody bottle opener.


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 07-04-2013, 11:25 AM
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Thanks Sam...

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