Aug 202017

The Impact of Religion on the City (and Country)

Henry VIII (1491-1547)

Understanding these facts help to explain many of the religious churches, the beheading of Henry VIII’s wives and the imprisonment and execution in the Tower of London and other public London places. Statues and plaques point out the perils of being a Catholic or a Protestant.

In the 1st Century AD, Britain had its own set of religious icons: Pagan gods of the earth and Roman gods of the sky. By the 4th century, Christianity was still a minor faith.  It was the Viking invasion of 871 AD that destroyed monasteries and killed priests.  Alfred, the Christian King of Wessex won the battle over the Vikings and build more religious centres.  In 1066, William the Conqueror extended the Roman Catholic religion by building churches and monasteries. In the Medieval times that followed, Christianity was embedded in the minds and souls of ordinary people.  Pilgrimages to shrines in England and Europe became a way of devotion.

The Reformation began in Europe (early 1500s) and made its way to England.  Martin Luther and others attacked the Roman Catholic Church for some of its abuses.

A Civil War, Henry VIII and the Matter of His Divorce

Henry VIII was the son of Henry VII who united England after a bloody civil war.  It was important for VIII to have a son and have a stable throne.

Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536), daughter of King Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain

His first wife, Catherine of Aragon, gave him a daughter and no sons were forthcoming.  Catherine’s uncle was the Pope during Henry’s reign.  He did not take kindly to having his niece divorced.  He refused.  Kings/Queens and royalty usually had no problem granting divorces.  Henry VIII’s own sister was divorced from a Scottish king.

Severing Ties with the Roman Church

Anne Boleyn c. 1501 – 19 May 1536) she was beheaded on charges of adultery

Henry VIII divorced Catherine, married Anne Boleyn and made himself the Head of the newly formed Church of England.

The present Queen Elizabeth II, like every monarch since Henry VIII is head of the Church of England.

Queen Elizabeth II

The Tower: Catholics and Protestants Imprisoned.

Tower of London

It should be understood that being a Catholic or a Protestant did not result in imprisonment or execution.

It was treason and death for Catholics or Protestants who rebelled or tried to overthrow the monarchs.

Queen Mary, known as “Bloody Mary”1516 -1558 

When Henry VIII died, his daughter Mary, (Catherine of Aragon’s child) tried to convert England back to Roman Catholicism.  Many Protestants were imprisoned, killed or martyred for their faith.

Elizabeth 1

Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603)

When Queen Mary died, Queen Elizabeth I, (a Protestant) ascended the throne.  She had witnessed the religious upheaval and stated that she did not want to “make a window into people’s souls.”  However, she put to death for treason,  those Catholics who plotted against her throne.  She did not spare her kin and her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded.

Today in 2017, visitors to London can see great architectural churches:  Westminster Abbey (where monarchs are crowned),

Westminster Abbey interior

Westminster Abbey

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Roman Catholic Westminster Cathedral

In St. Paul’s Cathedral,  many Princes/Princesses and royalty are married.  The Roman Catholic major church is Westminster Cathedral, where the Cardinal is the head prelate resides.  Along with these are religious places of worship for the majority of world religions.

The 17th Duke of Norfolk with Queen Elizabeth II.
One of his ancestors, the Duke of Norfolk was executed in the tower by another Elizabeth – Elizabeth I

While most of the royal family are Protestants, the Duke of Norfolk is a Roman Catholic member of the royal family.  This is a tradition that Dukes and Duchess of Norfolk are Roman Catholic.

The current – 18th Duke of Norfolk

Aug 202017


Friendship ~ None of that Silly Stuff
Are you tired of those goofy ‘friendship’ poems that always sound good, but never actually come close to reality?

Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship.
You will see no cute little smiley faces on this ~Just the stone cold truth of our potential friendship.
  • When you are sad ~ I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you sad.
  • When you are blueI will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
  • When you smile I will know you are thinking of something that I would probably want to be involved in.
  • When you are scaredI will yap about it every chance I get until you’re NOT.
  • When you are worried~ I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining.
  • When you are confusedI will try to use only little words.
    • When you are sick~ Stay the hell away from me until you are well again. I don’t want whatever you have.
  • When you fallI will laugh at your clumsy ass, but I’ll help you up.
This is my oath ….. I pledge it to the end. ‘Why?’ you may ask ~ because you are a friend visiting my website
Aug 202017

Paula here.  Of course, not only lesbians love cats!  The title allows lesbians to come to this webpage – sneaky, eh?  However, I did see a t-shirt that read, “9 out of 10 cats prefer lesbians.”   LOL

Macavity- The Mystery Cat



Macavity’s a Mystery Cat: he’s called the Hidden Paw

For he’s the master criminal who can defy the Law.

He’s the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad’s despair:

For when they reach the scene of crime — Macavity’s not there!

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,

He’s broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.

His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,

And when you reach the scene of crime — Macavity’s not there!

You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air —

But I tell you once and once again,

Macavity’s not there!

Macavity’s a ginger cat, he’s very tall and thin;

You would know him if you saw him, for

his eyes are sunken in.

His brow is deeply lined with thought, his

head is highly domed;

His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed.

He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake;

And when you think he’s half asleep, he’s always wide awake.

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,

For he’s a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity.

You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square —

But when a crime’s discovered, then Macavity’s not there!