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  • FABONGRASSS FABONGRASSS Nov 14, 2008 00:54 Flag

    a lesson.........

    ....in history.

    Up to the late 1700's, everybody travelled on the left side of the road because it's the sensible option for feudal, violent societies of mostly right-handed people.

    Jousting knights with their lances under their right arm naturally passed on each other's right, and if you passed a stranger on the road you walked on the left to ensure that your protective sword arm was between yourself and him.
    Revolutionary France, however, overturned this practice as part of its sweeping social rethink. A change was carried out all over continental Europe by Napoleon.The reason it changed under Napoleon was because he was left handed his armies had to march on the right so he could keep his sword arm between him and any opponent.

    From then on, any part of the world which was at some time part of the British Empire was thus left hand and any part colonised by the French was right hand.

    NICE! hello gimpy lovers, wrong again huh, glad to see nothing has changed whilst i,ve been flipping burgers whilst wearing a filthy tracksuit and a leather mask..........your fantasies grow wilder by the day, oh well, whatever makes you happy.

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    • Fabby,
      All that was down to little old me? Sacre vert, c'est incroyable.

      Je pense dunc je suis. Tu ne pense pas, dunc tu n'etes pas

      http://www.2pass.co.uk/goodluck.htm - peut etre?

    • well what do you know.! You're nor as stupid as you look then Fab ....I came back from frogland yesterday, and cursed the cagy handed twats everytime I came to a road island,a nd had to stop and work out which way to go.

      Thanks for the info. !

    • Deary me, you never cease to amaze me!

      I have studied history in particular Western European history between 1750 & 1900 at Middlesex University and in Napoleonic times people DID NOT travel on either side of the road - roads were no more then dusty dirt tracks in the summer and they were impassable during the winter months and there was NOT any recognised transport infrastructure in France during the 19th century - that is apart from the major towns and cities.

      So I believe that you may well have been mistaken in your history lesson ( that is unless of course you happened to have been around at the time ) in which case I will owe you an apology. But I can not believe that old really.... are you?

    • mais:



      peut-être nous devrions dire: Je google dunc je ne pense pas?

      Good job I'm not Hitler today, as my German ain't that good....

    • p.s. nice to see you guys so happy whilst i was away, congratulating each other on the state of your superior intelligence, commenting intelligently on arsenal f.c and generally thoroughly smug with your all round I.Q levels, sorry you have once again found your good selves with egg all over your faces, my apologies, i hope if nothing else the sexual fantasies some of you are so obviously harbouring about me bring you some enjoyment, very strange lot you are, love is a strange thing, your love for me is growing in a very strange way, i would advise those with partners, be they male or female, whether able to lick themselves (as in sfers case) or not, to keep your fantasies to your good selves, it,ll only ruin things and your friends ( if you have any) will take the pee at the very least, or at worst report you to the local police department.

      much love.

    • no, but i know The French invasion of Russia in 1812 marked a turning point in Napoleon's fortunes. His Grande Armée was wrecked in the campaign and never fully recovered. In 1813, the Sixth Coalition defeated his forces at Leipzig, invaded France and exiled him to the island of Elba. Less than a year later, he returned and was finally defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. Napoleon spent the last six years of his life under British supervision on the island of Saint Helena, where he died in 1821. The autopsy concluded he died of stomach cancer though Sten Forshufvud and other scientists in the 1960s conjectured that he had been poisoned with arsenic.

    • whichever you like best fella, hell have it with gherkin.

    • This is fun - we can just bounce the results of google searches off each other - a bit like Mornington Crescent - what's the target in this Fabby - who can get in the phrase '...but my mother was a giraffe ....' first? Hey, did I then win?

      My google is:

      Sten Forshufvud was a Swedish dentist and expert on poisons who formulated and supported the controversial theory that Napoleon was assassinated by a member of his entourage while in exile. He co-authored a book about this with Ben Weider. He tested five of Napoleon's hairs with Ben Weider for traces of arsenic. They found fluctuations of arsenic levels ranging from normal to 38 times greater than average. This would purportedly suggest that Napoleon was given arsenic in different concentrations at different times for almost five years prior to his death. Forshufvud's findings have been disputed, however, since the hairs that were tested have never been decisively dated, or even proven to be Napoleon's.

    • well as it happens Napoleon developed few military innovations, drew his tactics from different sources and scored major victories with a modernised French army. His campaigns are studied at military academies the world over and he is widely regarded as one of history's greatest commanders. While considered a tyrant by his opponents, he is remembered for the establishment of the Napoleonic code, which laid the administrative foundations for much of Western Europe and the strange fact that his mother WAS a giraffe.

      i win surely?

    • See, you did it again - you're trying to snaffle my crown by subterfuge and other nefarious means. You know only tooooo well that I got the phrase in first and now you're trying to imply you won. How can this be?

      That's done it, I'm tired of this game, so I'm going home and taking my ball with me. I may not return tomorrow either - so there... (well, not as Napoleoon anyway).....Hasta La Vista (which is a direct translation of the latin veni,vidi,vice which means 'Venice is a nice place in the spring' ).....
      I'm off to polish my high heels and Excalibur....

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