On This Day: First World War begins after Austria-Hungary invades Serbia

Just found this article on the web. It’s only been 100 years since the 1st World War began. So much has changed, but very little with power hungry men. Have we learnt anything over the years? Seems we have not…

Lest we forget.

JULY 28, 1914: The First World War and the ensuing slaughter of 16million people began after Austria-Hungary invaded Serbia on this day in 1914.

Russia mobilised on behalf of its Balkan ally, which had offended Vienna after an ethnic Serb shot dead Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo.

Then Germany, which was allied with Austria-Hungary, invaded neutral Belgium on its way to France since it could expect the French to attack on behalf of Russia.

The Germans, who had been spoiling for a war to increase their power amid growing imperial rivalry, hoped to defeat France quickly before Russia could gather troops from across its vast territory and attack her.

Britain, which was allied with both France and Russia in its Triple Entente or Alliance and had been enraged by the ‘Rape of Belgium’ that left 6,000 civilians dead and hundreds of villages razed, then declared war on Germany on August 4.

A standing army of 733,000 men was called into action in August 1914, followed by a massive recruitment drive and later conscription.

The Germans, who had gambled on the UK staying neutral, got within 43 miles of Paris before the British, whose troops are shown marching through ruins in British Pathé footage, helped turn them back.

Belgian soldiers in a sandbagged position by a canal (Getty)
Belgian soldiers in a sandbagged position by a canal (Getty)
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Stay Strong, Pat…

The rock band, MR BIG, announced today that its drummer, Pat Torpey, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and unfortunately will be unable to perform all of his normal drumming duties on the band’s upcoming World Tour in support of the band’s new album, “…The Stories We Could Tell”.

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“I’ve been dealing with Parkinson’s symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened. I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability. “, said Torpey.

MR BIG intends to announce a drummer in the near future whom will handle most of MR BIG’s drumming duties on the Fall 2014 tour and expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participating in the groups acoustic set.

Heatwave = Little Time To Post…

So, it’s been nearly 3 weeks since my last blog update.

With this lovely weather and the busy schedule with work, social events, etc. I’m finding it very hard to post something worth posting…!!!

I will try and be more active, however I do recommend that you keep checking out my twitter page as this seems to be updated a lot more than here.

Hope you are enjoying the weather and making the most of it?

Got to get back to work and sell, sell, sell!!!

Take it e-z…

Make bottles into glasses…

Glassware can get pretty expensive. Start just using your empty beer bottles and turning them into your new glasses. Easy to make and cheap! Follow these 5 easy steps.

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Step 1 – Grab a beer bottle preferably with thick glass such as corona bottles. Tie a string just above the label on the empty bottle

Step 2 – Keep the string tied and soak it in lighter fluid.

Step 3 – Put the string back on the bottle and hold it horizontally. Light the sting rotating the bottle so the flame spreads. You should hear the bottle crack slightly in about 10 seconds.

Step 4 – After you hear the crack, pour cold water on the string and the top of the bottle will fall off.

Step 5 – Now grab sandpaper and sand the edges of the bottle till it is smooth.

Remember when you could still drive up Princess Way to The Kingsway in Swansea.

Princess Way, Swansea in the late 1970s.

Princess Way, Swansea in the late 1970s.

Even though the above photo was taken in the 70s, I remember it well. Especially as I worked in the McDonald’s store during the early 90s (great times for me).

Remember it well as we used to park our car outside on a Sunday, until one of our managers stop giving the left over food from the Friday & Saturday evenings to the police to give out to the homeless – reason : it cost money – sorry it also cost money to bin the food… Anyway, on the Sunday morning after this “rule” came into action, the police came into the store and advised all staff that parking wasn’t allowed. However they allowed us to move our cars, but not to tell the manager in question. Don’t think she was happy getting a ticket whilst the rest of us didn’t 😉

Another reason to believe in Karma!

These Guys Just Broke Into Michael Jackson’s Old House. They Never Expected To Find This Inside.

In 2003 Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch was raided by countless police officials with warrants regarding child molestation allegations. Shortly after that Michael Jackson left the property saying that it had been violated and wasn’t the same. 3 years after that the house went into foreclosure and has been in a real estate limbo for quite some time since then. Well four friends who had lived in the area knew that this was the case and they also did some research and found out that the estate’s electricity bill had not been paid. Well their curiosity got the best of them and they had to try and explore. It took some doing but they were able to sneak into the property and they found some amazing things. Nothing that they had expected but they weren’t really sure what to expect.

The entrance to Neverland.

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They are urban explorers who usually go into abandoned malls or schools for the photography but this was the first residence they had been in.

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They had to sneak past the guard and after that there was nobody around the enormous estate.

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One surprising thing they found was this logo of a little boy in footy pajamas on almost everything around the house. Some were as big as 60 feet wide!

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They also found a stack of fan mail that they went through. The picture on top is the prosecuting attorney trying to convict Michael Jackson with devil horns drawn on him.

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They said they found a bunch of weird art like this piece of Michael leading a group of kids.

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The house was immaculate they said. Like somebody was there once a week cleaning it. There were about 10 rooms in the mansion and two of them were locked.

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The property was so big that they couldn’t make it to the petting zoo but they did see the rest.

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Even the bumper cars had the little boy on the moon logo.

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They found very ornate things around but mostly everything was for children. The house had every single toy you could think of.

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In the garden there were giant sculptures. This clock stood out because the time stopped when the power was cut to the house.

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What they did was completely illegal and an invasion of privacy but they said they just couldn’t pass up the opportunity. They weren’t sure what to expect but Michael Jacksons Neverland was more than they ever imagined. They found it odd that the water was kept on and the house was so clean but it also felt completely abandoned. They found normal things you’d see in a house like change on the table and a little office space with a computer and normal household items.

 

Article taken from : http://www.sliptalk.com/neverland-ranch/