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His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. Idi Amin at swearing-in ceremony, October 02, 1975. Photo:Bettmann/Corbis.

His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. Idi Amin at swearing-in ceremony, October 02, 1975. Photo:Bettmann/Corbis.

Idi Amin

During his rule he banned hippies and mini-skirts.

He is reported to have kept the severed heads of political opponents in his fridge

Warning some parts of this story maybe?disturbing.

To understand Amin’s reign of terror it is?necessary to realize that he was not an ordinary political tyrant. He did more than murder those whom he considered his enemies: he also subjected them to barbarisms even after they were dead. These barbarisms are well attested. It was common knowledge in the Ugandan medical profession that many of the bodies dumped in hospital mortuaries were terribly mutilated, with livers, noses, lips, genitals or eyes missing. Amin’s killers did this on his specific instructions; the mutilations follow a well-defined pattern. After Gofrey Kigala was shot in 1974, his eyes were gouged out and his body was partially skinned before it was dumped outside Kampala. Medical reports on deaths of Shaban Nkutu, Lt.Col Ondoga etc stated that the bodies had been cut open and that a number of internal organs had been tampered with.

Idi Amin Dada, whose brutality and disregard for the rule of law led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and plunged the country into chaos and poverty became known as the ‘Butcher of Uganda’ for his brutal, despotic rule whilst president of Uganda in the 1970s, is possibly the most notorious of all Africa’s post-independence dictators. Amin seized power in a military coup?in 1971 and ruled over Uganda?for 8 years. Estimates for the number of his opponents who were killed, tortured, or imprisoned vary during his eight-year Ugandan dictatorship. Is it possible to distinguish the man from the monster?

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Scotland talks about independence but are really just a bunch of bludgers

Ian Wishart writes:

Scotland?s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is a skilled politician.

I know this, because of all the hand-wringing and angst that?s emerged in the wake of the Brexit vote, hers takes the cake.

Given the quality of the competition, that takes some doing.

Oh I don’t know. Rachel Smalley’s effort was spectacular.

You?ve got the young people bleating their futures were robbed ? an empty claim when we find out only 38% of them even bothered to vote.

Then you?ve got three million people ? including 77,000 from the ?Vatican? with a population of a thousand ? demanding the right to another referendum. Even if they got 18 million signatures, constitutionally it is tough luck: a vote is a vote. On the day, the winner takes all.

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The other extreme: cops reading your every Tweet and Facebook post

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Some people thought it was an April Fool’s joke.? Turns out the Scottish cops are deadly serious.? Read more »

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July 7, 1908 Alexander Graham Bell (right) and his assistants observe the flight of a circular tetrahedral kite. IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

July 7, 1908
Alexander Graham Bell (right) and his assistants observe the flight of a circular tetrahedral kite.
IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Bells Flights of Fancy

While working on the telephone,?Bell?mentioned to Watson?that their next project would be a?flying machine. On his honeymoon, he told his wife?Mabel that he dreamed of flying machines with telephones attached.

Alexander Graham Bell or Aleck, as he was called as a boy, would lie atop a favourite hill in Edinburgh, Scotland (where he was born in 1847) so he could be close to the sky and watched with envy and wonder as the birds flew above him.

To the end of his life Bell maintained the pure delight of a child exploring the world. Those who knew and loved him worried about his lack of concentration. Bell was a great generalist during the birth of the specialist. Bell’s future father-in-law chided him once about his inclination “to undertake every new thing that interests you & accomplish nothing of value to any one”. That was five months before the telephone was patented. It still holds the record for the most financially profitable patent ever issued. Bell was 29 years of age and the year was 1885. He was reported to have answered the phone saying, “Hoy, hoy” – never hello; and that he told his grandchildren, “It’s for calling out, not for calling in.? And that was all!

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Photo: Getty Images. Scottish cannibal Alexander 'Sawney' Bean, circa 1400.

Photo: Getty Images.
Scottish cannibal Alexander ‘Sawney’ Bean, circa 1400.

The Legend of Sawney Bean

Scottish historic folklore is full of grizzly tales of death and murder. The story of Sawney Bean is one of the most gruesome Scottish legends. Evidence suggests the tale dates to the early 18th century.

Alexander Sawney Bean was, legend tells, the head of an incestuous cannibalistic family, who oversaw a 25-year reign of murder and robbery from a hidden sea cave on the Ayrshire/Galloway coast in the 15th century. The cave most readily associated with Sawney and his nefarious clan is close to Ballantrae on Bennane head in Ayrshire, although other sea caves along the Ayrshire and Galloway coast have also been associated with the story.

Alexander “Sawney” Bean was born in the later part of the fourteenth century in East Lothian, Scotland. Bean was raised in an agricultural community and came from a rather poor family of laborers. The home life of Bean was said to be, at best, a horrible upbringing. Often being beat by his father for never quite being a good enough son.

As Alexander got older he attempted to become the son his father had always wanted, by taking on the duties of adulthood and joining the workforce. Due to his reckless attitude, a natural born urge to disobey the rules, and a deep hatred for actual work, Alexander completely failed in his attempts at earning an honest living, once again disappointing his father.

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Face of the day

American injured service woman Kirstie Ennis, a 23 yr old Helicopter door gunner. Ennis is the only woman on the Walk Of Britain. Image from internet - for Nikki https://semperfifund.org/hero-stories/kirstie-ennis/

American injured service woman Kirstie Ennis, a 23 yr old Helicopter door gunner. Ennis is the only woman on the Walk Of Britain.
Image from internet – for Nikki
https://semperfifund.org/hero-stories/kirstie-ennis/

Today’s face of the day is a brave helicopter gunner who has endured 38 operations after almost dying in Afghanistan. She has hiked 1,000 miles for wounded troops.

  • Kirstie Ennis was injured in 2012 when her helicopter crash landed

  • She walked from Scotland to London for Walking with the Wounded

  • Operation to amputate her leg was put on hold so she could finish the trek

  • Prince and her have forged a remarkable friendship in the past few weeks

-dailymail.co.uk

For the article in full click here.

 

Poms tell porridge wogs to stick it

David Cameron is manning up to the halfwit socialists in Scotland, and ensuring that they can not block sensible pommy law changes.

David Cameron has said that the wishes of English MPs will never again be “overruled” by those in Scotland as his government announces plans to give them a veto on English-only laws.

Chris Grayling, the leader of the Commons, is expected to unveil plans to use a parliamentary procedure known as a standing order to stop Scottish MPs from shaping legislation that only affects English voters.

The move, one of the Conservative’s flagship manifesto proposals, is likely to be put to a vote on the floor of the house later this month, meaning it could become law by the summer.

Mr Grayling will also announce plans for a review to establish the “next steps” which could see English MPs given even more power over English issues.? Read more »

An honest politician

Honesty in politicians is to be admired.

It is not often they are forthright about their prospects.

The SNP in Scotland appears?to be on a roll as they seek to undo the referendum result which rejected Scottish independence. It is Labour most under threat in Scotland and at least one MP knows it.

[T]he sparks lit by the referendum campaign in Scotland continue to burn.?There has been no return to politics as usual. Parliamentary hustings are attracting twice the audiences they managed five years ago and, across the country, there are far more such meetings than was the case in 2010.

The referendum tapped a yearning for a bigger, better, grander kind of politics and, once unleashed, that kind of sentiment cannot disappear overnight. Far from depressing Yes voters, defeat in the referendum has redoubled their enthusiasm for change. ?? Read more »

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Immigration poster

New Zealand was not known to Europeans until 1642. Over 150 years later, settlers started to arrive from England, Scotland, and Ireland. The journey was long, arduous, and uncomfortable, but they came in the hope of a better life.

In the 1850s Auckland province offered 40 acres (16 hectares) for any immigrant to the province who was likely to become a ‘useful colonist’, plus another 20 acres (8 hectares) for any child aged five to 18. Such immigration advertising helped to establish the idea that New Zealand was a pastoral paradise where there was abundant fertile land for farming.

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Face of the day

Jessie Gallan

Jessie Gallan -Photo: HEMEDIA

Today’s face of the day Jessie Gallan is 109 and has a little secret that she is willing to share with us all. It is her secret for living so long.

I love how media always ask people who reach 100+ what their secret is because their answers are often fascinating and Jessie is no exception. Based on what she says I have not got many years left to look forward to so best I swing from the chandeliers while I still can!

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