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  • ross1948 19:00 on May 3, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cruthin, , , ,   

    Ulster’s 100th Birthday? 

    Happy Birthday, Ulster.

    Sounds a bit odd?

    It’s 100 years since the entity of Northern Ireland was promulgated,

    …but the Ulster nation has been around a lot longer than that.

    A good little history – don’t know if it’s still available


    Since the time of the Cruthin, arguably.

    But although Ulster’s borders have shifted from time to time, Ulster’s identity has not.

    Like Scotland, England and Wales, Ulster is a distinct British nation.

    However, France24’s news today, lunchtime in Jakarta, reminded us of significant demographic changes.

    Over-breeding by disloyals means that the true Brit majority has been eroded.

    It’s facile to equate Protestant with unionist and Catholic with disloyal. There are of course Catholics understand their duty to Queen and Country, while undoubtedly some Protestants are traitors.

    No matter! It has to be recognised that the Ulster nation’s right to a homeland – free from the shadow of the Eire flag –  is by no means secure.

    Again, I urge the good people protesting against EUSSR meddling and Westminster weaselling…

    Ulster – Jellyfish Johnson’s Insult And Injury! 


    …to consider the merits of re-partition. 

    Eire Still Clings To Indefensible Expansionism! 

    The partition of the UK after WW1 afforded Ulster’s southern neighbours the opportunity to determine their own future..


    …as Eire.

    But sadly, Eire still refuses to accord the Ulster nation that same right to self-determination which they got for themselves.

    In Dublin, only last week, the ‘Taioseach’ – in other words, their PM – again asserted, with sublime arrogance, that he favoured a ‘United Ireland. ‘

    How dare he!

    If Eire had any other smaller neighbours, would Micheal Martin and his kind make similar expansionist declarations of that sort?

    I think not.

    It’s only Ulster which animates their atavistic, irrational, aggressive urges.



    Dig in, Ulsterfolk, on this anniversary day.

    Only by a readiness to resort to whatever form of resistance is required will you save your proud little country!

  • ross1948 01:30 on June 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Barbarians Rising, Boadicea, Boudicca, , Cruthin, East Anglia, History Channel, Iceni, Inchtuthil, Picts, , Roman Empire   

    Barbarians Rising? Another Dose of Revisionist History! 

    Another sunny day here in Jakarta, and I’m planning my dynamic day.


    I have recently been watching the History Channel more often, and will do so again tonight, as their much-heralded ‘Barbarians Rising’ series begins.

    The previews have intrigued me, not least the image of Boudicca, that courageous Queen of the Iceni, who inhabited parts of what is now East Anglia. Her capital was Colchester, which the Romans called Camulodunum.

    That has always made me wonder if it was the site of Camelot, legendary stronghold of Artorius, another, later, British champion – but that’s another story .

    In school we learned of the Queen’s heroic resistance war, though her name then was rendered Boadicea,

    The latest star to play the role is a nifty Scottish actress named Kirsty Mitchell, who was born in Glasgow and thus presumably knows how to handle tough guys!.


    Kirsty Mitchell

    Her photo above actually reminds me of somebody I met in a Blok M bar here in Jakarta a few years ago, at least the approach to make-up as illustrated.

    But the objective of the series is revisionism, the idea being that, to date, historians have written almost everything from the Roman Empire’s point of view, echoing the hostile things Roman historians had to say about their empire’s enemies.

    Clearly the ancient Roman intelligentsia took a more patriotic perspective than many modern British scribblers do.


    Belittling and besmirching the all the great and good achievements of Britannia’s ‘dominion over palm and pine‘ has all too often been the norm.

    Even here in Jakarta, there’a determined effort by leftist pressure-groups to alter people’s perspectives on the PKI, the totalitarian hypocrites of the Indonesian Communist Party.

    BBC Bias On PKI – So Kids Shouldn’t Learn Nazis Were Evil? 

    Certain revisionist media want the Government to ‘apologise’ to the PKI on behalf of the Indonesian people, whom that same PKI, in 1965, was so desperate to enslave!

    However, in general, there’s no harm at all in presenting alternative views, especially since those old ‘bearded ones,’ which is what ‘barbarians’ means, left few written records of their own outlook.

     The fair-minded Tacitus, writing in Rome nearly two thousand years ago, at least attributed heart-felt words to Calgacus, the Pictish war-lord,  which probably reflected the attitude of some at least of Rome’s foes.

    ‘They create desolation and call it peace.’

    Sounds a bit like a modern United Nations Peace-Keeping Force, like that in Katanga in the Sixties, when the UN destroyed an anti-communist struggle for self-determination!


    I once spent some of a summer, many years ago, helping to excavate the fort at Inchtuthil, on Scotland’s Firth of Tay, which was Emperor Septimius Severus’ bastion against those same Picts.

    At the time, I knew quite a lot about the Romans but nothing of those ‘painted people’ – again, the real meaning of ‘Picts.’

    It wasn’t till much later, when I  started to take an interest in my roots, that I found their real name was the Cruthin, the original Ulster-Scots…

     A good little history – don’t know if it’s still in print


    …..who were subjugated by the Gaels but many of whose descendants crossed the water to reclaim their homeland during the Plantation in the very first years of the C17th.

    My own ancestors settled near Kilrea, ‘five miles from the Bann shore, ‘ whence Old Joe, my Great3-grandfather, chose to move to Canada in the early C19th.

    So I am more than open-minded on the issue of who was right or wrong back in the day.

    devil destroyed


    Besides, with all Europe menaced by very real barbarians today, there are more important things to fret about!

    Okay, enough trips down Memory Lane.

    There’s a heap of ironing back there but happily a visitor on the way, so I’ll have an easy day and be relaxed and ready to watch Barbarians Rising tonight.

    • JazPen 14:44 on June 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I want to watch this too. I see its on Fridays as well as Tuesdays.
      You were an archaeologist too? Interesting background you give about the Cruthin. I have never seen or heard anything about them. I hope the book is still available because if theres a chance to buy it I will.


    • Santi 13:28 on June 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Ross.I did watch this and it was very interesting.
      Poor Lusitanians, no Merdeka for them..


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