Then there was the Battle of Dunbar on 3 September 1650 (a slaughtering of thousands of Scots this time and, as Cromwell put it, “one of the most signal mercies God hath done for England and His people”), followed by the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651, the last of the (technically Second) English Civil War. But nobody can have things all their own way and, on Friday 3 September 1658, Cromwell died, probably of septicaemia brought on by a urinary infection caused by a gallstone (how very apposite: killed by his own bile) and, from thereon in, things never got any better.
awarded him the Grand Cross of the German Eagle in 1938). It was probably whilst pondering the vast wide endlessly straight highways of America (he was from Detroit) that King first conceived the glimmerings of the idea for his breakthrough invention, but then he must have thought to himself, hold on there one doggone minute buster, we’re putting the horse before the horseless carriage here – how can we get to the motor car before anyone’s solved the problem of where all the roadworks are going to come from to blight their every journeying? Not long later, he had come up with the pneumatic drill, which he filed a patent for this day in 1894. Strictly speaking, seeing he’s American, we should refer to it as a “jackhammer,” though that tends to suggest one of those little warbling birds you could imagine pecking happily at your goldtops, whereas this is machine combining hammer with chisel into a veritable instrument of torture that will leap into action the very second the thought crosses your mind to read or sleep or study or spend any kind of quiet moment lost in contemplation, instantaneously achieving an earsplitting and cacophonous hundred decibels or so (rather like MPs’ expenses, then: an intolerable and outrageous racket). But, as we’d say up North, “That’s nowt!”In 1972, Deep Purple played at one hundred and seventeen decibels, rendering three of the audience unconscious and then, in 1986, Motorhead hit one hundred and thirty decibels of volume, damaging the building while they were at it. No doubt an enraged man in hardhat and hi-vis vest then stomped into the hall and asked them to turn it down – a chap can’t hear himself drill out there.
Clement VIII: By Unknown contemporary author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Beatrice Cenci: Formerly attributed to Guido Reni [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Burnt at the Stake: Grigoriy Myasoyedov [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Before Edgehill: By Charles Landseer (1799 - 1879) (British) (Details of artist on Google Art Project) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Cromwell with Charles: Paul Delaroche [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Drogheda Massacre: Henry Doyle (1822-1892) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Cromwell Warts & All: By Samuel Cooper (died 1672) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Cromwell’s Head: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Charles Brady King: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Gandhi: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Shoe Bomber: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons