The St Scholastica Day riot of February 10, 1355, is one of the most notorious events in the history of Oxford.
Following a dispute about beer in the Swindlestock Tavern (now the site of the Abbey Bank on Carfax) between townspeople and two students of the University of Oxford, the insults that were exchanged grew into armed clashes between locals and students over the next two days which left 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead. The scholars were eventually routed.
The dispute was eventually settled in favour of the university when a special charter was created. Annually thereafter, on February 10, the town mayor and councillors had to march bareheaded through the streets and pay to the university a fine of one penny for every scholar killed, a total of 5 s. 3 d.. The penance ended 470 years later, in 1825 when the mayor of the time refused to take part.
Voting is taking place in Israel in an early election called by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is stepping down. The favourite to become prime minister is Binyamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing opposition party, Likud.
But his opinion-poll lead has been reduced in recent weeks by Tzipi Livni, who heads the centrist Kadima, the largest party in the government. Mr Olmert announced months ago that he was standing down in the face of corruption allegations. An attempt to form a new government without elections failed.
The choice is the hawks or the vultures?
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said he would welcome talks with the US as long as they were based on “mutual respect”. Speaking on the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran, he said Iran would welcome change from the US as long as it was “fundamental”.
He said: “The Iranian nation is ready to hold talks… in a fair atmosphere.” The two nations cut ties in 1979 after the revolution, when the US embassy in Tehran was occupied for 444 days.
Odd how the word dialogue works with dictators especially when they are dressed in cleric uniform!
Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has vowed his country would rally after the worst bushfires in its history. Mr Rudd told MPs that areas devastated by bushfires would be rebuilt “brick by brick” and “school by school”. The death toll so far is 173, but it is expected to rise significantly as the operation to recover bodies continues.
Knowing or better suspecting that arsonists are behind this the only thing that needs rebuilding and that urgently is their mind. The nightmarish thing is that most of them doing it so they can build and sell which makes greed the motivation and the guilt more discussing!
Mass murder in Australia by Thanos Kalamidas
The pictures of dead nature, humans and life from Australia that are circulating around the world this moment are horrifying and there are no words to describe the catastrophe on so many levels.
Almost like Backstreet Boys Live by Edna Nelson
The best thing about Helsinki City Theater’s “Spring Awakening” was the first song done by the male cast. Most reviews about the performance are favorable but I’m of a different mind…
“A Ballad Upon a Wedding” by The Ovi Team
Today marks the 400th anniversary of poet Sir John Suckling’s birth. Suckling was an English Cavalier poet whose best known poem may be “A Ballad Upon a Wedding” and it is reproduced here for you to enjoy.
For the Moment: No Smoking by Patrick McWade
Patrick McWade shares one of his cartoon series with Ovi…