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Braveheart Wins at the Stirling Bridge

In order to save money, the English forces attack the Scottish forces straight across the bridge rather than fording the river and outflanking them. The English will pay a heavy toll for their frugality. 5,400 English troops will clear the bridge but William "Braveheart" Wallace and Andrew Moray will cut off their escape and butcher them. William Wallace will become the most hunted man in Scotland, but they won't catch him for several years yet. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
King Edward I of England should have never sent the King's Treasurer, Hugh de Cressingham, to lead his forces. A bookkeeper will choose the cheapest way to fight rather than the best way to fight. Hugh de Cressingham was killed in the battle and his skin was used make souvenirs, so... I'm not going to say it. You fill in the blank.

President Obama's "Working Dogs" Are All Wet

The existence of the Portuguese Water Dog is first mentioned in a monk's account of the rescue of a sailor this year. Portuguese Water Dogs come from the Algrave region of Portugal and are bred to work on fishing vessels. They are considered REAL working dogs and they are a lot more durable than they look sitting on the Whitehouse lawn. President Obama selected two water dogs as White House pets. They are named Bo and Sunny. [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Sure a dog can save the life of a Portuguese sailor but can Bo and Sunny save America? Not a chance. But I wonder what the difference is between a real working dog, and a regular dog? I would consider a sheep dog and a sled dog to be working dogs. Security dogs, specially trained, yes. But what about a Labrador? Even a Dachshund is good for badgers, I am told. So what makes a "working dog"?

Monaco Seized, Casinos to Follow

In what must seem like a college prank, Francesco "the Cunning" Grimaldi, dons a monk's robes and steals into the Monaco stronghold with some of his best men, one of which is his stepson and cousin, Rainier I of Monaco, Lord of Cagnes whose line of succession will rule Monaco into the modern day. Grimaldi manages to hold Monaco for four years until they are chased out by the Genoese. Nevertheless, it is this event that is immortalized by a statue of a robed and hooded Grimaldi, stealthy approaching the gates of the Palace at Monaco. [14] [15] [16] [17]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I laughed when I saw this account. It's almost like the Trojan Horse story where they just open the gates and let all the soldiers in. I remember a comedy team in Australia that built a Trojan Horse, loaded it onto a trailer and drove it to the local university and asked to park it next to the History department! They were finally refused when they asked to park their Trojan Horse at the local military base but it was a close thing. Very funny. [18]

See Also


  1. Historical Events for Year 1297, History Orb
  2. Facts About the Battle of Stirling Bridge, Andrew Lubin
  3. 1297 - Battle Of Stirling Bridge, from "Clans & Tartans of Scotland" CD-ROM, 1995 or so
  4. The Battle of Stirling Bridge, William Wallace Society, 2007
  5. Andrew Moray, Wikipedia
  6. Hugh de Cressingham, English Treasurer, Wikipedia
  7. Battle of Stirling Bridge, Wikipedia
  8. Sir William 'Braveheart' Wallace, Wikipedia
  9. Portuguese Water Dog Page, American Kennel Club
  10. Obamas' New Pet: 5 Facts About the Portuguese Water Dog by Kate Andries, National Geographic
  11. History of the Breed, Portuguese Water Dog Club of America
  12. Algarve, Portugal, Wikipedia
  13. Portuguese Water Dog, Wikipedia
  14. The Statue of Francesco Grimaldi, picture and narrative
  15. Malizia, the Board Game of Monaco, Malizia means "cunning"
  16. Trojan Horse, Wikipedia
  17. Rainier I of Monaco, Lord of Cagnes, Wikipedia
  18. The Chaser's War On Everything - Trojan Horse, a comedy bit by the Australian satirical group, The Chaser (VIDEO)

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