Day 21 – Legend

 

Raven at the Tower of London

Legend says that the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress.

It was Charles II, according to the stories, who first insisted that the ravens of the Tower should be protected. This was against the wishes of his astronomer, John Flamsteed, who complained that the ravens impeded the business of his observatory in the White Tower.

Despite their having one wing trimmed, some ravens do in fact go absent without leave and others have had to be sacked. Raven George was dismissed for eating television aerials, and Raven Grog was last seen outside an East End pub.

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Day 316 – Luxury Stay

 

Al Capone cell in eastern State pen

“I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand.” ~ Al Capone

*This is Al Capone’s cell in the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. “Chicago’s most famous mob boss spent eight months at Eastern State in 1929-1930. Arrested for carrying a concealed, deadly weapon, this was Capone’s first prison sentence. His time in Eastern State was spent in relative luxury. His cell on the Park Avenue Block had fine furniture, oriental rugs, and a cabinet radio.”

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Day 309 – Sparkle

 

Sparklers on Bonfire Night

“Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.”

* Tonight is Guy Fawkes night, also know as Bonfire Night in the UK which commemorates the foiling of the Gunpowder Treason Plot against parliament on the 5 November 1605

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