14 June 2012

NWS-MAF has given us a 30% Chance of Spotter Activation this afternoon about 4PM.
mental_floss: 6 Constitutional Amendments That Just Missed the Cut — http://t.co/umOPyoJ3
Now here is some interesting triviata from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_England



One, Lundy, of the Channel Islands was occupied by Barbary Pirates from around to 1575 until the mid-1600s. I know that the pirates probably weren't interested in spreading their religion but the fact that they were there is intriguing.



"Professor John Makdisi's "The Islamic Origins of the Common Law" in the North Carolina Law Review, curiously suggested that English common law was inspired by medieval Islamic law." The paragraph goes on to suggest the similarities between the madrassahs of the Muslim world and the Ins of Court in England. Then the article says that the Muslim influence came "by the Normans, 'through the close connection between the Norman kingdoms of Roger II in Sicily — ruling over a conquered Islamic administration — and Henry II in England.'"



"The Muslim Moors had a noticeable influence on the works of George Peele and William Shakespeare. Some of their works featured Moorish characters, such as Peele's The Battle of Alcazar and Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Titus Andronicus and Othello, which featured a Moorish Othello as its title character. These works are said to have been inspired by several Moorish delegations from Morocco to Elizabethan England around 1600.[25] A portrait was painted of one of the Moorish ambassadors, Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud ben Mohammed Anoun, who had come to promote an Anglo-Moroccan alliance."
It was as recent as 1543-1544 that a town in France in occupied by Muslim naval forces. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_France
Lundy Island is to the west of Wales.



The Encyclopedia Brittanica 1911 article on Lundy Island:



LUNDY, an English island at the entrance of the Bristol Channel, 12 m. N.W. by N. of the nearest point on the mainland, namely Hartland Point on the Devonshire coast. The nearest ports are Clovelly and Bideford. The extreme length of the island is 3 m. from N. to S., the mean breadth about half a mile, but at the south the breadth is nearly 1 m. The area is about 1150 acres. The component rock is a hard granite, except at the south, where slate occurs. This granite was used in the construction of the Victoria Embankment, London. An extreme elevation of about 450 ft. is found in the southern half of the island; the northern sloping gently to the sea, but the greater part of the coast is cliff-bound and very beautiful. The landing, at the south-east, is sheltered by the small Rat Island, where the once common black rat survives. There are a few prehistoric remains on Lundy, and the foundations of an ancient chapel of St Helen. There are also ruins, and the still inhabited keep, of Marisco Castle, occupying a strong precipitous site on the south-east, held in the reign of Henry II. by Sir Jordan de Marisco. The Mariscos, in their inaccessible retreat, lived lawlessly until in 1242 Sir William Marisco was hanged for instigating an attempt on the life of Henry III. In 1625 the island was reported to be captured by Turkish pirates, and in 1633 by Spaniards. Later it became an object of attack and a hiding place for French privateers. The island, which is reckoned as extra-parochial, has some cultivable land and heath pasture, and had a population in 1901 of 94.
@parlementum have you seen http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Novanglus_Essays ? It may not help, I've never read it.
MAF: MAF issues SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR STRONG THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTING CENTRAL ANDREWS AND NORTHERN ECTOR COUNTIES UNTIL 815 PM CDT for Andrews, Ector [TX] till 8:15 PM CDT http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/p.php?pid=201206150041-KMAF-WWUS84-SPSMAF
MAF: Andrews [Andrews Co, TX] trained spotter reports HAIL of half dollar size (M1.25 INCH) at 08:13 PM CDT -- http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/lsr/#MAF/201206150113/201206150113

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