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Queen Elizabeth I received a carved and jewel-encrusted narwhal tusk that was worth the price of a castle (around £4-£5 million today). Sir Humphrey Gilbert, who gave her the tusk, said it was from a sea-unicorn.
A unicorn that has watched over the Royal Family for over a century has been severely damaged. There is currently a hole where the bronze figure should be after it was knocked off by an incoming lorry. A passer-by who noticed the sorry situation tweeted: ‘Alas poor unicorn, knocked off from its perch on the gates of Buckingham Palace.
Pictures show the unicorn in pieces on the floor while the lion is now alone on the crest. The gate bearing the Royal Coat of Arms is considered to be the main entrance to the Queen’s London residence. The lion on the crest represents England while the unicorn symbolises Scotland.
As Scotland politicians threaten to call another independence referendum in the wake of disagreements over Brexit, let’s hope this shattered crest is not an ominous sign.
The royal arms in their current form were adopted on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. They show the Scottish arms in the first and fourth quarters of the shield, with the English arms in the second quarter and the Irish in the third. The Scots motto In Defens appears as in the original arms, and the Latin motto of the Order of the Thistle, Nemo me impune lacessit, also appears on a blue scroll overlying the compartment. The Scottish unicorn and English lion hold lances flying the banners of St Andrew and St George, in imitation of the two unicorns in the original arms. The unicorn is placed in the dominant position on the dexter side, and the shield is encircled by the collar of the Order of the Thistle instead of the Garter.
St. Andrew's Day holds little importance in the minds of most Scots (compared to say, St. Patrick's Day in Ireland), with other festivals being more prominent. However, the celebration of Saint Andrew as a national festival among some stratum and locales, is thought to originate from the reign of Malcolm III (1034–1093). It was thought that ritual slaughter of animals associated with Samhain was moved to this date, so as to assure enough animals were kept alive for winter. But it is only in more recent times that 30 November has been given national holiday status.
The only other creature in this tapestry is a frog, and in the middle ages frogs were associated with witches and their spells, is the Unicorn under some kind of spell?
originally posted by: SilentWindofDoom
a reply to: Trillium
You've touched on a profound truth. As Led Zeppelin said in Stairway to Heaven: "and it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune, than the Piper will lead us to reason". One of the main strifes we have as humans and one of our spiritual progresses we are working towards as a race is to become of one intention. If on a planetary scale, we all spoke one wish, one destiny, we would change the universe.
originally posted by: Observationalist
a reply to: PokeyJoe
Maybe they like that it looks like a pyramid
Symbolism will be their downfall
originally posted by: cherokeetroy
'Why Anything?': Fermilab Scientists Ask The Universe's Biggest Question In Study Of A Tiny Particle
Beneath a prairie about 35 miles west of Chicago, scientists are beaming subatomic particles through the Earth at nearly the speed of light.
The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, or Fermilab, used to be home to the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Tevatron. That title now belongs to the Large Hadron Collider in Europe, and in 2011, the Tevatron was shut down.
scientists at Fermilab are working on a project called the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment or DUNE, in collaboration with the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota.
Most of Fermilab’s neutrino experiments have to be done deep underground to filter out background radiation from cosmic rays at the surface.
Fleming says there are similarities between the data Fermilab is collecting here, 300 feet below the surface of the Earth, and the experiments done by astronauts.
Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed.
And on Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like underwater -- how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.
But the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time, for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And that will only be the start of everyone's problems.
Thief of Time comes complete with a full supporting cast of heroes and villains, yetis, martial artists and Ronnie, the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse (who left before they became famous).
The man who used a narwhal tusk to apprehend the attacker has been named in media reports as Łukasz, a chef from Poland who worked in Fishmongers’ Hall.
HMS Narwhal (N45) was one of the six ship class of Grampus-class mine-laying submarine of the Royal Navy. She was built by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow and launched 29 August 1935. She served in the Second World War in home waters. She was lost in the North Sea on 23 July 1940, probably sunk by German aircraft.
HMS Narwhal (N45)
In 2017 a Polish expedition in search of ORP Orzel found a previously unknown wreck which they identified to be most likely HMS Narwhal based on sonar data.
On 3 June 2017, a terrorist vehicle-ramming and stabbing took place in London, England. A van was deliberately driven into pedestrians on London Bridge before crashing on the south bank of the River Thames. Its three occupants then ran to the nearby Borough Market area and began stabbing people in and around restaurants and pubs. The attackers were Islamists inspired by Islamic State (ISIS). They were shot dead by City of London Police officers and were found to be wearing fake explosive vests. Eight people were killed and 48 were injured, including members of the public and four unarmed police officers who attempted to stop the assailants.