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Brave bystanders chased a terrorist with a fire extinguisher and a 5-foot Narwhal whale tusk to stop him stabbing innocent people on London Bridge.
[...]Incredible footage shows the moment hero bystanders chased Khan down the bridge as he embarked on his rampage brandishing a huge knife. A white-haired man is seen tailing the attacker, who was wearing a black cap and hoody, and spraying him up close with a fire extinguisher.
Two other people quickly run after Khan and one can be seen jabbing him with what is believed to be a huge Narwhal tusk.
[...]A Polish chef named Łukasz has been identified by The Times as the man who was heroically brandishing the tusk and ran towards the attacker as he threatened to detonate his device.
A co-worker told the paper: ‘Łukasz grabbed a nearby pole and ran at him, getting stabbed in the hand in the process but continued to pin him down.
‘Being stabbed didn’t stop him giving him a beating. Łukasz is a hero’.
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.