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Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by Leeky, Sep 18, 2007.
Is the data bank at Swansea?
look at the iphone 4 video he is the first bloke..Bald head
Strange connection but according to Domino's Pizza's website the wife of J.R.R Tolkein is also from Stafford
and he's in this article
Not forgetting that the Lord of The Rings was based on the midlands.
JRR did his courting in Great Haywood....
I met James Sutton from Emmerdale, getting off the train at Stafford Station on New Years Eve.... Of course I had to wish him a Happy New Year. Much to the embarrassment of my wife!!! Apparently he has family over Haughton way.
In August 1349 Philip decided to break the truce which had prevailed throughout the plague…
Calais. The town had festered in the minds of the French ever since it had fallen… To regain it, they could try to besiege it, but then they would have to fight a naval engagement with the English, who would break the siege from the sea. So treachery was practically their only option. Aimeric de Pavia was the man they hit upon… Now Geoffrey de Charny… approached him with a bribe. The plan was for Aimeric to allow access by night through the postern gate to the town.
Aimeric was a loyal man… He told (Edward III) what de Charny was offering: forty thousand florins (£6,000)*. Immediately Edward saw the chance of grabbing the money, saving Calais and having an adventure all at the same time. With the prince of Wales… Lord Stafford etc – all Knights of the Garter – … he rode to Westminster.
In Calais Edward and the prince went anonymously through the streets… in that time he ordered a false stone wall to be built inside the postern gate. He partially weakened the drawbridge, and stationed a large stone on the battlements of the gatehouse above. Then he and his men settled down to await the betrayal in a room in the castle of the town.
Towards midnight a French advance party under Oudart de Renti rode up to the postern gate. They found the drawbridge down, and the gate open. There was Aimeric de Pavia, waiting for the first instalment of the money. Having received it, (he) declared he had no time to count it, but would lead them into the castle to allow them to signal to their fellows that all was well. The room to which he led them was, of course, that in which Edward and his knights were hiding. As the door swung inwards they found themselves confronted with a grim knight in full armour… When the French had surrendered, they were locked in the same castle room. Edward and the rest of his men then took up their positions behind the false wall which had been built carefully without mortar…
The advance guard had instructions to raise the French flags over the castle if all was safe for the main party to enter… Edward’s men raised the French banners, to lure them forward. When a sufficient number had entered, trumpets sounded, and down went the stone on the drawbridge with a crash, cutting the troops in the town off from their fellow men. And down went the false wall too… There the trapped French found themselves facing the banners of Manny, Stafford, Mortimer and the prince.
The bewildered French men-at-arms suddenly found themselves facing the extraordinary situation of the English king standing before them, outnumbered more than twenty-to-one, and yet preparing to do battle… The French had not been expecting this – they had thought they would walk into Calais unopposed – and before long the king and his son had fought through their adversaries to seize Geoffrey de Charny and hurl him to the ground while the remainder of the French fled. All the French captains of the attack were captured… Calais had been saved, the money seized, and Edward had gained more valuable prisoners.
Edward was so pleased with himself that he entertained the French leaders to dinner the following evening… the prince and the other Knights of the Garter waiting on the captured men.
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Early Battalion dogging?
indeed, Tolkien trained on the chase war camps and took a lot of scenic inspiration away from there
That's right, Staffordshire Uni to be precise. One of my tutors told me when I was there in 2016. They met there, formed there but non completed their Music Tech degrees as far as I know lol!
He must have left at a very early age as he's Scottish or certainly has a very Scottish (Glaswegian I think) accent.
According to Wikipedia born in Stafford 1973
Yes. Saw that. Both parents are scortish.
There is definitely a Stafford connection as an old friend of mine from Stafford is either his half or step sister
I wasn't debating whether he was born in Stafford. He was. I was just saying his parents are both Scottish and he has a Scottish accent.
And it always rains on him.