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[March 9] The Victoria Tower (where the parliamentary archive is kept, with records dating back to 1497, mostly on rolls of parchment) of the Palace of Westminster with a monument to 1833 Abolition of Slavery Act in the foreground.
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[March 9] "Brown! Brown! Brown!"
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[March 9] Like Friday and Saturday, getting a ride to the train station in Northwood with my nieces on their way to work put me in the City way before the museums opened, so I walked around a bit first. I came across this plaque for the guy that river is named after. "Studied here" it says. What it doesn't say is that he was *put* in here because his father died and his mother had no income. He was taught navigation with an eye making him useful in the Royal Navy. In other words, he taken from his mother, dumped in a boarding school, and trained for military service. The school, however, decided to pay the Hudson's Bay Company to "train him as a clerk." So at 14 he became an indentured servant, not much better than a slave, for a 7-year term. The school didn't sell him into indentured servitude, they *paid* to have him taken off their hands. The HBC put him on a boat and sent him to Churchill, Manitoba to work as a scrivener.
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These dastardly little bastard jerks are two years old today. #lifewithcats
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[March 8] This amused me. A caf named "Splash" that was closed due to flooding.
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