EppsNet Archive: England

Feb. 5, 1631: Roger Williams Arrives in America

5 Feb 2016 /
Roger Williams

Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, meeting with the Narragansett Indians

It’s hard to imagine the sense of infinite potential accompanying the arrival on the North American continent in the 1600s . . .

Roger Williams came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in Boston from England. Four years later, in 1635, he was banished from the colony for, among other things, speaking out against the right of civil authorities to punish religious dissension.

After leaving Massachusetts, Williams, with the assistance of the Narragansett tribe, established a settlement near Narragansett Bay, located in present-day Rhode Island. He declared the settlement open to all those seeking freedom of conscience and the removal of the church from civil matters.

Williams named the community “Providence.”


Suck it Up, Liver Cancer Patients!

19 Nov 2009 /

When the government runs healthcare . . .

Liver cancer sufferers are being condemned to an early death by being denied a new drug on the Health Service, campaigners warn. They criticised draft guidance that will effectively ban the drug sorafenib — which is routinely used in every other country where it is licensed. Trials show the drug, which costs £36,000 [$60,000] a year, can increase survival by around six months for patients who have run out of options.

The Government’s rationing body, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) said the overall cost was “simply too high” to justify the “benefit to patients.”


Lightning’s Book Reviews: Don’t Know Much About History

26 Aug 2009 /
Don't Know Much About History book cover
Lightning Epps

Hi everybody! It’s me, Lightning!

My owner’s son has this book for his AP U.S. History class. You should read it! The title — Don’t Know Much About History — makes you think of the famous song by Sam Cooke, so right away you want to know more about it!

History is fascinating! For example, did you know that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor had ELEVEN pugs?! The Duke used to be the King of England but he had to “adbdicate” (that means quit) so he’d have enough time to walk all of his dogs.

I hope that fact is in the book!

Duke and Duchess of Windsor with pugs

— Lightning paw


Twitter: 2009-07-05

5 Jul 2009 /
  • RT @sportsguy33: The 4th of July is like one super-slow home run trot as the English stare us down from the mound. Suck it, England! #
  • RT @presentationzen: A pie chart of procrastination http://post.ly/16VO #
  • When the only tool you have is a suicide bomb, every problem looks like a jihad — Best of the Web Today #
  • What a match! Unbelievable… #
  • Why didn't God send the swine flu to the Atheist Kids camp? http://bit.ly/EQtfE #

Snow Diary

2 Feb 2009 /

I’m supposed to be doing some stuff in London today, but the snivelling tossers cancelled all the trains and buses because there was a bit of snow. On the bright side, shutting down our financial services industry for a day will save the country billions.


Topics to Avoid

14 Jan 2002 /

From ExecutivePlanet.com:

England
Do not make references to the mediocrity of British food, since it has now improved significantly.

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