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The Blind Beggar Pub

The Blind Beggar Pub

 

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The Blind Beggar Pub Whitechapel London E1

The Blind Beggar Pub is a famous East End Pub in Whitechapel, East London. Sadly many pubs are closing in London and England because of taxes and the fact that most people now prefer tp buy cheaper

Sadly many pubs are closing in London and England because of taxes and the fact that most people now prefer to buy cheaper alcoholic drinks in supermarkets and cut-price shops to drink at home. These closed pubs end up being demolished or converted by property developers into apartments and flats. Such is the building boom in London that  houses & former commercial property are now being turned into apartments to make a quick profit on sale or rental. We have lost three local pubs each over 100 years old to such in the last few years.

These closed pubs end up being demolished or converted by property developers into apartments and flats. Such is the building boom in London that  houses & former commercial property are now being turned into apartments to make a quick profit on sale or rental. We have lost three local pubs, each over 100 years old, to such in the last few years.

Numerous history and convivial social meeting places are now disappearing from the London landscape and culture.

The Blind Beggar was built in 1894 on the site of an Inn dating from 1654.

Notable events in its history include where William Booth preached his first open air  sermon then forming a Mission that led to the founding of The Salvation Army.

The first modern Brown Ale ( my first beer when a teenager) was brewed and sold in the pub which was then part of Manns brewery.

The pub’s name is linked to a popular legend concerning a local connection with a knight, who was the son of the famous Simon de Montfort , an Earl, who rebelled against King Henry III in the 13th century.

His son Henry de Montfort,  lived in a grand manor house in the area. One story  of the legend  is that de Montfort was wounded and blinded at the Battle of Evesham and was left wandering and with no memory.  He became  a beggar. He was found by a nobleman’s daughter, who married him. Their child, Besse, could not find a husband as her father had no status, as he was the blind beggar of Bethnal Green. At that time, a woman needed a sizeable dowry to be able to marry a suitable husband.  Marriage was a way of bringing wealth and prestige to a union of families.high-classNoblemen,

Noblemen, merchants, and  knights courted her but when they found out that there was no dowry they all left, except for a lone Knight, who was not concerned about a dowry and loved Besse as she was; as herself.

This union was blessed when Besse’s father revealed that far from being the poor beggar, he was a rich nobleman and so rewarded the Knight.  As Shakespeare would have said: “All’s well that ends well” 🙂

Now, what captured my imagination to the Blind Beggar many years ago, is my interest in major historical crime cases of London.

In March 1966, a murder took place in the Blind Beggar, which later became part of London crime legend.

Ronnie Kray, the twin brother of Reggie, the notorious, infamous and any other ..’ous’!  Kray Twins  walked into the pub and calmly took out a pistol and shot and killed another criminal, George Cornell, in front of a few witnesses.

The Kray Twins

The Kray Twins (Reggie & Ronnie (front)

Ronnie Kray had a long-standing score to settle with Cornell, who was apparently as ruthless as the Krays, but who was nowhere in their league.

Such was Krays power & influence in the 1960s London’s criminal underworld, many involved  kept quiet about the Twins activities for years before they were arrested and sentenced to 25-30 years in prison.

There have been many books about the Krays & by the Krays too, which are interesting to read, if one is interested in major crimes.

Two movies have been made about the Krays too.

They are truly legends in the criminal history of London.

It appears from current on-line reviews  that the Blind Beggar today is a shadow of its former standing as a popular east end pub.

I hope the pub remains as a pub for many years to come as London cannot keep affording to lose such culturally important pubs.

Juan Ponce Enrile – In Profile

Being regionalist is a Filipino thing.  My forefathers were from the Ilocos region and as such I should be able to relate to Enrile, him being an Ilocano as well, I should feel for him even a little bit, but I don’t.  I have never liked the man.

As far as I am concerned, he deserves all he gets and more.  If there is any justice in the Philippines, Enrile should be given a one way ticket to jail.  Lock him up and throw away the key!

JPJhermes

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The fall of a Titan

January 6, 2014 | FeaturedOpinionPerryScope

PerryScope
By Perry Diaz

Juan-Ponce-Enrile.3After half-century of political life, erstwhile Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile stepped down from the pinnacle of power in June 2013, a role that he had performed with calculated planning and precise execution. His adroit balancing act during the impeachment trial of then-Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona was the epitome of his political career.

Enrile began his public life as then-Senate President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ personal lawyer in 1964. When Marcos was elected President in 1965, he appointed Enrile – who had become part of his inner circle – in various capacities: Undersecretary/Acting Secretary of Finance, Acting Insurance Commissioner, Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs, Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Secretary of the Department of National Defense.

In 1971, he resigned as National Defense Secretary, after serving for only a year, to run for a Senate seat. He lost in his first electoral try. Marcos re-appointed him as National Defense Secretary in 1972.

On September 21, 1972, Enrile survived an alleged assassination by communist insurgents as he was riding in his car. Marcos declared martial law citing the ambush attack on Enrile. In 1973, Enrile became Minister of Defense under a modified parliamentary system, one of the most — if not the most — powerful positions under the Marcos martial rule.

Martial Law

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As one of the 12 architects of martial law, Marcos presented Enrile and the others with a gold Rolex watch each. Hence, they came to be known as the “Rolex 12.” Enrile’s role was crucial because as it turned out the ambush on him was a fake. It was stage-managed to give Marcos a justification to declare martial law.

The turning point in Enrile’s relationship with Marcos came in the early 1980s when Marcos changed the chain of command in the armed forces. Enrile was no longer in the loop! The new chain of command was from Marcos, as the Commander-in-Chief, straight to the Chief of Staff, Gen. Fabian Ver, who was a cousin of Marcos. Enrile swallowed his pride and stayed on as a powerless Defense Secretary.

After Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was assassinated on August 21, 1983, Enrile made his move: he secretly aligned himself with the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM), which was headed then by his Aide-de-Camp Lt. Col. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan.

In February 1986, Enrile with support from RAM and the “Cagayan 300,” a shadowy militia – or private army — purportedly organized by Enrile, launched a coup d’état against Marcos. It was also rumored that Enrile got the support of the CIA (Source: “The Gold Warrior” by Sterling Seagrave)

Gen. Fidel V. Ramos and Juan Ponce Enrile during the EDSA People Power Revolution.

Gen. Fidel V. Ramos and Juan Ponce Enrile during the EDSA People Power Revolution.

However, the day before the launching of the coup d’état, Ver discovered the plot and alerted Marcos. Marcos ordered the arrest of Enrile and then-Armed Forces Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Fidel V. Ramos who was also a cousin of Marcos and also one of the “Rolex 12.” Enrile, Ramos, and their supporters barricaded themselves at Fort Aguinaldo. When word went out that a revolt was in progress, the people rallied around them, which sparked a popular citizens’ revolt that came to be known as the People Power Revolution. Enrile and Ramos were acknowledged as heroes of the revolution.

But fate wasn’t so kind to Enrile. For the second time, the presidency eluded him. Ninoy’s widow, Cory Aquino, was swept to the top by the masa. Enrile settled for the same post that he held under Marcos, Secretary of Defense. But he didn’t stay too long. He was forced to resign in November 1986 after a few months on the job. Cory probably thought that if Enrile rebelled against Marcos, he could do the same to her. Ramos took over the Defense post.

Since then Marcos loyalists and Honasan’s “RAM boys” who were unhappy with Cory’s leadership launched six successive coup d’états. Due to Enrile’s closeness to Honasan, he was believed to have supported the failed rebellions.

Political moves

In 1987, Enrile ran and won a Senate seat. In 1992, he ran and won a congressional seat representing his bailiwick, the First District of Cagayan. In 1995, he entered the Senate race again and won a seat as an Independent.

In 1998, he tried to reach the presidency for the third time. He ran as an independent candidate against then-Vice President Joseph “Erap” Estrada. But Erap was unbeatable.

Enrile votes "No" to opening second bank envelope.

Enrile votes “No” to opening second bank envelope.

During the impeachment trial of Erap in 2001, Enrile was one of those who voted against opening the controversial “second bank envelope.” That vote triggered the Second EDSA People Power Revolution that ousted Erap.

In May 2001, Enrile ran for reelection to his Senate seat and lost. In 2004, he made a comeback and regained his old Senate seat. In 2008, he was elected by his peers to serve as Senate President. He was reelected in 2010.

In 2012, he reached the high mark of his political life when he presided over the Senate impeachment trial of then-Chief Justice Renato Corona. He led a group of seven senators who pledged to vote as one bloc. The group met on the night before the judgment day to decide for acquittal or conviction. Enrile presided over the group discussion and he advocated for conviction to which the group concurred.

Had the group voted for acquittal, Corona would have been absolved of the charges. Once again, Enrile took a step to change the course of Philippine history.

In an attempt to keep a Senate seat for the Enrile family, his only son, then-Rep. Jack Enrile, ran for the Senate in 2013. He was ahead in the polls initially but his ratings fell down after stories of his involvement in the shooting deaths of several individuals surfaced in the news and social media. He lost the election.

Miriam’s bombshell

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago

On December 4, 2013, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago delivered a privilege speech attacking Enrile for a variety of crimes including plunder, illegal gambling, illegal logging, and illegal importation at the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA). Miriam also accused Enrile of masterminding the pork barrel scam.

In her speech, she requested Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to investigate the thousands of deaths and forced disappearances during the Martial Law era wherein Enrile served as Defense Minister from 1972 to 1986.

Within days of Miriam’s scathing attack against Enrile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) formed a seven-member special joint task force to investigate Miriam’s allegations against Enrile.

Reflections

Juan-Ponce-Enrile.11Enrile finally reached the end of the road. But the question remains: Is he going to beat the rap? If not, he’d probably end up in a kubol (cottage) for the rich on the grounds of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinglupa City. However, if he beats the rap, he’d probably spend the rest of his life in the comfort of a white mansion on an idyllic island off the coast of Cagayan, his birthplace.

Indeed, life has been good to Enrile who was supposedly born out of wedlock to a poor woman fathered by renowned and married lawyer. Reunited with his father in his early years, he pursued a career in law, which opened a lot of doors to the corridor of power. He occupied high positions in government but the one that he wanted most – the presidency — eluded him.

But whatever fate bestows upon him at the sunset of his long and colorful life, he can reflect and say, “It was good; not bad at all.” Indeed.

(PerryDiaz@gmail.com)

Janet Napoles Bound To a Posher Cell

Janet Napoles has travelled more in the last few days than most Filipinos. The irony is that she is in jail. Whatever next Boracay? Palawan? Buhol? Baguio? 🙁

Janet Napoles Bound To a Posher Cell

She really has some important people within the Government; that is becoming all too obvious. They can’t do enough for her. There is someone to wipe her nose, one to taste her food for her, one to revolve around her acting like an electric fan to cool her down, one as a human Katol to swipe any ambitious mosquito, one to make her a cup of cha-a like clockwork, all of them want to TeLL her FABLES so that she learns their brand of immoral lessons 😉 All of them have their heads firmly stuck to her backside.  Arise Queen Janet of the Napoles Swine Heard.

Are all these goings-on for her safety or for her manipulation?

Oh yes, Philippine Government, we madlang people know what you are all doing.

We are watching you all squirm.

To Janet

What you have done was so heinous. The monies could be been used for really deserving causes.

Do not cut a deal with the Government. What you need to do is tell the truth because only the truth will do at this time. Tell the truth for the sake of your family. Tell the truth for Jo-Christine’s sake. Has she not suffered enough? Have you not scuppered her chance to shine in the senate and the congress? Must she suffer forever being named as the primera hija  of the woman who allegedly siphoned billions of Pork Barrel in the form of PDAF for  her own personal gain?

Tell the truth for the sake of your sweetly stressed baby girl. Tell the truth that Jeane was a victim as much as the million of Filipino tax-payers. Tell the truth that Jeane shopaholic was all done through ignorance of the truth. As much as you wanted to bring up Jeane in the manner that majority of Filipinos can only dream of, you caused Jeane’s breakdown through your own deliberate fault. You broke your daughter, you cut off the very energy of that which gives her social life support. All you can do now is patch her together with the truth like any loving mother can do.

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU ALL FREE. Unallege what is alleged!!! Vindicate yourself. Tell the truth and shame the devil.

As I said tell it as it was not how it should be! Geddit?!!! Do this in remembrance of Jo and Jeane. Two young women who still have a chance for a peaceful and honourable life, that is if you allow to have it.

Man up for your girls, at the end of the day that is really what must be done. Continued lying may  have a grave repercussion.    This is usually what happens,   once everyone who are now kowtowing to your every whim have gotten their way, they’ll be gone faster than you can say HELLO! Where will you be then?

JPJhermes

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Napoles to Laguna facility

August 30, 2013 10:11 pm

by Ritchie A. Horario Reporter

Court orders her detention at Fort Santo Domingo

Janet Lim-Napoles will be transferred from the Makati City Jail to Fort Santo Domingo in Santa Rosa, Laguna, which authorities said was a more secure facility.

Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 on Friday decided on Fort Santo Domingo for Napoles’ detention quarters on the recommendation of Director Roberto Fajardo, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s chief for the National Capital Region (CIDG-NCR).

Napoles’ lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, had asked the court to detain her client either in Camp Crame or at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

But Fajardo said she will be safer in Fort Santo Domingo since it is also the training center of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF).

Napoles, the central figure in the pork barrel scandal, surrendered to President Aquino 3rdin Malacañang Wednesday night, several hours after the President announced a P10-million bounty for her.

She was wanted on charges of illegal detention along with her brother Reynald Lim.

From the presidential palace, Napoles was driven under heavy escort to Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame where she was fingerprinted, photographed and given a medical check-up.

On Thursday night she was transferred to the Makati jail.

At the hearing to determine where Napoles will be detained on Friday, state lawyers asked Fajardo if Napoles could be brought to the court if she is in Fort Santo Domingo. Fajardo said it would only take from 45 minutes to an hour to bring Napoles to Makati from Santa Rosa.

“From what I know, since she will implicating a lot of government officials the threat is high,” Fajardo said.

He said they inspected of the Santa Rosa facility where former president Joseph Estrada and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari were detained.

Fajardo recommended the facility after Makati Jail Warden Chief Insp. Fermin Enriquez admitted he could not assure the safety of Napoles.

Enriquez said the jail only has 117 security staff, 52 of who belong to an augmentation force from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the PNP.

The jail holds 545 inmates, 104 of them women. It has only 23 female guards, Enriquez said.

Enriquez conceded it was possibility that people out to harm Napoles could pose as visitors to get inside the jail.

Also on Friday, members of Youth Act Now, the broadest anti-pork barrel youth alliance in the country, blew whistles and banged on pots and pans in noise barrages in Metro Manila and various provinces to protest what they said was the “fake surrender” of Napoles and the VIP treatment the government was giving her.

“The Aquino administration is overdoing the theatrics. Mr. President, no one believes your make-believe story about Napoles’ surrender. We are in fact, even more enraged with the fact that one of the country’s top villain is being pampered by top government executives,” Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon said in a statement.

“The youth and the people have again come out today to remind the government that we’re as vigilant as ever, and we’re watching every move the Palace is making,” he said.

The rallies were held in University of the Philippines in Diliman, UP Manila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Taft Avenue, Intramuros, T.M. Kalaw, Morayta and Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City.

As the furor over the pork barrel scam continues, the ruling Liberal Party said President Aquino will not help his allies who will be found liable in the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam that benefited fake nongovernment organizations.

Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento, the LP secretary general, expressed the sentiment a day after the United Nationalist Alliance and the Makabayan bloc in the House warned of selective prosecution after Napoles surrendered to President Aquino.

“The President has said so many times that even if it involves his allies, they will be held accountable. If there’s evidence to the allegations on his allies, he won’t protect them. I am sure of that. Those who are liable will have to face the music. This is about letting justice be done, though the heavens may fall,” Sarmiento said.

A Commission on Audit (COA) report pointed to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, prominent UNA leaders, as having allocated millions from their PDAF to sham NGOs run by Napoles.

The President also drew flak for turning over Napoles to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, considering that it was the National Bureau of Investigation that spearheaded the manhunt for her.

Roxas, the LP’s president-on-leave, narrowly lost the vice presidential race in 2010 to Jejomar Binay.

But Sarmiento said the opposition should stop sowing such intrigues because Roxas was only doing his job as DILG secretary.

The Philippine National Police is under DILG jurisdiction.

Religious personalities have also weighed in on Napoles’ surrender.

Father Robert Reyes, know as the “Running Priest,” urged Napoles “not to cover-up” legislators involved in the pork barrel scam, including allies of the administration.

He said if Napoles turns state witness, she will be walking the fine line between speaking the truth and defending the interest of the administration and the politicians aligned with it.

Sister Mary John Mananzan, co-chairperson of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), said Napoles should not become a government witness because “she does not deserve immunity”’

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, warned against efforts of the authorities to divert public attention to Napoles’ case instead of dealing with the need to scrap the pork barrel system.

“The real issue here is not about Napoles but about the pork barrel and the lawmakers who are traitors of the country,” Pabillo said.

With reports from Anthony Vargas, Llanesca T. Panti, Robertzon Ramirez and Neil A. Alcober

Lance Armstrong – Fiction?

Library prank sends Armstrong books to fiction section

ReutersReuters – Mon, Jan 21, 2013

 

A spectator with the book of Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. in his arms awaits the start of the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A prank note in an Australian library declaring that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s books would be moved to the fiction section has gone viral on the Internet, with one commentator declaring: “Hell hath no fury like a librarian”.

“All Non-Fiction Lance Armstrong Books, including ‘Lance Armstrong – Images of a Champion’, ‘The Lance Armstrong Performance Program and ‘Lance Armstrong: World’s Greatest Champion,’ will soon be moved to the fiction section,” read the sign posted at Sydney’s Manly Library on Saturday.

A photograph of the sign posted on the Internet quickly sparked heated debate over whether Armstrong’s fight against cancer and motivation of people outweighed his drug cheating in a sport rife with doping.

“As a cyclist the guy’s work was inspiring, his foundation do amazing work and his story was great. … You feel embarrassed for recommending his book to people, you stare at the books on the shelf questioning if the lessons and the inspiration is honest and real,” said one commentator.

Manly Library said the printed notice, which was placed in a plastic stand on a bookshelf in the library, was a prank and that an internal review was underway.

“Libraries can’t arbitrarily reclassify categories of books, because that depends on the ISBN number that is issued by the National Library,” a spokesman at Manly Council, which runs the library, said on Monday.

(Reporting by Pauline Askin; Editing by Elaine Lies and Michael Perry)

 

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That was so cleverly funny.