BBC History [UK] (September 2015)

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BBC background journal is an authoritative and proficient historical past e-book reading and re-examining key historic occasions, turning issues in historical past, wider developments inside historical past, and diverse eras as an entire. It publishes articles written by means of specialists of their box on all sessions of background, even if that’s historic Egypt, Tudor England, or the second one global battle, and brings state-of-the-art ancient examine and new theories to a much wider viewers in an obtainable, enticing structure.

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Spotting a young girl trapped in a nearby building, he began 50 scaling a wall to reach her. Minutes later, a fire engine arrived and a ladder was sent up to the ledge where Spider was hanging with the girl in his arms. He climbed down, and handed her over to a police constable – who was deeply impressed. He asked for Spider’s name and address; such courage deserved recognition. However, Spider declined to give his details. Feigning humility, he and his colleagues slipped quietly into the night.

But reluctant to confront dog owners, the city authorities did little to tackle the problem until the election of Jacques Chirac as mayor in the late 1970s. With the number of Parisian dogs seemingly reaching breaking point, Chirac’s adminis- tration launched educational campaigns, constructed dog toilets and brought the infamous ‘moto-crottes’ onto the streets of Paris. Adapted to ‘scoop the poop’, these motorbikes and their riders scoured the streets to much press and public ridicule. But this technological fix was not enough to remove the estimated 20 tonnes of dog excrement deposited daily on the capital’s streets.

Yet, before they could strike, the Duke of Orleans, regent of France, revealed to Lord Carteret, secretary of state for the south, that the Jacobites had asked him to send 3,000 men in support of a coup d’etat. As a result, the plot collapsed. 46 “Most extraordinary of all was how the government decreed the military’s new powers should be paid for – through a £100,000 tax on Catholics’ estates” of their contribution to the levy – and any Catholics who refused the oaths of allegiance, supremacy and abjuration (denying the title of the Stuart Pretender to the throne) were deemed liable to pay.

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