For the want of a nail, a shoe was lost.
For the want of a shoe, the horse was lost.
For the want of a horse, the rider was lost.
For the want of a rider, the battle was lost.
For the want of a battle, the kingdom was lost.
One of the blogs that I follow regularly, and in fact one of the first to which I subscribed, is Carl d’Agostino’s I know I Made You Smile. In case you are not a follower you should know that Carl is a gifted cartoonist, who never fails to brighten my day.
On August 19 (a couple of days ago) he posted Paul Revere‘s Nightmare. Reading this post immediately brought to mind the above rhyme. I wonder how often over the years one small thing has changed history. Of course we shall never know.
Just think, if Sir Walter Raleigh had not been playing bowls on that fateful day the Spanish Armada might not have been sighted and would have landed. Then the course of British history would have been quite different.
William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson in Braveheart) brought the disparate clans together to fight against the English in the battle for an independent Scotland. Wallace’s parents were killed by the invading English and many years later his new wife is raped by an English soldier causing Wallace to rally the clans and change the history of Scotland.
Would the Second World War have been started had Britain and France not agreed to appeasing Hitler by allowing a take over of Czechoslovakia and Austria.
Would the United states of America have joined in WW2 if Japan had not made the fatal mistake of bombing Pearl Harbour.
And the whole purpose of this blog today is to direct you to my very clever blogging pal Carl. Do go over and enjoy his quirky sense of humour. It will be worth your while.
- Public get freedom to view William Wallace letters (scotsman.com)
- The Gruesome Execution of William Wallace (brilliant-london.com)