God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
Three of my best American girlfriends and I are converging in London to announce the annexation of the UK as the 51st state tomorrow...and DozyBint is trying to find me sparklers for the proper "shock and awe" effect.
Happy Birthday. Now that lend-lease is paid off, we'll let you have your moment and leave the subject of 231 years-worth of unpaid back-taxes for another day.
On a personal level, it's also the anniversary of one of the most terrifying moments of my life- a fireworks sale in a mall parking lot in St Petersburg, FL. They were selling fireworks which were packed to the rafters inside a marquee tent. Without so much as a bucket of water in sight, the natives were buying them up and letting them off in all directions, often only 2-3 steps from the tent, and frequently towards parked cars, crowds of people and the road.