You're lucky you never had a Middles Ages in America !

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  1. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    A recent book published in the Mother country, " Filth, Noise and Stench 1660-1770 " describes that neighbours in England in the 1300's were a lot more intrusive than they are today. This case appeared in 1333 at the London Assize of Nuisance. A couple took their neighbours to court for removing a screen from around their privy " so that the extremities of those sitting upon the privy can be seen, which is altogether intolerable " The neigbour in a counter claim told the court, that " they have a hole in their floor where they could observe his private business"

    Not much had changed by 1660 when Samuel Pepys complained of his neighbours " foule water sluicing between the houses, even into his cellar where he found a great heap of turds which are not mine " A bye law in the 1630's prohibited "any suddaine outcry in the still of the night such as beating a wife to the disturbance of his neighbours" Seems that beating a wife was quite acceptable, but her cries of pain and anguish were unacceptable

    Prying through peep holes (not peek holes) was common. Church Consistory Courts on Morals sat on an adulterous activity which reported that " a crowd of witnesses were invited to watch a wife and her husbands brother in the very act, in a very beastlie manner" The public spirited neighbours had peeped carefully at the activity for a quarter of an hour.

    The British used to judge their neighbours by the quality and the whiteness of the washing they hung out to dry, today they are judged by the contents of their recycling bins, noting the clatter of the number of bottles as they are dropped, and what they contained.
  2. NA4BH

    NA4BH Ham Member QRZ Page

    In America we have the Middle Ages. The cure is a new Mercedes 450.
  3. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    We haven't been around long enough yet and we haven't had bankers rob the middle class...
    Quite yet.

    Give us time, we will ether have a second civil war or our version of your middle ages.
  4. WA6MHZ

    WA6MHZ Subscriber QRZ Page

    Used to be a Mazda Miata!

    I skipped right over middle age, and went from Teenager to CODGER! That's why I drive a Town Car! So I fit in right with the blue haired old ladies on the way to BINGO!
  5. W4HAY

    W4HAY Ham Member QRZ Page

    It still is. But I was in my mid-sixties before I finally found time to have my mid-life crisis. Or maybe that jumper I bought in my early fifties was it.
  6. KJ4VTH

    KJ4VTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    We could handle the Middle Ages alright but "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
  7. WA6TKD

    WA6TKD Ham Member QRZ Page

    The universe doesn't care, it has already programmed the earth to be destroyed by our sun in around 4 billion years give or take.
  8. K7JBQ

    K7JBQ Moderator Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    Fear and surprise, that's how we do it.


  9. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I think some people are trying to bring it back, expected or not.
  10. W7JZE

    W7JZE QRZ Lifetime Member #84 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    "...and ruthless efficiency!"

    It WAS brought back after M.P. mangled it [​IMG]. And recently too. More fun than a barrel full of heretics!
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