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Its function was to defend local lands from invaders. They were not full-time fighters, but bound to serve when the king needed them. Men could be fined if they neglected service in the fyrd on being called up. The decay of feudal life in Britain during the 16th and 17th centuries led to a rise in mercenary soldiers who could be paid to fight. This might have meant that locally conscripted civilian militiamen no longer played a part in defence.

But the British Civil Wars , and the reign and deposition of King James II in , showed that a centralised army could be used as an instrument of royal tyranny or political revolution. The part-time militia was preserved as a counter to a small professional army that had to be sanctioned by Parliament. It became an increasingly important institution in civilian life. The Militia Act of transformed these men further into a better-trained and better-equipped national force, organised by county.

The Militia was very much local in character. Militia officers were gentlemen chosen by the local landowner and the ordinary militia soldiers were local farmers, tradesmen and labourers. These were conscripted by ballot from their own communities — unless they could produce a substitute — to serve for five years. Uniforms and weapons were provided and regiments were assembled for training and to deal with civil disturbance. The sheer number of eligible men obliged to serve in the militia meant that many more ordinary civilians had experience of military service than they do today.

Although muster rolls were prepared as late as , compulsory obligation to serve in the Militia was abandoned in the early 19th century. Those who joined would return to their day jobs after initial training, subsequently reporting only for extra instruction and the two-week camp every year. There was never an obligation for Militia to serve overseas like regular soldiers sent on active service, and for all ranks it was a relatively soft option in comparison. However, the Militia still appealed to agricultural labourers and men in casual occupations who could leave their civilian job and pick it up again.

And the pay they received could be a useful top-up of their usual wages. It involved every European great power of the time and spanned five continents, affecting Europe, the Americas, West Africa, India, and the Philippines. The Militia Act of , passed at an early stage of the Seven Years War, enabled part-time reserve forces to be raised in each County of the British Isles. Each Lord Lieutenant was to command the Militia of his County and recruiting was the responsibility of him and his deputy lieutenants.

Each County was to provide a given quota of men according to its population. The men were chosen by ballot in each parish and had to serve for three years or they could provide substitutes or compound for a monetary payment, and there were various exemptions. The Act replaced earlier less-formal arrangements and led to better records being kept, and the men were selected by ballot to serve for longer periods. For this reason, most militia rarely served in the area in which they were raised so as not to be put in the situation of shooting their friends, neighbours and family.

There were cavalry and artillery militia but most numerous were the infantry militia where a soldier was not required to serve overseas. These men were detailed to exercise once a fortnight for three years. In the Reverend Benjamin Armstrong was made vicar of the considerable parish of Dereham in Norfolk.

In his diary he mentions that the West Norfolk Dereham Volunteers held their first outdoor display in the Vicarage grounds in May. Two bands played at intervals and there were military movements, bugling, running, kneeling and firing. The Reverend Armstrong made a short speech urging people to join.

About thirty men did, the eldest an elderly fat banker of 70 years, and the youngest a seventeen-year-old. They were kitted out in a grey uniform. The Corps met regularly to drill and exercise. This was to give a warning that an invasion would meet with strong resistance. The Dereham contingent continued to work hard and helped to put on a Subscription Concert the following November.

In September they attended a review of 2, volunteers at Holkham Hall, hosted by Lord Leicester, who dined the whole force and private guests too. About this time competition was starting between the Corps of Dereham and Wymondham and in April a Rifle Match was staged at Swanton, which Dereham lost. As the day was windy it was said it was chancy shooting anyway!

There was a Grand Entertainment given to the volunteers at Letton Hall, where a vast crowd assembled. Social events were held to raise money for needy volunteers. It was a red-letter day when the Dereham Volunteers marched with the Reverend Armstrong to the railway station to form a Guard of Honour for the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Queen of Denmark who were en route to Costessey Hall.

Their bodies were recovered and they were buried with full military honours. Robert Ward had previously been part of the Coldstream Guards. Then on Wednesday 4 July both battalions did just that by marching from Norwich to Portsmouth barracks, to accept orders from Major General Holmes. Then, due to the day-time heat, they again set off soon after midnight, when they were described as being in good spirits.

By August of that year the two Militias were alternately guarding prisoners-of-war and undergoing training exercises. This text, written for the use of officers in this English rural militia unit, went on to become one of the most important drill manuals employed during the American Revolution. From onwards, The Norfolk Militia moved around the country; they were quartered in Cirencester on 5 July , but moved back to guard prisoners in Norfolk in July.

In September all of the officers and most of the rank and file volunteered for service in Ireland during the Rebellion. Norman Cross lies near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire but traditionally is in Huntingdonshire, it gave its name to a Hundred and lies near the junction of the A1 and A15 roads.

At the time, the Royal Navy Transport Board was responsible for the care of prisoners of war. When Sir Ralph Abercromby communicated in that he was transferring 4, prisoners from the West Indies, the Board began the search for a site for a new prison. The site had a good water supply and close to sufficient local sources of food to sustain many thousands of prisoners and the guards. Work commenced in December with much of the timber building prefabricated in London and assembled on site. The Norfolk Militia became heavily involved in the transit of prisoners from Yarmouth to the Norman Cross camp, the operation of which included Lieutenant Thomas Borrow of the West Norfolk Militia, who was the father of author George Borrow.

Thomas Borrow was quartered at Norman Cross from July to April and young George spent his ninth and tenth years in the barracks there. In October of , whilst escorting French prisoners of war from Yarmouth to Norman Cross, the East Norfolk Militia locked up their prisoners for the night and safe keeping in the Bell tower of St Nicholas Church in Dereham — apparently, this was a regular occurrence during such a duty.

Malo, managed to escape from the church. Finding that the Militia had set guards around the perimeter of the Church he climbed an oak hoping that his absence would pass unnoticed and that the party would leave without him, thus allowing him to make good his escape. Unfortunately for De Narde, the Militia, realising that they were missing a prisoner conducted a search of the locality and the Frenchman was spotted — thanks to him leaving his legs dangling from the tree.

The Sergeant, who was told to get the Frenchman down, called on De Narde to surrender. Now, whether the prisoner did not understand English or that he did not even realise that he had been discovered, stayed where he was. Unfortunately, as events turned out, the Sergeant shot the Frenchman out of the tree, killing him instantly.

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The local population were apparently ashamed by this action and thought this deed to be one of unnecessary cruelty, according to the Parish Priest at the time, the Reverend Benjamin John Armstrong. Eventually a monument was raised to the unfortunate De Narde and the family in St Malo informed of his fate. The troops were in motion at 6 am. The representation of an action was on a very extensive scale.

The English, of course, were victorious, and were regaled with several barrels of porter and marched back to Norwich. They then returned to the City about 4. The concourse of spectators in carriages, on horseback and on foot, was immense. The Volunteer Infantry and Rifle Corps had been formed two years earlier at a public meeting held in the Guildhall, for the purpose of conforming to the regulations of the Acts for the Defence of the Realm.

Militia units were fully assembled — or embodied — on a permanent footing during the Wars of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars During these periods, troops were stationed at strategic locations, especially along the south coast to allay the fear of French invasion. It was in , after Britain had declared war on France on 18 May , when Napoleon did, in fact, turn his attention to invading England and, in preparation, started to assemble an expeditionary force at Boulogne.

The men of the West Norfolk Militia under Lt. George Berney Brograve Bt. Following declaration of Peace, the Norfolk Militia was disembodied at Great Yarmouth in , and was not called out again until Berkeley Wodehouse. It was noted that:. Again in , an order for the provision of Militia barracks at Great Yarmouth was issued. The intention was to base all three regiments of the Norfolk Militia at Great Yarmouth, but on February 25 this order was rescinded, and it was agreed that:. This was followed on 16 May with the East Norfolk Militia being presented with new colours, and these were still being carried in These colours were presented at a public ceremony held on South Denes, Great Yarmouth, that was attended by 10, persons, including civic dignitaries.

The day concluded with a ball held at the Town Hall, which had been decorated with the new colours, mirrors and stars formed of bayonets. This facility was converted into army barracks to accommodate the Prince of Wales Own Norfolk Artillery Militia in The old Great Yarmouth barracks having been converted into an Admiralty hospital.

In , the East Norfolk Militia, comprising of 1 Major, 13 officers, 3 sergeants and men left Great Yarmouth by train, travelling to an encampment at Colchester. At Colchester railway station they were met by the band of the Royal Essex Rifles. In the same month, the left wing of the West Norfolk Militia returned to Norwich from Fermoy, County Cork; with the right wing reaching the city on the 26th. The report also said that officers from both corps were involved in ending the riot, and that guards had to be placed on the bridge to keep the Artillery out of Yarmouth and the Militia from crossing into Southtown.

These barracks remained in use until the late s.

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In Lt. The uniform of the East Norfolk Militia was scarlet turned up with black. A cross belt and waist belt, with bayonet, are worn over the single-breasted jacket, with the latter secured by a single button close to the collar, two at the chest and three at the waist. Long boots were discontinued, except for mounted officers, on 12 April On 22 June epaulettes , buttons and ornaments of dress were changed from gold to silver, although serving officers were permitted to retain their old style of uniform unless called on for actual service. Gold lace was restored to the East Norfolk Militia on 5 June , at the same time as the badge of the then 4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment was changed from the castle and lion to the figure of Britannia.

On the 7th October , as part of the great Volunteer Movement that started in Norwich in that year, the first muster of the Norwich Rifle Corps Club with 22 men present. The Government later provided the Corps with long Enfield rifles, with which to practice on Mousehold Heath. Mottram, R. However, for various reasons, identification of, and means of communicating with, owners can sometimes be difficult or impossible to establish. Nevertheless, rest assured: No violation of any copyright or trademark material is ever intended here.

Rebecca Nurse was the oldest child of William and Joanna Blessing Towne from Great Yarmouth and one of three sisters who, in time, would be accused of witchcraft at the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Out of these three sisters Rebecca would be the second of them to be hanged. Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth England. The Towne family finally settled in America around to live on a farm in Salem where two more children were born to William and Joanna Blessing. Due to the rarity of such household goods, artisans of that medium would have been highly regarded.

During this time they had four sons and four daughters, all but one of them married by the fateful year of The public accusations of witchcraft in Salem Village began on February 29, In the warrant were complaints of attacks on Ann Putnam Sr. Rebecca Nurse was arrested and examined the next day. He emphasised that the devil could not take the form of anyone innocent. In a deposition, written by Thomas Putnam and signed on May 31, he detailed accusations of torment of his wife, Ann Putnam by the spectres of Rebecca Nurse and Martha. On June 2, at 10 in the morning, the Court of Oyer and Terminer convened in its first session.

Nine women signed the document attesting to the examination. A grand jury indicted Rebecca Nurse for witchcraft on June 3. Regardless of this, Rebecca was found not guilty and there was an immediate outcry — the girls fell into prolonged fits and spasms, the public bayed for blood and the judges asked the jury to reconsider. Unsurprisingly perhaps, the verdict was changed and Nurse was sentenced to death on July 19 By October, with 20 people executed and more men, women and children accused, the hysteria began to die down and the tide of public opinion turned against the trials.

Francis Nurse was to die on 22 November , after the witch trials had been ended in but before Rev. On August 25, , Ann Putnam Jr. Her excuse — That Satan made her do it! The scene in which she and John Proctor head to the gallows is heartbreaking. Rebecca Nurse puts a face to the accusations and it is one that you cannot ignore. Can you imagine your grandmother being called out as a witch or a communist? She is a nurturing soul, as seen when she tries to comfort the sick and the fearful in Act One. She is a grandmother who exhibits compassion throughout the play.

She comforts John Proctor as they are both led to the gallows. Nurse also utters one of the more subtle and realistic lines of the play. As the prisoners are led to the gallows, Rebecca stumbles. Anyone else in her situation would be consumed with fear, sorrow, confusion, and rage against the evils of society. Yet, Rebecca Nurse merely blames her faltering on a lack of breakfast.

Even at the brink of execution, she exhibits not a trace of bitterness, but only the sincerest humility. The following article appeared in the Eastern Daily Press on 2 February I asked Mr Cannell to tell me how he came to find the owl. I had my dog with me. There is a grass bank about 2. I saw something shining on the grass bank, which for a moment startled me. It fluttered down, crossed the path and got up against the grape vine.

I had no trouble in catching it and I did not hurt it in any way. It was an owl and it was bright and luminous. I should say that it was an ordinary owl, but the taxidermist will tell you all about that. I carried it indoors and put it on a stool, then went out into the garden again. I do not think the dog saw the bird at all. When I came back into the house the bird was dying. It was still luminous, but perhaps the glow was not so strong as when I first saw it. When I came into breakfast the bird was quite dead.

I have no doubt at all that the bird was luminous when I saw it first. It was the diffused light which first attracted my attention. Eight years ago, on the 25 November to be exact, Bernard Matthews of Great Witchingham Hall and turkey fame died. In , Bernard Matthews had reached 80 years of age and his death ended a remarkable business career that started just after the World War II when he purchased a clutch of eggs and an incubator.

He went on to make his fortune by cultivating the British taste for turkeys, whether they be plucked and oven-ready, tumbled, extruded, lubricated, breaded or shaped. Bernard Trevor Matthews was born at Brooke, near Norwich, on 24 January , the youngest of four children of a motor mechanic.

He was a bright child and won a scholarship to Norwich Grammar School, but his early life was not an easy one. His father was regularly out of work and his mother worked as a cleaner to supplement the small amount of money that her husband did manage to bring home. When Bernard was 11, he and his sister had to move in with an aunt after their parents suddenly disappeared.

They eventually returned, but divorced when Bernard was After leaving school and then completing two years national service as an RAF clerk, Matthews found clerical work at a livestock auctioneers at 35 shillings a week. It was barely enough to live on, and he began casting around for a moneymaking hobby to supplement his income.

That lucrative hobby began, or so he thought, on the 8th May when he bid at auction for 20 turkey eggs and a paraffin oil incubator. Then, after resigning his position at the auction house in he became an insurance clerk with Commercial Union where the salary was appreciably better. He now had more money to spare and with that money he bought a second batch of turkeys and sold them on as day-old poults — baby turkeys.

This may have been a touch fortutitous at the time since a gale force wind blew the turkey shelter away and the rest escaped. But, Bernard being Bernard, refused to give in and tried again. By he was selling over 3, turkeys a year and within 12 months thereafter he left his insurance role to become a full-time turkey farmer on a grand scale. Matthews said at the time:. The place was almost derelict, but it was the cheapest turkey house I could find. So it became the only stately home in England occupied by turkeys.

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He reckoned that, at 5p a square foot, it was considerably cheaper than the 30p a square foot he would have had to invest to build his own turkey sheds. When Matthews began his business in the s, turkey was a luxury item, seen exclusively as a Christmas treat for the better-off. By the s, Bernard Matthews had turned the turkey into the cheapest meat product on the market and available all-year-round. Those three words increased sales a massive fold, breaking all previous records for an advertising campaign and propelling Matthews into the rank of a multimillionaire.

A powerfully built man who stood 6ft 4in tall, Matthews came across on television as a ruddy-cheeked, chubby, jovial Norfolk poulterer. But the bluff image was deceptive.


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In fact, Matthews was a rather solitary, reticent man who took himself and his turkeys extremely seriously. He was defensive with journalists and disliked personal publicity. Yet there were many people in Norfolk who admired him, not least for the jobs he had brought to the County and his generosity to local causes. And even his rivals had to admit that he was no fool. When supermarkets and rival manufacturers tried to duplicate his success with spin-off products in the early s, they found both the products and the processes involved protected by impenetrable patents, an unusual thing in the food industry at that time.

Matthews was always happiest when running his business and talking turkey. As chairman of his company, he would regularly spend two hours in the food laboratories, testing out new lines. The new squire of Great Witchingham soon established himself as the leading player in the industry, which until then had been a small if profitable sideline for only a few farmers. After filling his house, Matthews moved out into the surrounding acres and, in , bought the former United States Airforce airfield at Weston Longville, the first of six redundant airfields across Norfolk and Suffolk. It was a shrewd move.

Aerodromes were secure and isolated, and their concrete runways ideally suited for turkey houses. He built the first big turkey slaughterhouse and went into large-scale production. Matthews quickly realised that the normal-sized turkey was too large for most modern families — even at Christmas — so he began breeding smaller birds at weights of between five and seven pounds. That led to higher turnover and more efficient methods of producing them in quantity, which helped keep prices down.

Eventually his empire would run to vast turkey houses, most of them in Norfolk, which, if laid end to end, would stretch for 40 miles. In he presented a 55lb turkey to the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev during a Moscow trade fair. Soon afterwards he began developing food production plants for the governments of communist countries such as Romania, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland and Bulgaria. But his domestic market remained stubbornly seasonal, and by the mids was showing signs of stagnation.

So he set about making turkey a year-round, non-luxury item by deboning it, chopping it up and repackaging it in smaller portions. This enabled him to move into mass production of spin-off lines, but he did not build up a really big market for his turkey rolls and turkey roasts until the advertising campaign.

The effect of the campaign was to turn Matthews PLC — the company went public in from an agricultural business into an advanced food processor, and Matthews patented the extrusion technology, not just for turkeys but for all meat. He diversified into red meat, chicken, fish and pork products, moved into North America, New Zealand and Europe, and sought royalties through international deals for his technology.

He even launched a range of vegetarian products, though this did not prove successful. By the s, nine tenths of his earnings came from spin-off products. The festive season, by comparison, was something of a sideshow. The product was withdrawn in On 19 June , the Daily Mail reported the incident and went on to state that:. The same investigator last year filmed two other Bernard Matthews staff appearing to play baseball with live turkeys on another farm. Production at the farm and its adjoining factory was halted as more than , birds were culled after the discovery of the virulent H5N1 strain of the disease.

The latest video is another embarrassment to Matthews managers who had claimed they did not tolerate workers abusing poultry. The new film shows a balding worker in overalls delivering eight separate kicks to turkeys in a shed on a farm at Wreningham near Wymondham, Norfolk. The incident was filmed prior to two different workers being shown loading live turkeys into crates which were delivered to the shed by a forklift.

The video is said to have been filmed through an open door in the giant shed by an investigator who sneaked on to the farm at around 1. Bird experts had long argued that intensive poultry operations were magnets for disease. They must have felt fully vindicated when the H5N1 strain of bird flu surfaced in the UK for the first time in Though sensitive to criticism, he was always robust in defending himself and was to reject criticism of the conditions in his turkey houses.

He said, probably more than once, that:. All they need is food and warmth. They separated in but remained married, despite having lived apart from her for 35 years. He then fell in love with Cornelia Elgershuizen, a Dutch aristocrat, and they lived together for eight years in his room Norfolk country house, Great Witchingham Hall, where their son, Frederick, was born in However, that relationship ended when Matthews fell for U. She died there in If all this had been a play then the cast could well be publicised as follows:.

Matthews did not flaunt his wealth. In addition, he restored and furnished Great Witchingham Hall with antiques, and where he lived a careful, modest life, preferring to spend his evenings at home to going out and socialising. One of the very few people who appeared not to have heard of the brand name Bernard Matthews was the Queen who asked him, during the CBE ceremony, which branch of the poultry business he was in.

It marks the scene of the last duel fought in Norfolk. Behind this Tale lies a sub-plot of Norfolk politics, plus an unlikely victory for a left-handed underdog! Henry Hobart owned Blickling Hall and its Estate; his ancestor the 1st baronet, having made his fortune through the law, spent a fortune building his magnificent mansion near Aylsham. Despite the family of Old Commonwealth Hobarts being stubborn and supporters of republicanism, it continue to thrive over the generations. Young Henry, 4th baronet and the other half of this said Duel, had been knighted by Charles II in aged just In adulthood he became a politician after serving as William of Oranges Gentleman of Horse at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland; he also represented the borough of Kings Lynn in Parliament.

As a member of the Whig party, he prospered in the political climate of the s. Oliver Le Neve, by contrast, was of more humble station. He was Tory-supporting lawyer, a country sportsman, fisherman and well-known local drinking man — every inch the Tory king and country squire. Oliver was, to his credit, also easy going and better-liked, an attribute that was eventually to stand him in good stead. His personality was in striking contrast to that of Henry Hobart, the court sophisticate, renowned as a swordsman but also argumentative, dictatorial and headstrong, with a record of disputes with his neighbours.

In a bitter political battle broke out in Norfolk. He attributed his failure to rumours circulating about his conduct in Ireland during the Boyne campaign. It seems accusations that Hobart had been a coward were circulating and Hobart blamed Le Neve. Hobart issued a challenge by letter and in person, but Le Neve denied being the author of the rumours. He wrote to Hobart:. Former soldier, renowned swordsman, versus fisherman lawyer — but left-handed!

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Le Neve took advantage with a quick reply, thrusting his sword into Hobarts stomach. This was to prove a mortal wound, after the baronet had been carried back in agony to Blickling.

He died the next day, leaving a widow, heiress Elizabeth Maynard, and a five year old son. There he stayed until the heat had died down then, having lived under a series of assumed names, he returned to stand trial. Oliver was duly acquitted at the Thetford assizes in April, , a verdict that maybe had much to do to a favourable jury and his good reputation with his neighbours, all of which came to his aid at the right moment — Who knows? Le Neve, settled back into his country squire life and, apart from fishing, horse-racing and gardening, his main occupation was his prized pack of hunting beagles — supposedly the best in England.

He also maintained his positions of Justice of the Peace and a captain in the militia. Tragedy though marred his final years. His second wife Jane, who he married just a few weeks before the duel, died in and he remarried a few years later, again for money. He chose a London heiress, but she died soon after the marriage. Oliver Le Neve died of apoplex on 23 November at West Harling, shortly after the death of his only surviving son, Jack. However, after legal battles, with accusations by the Le Neves of conflict of interest, the state was taken through reversion of the Will by the trustees of a John Norris, whose grandfather, a Norwich lawyer of the same name, had acted as trustee for the young Oliver Le Neve.

The three daughters of Le Neve were ejected from the estate. How did duelling work and how long was it in fashion? The practice grew out of the medieval legal tradition of trial by combat. As long as the rules were followed, the courts usually took a lenient view.

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Participants were meant to issue formal letters to one another and appoint seconds to make sure fair play ensured. It was considered a disgrace if a man did not answer a challenge, so Le Neve had little option but to fight if he wanted to retain his reputation. Sometimes when opponents met an apology was offered and both parties went away with honour and life intact.

By the mid 19th century it had gone out of fashion but that did not stop the Duke of Wellington, when Prime Minister, fighting a duel in with Lord Winchilsea. On that occasion both men deliberately fired wide, and Winchilsea grudgingly apologised. Honour was satisfied. By the Victorian era courts took a less lenient attitude to duels, and the practice died out.

You can find the stone urn just yards from the Woodrow garage. Henry Hobarts home at Blickling is also owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. A Facebook status is annoying if it primarily serves the author and does nothing positive for anyone reading it.

To be not annoying, a Facebook status typically has to be one of two things:. You know why these are not annoying? Ideally, interesting statuses would be fascinating and original or a link to something that is , and funny ones would be hilarious. The author wants to affect the way people think of her. The author wants to make people jealous of him or his life. The author is feeling lonely and wants Facebook to make it better.

This is the least heinous of the five—but seeing a lonely person acting lonely on Facebook makes me and everyone else sad. Facebook is infested with these five motivations—other than a few really saintly people, most people I know, myself certainly included, are guilty of at least some of this nonsense here and there.

Bragging is such a staple of unfortunate Facebook behavior, it needs to be broken into three subsections:. Somewhere in the middle would be you calculatingly crafting your words as part of an unendearing and transparent campaign to make people see you in a certain way.

On the other hand, they have the same exact core motivations as the blatant braggers and looking at these examples actually makes the first group seem almost lovable in comparison. The image-crafting and jealousy-inducing motives here are transparent. But really? The fun part of these is watching the inevitable comments and then watching how the author responds to them, if at all.


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  • This process slots the author into one of four sub-categories:. What are you looking for here? Off to the gym, then class reading. I really want to get to the bottom of this. At some point between leaving work and arriving at the gym, you had an impulse to take out your phone and type this status. Then you put your phone away. Tell me what was accomplished. A weird part of the life of a major celebrity is that people are obsessed with everything about them, even their blue territory.

    My grandmother aside, there is no good reason to ever do this. That kind of malice is so extreme it crosses over the far line and becomes awesome. I refuse to believe you feel a genuine outpouring of love for your Facebook friends. Hug me! I am one who knows the secrets of life—allow me to teach you so that you too can one day find enlightenment. You know what inspires people? You achieving something incredible and letting it be an example and inspiration to others. So for you to consider yourself an inspirational character by simply posting trite quotes is, well, flagrantly narcissistic.

    The thing is, though, that if you looked right below his post, all you saw were likes and a couple friendly comments. The bigger point here is that the qualities of annoying statuses are normal human qualities—everyone needs to brag to someone here and there, everyone has moments of weakness when they need attention or feel lonely, and everyone has some downright ugly qualities that are gonna come out at one time or another. Wait But Why posts regularly. If you like this, check out Why generation Y yuppies are so unhappy , The great perils of social interaction , and 11 Awkward things about email.

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