21 April 2009

Did You Know?

Did you know that during the English Civil Wars, Charles I's children (Charles and James) were given sanctuary on Jersey? Yes. And after Charles I was beheaded, Jersey proclaimed his son Charles II and allowed Charles II to remain on Jersey with his courtiers and a jester. In gratitude, Charles and James granted Jersey the land on America's eastern seaboard that became New Jersey. Did you know that? I did not because I did not learn anything interesting in my world history class. Except that video discs were the wave of the future. My teacher received a couple of them because we had a "21st century classroom" (in 1995), meaning the government paid for our classroom to have a big screen TV and several technologies, like giant video discs, that lasted approximately 2 years.

I learned about Jersey's connection to New Jersey, because in the contest between Croatia and Cinque Terre for my affection, the Channel Islands won. Actually, Cinque Terre followed by Mont St. Michel followed by the Channel Islands won. I also learned in my Channel Island research that on the island of Sark they don't allow cars. Living on an island where cars are forbidden is my special dream. When a wealthy resident of the island insisted on buying a car after the ban first went into effect, he was instructed that he could only use the car if it was pulled by a horse. I'm very tempted to move to Sark and live there forever.

6 comments:

Heidi said...

Isn't Guernsey one of the Channel Islands? I have such a desire to see it now that I've read "the potato book."

MBC said...

YES!

eliana said...

I have always wanted to live in a place without cars also. It would probably be annoying at times, but not nearly as much as dealing with a car.

Amy said...

I read an article about Sark when I was a teenager and I have always wanted to go there. It looks lovely.

And what's with the prejudice against cars, people? Bad weather + lots of kids + always running late = thank goodness for cars.

MBC said...

Eliana--A significant portion of my rage comes from driving a car. I feel certain I would be so much nicer somewhere where no one drove.

Amy--You could get a wagon. Or one of those rolling cage things they have to transport preschool kids in Japan.

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