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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:24 am
by Hindia Belanda

Briefings from the Commonwealth - 5 February 2020

PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:38 pm
by Great Nortend



  SINCE it was popularised by Mrs. Harker over 150 years ago in “Mrs. Harker's Guide to Housewifery”, the “Five Cs” have formed a concise expression of what the fairer sex should concern themselves with—the housekeeping, the cooking, the children and the church. It is a testament to the efforts of the Rev’d Dr. Fengold, the Very Rev’d Professour de Rutland that since then, theological and liturgical education has improved so very much, for both boys and girls.

  To-day, over six monarchs later, Mrs. Harker's guide remains in print in its 23rd edition, and graces many a reading desk as the standard text-book for our girls studying Housewifery in the fourth and fifth forms. Indeed, it is the most popular supplementary paper for girls, taken by over 63 per cent of girls in board schools.

  Competency in the Five Cs remains one of the top factors considered by bachelors and their parents. In a survey of 1,000 working and middling class bachelors and their parents, over 33 per cent listed the attribute as the most important when deciding upon the suitability of a maiden as wife, behind only physical attractiveness, affection and compatibility. Furthermore, over 74 per cent listed it in their top five.

  Yet despite its wide popularity, self-proclaimed “reformers” such as Mr. Bakewell and Miss Lange-Fellows belittle this important subject, claiming that it has no relevancy for the modern woman.
Incredibly, both Mr. Bakewell and Miss Lange-Fellows retain housekeepers and we are informed by Mr. Jessup of the Morning Herald that Mr. Bakewell is known to employ a cook. Perhaps these reformers live in a society of ladies, all of whom able to afford a retinue of staff to be waited upon day and night.

  The situation for the vast majority of Erbonian families is very different. For many, even sending out collars and cuffs is beyond their wherewithal, not to mention putting out the the cookery and cleaning and mending and sewing and nursing and accounts and shopping. For these families, a woman with practical skills in all of the household departments is essential. This is achieved through a systematic and solid grounding in the art and science of housewifery.

  It is even, perhaps, more important for those girls who do not have the luxury of a betrothal and engagement or place at home. Nearly 40 per cent of girls leaving school enter into domestic or commercial service, nearly all thereof from the working classes. Apart from the muddled and unsystematic imbibing of knowledge from their own mothers, which is apt to promote unscientific and foolish practices, where else are girls to learn the skills necessary to secure themselves a place at a reputable household?

  It is true that many girls are fortunate enough to be invited to the manor house or to some other upstanding establishment for general training in their vocation. Yet even there, long gone are the days of the uneducated and dim-witted maid. Somewhere around three-quarters of staff agencies require girls to have at least a Fourth Form Report in Housewifery, if not a School Certificate.

  We can see in other countries where rigorous instruction in the domestic skills has lapsed, and women are forced to spend years studying the natural, physical and theoretical sciences, advanced mathematics, esoteric humanities and foreign languages. No doubt, these are valuable subjects, but they are of relatively little use in the ordinary running of a household, where the more practical analogues would seem to be cookery, accounting, the raising of children, and religious studies.

  Miss Lange-Fellows argues that women should be encouraged to enter the professional world as they do in such other countries, with the same pay as their male equals, and that the liberation of the woman is in the rejection of the ideal of the housewife.

  The lady fails to also point out that throughout history, women tend to only enter the public workforce in exigent circumstances. In these foreign countries to which Miss Lange-Fellows looks with such admiration, the cost of living has increased so greatly that the men are unable to support their families on a single wage. Consequently, the market for domestic staff has declined so dramatically that even well-off households rarely keep any staff, let alone a retinue of cook, maid and nurse.

  These women are forced to take jobs in other sectors generally in our country taken by more middling class young girls. The girls pushed out thereby are then forced to study excessively in law, medicine, science, engineering, business and commerce, bound to work till the end of their earthly lives, apart from their children, family and friends. Is this the kind of drudgery Miss Lange-Fellows argues for and even desires?

  I find it hard to believe that we women innately desire to work as their men-folk do. Certainly, we are kept in pleasant freedom at home, free to attend Mattins, Mass, Nones and even Vespers daily, visit friends and take recreation, yet with time to cook three meals a day and keep house with the innovation of labour-saving devices such as the electric iron, the washing machine and the gas range. We have it much easier than the women that preceded us—why would we wish to throw it all away for a hectic life of work?


PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:02 pm
by Great Nortend



  THE Lord Bishop of Lendert and Cadell has issued an informal monition to the Vicar of St Michael and All Angel's, Fottering, the Very Rev'd Mr. Peter Halifax, who is also Dean of Fottering, over a sermon which he preached at the Mass at Candelmas. The sermon, which promoted the unorthodox practice of the ordination in holy orders of ladies, caused consternation among the congregation, parish, deanery and nationally. The diocesan bishop, Cardinal Dr. Alan Gough, was forced to publish letters missive affirming the Church of Nortend's doctrine on the matter, which restricts ordination to males only.

  Mr. Halifax's sermon has not been published; however, the general gist of it appears to be that there is no reason to not ordain women to the diaconate, there being historical precedent for deaconesses in the early Church. Dr. Gough in his letters missive acknowledged that deaconesses are present in the history of the Church; however, he stressed that they only existed in times of necessity owing to the fact that under persecution it was not always possible to find suitable men to ordain. He also emphasised that there is no historical precedent for the ordination of females to the priesthood in the early Church or in any of the Catholic Churches, and that it would be contrary to law, history and practice.

  The Regal Post understands that Mr. Halifax is known locally for his more Protestant theology. He is alleged to habitually forego the wearing of the massing cope at Mass, which is referred to in published notices as the Communion. Furthermore, parishioners have previously cited Mr. Halifax to the Consistory Court over his neglect to say Mattins and Vespers daily in church, for which he received a formal monition. It is believed that Mr. Halifax had agreed to abide by the Canon law requiring the same, and that he received no further punishment.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:03 pm
by Great Nortend



  A FIRE broke out yesterday evening on the Fitcherden line of the Lendert-with-Cadell City and Metropolitan Railway which claimed the lives of two gentlemen. The fire was discovered in the second second class compartment of the fourth carriage of an down train from Halton Street Station soon after departure from Pomleed Road Station as the train was travelling through the underground tunnel to St George's Street Station. The fire quickly engulfed the compartment and spread into the adjoining compartments, suffocating the passengers with acrid smoke.

  The two passengers who perished were seated in the compartment where the fire first began. It is alleged that the emergency cord was pulled by a passenger; however, owing to the narrowness of the tunnel, it was impossible to stop therein, and the train was forced to continue another half mile to St George's Street Station, whereat upon arrival evacuation measures were put in place. The carriage was quickly isolated by uncoupling the train at the aft and fore thereof and hand-extinguishers used in an attempt to lessen the flames.

  It was reported that several managed to pull some of their unconscious fellow passengers from the adjoining compartments. The senior porter Mr. Allan Smilders and the station-master Mr. Richard Channing were seen heading into the compartment to rescue those left behind, with only a handkerchief to stop the smoke overwhelming them. Firemen arrived within three minutes of the train's arrival and quickly managed to douse the flames, removing the severely charred corpses from the second compartment.

  It is extremely fortunate that there were not more casualties, especially given the reported ferocity of the fire. The two gentlemen deceased have yet to been identified by the constabulary at the time of printing. Twenty-six people were immediate transported to St Benedict's Hospital five miles away in Hadgrave in ambulances for serious burns and smoke inhalation, whilst another twenty-four or so were treated at local hospitals for smoke inhalation, minor burns and injuries.

  It is not currently known what the cause of the fire is; however, the Fire Brigade has tentatively suggested that it began on the floor of the carriage. The train in question was an electrical train, and investigations are proceeding to determine whether the cause was electrical. The City and Metropolitan Railway said in a statement that it deeply regretted the incident and would be reviewing its maintenance and emergency procedures in the coming weeks. It praised the swift actions of platform staff at St George's Street Station, and especially Mr. Smilders and Mr. Channing for their heroic efforts in entering the flaming carriage and rescuing passengers which put themselves in harm's way.

  Fitcherden Line trains which were suspended last evening, will begin running again this morning.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:20 am
by Valkea

PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:52 pm
by Del Monsa

PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:17 pm
by Great Nortend



  THE extension of quarantine measures to the whole of the country in a valiant effort to defend the country from the vanguard of the Marimba flu has mobilised the latent war-time mentality of our people. With quarantine passports issued by the King's Clerk, the Regal Post is able to report on the actions taken to safeguard the population as hundreds are infected with the deadly flu abroad.

  Every town and village is under lock-down and members of the Royal Army, Home Service, Constabulary, Navy Royal and Home Fleet stand picquet at all hours to control the ingress and egress of all persons at the perimeter of each quarantine region. No man may enter a quarantine region without lawful reason under new regulations issued by the King's Clerk in His Majesty's name. Millions of emergency passports are being printed, as all men require a stamped authority to enter a quarantine region. For now, the list of valid reasons is long; however, their main purpose at the present time is to ensure that the movements of persons is well recorded in the event of an outbreak.

  In infected regions, rationing will be implemented for the first time since the Great War. Already, Sorredge, which has three persons with the Marimba flu hospitalised at St Mary's Hospital, has issued ration books to every person by household in the event that the infection escapes into the wider community. This will be coupled with stronger quarantine measures, including mandatory curfews, the closure of all non-essential shops and businesses, and limits on the movement of people. Under the Clerk's regulations, in the event of a localised epidemic, only one person per household shall be permitted to venture out into the street per day, and he or she must wear gloves, a mask and clothing covering all parts of the body which must be washed thereafter.

  For now though, communities are banding together in the fight to maintain the health of all. Hoarding has been strictly forbidden by responsible grocers whilst anti-infection bye-laws are being passed to prevent close contact amongst members of the community by maintaining at least a two-yard distance between persons. Many parishes have also extended bye-laws to the forbidding of the giving of handshakes with un-gloved hands, and the staggering Mass times to allow for greater spacing between persons in pews. Parishioners have been encouraged to attend on other days than Sunday, or to attend Mattins, Nones or Vespers in lieu.

  Hospitals all across the country are preparing for the worst, and factories are busy manufacturing the necessary medical appliances for the treatment of flu victims. Already hundreds of people are presenting to hospital with symptoms of the common cold and hospital authorities are urging patients to stay at home and call for their general practitioner rather than taking a journey to hospital and risking spreading infection as they go. Laundries are also being overwhelmed with cuffs and collars as men and women rush to clean them from potential disease. Ladies have taken to wearing veils again, and mouth-masks are a hot commodity for the prevention of infection.

  Despite the lack of epidemic in Great Nortend proper, quarantine measures are already taking a toll on the oeconomy and business. Trade is severely disrupted, and transport services have been drastically cut back to stem infection. The Eastern Main Line, for instance, has been reduced to a three-hourly stopping service each way from its normal hourly stopping service. Many branch-lines are only running morning, noon and evening, and omnibus routes shut entirely. In Lendert-with-Cadell, trams continue to run, but mouth-masks are now common sights on the streets.

  The Government has reiterated the imperative duty of all subjects to act in the greater good of the country in such times of crisis. We are enjoined to stand firm against the Marimba flu, yet not forget the deadly consequences of complacency.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:02 pm
by Del Monsa

PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2020 11:49 am
by Mizialand


Prince Pierre with his son Robert.

On the night of 7th July 1999, in his room at St. George's boarding school, 17 year old Prince Pierre Vincent was preparing for his last paper of the Pre University Examinations. He scored a brilliant 8,9 in his Calculus II paper, perhaps because HRH Sophie Vincent had decided not to inform him of the events that had transpired that night on the grounds of the royal palace. A massacre had taken place at the residence of the monarchy. 15 members of the royal family died, all belonging to the Vincent dynasty. HRH Sophie Vincent, who was crowned the Queen two years ago had survived. Queen Mother AmberlynnLaPierre Vincent and King Lucien Vincent were among the dead, which included any potential claimant to the throne. For HRH the further course of action was clear - an inquiry committee was set up which named Robin Hébras, a member of the Republican Socialist Party (RSA) as the preparator. Leadership of that party was sentenced to death - the first time the death penalty was used in the last 50 years. National emergency was imposed, which would continue for the remaining year, the Parliament was suspended indefinitely , and Sophie Vincent ruled by decree for almost a year - jailing opponents and the "opposing nobility", massacring almost the entirety of RSA, and abolishing royal titles except that of the surviving family. Lèse-majesté was applied with full force and any claims to any conspiracy regrading the massacre, including denial of the official narrative, invited severe penalties under the law.

It was under such conditions that young Pierre returned home. The death of his family naturally left him devastated. Much before the tragedy, Pierre had declared to his mother that he would never lay any claim to throne. That meant one thing - then 26 year old Sophie was to ascend to the throne in 1997. All monarchs have been women since 1912 and they will continue to be - since the present heir apparent is also a woman, though she is not exactly royal blood. However we should not forget that despite this fact, the Mizia society is quintessentially patriarchal. What exists for men has to be demanded for women and this is task every female monarch is upto. Mere ascension to throne, does not, in Mizialand, ensure the reign of the monarch. The task is set forth - consolidation of her position lest she be left as a mere puppet in the hands of the nobility. The nobility resists the monarchy. Mizia throne has been a contest between the female authority and the male nobility. Since 1912 this authority had to be imposed. The challenge has been humungous - get the support of nobility or be ready to be replaced. The nobility is not opposed to women monarchs but wants them to be puppet regents at best and seat warmers for the upcoming nobility at worst. In 1997, as young Sophie ascended the throne, the patriarchal nobility had its eye on the prize. Keeping conspiracies aside, Sophie’s task was made relatively easy by the 1999 massacre. Kingship knows no kinship and the massacre had ended the kinship. Many relatives were exiled on pretence of aiding the massacre as a part of wider conspiracy to overthrow the Vincent dynasty. Trust none was the mantra. Democratic reforms to fast-track Lorecia Community (LC) accession was the goal. Nobility had to be destroyed, even if the pretence was democracy. “We cannot live in a page out of feudal history.” HRH had declared in 2000 as she presented “Road Map to Democracy: Political Freedom Now” agenda. The dawn of the millennia found Mizialand in turmoil and it was this turmoil 17 year old Pierre returned home to.

Concurrent with the conspiracies implicating HRH Sophie Vincent (the discussion of which still remains banned under Lèse-majesté), another set of conspiracies emerged - these involved young Pierre. The latter, as the coming decade would show, turn out to be true. Hélène Françoise had been teaching Year 12 at St. George’s for past 12 years in 1997. Father Luis, the then Principal of St. Geroge’s recalls, “I was against hiring her, but the school board decided none the less to go ahead - they were too afraid of discriminatory lawsuits. But we never had any problems with her. Two years into her teaching, she married (it was her second one), in 96, she divorced, but no, she was beautiful, head smart, anyone would be lucky to have her but she had her bad share of luck. There was rumours of IPV (in partner violence), sometimes we heard screams coming in dead of night from her house, but we decided to leave the matter. It wasn’t our place to say anything. As far as her partners were concerned, she was unlucky, until of course…”

When Pierre returned after completing his schooling, rumours about his relations with Hélène began. Some even suggested that they maintained relations while Pierre was in school. The staff and Pierre’s classmates deny such rumours. “They weren’t close. Pierre never asked any questions. He was shy. I don’t think they ever talked anything other than what was necessary.”, recalls one of the prince’s classmates. For the coming decade, Pierre and Hélène began secret courtship. Tabloids and paparazzi diverted their attention, trying to scrounge whatever was available. In July 2010, Blitz, a tabloid published scandalous report that Pierre and Hélène had a child out of wedlock. This revelation was sure to invite penalty under lèse-majesté but surprisingly Pierre himself confirmed the scandal. “Yes, we have a child and we do not plan on getting married anytime soon.” This was the headline of almost all newspapers that day. For the monarchy it was what could be best equated with ‘dereliction of duty’ the duty being upholding moral values. Naturally a question arouse whether HRH could tolerate so and she did. In a rare public appearance, she said, “ A woman’s destiny is not her own. She is defined by the relations of her husband. She is a daughter, wife, mother, daughter in law, mother in law, sister, even her friend’s are not her own - her husband’s friends wife’s are her friends. Her personal relations remain defined by her family. Marriage is a contract. Consent is required for contract. Here we have two individuals who do not consent to marriage. I cannot understand what is wrong with that. A woman’s choice is her own as a man’s is his. I support Pierre’s decision. The decision to marry is up to them.” The Royal Family not only owned up to this ‘scandal’ but also accepted it as a norm. A Chinese wall between public and private life was emphasised as were the realisation, not merely the existence of the rights of a woman. Marriage is a private affair and the royal family attested that.

In 2017, in a low key, private ceremony Hélène and Pierre got married. In 2018, HRH announced Hélène Vincent as the heir apparent. The modern royal family does not contradict its duty and modernity. It has worked to bring in changes in Mizia political and social life, the best example of the former being voluntary, gradual, sustained, and successful transition to democracy. The royalty supports social changes, yet it does not want such changes to be thrust from above. Societal changes come when the society itself changes. Legislation and punishments can only work to an extent. Any change has to be gradual, brought about by the society itself in a bottom up manner. The royal family reflects this - it balances its duty with modernity and in the words of HRH “adapting to the changing time”

It is these changing times that Hélène Vincent will find herself in when she ascends the throne. She will not have to face the problem of ‘consolidating’ her position or dealing with the nobility but a more precarious one - a society that lives in contradiction. One that claims equal voice and opportunity for women but denies them equal value.

The author is a gender studies professor at Heleventia University. Views expressed are personal.

PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 4:21 am
by Great Nortend



  THE General Post Office's telephone network currently links every one of the 8,933 post offices and over 2,000,000 subscribers across the country with the international telephone network. However, connection of new subscribers has stagnated in the last two decades, with only 20,000 new subscribers signing up between 2000 and 2020.

  Sixty-five per cent of subscribers are considered domestic subscribers. However, despite statistics shewing that over 80 per cent of households “regularly” use telephones for communication, only 20 per cent of these have a telephone in their house. The rest must make a trip to the local public telephone to both make and receive calls. This necessitates the planning of telephone conversations which is typically accomplished by sending the customary telephone card by post or courier or by making arrangements some other way.

  Naturally this arrangement is advantageous to the Post Office which in many cases will receive both the telephone charge (approximately sixpence a call) and the postage fees of the request and often-times the reply, although the reply is nowadays not often sent when the answer is in the affirmative. Given this difficulty in arranging telephone calls and their price, the prevailing public opinion is that they must be reserved for special occasions.

  However, the telephone is used with great effect amongst the more prosperous classes, and it has become an indispensable tool of modern communication, neatly slotting in after the venerable letter and the 19th century telegramme. It has become popular for people to spend hours making conversation over the telephone when they are far apart, each comfortably at his own home. Why then, is it not enjoyed by the vast majority of the middling and working classes?

  The answer, of course, lies in money. It is often prohibitively expensive to erect a new line when one does not expect to use the telephone with any frequency. The line connection fees too, are currently quoted at nearly £4 a year, without also considering the telephone rental cost (£1·2·0) and telephone call fees themselves (one penny for local calls per minute plus a fourpence switchboard fee). In addition, the Post Office requires a detailed survey of the electrical wiring of the property, and also prevents applications made by “persons of an undesirable nature”. Compared with a public telephone, which only costs sixpence for up to two minutes, it is no wonder that households are subscribing like cats from water.

  The lack of welcome afforded to new subscribers has been attributed to policy decisions made at the highest echelons of the Post Office. Many senior officers are worried about the impact increased accessibility to telephone calls may make on the volume of personal letters and telegrammes, which make up the bulk of the Post Office's £25·2 million annual takings. The Postmaster-General, Mr. James Kinson, earlier this year reiterated the government's stance that no changes will be made to the current process for signing up new telephone subscribers. However, there have been rumblings that major commercial companies have been lobbying the government to change their position, arguing that increased access to the telephone will benefit the oeconomy as a whole.

  Whilst it is not certain, it seems that for the near future at least Nortchmen will continue to have to stand around in draughty telephone boxes waiting for the line to be connected.

PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 2:28 am
by Great Nortend



  THE flag carrier of Hindia Belanda, Air Nederlands Indië, has announced two repatriation flights for subjects of the Nordenstat-Hindia Belandan Crown and their dependants in response to the growing Marimba flu crisis which has seen countries across the globe forced into quarantine and provoked the King to issue a rare Royal Proclamation restricting entry to Erbonian subjects only. The flights will be operated out of Royal St. Christopher's Airport on the 4th and 8th of April and all persons wishing to take advantage of these flights must register with the Hindia Belandan government.

  To register, persons are advised to urgently send a telegramme or write first class to the Hindia Belandan embassy (Telegraphic address : EMBHIND) at 27 Halton Street, Lendert-with-Cadell in order to register for a flight. Telegrammes and letters must specify :
• Names of travellers
• Dates of birth
• Nationality
• Passport No.
• Passport expiration date
• A postal address
• If possible, a telephone number.
• Desired date of travel (4th or 8th of April)
Please note that it is not advised that persons telephone the Embassy, on account of the difficulties in taking large numbers of calls at this time. Passengers will receive either a telegramme or telephone call to confirm their details and booking. If persons are able to access the Internet, registrations can be taken thereon at the Web-site http : // www . gov . hb / travel / repatriation2020.

  The Hindia Belandan embassy has advised that whilst consular assistance will be available at Royal St. Christopher's Airport, the Embassy will not be providing transport to the Airport. Passengers must make their own arrangements to reach the Airport. Passengers are advised to check with their local railway company for train times. As of printing the tram-way between St. Christopher and Nevvings railway station and the Airport is operating normally. Passengers displaying any symptoms of the Marimba flu, such as fever, cold, difficulty breathing, coughing, sneezing or running noses will not be allowed to board the flight.

  NOTE all persons with symptoms of the Marimba flu, such as fever, cold, difficulty breathing, coughing, sneezing or running noses must so inform a police constable and are forbidden to leave their dwellings except in exigent circumstances, by His Majesty's Order in Council, under penalty of imprisonment and amercement not exceeding £1,000.

PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 7:50 am
by Great Nortend



  HIS MAJESTY'S Treasury has issued a statement assuring the public of the safety of the coin of the realm. All Erbonian coins are made of either bronze, silver or gold, all three of which have anti-bacterial properties. However, they are not effective against the viral Marimba flu, which is not spread by bacteria. Therefore, it is recommended that persons keep coin change in a separate, disposable pouch and wash them with soap and water once returned home.

  At this time, the Treasury does not recommend the use of banknotes, which are not in fact legal tender, owing to their potential to spread the Marimba flu virus as they cannot be washed without damage. Instead for large purchases, it is recommended that cheques be used. If one does not have a cheque facility, most banks have limited supplies of one pound, five pound and ten pound gold coins on hand.


  SCIENTISTS in Eamshire have been trialling medicaments produced from daffodils, which have been springing up across the country as the Whitsun term begins and Spring starts officially. Daffodils contain a chemical known as narcissine or in Latin, narcissinium, which is present throughout the plant, as well as in other Amaryllidaceaean species. The chemical is a toxic alkaloid which is supposed to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities, and may even have anti-cancerial properties.

  Dr. George Hartlecook is a senior pharmacologist at Retman and Fieldings, the well-known Erbonian pharmaceutical company, who has been leading the team undertaking research into the properties of narcissine against the Marimba asterovirus. He told the Regal Post that preliminary trials on mice infected with the similar murine asterovirus, which infects predominantly laboratory mice, have been promising, with early results suggesting that [narcissine] actively inhibits the replication of the asterovirus resulting in a decline in mortality rates.

  Despite these results, Dr. Hartlecook is apprehensive as to the likelihood that a daffodil-derived cure could be coming to apothecaries across the world soon. It is of course too early to tell whether narcissine is viable for the cure, but scientists are working around the clock all across the globe in developing innovative and novel treatments in the fight against the the Marimba flu