Saturday, 7 June 2014

Meeting their Waterloo?

Recently when watching a quiz programme I was amazed at the answers to questions about the Battle of Waterloo.

Q: When was it?
A: Er... 1066?

Q: Who led the British forces?
A:  Nelson.
(Poor old Duke of Wellington)

Q:  Where is Waterloo?

Wait for it....................

A:  London.

I can honestly say that I am not clever with historic dates.  Apart from the dates of the two World Wars my date knowledge is limited to:

Battle of Hastings - 1066

Fire of London   - 1666

Battle of Waterloo  -  1815   (three years after the Battle of Moscow in 1812 - thanks to that famous overture).

It does make one wonder what history has been taught in schools over the past 20 or so years, doesn't it?

Wonder if the person who thought Waterloo is in London now knows that the station was named after the battle?

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