Friday 15th September 2017

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Strange today. Over the past few months I have been studying and reading a lot of books about the Charles I,Charles II, Cromwell and The English Civil War. I have been to K and Richards before and my Sat Nav is programmed from then. As I was driving today on this last programme to visit K and Oliver the sat Nav took me off the A14 and took me through Crick. I kept asking the Sat Nav like you do. Why have you brought me this way stupid thing? Then before I knew it there was a sign saying Nasbey Battlefield 2 miles? Well I had to go take a look.

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The Battle of Naseby was a decisive engagement of the English Civil War, fought on 14 June 1645 between the main Royalist army of King Charles I and the Parliamentarian New Model Army, commanded by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell. It was fought near the village of Naseby in Northamptonshire. After a disappointing performance by the Parliamentarian army at the Second Battle of Newbury at the tail end of the 1644 campaign season that failed to inflict a decisive defeat on the Royalists, Oliver Cromwell worked to push the Self-denying Ordinance through Parliament, intent on re-forming Parliament’s forces into a more effective, centralised force. This political campaign was successful, forming the New Model Army.

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After the Royalists stormed the Parliamentarian stronghold of Leicester, Fairfax was ordered to lift his siege of Oxford, the Royalist capital, and engage the King’s main army. Eager to bring battle to the Royalists, Fairfax set off in pursuit of the Royalist army, which was heading to recover the north. The King, faced with retreating north with Fairfax close behind, or giving battle, decided to give battle, fearing a loss of morale if his army continued retreating. After hard fighting, the Parliamentarian army had all but destroyed the Royalist force, which suffered 6,000 casualties out of 7,400 effectives.
Charles lost the bulk of his veteran infantry and officers, all of his artillery and stores, his personal baggage and many arms, ensuring the Royalists would never again field an army of comparable quality. Captured in the baggage train were the King’s private papers, revealing to the fullest extent his attempts to draw Irish Catholics and foreign mercenaries into the war. Publication of these papers gave Parliament an added moral cause in fighting the war to a finish.
Within a year, Parliament had won the first civil war.

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What Happened to Monday

Around the year 2043, overpopulation causes a worldwide crisis, resulting in a strict one-child policy enforced by the Child Allocation Bureau. When multiple children are born to one mother, all but the eldest are put into cryosleep. Karen Settman dies when she gives birth to identical septuplet sisters. Their grandfather Terrence names them after the days of the week and trains them to pose as a single individual named after their mother, and to leave the house only on the day of their name. To safeguard their secret, Terrence ensures they share information on a daily basis and replicates any accident that affects one of the sisters’ physical appearance. The sisters develop a system of wigs and makeup to cover any identifying features.

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In 2073, as Sunday returns from her job at a bank, she sees C.A.B. agents detain a child as onlookers protest. The siblings watch the recorded incident and debate turning themselves in, agreeing to continue their act. The following day, Monday prepares her disguise as Karen, nervous about giving a presentation. At a checkpoint, Monday runs into Adrian Knowles, a C.A.B. agent who flirts with her. At the bank, Monday’s co-worker Jerry, a competitor for a promotion, hints at blackmailing her.

When Monday fails to return home, Tuesday retraces her steps. Tuesday learns Monday got the promotion and met Jerry at a bar. Before she can investigate further, C.A.B. agents detain her and cut off her communications. Adrian sees Tuesday being escorted to a cell, where she meets Nicolette Cayman, head of the bureau and a candidate for parliament. Cayman explains she knows about Tuesday’s siblings, and, when Tuesday offers a bribe, Caymen reveals Monday offered the same deal. Cayman orders C.A.B. agents to assassinate Tuesday’s sisters.

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C.A.B. agents use a severed eye to bypass a retinal scanner. Thursday ambushes the agents as they arrest the other siblings. The sisters kill the agents, but Sunday dies. Learning the eye is Tuesday’s, the sisters suspect Jerry may have sold them out. The next day, Wednesday leaves without disguising herself and confronts Jerry. He reveals the sisters got the promotion when “Karen” sent millions of euros to Cayman to fund her campaign. After a C.A.B. sniper kills him, Wednesday kills several C.A.B. agents and flees.

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As the others remotely guide Wednesday to safety, Adrian shows up at the apartment, concerned about “Karen”. Thursday convinces Saturday to leave with Adrian, who has had a long-term sexual relationship with one of the sisters. Pretending to be Karen, Saturday has sex with Adrian and covertly links their bracelets, allowing Friday to hack into C.A.B. headquarters. On a video feed, they apparently find Monday in a holding cell. Meanwhile, C.A.B. agents corner and kill Wednesday. After Adrian leaves his apartment, C.A.B. agents kill Saturday as she tells them Monday was dating Adrian. Reasoning that she can not survive on her own, Friday sacrifices herself to give Thursday a chance to rescue Monday when C.A.B. agents again storm the sisters’ apartment.

Adrian hears about the incident and rushes to the apartment. Thursday takes him hostage and blames him for her sisters’ deaths. He is at first confused but claims to love Monday after realizing they are siblings. Thursday convinces Adrian to help by telling him Monday is still alive. Adrian sneaks Thursday into C.A.B. headquarters in a body bag. As she is prepared for disposal, a child undergoes cryosleep. Instead of being frozen, she is incinerated, which Thursday records. After overpowering the guards, Adrian and Thursday rescue Monday. But when they reached her cell, they learn that it’s Tuesday. They deduced that it is Monday who has sold them out to Cayman.

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After a scuffle, Thursday shoots Monday and leaves her for dead. As Cayman hosts a fundraiser, Tuesday and Adrian broadcast Thursday’s video footage. The crowd turns on Cayman, who insists she only did what was necessary. Monday staggers into the fundraiser, but a C.A.B. agent shoots her before she can kill Cayman. As the crowd flees, dying Monday reveals to the others that she was pregnant. In the aftermath, the Child Allocation Act is repealed and Cayman faces the death penalty. Thursday, Adrian, and Tuesday watch Monday’s and Adrian’s twins develop in an artificial womb. Tuesday and Thursday rename themselves Terry and Karen, respectively.

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