Democracy Sausage: come to vote, leave with a sausage!

In Australia, cheap sausages in cheap white bread lathered in cheap sauce help grease the wheels of democracy. On election days, humble sausages, also called affectionately “snags”, are barbecued outside polling areas either for free or to raise money for local causes. Slingers of “democracy sausages” can be sure to get lots of customers among waiting voters, since not voting in Australia gets you fined. In 2016, sausage sizzling at the polls reached its highest profile yet. During the year’s federal election, Twitter released a snag-on-bread emoji to accompany its…

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#April 3, 1957: the computer that came by truck

Today, on April 3, a regular computer would probably do the job. But back in 1957, when Norwich City Council and its forward-thinking Treasurer, Mr A.J. Barnard, became a pioneer among British local authorities applying computer technology to handle its payroll and tax on residents, a huge machine was needed to handle the work. So huge, in fact, that the computer had to be delivered on the back of a truck and then manoeuvred into the offices using ropes, pulleys….and brute strength. In 1953-4, Mr Barnard and his team began…

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#TodayInHistory – April 3

April 3 – Some Important Events on this day 1367 👉🏼 Battle of Navarrete, La Rioja, Castile: alliance of King Peter of Castile and the English defeats Count Henry of Castile. When Alfonso XI of Castile died in 1350 he was succeeded by Peter, called either The Just by his supporters or The Cruel by his opponents. After 16 years of rule, a civil war began when his half-brother Henry, backed by French and Aroganese nobleman and mercenaries. The war quickly became a part of the Hundred Years’ War between…

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