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A History of the New Year

A move from March to January

by Borgna Brunner

Forward By Bob Barney: The Bible makes it clear that God's New Year starts in the springtime and so, the first month of God's calendar begins in the springtime, probably on or near the spring equinox. The January 1st date comes from Caesar and Rome. There is nothing inherently wrong with it, but it isn't "Christ's" circumcision date! We should be aware of "why we do what we do!"

The celebration of the new year on January 1st is a relatively new phenomenon. The earliest recording of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. A variety of other dates tied to the seasons were also used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice.

Early Roman Calendar: March 1st Rings in the New Year

The early Roman calendar designated March 1 as the new year. The calendar had just ten months, beginning with March. That the new year once began with the month of March is still reflected in some of the names of the months. September through December, our ninth through twelfth months, were originally positioned as the seventh through tenth months (septem is Latin for "seven," octo is "eight," novem is "nine," and decem is "ten."

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Playboy mansion? More like a squalid prison: The true sleezy life of High Hefner

One by one they have revealed what life was like behind the glittering façade of the Playboy Mansion. According to them, it disguises a grubby world where some girls feel they are no ­better than prostitutes, paid pocket money by an octogenarian obsessive who funds plastic ­surgery to turn them into his physical ideal, and yet must still take huge amounts of Viagra to manage sex with them.

For Izabella, the Playboy Mansion was far from the glamorous pleasure palace she had imagined. ‘Each ­bedroom had mismatched, random pieces of furniture,’ she recalls in her autobiography Bunny Tales. ‘It was as if someone had gone to a charity shop and bought the basics for each room.

‘Although we all did our best to decorate our rooms and make them homely, the mattresses on our beds were ­disgusting — old, worn and stained. The sheets were past their best, too.

‘Every Friday morning we had to go to Hef’s room, wait while he picked up all the dog poo off the carpet — and then ask for our allowance: a thousand dollars counted out in crisp hundred-dollar bills from a safe in one of his bookcases,’ she says. 

‘We all hated this process. Hef would always use the occasion to bring up anything he wasn’t happy about in the relationship. Most of the complaints were about the lack of harmony among the girlfriends — or your lack of sexual participation in the “parties” he held in his bedroom.

‘If we’d been out of town for any reason and missed one of the official “going out” nights [When Hefner liked to parade his girls at nightclubs] he wouldn’t want to give us the allowance. He used it as a weapon.’

The allowance was also withdrawn if there was any infringement of the strict rules imposed by Hefner on all his girlfriends.

‘Little did I realise that by moving into the mansion I was losing all the freedom I associated with the Playboy lifestyle,’ says St James. 



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Funniest news stories of 2010

Joe Kovacs title Joe Kovacs

Posted: December 26, 2010
6:55 pm Eastern

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

 


Greetings everyone, and welcome to another edition of the news you wish were the news every single day of the year.

I have to admit that 2010 has kind of a dark theme to some of the funniest events, especially concerning President Obama and his personal plague of vermin.

I mean, come on. Have we ever seen a commander in chief with such a magnetic attraction for flies, bees and rats?

White House buzz

Let's start with the fly that just couldn't seem to get enough of Mr. Obama. During a speech by the president June 22, this single insect found Obama's words so enthralling, it just had to become one with the face of "the One."

In fact, despite the president's best efforts to shoo the fly away, the pest made a succesful landing on Obama's face, prompting many websites to dub him "Lord of the Flies."


President Obama's official 2010 portrait: "Come fly with me."

 

Radio and TV host Glenn Beck remarked: "Does he have nerve endings in his face? Seriously, have you ever had a fly walk across your face and you left it there?"

LOL? When was the last time you actually laughed out loud? Click here to crack up everyone around you!

Now that we know Obama's not a no-fly zone, it's also strange to recall how a swarm of bees delayed his important court business on a basketball court.

According to the Hill, a swarm of "thousands of bees" gathered outside the White House in May. The small army of insects hovered as Obama tried to leave 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to shoot hoop at Fort McNair. And by the time the president returned at noon, the bees were mysteriously nowhere in sight.

Just days later, some sort of rodent scurried in front of the president as he was delivering a speech on the steps of the White House.

 

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Major winter storm barrels up East Coast

image from images.ctv.ca NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A winter storm that brought a rare white Christmas to parts of the South was barreling up the East Coast early Sunday, with forecasters predicting 6 to 10 inches of snow for Washington and blizzard conditions for New York City and New England.

Airlines canceled hundreds of Sunday flights in the Northeast corridor, with more likely to come as the storm intensifies.

Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency early Sunday or Saturday night. As North Carolina road crews tried to clear snowy and icy highways, Mid-Atlantic officials spent Christmas Day preparing for up to a foot of snow, plunging temperatures and high winds.   MORE


'Babe in a manger' is not a 'young child in a house'

Brand new! Listen right now to Bible truth about paganism, wise men, Jesus' birth


Posted: December 05, 2010
4:47 pm Eastern

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

 


 

Did the famous wise men of the Holy Bible first see Jesus as a babe in a manger the night He was born in Bethlehem?

Millions of Christians think so, but according to the Bible itself, it's simply not the case.

"That is not in your Bible, folks. We're just talking about the words on the page," said Joe Kovacs, author the No. 1 best-seller, "Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told."

Kovacs, a Christian championing Bible truth, was interviewed Friday morning by Denver's top-rated radio host, Peter Boyles of KHOW-AM, to discuss the actual history of Christmas and why so many people are confused about the events surrounding the birth of God in the flesh.

A five-minute clip of the extraordinary program can be heard by clicking the play button below.

Hear WND's Joe Kovacs and KHOW Radio's Peter Boyles discuss the Bible truth about Christmas

 

Kovacs noted in his explanation:

Now in the Gospel of Matthew, different from the Gospel of Luke, it talks about a different time frame of events and it mentions that there were wise men from the East and they were asking King Herod who was in charge at that time asking about "Where is he that is born King of the Jews?" (Matthew 2:2) He was already born by the time that they were arriving, and King Herod didn't even know about this. This is how private of an event it was. And it doesn't say three wise men in your Bibles, folks. It just says wise men. So it could have been two, three, five, 20 or 170. We don't know for sure because the Bible doesn't tell us.

But this unspecified number of wise men first encountered Jesus not as a babe in a manger, according to your own Bible. They saw Jesus as a young child in a house. Those are the words on the page. When you actually crack open your own Bible [to Matthew 2:11], and I encourage you to do this ...

It says "And when they were come into the house" – not a barn, not a stable, not a manger – "they saw the young child" – not a babe, not a baby, not an infant, not a newborn – they saw a young child with Mary his mother and they fell down and worshipped him. So those are the words on the page. You have an unspecified number of wise men coming to see a young child in a house, not a babe in a manger.

Not only are the words different in English, they're different in the original Greek texts, because in Luke, the gospel where Jesus was born, where the shepherds saw Him, they were seeing a "brephos," which means newborn baby, or baby or infant. But in Matthew, it's a different Greek word. It's "paidion," and it means young child, and is never translated in your Bible as babe or baby or infant or newborn.

So people really need to separate the gospels of Matthew and Luke. They are different time frames. Luke is the night He was born. Shepherds were there in Bethlehem, going there on instructions from the angel. Matthew is some time later. We don't know how much later, but it could have been up to maybe a year and a half, two years afterward when Jesus is a young a child. Jesus may even have been speaking a few words and thanking them for the gifts that He received from these wise men. And that's the biblical truth of the matter.

(To hear the fascinating, 30-minute interview in its entirety, click here. Kovacs joins the program at 7:09 into the program, which may take a few moments to load.)

In addition to what Kovacs mentioned on the air, there's even more evidence to demonstrate the wise men came later, perhaps even a year or more after Jesus was born.

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Another View: WHY I CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS

BY Skylar H. Burris

Traditionally, this is the time of year when most Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. image from 1.bp.blogspot.comOver time, Christmas came to incorporate numerous pagan symbols. And of course, the tentacles of American consumerism have woven their way around the holiday ever since the introduction of the first commercial Christmas card in 1846. For these reasons, some Christians believe we should not observe many of the traditional Christmas customs; others think we should not celebrate Christmas at all. How can I, when made fully aware of the pagan origins of many of our treasured Christmas symbols and rituals, still continue to celebrate the holiday, to delight in all it has to offer, and even to post a Christmas issue on the website of Ancient Paths? Some Christians have e-mailed me, clearly concerned by my continued persistence in celebrating this holiday.


New Zealand releases UFO government files

BBC

image from news.bbcimg.co.uk New Zealand's military has released hundreds of documents detailing claims of sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

The files, dating from 1954 to 2009, include drawings of flying saucers and alleged samples of alien writing.

The files include details of New Zealand's most famous UFO sighting when strange lights were filmed off the South Island town of Kaikoura in 1978.

An official report from the time said natural phenomenon could explain it.

Although the incident made international headlines at the time, the military report suggested it could be lights from boats reflected in clouds or an unusual view of the planet Venus.

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Pope’s child porn 'normal' claim sparks outrage among victims

Belfast Telegraph

image from 3.bp.blogspot.com Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict's claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn't considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s.

In his traditional Christmas address yesterday to cardinals and officials working in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI also claimed that child pornography was increasingly considered “normal” by society.

“In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said.
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Former Sen. Simpson calls seniors "greediest generation", senior responds

Subject: Senator Alan Simpson Calls Seniors 'Greediest Generation'

Hey Alan,

Let’s get a few things straight…


As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY YEARS…
I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63)…


My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would have made Bernie Madoff proud…


Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your shill commission is proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN…


I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare to pay the bills…


I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay of YOUR debt…


To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling “bullshit” on your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU…

How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?


At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?


How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?


What cuts in YOUR retirement and health care benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?


It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators who are “greedy”. It is you and they who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for what? Votes. That’s right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.

And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.

Always say what you mean !!


Always mean what you say !!


NEVER COMPROMISE .........


Does Your Pastor Believe in God?

A news report from the Netherlands points to a form of theological insanity that is spreading far beyond the Dutch.  Ecumenical News International reports that church authorities in the Netherlands have decided not to take action against a Dutch pastor who openly declares himself to be an atheist.

The pastor, Klaas Hendrikse, serves a congregation of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands.  In 2007 he published a book described as a “manifesto of an atheist pastor.”  In the book Hendrikse argues for the non-existence of God, but he insists that he does believe in God as a concept.  More...........


What's the most astonishing fact of the Bible?

Listen right now as amazing, often hidden truths in Scripture get revealed!


Posted: December 07, 2009
2:53 am Eastern

© 2010 WorldNetDaily


Joe Kovacs

What is the single-most shocking fact of the Bible?

That's what a U.S. radio host sought to find out from Joe Kovacs, author of the No. 1 best-seller, "Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told."

Jared Morris of WGMD Radio in Delaware held nothing back in an exclusive interview with the author last week, asking, "What's your favorite fact that we've never heard from 'Shocked by the Bible'? After a year or more, what's the thing that still stands out to you as, 'Wow, I can't believe that I've never heard that?'"

(Note: You can listen to the 43-minute interview in its entirety right now by clicking here. The program may take a few moments to load.)

"I think the most important thing is the destiny of human beings," said Kovacs. "A lot of people are aware that the Bible does promise eternal life for people who obey God; but the Bible does go well beyond that to tell us about an incredible, fascinating, fabulous future that we can barely conceive of and it uses the phrase 'children of God' and 'sons of God' and 'daughters' of God and it says that we will be above the angels, judging angels and judging the citizens of this world, and sitting down on the throne of Jesus Christ as the children of God.

"So that we will actually be born into the spirit world, not composed of flesh and blood anymore, but looking like yourself, composed of spirit just like God the Father and Jesus are composed of spirit, and be members of the actual Family of God; where yes, we'll be immortal; and yes, we'll be judging angels; and yes, we'll be ruling from Christ's throne. This is exactly what the Bible says and it calls us the children of God. God is having children. God is reproducing Himself after the God kind."

Morris then asked: "So when's that supposed to happen to us? Is that after we die, or is that after Armageddon?"

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Kissinger told Nixon he did not care if Soviets gassed Jews!

 

Forward: This is the same man who said: “In [General Alexander Haig's] presence, Kissinger referred pointedly to military men as ‘dumb, stupid animals to be used’ as pawns for foreign policy.” (Henry Kissinger, in a book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Simon & Schuster, 1976) The Final Days, p. 194.)... Bet you didn't know that--Bob Barney.

 

The Anti-Defamation League says a 1973 discussion between President Richard M. Nixon and his top foreign policy adviser at the time, Henry Kissinger, released as part of the Nixon tapes archiving project, “shows a disturbing and even callous insensitivity” toward Soviet Jews, “but should not change history’s verdict on the important contributions and ultimate legacy” of Kissinger.

In a conversation at the White House, Kissinger, the then-national security adviser to President Nixon, remarked: “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”

President Nixon replied, “I know. We can’t blow up the world because of it.”

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Copyright Extortionist Righthaven Sues Drudge

Shady Las Vegas copyright infringement company, Righthaven LLC, seems to be a small-time legal firm using a canned lawsuit to slap down bloggers for copyright infringement for meager settlements. But now they are going after alternative news kingpin and globalist critic Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report.

Righthaven claims that Drudge knowingly misused a Denver Post copyrighted photo of a TSA agent groping the crotch of a male traveler, along with a link to a story about airport security on the Las Vegas Review-Journal website.  Righthaven is seeking copyright infringement damages of $150,000 and forfeiture of his domain name.


This is the Real Deal, Shane Hmiel

image from fast1.onesite.com  BY: Brittney Cason      

The first time I ever met Shane Hmiel was before a race we were taping for the show we both work on, 3 Wide Life. It was the first time he ever raced on dirt… and he won the race.

Some people refer to Shane Hmiel as a former NASCAR driver, but in reality he’s actually a former USAC star and TV host. But in summation, he is a driver - and after his critical accident at Terre Haute Action Track on October 9th, a survivor. And suddenly, his hopes of running in the Indy 500 have turned to hopes of ever walking again.

 

He was Rookie of the Year at the Chili Bowl in 2009, finishing in the B-Main. But don’t say that to him. He is so humble he’ll go as far as to deny his accolades if you talk about them in front of him – which is preciously what he did when I introduced him to author Tucker Max. I saw Shane in Indy a few nights before his accident while I was on a book tour with Tucker. Shane joined us at the book signing and then we all went out to eat at St. Elmo.

Tucker asked the waiter to bring the Sommelier over to suggest which wine would best pair with our meals.

“Why did you just ask for a Somalian?”

That was just the start of a night full of “Shane-isms” Shane is as good and funny a friend as he is driver.  That night he turned to me and said, “I am so lucky I got a second chance.”

He was talking about his career – the fact he still gets to race cars for a living, and all the things he’s done to turn his life around. And through a miracle following a tragedy, he’s now getting a second chance AT LIFE.

Because I’m sure you know … he had a promising career in NASCAR. But he blew it all away after failing two drug tests … diagnosed with bi-polar disorder while going through rehab for drug treatment, it made sense why he couldn’t give up the drugs … he was self medicating. After being treated with legal, accurate drugs for bi-polar Shane has turned his life around, and used the **** he had been given in life as fertilizer to grow roses.

Driving to him comes as natural as walking for others. And he will walk, and hopefully drive again. His progress is slow, but he’s making a comeback in life just like he did in racing.

 

And we are cheering for him as he does. You can too, by helping sponsor the healing of the real deal, Shane Hmiel. Because adding insult to literal injury, he now has a lot of medical bills. Every little bit helps. Click here to donate.

 

Visit Brittney's Site for updates


EDITORIAL: The United (Muslim) Nations?

The United Nations wants to criminalize religious heresy, provided that those making the claim are Islamists.

Later this month, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on the nonbinding Defamation of Religions Resolution, which would give international sanction to the type of religious persecution commonplace in Muslim-majority countries. Superficially, the resolution contains feel-good human rights language routinely churned out by the U.N. The intent of this resolution, however, is to give sanction to repressive mechanisms that primarily Muslim countries use to stifle critiques of their state-sanctioned sects. This lends international legitimacy to criminal penalties against people who exercise their freedom of worship.  MORE


Movie Producers and Racetracks Get Special Tax Breaks in $858-Billion Obama-GOP Deal

stoack car racing, nascar

 

(CNSNews.com) – Provisions buried in the $858-billion tax-rate and unemployment-benefits extension bill that President Barack Obama negotiated with Republican congressional leaders extends special targeted tax breaks for racetracks and television and movie producers.

The tax break for "motorsports entertainment complexes" is found in Section 738 on page 59 of the 74-page bill. The tax break for "certain film and television productions" is found in Section 744 on page 61 of the 74 page bill.

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4 Scenarios for the Coming Collapse of the American Empire

The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines.
December 5, 2010  |  
 

A soft landing for America 40 years from now?  Don’t bet on it.  The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines.  If Washington is dreaming of 2040 or 2050 as the end of the American Century, a more realistic assessment of domestic and global trends suggests that in 2025, just 15 years from now, it could all be over except for the shouting.

Despite the aura of omnipotence most empires project, a look at their history should remind us that they are fragile organisms. So delicate is their ecology of power that, when things start to go truly bad, empires regularly unravel with unholy speed: just a year for Portugal, two years for the Soviet Union, eight years for France, 11 years for the Ottomans, 17 years for Great Britain, and, in all likelihood, 22 years for the United States, counting from the crucial year 2003.   MORE>>>>>>>>>>>

Future historians are likely to identify the Bush administration’s rash invasion of Iraq in that year as the start of America's downfall. However, instead of the bloodshed that marked the end of so many past empires, with cities burning and civilians slaughtered, this twenty-first century imperial collapse could come relatively quietly through the invisible tendrils of economic collapse or cyberwarfare.


I'm a Libyan on a Jet Plane - Oh Mo-I hate to go......


I´m a libyan on a jet plane - Vote for my rendition!

There's so many times we've
crashed and burned,
Seems like the colonel
would finally learn
Our Russian jets don't make
good submarines.
We fly out to protect our nation,
And use seat bottoms for floatation.
The water's warm, and we're
good swimmers too.
So kiss me and smile for me,
Call my folks in Tripoli,
Tell them that Khadafi made me go.
I'm a Libyan on a jet plane,
Don't know if I'll be back again.
Muammar, I hate to go.
Aircraft carrier J.F.K.
Come to blow our chemical plant away,
But we keep telling them it's
just pharmaceutical.
So kiss me and smile for me,
Call my folks in Tripoli,
Tell them that Khadafi made me go.
I'm a Libyan on a jet plane,
Don't know if I'll be back again.
Muammar, I hate to go.
Now the time has come to leave you,
One more time let me kiss you,
Then close your eyes, I'll be on my way.
Dream about the days to come,
When I won't need my mobile phone,
Hope it doesn't blow you're face away.
So miss me and pray for me,
Bow down to the East for me,
Kneel and gently kiss my butt goodbye.
I'm a Libyan on a jet plane,
Don't know if I'll be back again.
Muammar, I hate to go.
A Libyan on a jet plane,
Don't know if I'll be back again.


'Vandals have hacked at the heart of Christianity': 2,000-year-old Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury is cut down

see earlier story:  DID JESUS VISIT BRITAIN?

Vandals have destroyed one of the most celebrated Christian pilgrimage sites in Britain and chopped down a tree said to have sprouted from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea 2,000 years ago.

The Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury, Somerset, is visited by thousands every year to pay homage and leave tokens of worship. Those visiting today were moved to tears on finding the tree cut to a stump.

The sacred tree is unique in that it blossoms twice a year - at Christmas and Easter - and sprigs taken from the thorn are sent to The Queen each year for the festive table.

the vandalised holy thorn tree

Police tape surrounds the vandalised Holy Thorn tree on Wearyall Hill in Glastonbury as stunned locals look on. The branches were cut off overnight and a police investigation has been launched

 

The tree in all its glory before it was hacked apart. Legend says it sprang from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, the man who helped Jesus of the cross. To the right of the tree, in the distance, is Glastonbury Tor

The tree in all its glory before it was hacked apart. Legend says it sprang from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, the man who helped Jesus of the cross. To the right of the tree, in the distance, is Glastonbury Tor

 

A member of the public gathers sprigs from the vandalised Holy Thorn tree that was cut down overnight
People come to say prayers over the vandalised remains of the hawthorn tree on Wearyall Hill

A member of the public gathers sprigs from the chopped branches while (right) onlookers cry and say prayers

BROUGHT TO LIFE BY JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA, CHOPPED DOWN BY CROMWELL'S ROUNDHEADS, REBORN THANKS TO LOCALS

oliver cromwell

Christian legend dictates that Jesus's great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, came to Britain after the crucifixion 2,000 years ago bearing the Holy Grail - the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper.

He visited Glastonbury and thrust his staff into Wearyall Hill, just below the Tor, planting a seed for the original thorn tree.

Roundheads felled the tree during the English Civil War, when forces led by Oliver Cromwell (pictured) waged a vicious battle against the Crown.

However, locals salvaged the roots of the original tree, hiding it in secret locations around Glastonbury.

It was then replanted on the hill in 1951. Other cuttings were also grown and placed around the town - including its famous Glastonbury Abbey.

Experts had verified that the tree - known as the Crategus Monogyna Bi Flora - originated from the Middle East.

A sprig of holy thorns was taken from the Thorn tree by Glastonbury's St Johns Church on Wednesday and sent to the Queen.

The 100-year-old tradition will see the thorns sit on Her Majesty's dinner table on Christmas Day

Avon and Somerset Police have launched an investigation after locals found that vandals had hacked off the branches of the iconic tree. They were dumped next to the trunk which is protected by a metal cage.

Locals wept openly today at the foot of the tree, on the town's Wearyall Hill opposite its world-famous Tor as they struggled to contain their emotion.

Katherine Gorbing, curator of Glastonbury Abbey, said: 'The mindless vandals who have hacked down this tree have struck at the heart of Christianity.

'It holds a very special significance all over the world and thousands follow in the footsteps of Joseph Arimathea, coming especially to see it.

'It is the most significant of all the trees planted here and can be linked back to the origins of Christianity.

'When I arrived at the Abbey this morning you could look over to the hill and see it was not there.

'It's a great shock to everyone in Glastonbury - the landscape of the town has changed overnight.'

Glastonbury Mayor John Coles rushed to the tree site after he heard the news.

Mr Coles, 66, said: 'I'm stood on Wearyall Hill looking at a sad, sad, sight. The tree has been chopped down - someone has taken a saw to it.

'Some of the main trunk is there but the branches have been sawn away. I am absolutely lost for words - I just do not know why people would want to do this.

'This tree was visited by thousands of people each year and is one of the most important Christian sites. It is known all over the world.'

Deputy Mayor William Knight, 63, added: 'This is absolutely mindless. We are all devastated.'

 

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