Friday, February 23, 2007

The Friday "toy"


Taken in a far-flung corner of Horseguards' Parade, Whitehall, today. The plaque reads:

TURKISH GUN – Made by Murad son of Abdullah, Chief Gunner in 1524. Taken in Egypt by the British Army 1801. The Gun is inscribed:

The Solomon of the age the Great Sultan Commander the dragon guns (to be made) When they breathe roaring like thunder. May the enemy’s forts be raised (sic) to the ground. Year of Hegira 931.
Those were the days… But just a thought. If Turkey joins the EU, will we have to apologise and give this gun back?

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