Here are some one liners...
The Caribbean Superpower of Belize -- I talk about the colonization of Belize, poke some fun at President Bush the Elder and mention that there are problems when one is trying to escape problems by moving to a 3rd world country.
What It Means to be 'True Blue' -- Uniforms were uncommon for the day so when a civil war broke out, each side picked a color to represent them. They "flew their colors" or wore an arm band. I also talk about Blue Laws and the problem with being manipulated by symbols and songs today.
The Caribbean Superpower of BelizeThe Mayans have lived in Belize since the time of Moses, but the first European landing occurs this year when a shipwrecked group of British loggers build a few huts near the Old River now known as the Belize River. This is the bare beginnings of the City of Belize and the colony of British Honduras on the Yucatan Peninsula. (Spanish Honduras is further south.) Belize will soon become a base for British privateers (otherwise known as pirates). Legend has it that the name "Belize" comes from a particularly successful Scottish pirate that the Spanish called "Bellise," but records of this time are unreliable. (Apparently, pirates are not good record keepers.) By the 1680s regular English colonists will establish British Honduras and log the trees to be made into dyes for wool. Later they will harvest mahogany and eventually plant sugar cane. The name will change from British Honduras to Belize in 1973 and the country will achieve full independence from Great Britain in 1981.     
What It Means to be 'True Blue'There has always been tension between the Church of Scotland (actually, Scottish Presbyterians) and the Anglican Church, but King James managed to come to a compromise and avoid a revolution. His son, King Charles the 1st, has changed all that with a new prayerbook. It's not much different than the Common Book of Prayer that everyone is familiar with but he and the Scottish Bishops produced this new liturgy in secret and foisted it upon the unsuspecting public last year. Riots ensued. If King Charles was going to have it his way then the Scots would have it their own way and they give the bishops the boot this year. As both sides square off for what is looking like a civil war, the Presbyterians make a covenant with each other to remain true to their faith. In any fight, they must fly their colors. Since the English flag is generally red, the Presbyterians choose blue. "True blue" has a nice ring to it. Eventually "true blue" comes to mean those who are loyal and dependable.  
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