Gentle reader, leading up to the recent elections there may well have been more talk about tides than to have been heard since the times of old King Canute (also spelt Cnut) who lived from circa 994 to 1035. As the reader no doubt knows, he was one of the invading Norse claimants to the throne of England leading up to the final victorious Norman invader, William, The Conqueror.

Canute was a complex character who started out as a bloody tyrant but he changed, as one source says: “At once he laid aside his ruthless temper to become a wise, temperate, devout and law-abiding ruler.” (Chambers Biographical Dictionary, Revised Edition, W & R. Chambers. Ltd, Edinburgh, 1984.) And here is where the tide comes in.

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