Sierra Spartan Mike Wan….
Thanks for the ipod mini still in immaculate condition. Well, you have brought music back to my room, my darn ipod mini died on me and leaving the darn bose sound dock like a white elephant …and not to mention your poddy will serve in my car as well….
Well, if you are concerned about the battery life…I ain’t…cos it is always hooked to a power supply.
anyhow, to end..it always a pleasure meeting you up sometimes…and without fail, you always have interesting stuff to share… and talk about old times of the zergs, fragging, etc…The good old days @PHQ…your favourite order of luncheon meat, egg and otak…haha..the days we both died in the gym…
To end,something interesting I learnt about your spartan race….
The geopolitical origins of the battle actually predate King Xerxes, as it was his father, King Darius I of Persia, or Darius the Great, who initially sent heralds to all Greek cities offering blandishments if they would submit to Persian authority. As was customary, this was signaled by asking for “earth and water”, betokening their submission, which was duly kept by the assiduous bureaucrats of the Persian Empire. Many of the 700 Greek states submitted, including Argos.
The Athenians declined to adhere to their initial agreement, undertaken in 507 BC (as the command in 491 BC from Darius, through his brother the Satrap of Ionia Artaphernes, was to reinstate Hippias the tyrant, which the newly democratic Athenians were loath to do).
Despite the turbulent nature of Greek politics, the Spartans found themselves on the same side as the newly formed Cleisthenes democracy of Athens; though they didn’t just kill their heralds, as the Athenians did, but threw them into a well, answering their demand for ‘earth and water’ with the retort “Dig it out for yourselves”.