41. 1984 “If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.” – Margaret Thatcher January 1984 On the 2nd January 1984, construction of the second set of orbital dry-docks (now called orbital dry-dock facility two) has been completed, at the end of March 1984 construction of the first battlecruiser class warship will begin with HMS Courageous. The other dry-docks (facility two) will be used to refit the remaining Black Prince class warships to Black Prince II level. With the recent ‘poor performance’ of the Black Prince warships an improved heavy cruiser class is to be designed, this new heavy cruiser should incorporate all the technological improvements over the past few decades. These improvements are already going to be, fitted to the Courageous class battlecruisers, along with being easy to upgrade. HMS Courageous will not be, completed until January 1987 and will not be operational until the end of 1987. On the 3rd January 1984, the next four Black Prince II warships HMS Valiant, HMS Churchill, HMS Conqueror and HMS Victorious are launched from orbital dry-dock facility one, they will begin their trials and join the fleet at the end of 1984. On the 5th January 1984, construction begins in orbital dry-dock facility one of the next batch of four Black Prince II warships HMS Drake, HMS Canterbury, HMS Endeavour and HMS Otago. HMS Drake, HMS Canterbury, HMS Endeavour and HMS Otago will be completed by early 1986 and be operational by the end of 1986. On the 15th January 1984, left-wing rebel Tony Benn wins the Labour Party's nomination for the Chesterfield by-election, eight months after losing his seat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bristol in the General Election. Tony Benn is again put under ‘light’ surveillance by the security services due to his ‘views’ on certain issues effecting national security. On the 24th January 1984, the Apple Macintosh is introduced this computer will be in competition with the BBC Micro computer. On the 25th January 1984, the UK Government prohibits GCHQ staff from belonging to any trade union this has been ‘on the cards’ for some time. This is also to do with the ongoing security issues left over from the Soviet Spy scandal, as most of the trade union are see on the ‘left’ of politics. February 1984 On the 1st February 1984, Japanese carmaker Nissan signs an agreement with the British government to build a car factory in Britain, this landmark deal means that “foreign” cars will be, built in Britain for the first time, with the factory set to open during 1986. On the 3rd February 1984, Space Shuttle Challenger is launched on the 10th space shuttle mission. On the 7th February 1984, astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first un-tethered space walk. On the 10th February 1984, at the Woomera launch site in Australia it is announced that a series of unmanned probes will be sent to Mars for scientific research of the ‘Red Planet’. What the press is not told is this is the beginning of a program to send a manned mission to Mars before the end of the century this is also part of the Space Station program that had already been announced. These ‘space programs’ (announced and unannounced ones) will provide jobs for British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and help reduce unemployment in those four countries, with several subcontracts going to other commonwealth countries. The Woomera Rocket Program has a huge budget (even if you exclude Project Phoenix covert funding) with the first HOTOL launch expected later this year and the HOTOL program due to launch its first satellite at the end of 1985. Production of the various component parts for additional HOTOL-A ‘space plane’ is already underway in Britain, Canada Australia and New Zealand, with assembly taking place at Woomera. On the 15th February 1984, Dr Phillips proposes a radical departure from current recruitment program, in that, seriously ill academics could be, offered ‘special treatment’ in Seth’s Sarcophagus on condition that they keep the true nature of their treatment secret. Dr Phillips proposal also includes a deep background check as per normal on those academics that will be, offered ‘special treatment’, in addition a good cover story will be needed so that this ‘special treatment’ does not become widely available. In principal, the representatives of the four countries of Project Phoenix agree to this, but they will want more detail on how this ‘special treatment’ would work. Dr Phillips responds by saying that she will have a formal proposal along with an initial ‘test subject’ by early 1985 Dr Phillips already has someone in mind as her first ‘test subject’. On the 28th February 1984, on Heliopolis, the plan to restart space operations against worlds controlled by Apophis is cancelled instead the off world sections will be used, as this force is now expanding and can conduct such operations. This will free up the warships of Project Phoenix to defence Abydos, along with Earth and Heliopolis. This first operation using the off world sections will commence on the on the 31st March 1984, this will also see the first operational use of the LAV(S). March 1984 On the 1st March 1984, the Hurricane class fighters start full-scale production on Heliopolis it will take several years to replace the existing Osprey fighters and at the same time produce enough fighters for the new warships that are being constructed. On the 5th March 1984, Iran accuses Iraq of using chemical weapons; the United Nations condemns their use on the 30th March 1984. On the 12th March 1984, Miners' strike begins and pits the National Union of Mineworkers against Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government intent on free market reform of the nationalised industries, which includes plans for the closure of most of Britain's remaining coal pits. The Miners' will lose, mainly due to the combination of the growth of Nuclear Power and the strength and determination of the Prime Minister not to give in. This will also cause the formation of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers in 1985 those pits that come under the Union of Democratic Mineworkers will receive very strong government support, including financial support. Those coalmines that come under the National Union of Mineworkers will not. After the strikes are over those mines that come under the Union of Democratic Mineworkers will survive and those under the National Union of Mineworkers will not. During the year long strike the lights across the UK will remain on, thanks in part to Nuclear Power Stations and the heavy use of the UKs reserve oil powered power stations. The oil-powered power stations are benefiting from the UKs oil reserves that in the past few years reached maximum capacity and the reduced price of oil making the use of the UKs reserve oil powered power stations cheaper than it would have been. The coal-fired power stations are also kept operational, as prior to the strike coal reserves at these power stations had been built up by the government who had seen this confrontation between the government and the National Union of Mineworkers coming. On the 14th March 1984, Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams and three others are seriously injured in a gun attack by the UVF. The British Intelligence surveillance team does not intervene, as they have strict instructions not to reveal themselves, they do report the ‘incident’ to their superiors, though this information is not passed to the Police as the Intelligence agencies feel that this might put their surveillance team in danger. On the 29th March 1984, construction of HMS Courageous begins this ship is due to be completed by early 1987 with trials to be completed by the end of 1987 and entering the fleet in early 1988. On the 31st March 1984, the first off world mission to a Goa'uld controlled world takes place, this is the first time, in many years that the Off World Exploration Regiment has deployed to a Goa'uld controlled world via the Stargate. In recent years, the Off World Exploration Regiment has been exploring those worlds that came from the depository of ancient knowledge, that had been, downloaded in to James Macpherson’s brain. The Goa’uld System Lord does not know of the existence of these worlds therefore the Off World Exploration Regiment has seen no combat when exploring these worlds. This is also an opportunity to deploy the new Light Armoured Vehicle (shielded) LAV(S) with the first squadron of 6 LAV(S) being deploying in a supporting role for Squadron A’s 60+ troops and support personnel. The Jaffa defending this world is not expecting such a strong attack, the 6 LAV(S) deploy though the Stargate first followed by Squadron A’s 60+ troops and support personnel. This force quickly secures the area around the Stargate forcing the Jaffa to withdraw back to their stronghold on the planet to get additional Jaffa to try to take the Stargate back by force. April 1984 Between the 1st April and the 3rd April 1984, Off World Exploration Regiment, Squadron A defeats several attack against the Stargate by repeated Jaffa attacks. The plan that Squadron A is to hold the Stargate for the next 48 hours and inflict as many casualties on the Jaffa as possible. This is good practice for the Off World Exploration Regiments, the Jaffa are relatively easy targets for Squadron A’s troops, after all the four countries that make up Project Phoenix have a lot of military experience from various Earth conflicts and no restrictions on what they can and cannot do or use against the Jaffa, if needed. By midday on the 3rd April 1984, the Jaffa attacks have stopped, the Jaffa are merely watching Squadron A and avoiding combat with them this is the queue for Squadron A to start withdrawing, as they are not an occupying force. They also do not wish to push their luck too far, as they know that the Jaffa will have likely called for reinforcements (they have) Squadron A does not have the firepower to deal with a Goa'uld warship. By the time the last member of Squadron A has withdrawn though the Stargate on the evening of the 3rd April 1984, Squadron A has suffered, no dead, and sixteen wounded, with three seriously wounded. These three seriously wounded troopers will be, treated in Seth’s Sarcophagus that will heal all three troopers’ injuries within a few hours. The Jaffa on the other hand have suffered several hundred casualties both dead and wounded, the major contributor to these heavy casualties is the six LAV(S), along with the use of heavy machine guns, light mortars, ER-3s etc and much better tactics being employed by Squadron A compared to the Jaffa. The Jaffa have not fought a ‘proper’ enemy for thousands of years, only other Jaffa, this does not make a good training ground for new and innovative tactics for the Jaffa to learn. On the 4th April 1984, peace protesters evicted from the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp, with SI-5 officers present in an observational role only, when the peace protesters complain to the SI-5 officers. The two SI-5 offices reply ‘ none of our business, unless they commit a major crime’ this reply causes the peace protesters some shock. On the 12th April 1984, Arthur Scargill, leader of the National Union of Mineworkers, rules out a national ballot of miners on whether to continue their strike, which has already lasted five weeks. This is branded by the government as undemocratic this will be another nail in the coffin for Arthur Scargill in the end. On the 17th April 1984, WPC Yvonne Fletcher is shot and killed by a secluded gunman during a siege outside the Libyan Embassy in London in the event known as the 1984 Libyan Embassy Siege 11 other people are also shot but survive. On the 19th April 1984, “Advance Australia Fair” is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours. On the 22nd April 1984, in the wake of Yvonne Fletcher's death, Britain severs diplomatic relations with Libya and serves warning on its seven remaining Libyan diplomats to return to their homeland. A greater watch will be, kept on Libya from the UK base at Malta using the special reconnaissance aircraft fitted with alien sensor technology. On the 25nd April 1984, Section H launchers a reconnaissance onto possible Goa'uld controlled world, as they come though the Stargate, they find very little evidence of any Goa'uld presence on this world. On the 29th April 1984, Section H sends its supporting LAV(S) back though the Stargate, what Section H does not realise is this is one of the Tok'ra’s ‘safe worlds’ that is about to be attacked by the Goa'uld System Lords. On the 30th April 1984, the Goa'uld System Lords attack this world with considerable force Section H begins to withdraw through the Stargate at midnight on the 30th April 1984. Section H does not realise that they are not the target the Tok'ra are, most of the Tok'ra on this world are eliminated with the first strike only one Tok'ra barely survives thank to one of Section H’s troopers carrying the wounded man to safety (without knowing that there is a Goa'uld inside the man. May 1984 On the 1st May 1984, a off world section H comes under attack, one of the troops attempt to give mouth to mouth resuscitation to one of the badly injured natives, in this process allows a Goa'uld symbiote of the Tok'ra into his body. The Tok'ra symbiote is now aware of Project Phoenix (up to knowledge that a single trooper has) as the trooper staggers through the Stargate back to Heliopolis under his own stream, by the time get has passed through the Stargate Goa'uld symbiote of the Tok'ra has taken full control of the troopers body. Heliopolis, Stargate Bunker As the off world section troops come through the Stargate, Seth is waiting to provide any information on the System Lord (this is Cronus who was after the Tok'ra on the planet) that they were fighting, however Seth will not get a chance. As the trooper with the Goa'uld symbiote stumbles though the Stargate, Seth suddenly points at the trooper and says, “There is a Goa'uld symbiote inside that trooper.” Without waiting for a reaction Seth draws his Zat'nik'tel and shoots the trooper who as he falls his eyes glow with the tell tale sign of a Goa'uld symbiote being inside him. As the last trooper makes it though the Stargate, the Iris shield is activated until the Stargate shuts down, then the Iris shield is deactivated, Seth checks all the other personnel that have come though the Stargate none of them carry a symbiote. Heliopolis, Detention Facility A few hours later, the Trooper/Goa'uld wakes up in a detention cell that is also enclosed by a force field as well as the bars, along with two guards armed with Zat'nik'tel pointed at the Trooper/Goa'uld from behind the force field/cell bars, just in case. The Trooper/Goa'uld says, “You will release me, immediately.” The two guards do not respond to the order or the attempts at conversation with the prisoner, as the guards know that they are being watched. What no one yet knows is that Project Phoenix has Jolinar of Malkshur a member of the Tok'ra, all they know is that a Goa'uld symbiote is inside one of their troopers. Several hours pass, with Jolinar attempting to start a conversation with the two guards, though whatever he says the two guards ignore his orders/questions, these two guards have standing orders to ignore what the prisoner says. In addition, concealed cameras are watching the cell with additional guards with Zat'nik'tel’s ready to assist the two guards, just in case the prisoner somehow manages to get past the force field and the cell bars. During this time it has been decided that Seth should conduct the initial questioning, as Seth already has a Goa'uld inside him and only one Goa'uld symbiote can occupy a host at one time, this has also be confirmed by the Asgard, who are also watching. As Seth enters the cell area, he waves the two guards to leave the cell area, Jolinar immediately sense the presence of another symbiote. Once the two guards have closed the door, Seth asks, “Who are you?” Jolinar is puzzled this is not the question of a System Lord, Jolinar decides to say nothing in response, Seth sees this refusal to answer his question and says, “I am called Seth.” Jolinar recognises that name, a name he has not heard in several thousand years, Jolinar had thought that Seth was dead. Jolinar replies, “You are not Seth, Seth is dead a long time ago.” Seth smiles and says, “I am Seth, why should I lie about my name?” Jolinar replies, “You are a System Lord lying it is in your very nature to lie.” Seth who is still smiling and says, “I am no longer a System Lord, I have allied myself with these humans, your hosts memories would tell you that much.” Jolinar says nothing for a while then replies, “My hosts memories do confirm what you say, though I still do not trust you.” Seth says, “I do not want your trust, just your name, no more” then pausing and continues, “well for the time being anyway.” With an evil grin, appearing on Seth’s as this reminds Seth of the ‘good old days’. Jolinar looks up at the ceiling of his cell for several minutes, Seth almost turns to leave then Jolinar says, “I am Jolinar of Malkshur I am Tok'ra.” Seth laughs and says, “That is less believable the Tok'ra are a myth.” Jolinar replies, “No the Tok'ra are real my presence here proves that.” Seth says, “We shall see, I shall have food sent for you, we shall talk again soon.” Seth leaves the cell area and the two guards return, several minutes later Jolinar receives the food that Seth promised, this food is delivered at ‘arms length’ with several guards making sure that the symbiote does not try to jump into another body. Once Seth is in the observation room, Dr Phillips asks Seth, “What is the Tok'ra?” Seth replies, “The Tok'ra were a group of symbiotes who object to the ways of the Goa'uld and more specifically, the System Lords, deriving their name from the Goa'uld words “tok”, meaning “against” and the name of the Supreme System Lord, the now deceased Ra. However the Tok'ra was wiped out by Ra before I was stranded on Earth, to this one’s claims that he is Tok'ra, to be virtually impossible.” Dr Phillips asks Seth, “Could some of the Tok'ra have survived?” Seth replies, “It is possible, but unlikely, in any event you cannot verify this one’s statement that he is Tok'ra.” Dr Phillips thinking for a few moments then says, “Agreed, though we should continue to question this one, to try and find out the truth or even to confirm the possibility of the existence of the Tok'ra.” Seth replies, “Yes we could find out the truth, though it would take a long time, many months if not years.” Dr Phillips says, “Well the prisoner is not going anywhere, Seth I am putting you in charge of the questioning, though ‘others’ will want to have ‘there go’” Seth replies, “Agreed, I will question this ‘Jolinar’ when I have the time, it will give this for this one time to reflect.” With that, the discussion is over, the questioning of Jolinar will begin Jolinar will be informed that until he tells the truth he will not be released. The Tok'ra will assume that Jolinar was killed in the attack, thus assuring that the Tok'ra do not investigate any further, Jolinar is now on his own, but he does not know this. On the 3rd May 1984, the Asgard place a scanner in the Stargate bunker, to scan everyone coming through the Stargate to make sure that none of them have symbiotes. If a symbiote is found then the symbiote and the host will be automatically into a cell, the Asgard scanners will make an exception for Seth, the Asgard will not share this scanning technology with Project Phoenix. The knowledge of the Asgard presence on Heliopolis will be kept from the prisoner, though it is likely that the prisoner already knows this information from the host. On the 8th May 1984, the Queen opens the Thames Barrier, designed to protect London from floods this is another sign of the UK’s growing wealth, with several other project of ‘national pride’ being constructed. The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Denis Lortie kills three government employees in the National Assembly of Quebec building. On the 14th May 1984, the one-pound coin is introduced in Australia, with Sterling currency now well established in Australia. On the 23rd May 1984, Methane gas explosion at Abbeystead water treatment works in Lancashire, England kills 16 people. On the 30th May 1984, Arthur Scargill is arrested and charged with obstruction at Orgreave, watching these events are SI-5 officers to make sure that Scargill is arrested. June 1984 On the 1st June 1984, the first test fight of a HOTOL-A ‘space plane’ takes place, the HOTOL-A is launched from the new Woomera ‘HOTOL’ runway without any problems, HOTOL will remain in orbit for three days before returning safely. Additional test launching of the HOTOL-A, along with other HOTOL-A’s that are currently being assembled at Woomera, if this program keeps to its schedule the first ‘proper’ launch will take place at the end of 1985. By the end of 1984, a further three HOTOL-A flights will have taken place with several HOTOL-A’s being introduced into the test program as they finish being assembled. The HOTOL program is now gathering pace, if the launch at the end of 1985 is a success, then 1986 will see twelve HOTOL-A launches, assuming that this rate can be maintained then the commercial success of the HOTOL program is assured. On the 7th June 1984, 120 people are arrested when fighting breaks out outside the Houses of Parliament during a mass lobby by striking miners, with 22 arrests being made by SI-5 officers. On the 22nd June 1984, Virgin Atlantic Airways makes its inaugural flight using a Boeing 747 this airline will make extensive use of Concorde I (along with other aircraft as well). In the years to come and be the launch customer for the improved and enlarged Concord II (named in the English as the French have withdrawn by the time Concord II is introduced). On the 29th June 1984, control of London Transport is removed from the Greater London Council and transferred to London Regional Transport (reporting to the Secretary of State for Transport), under the terms, of the London Regional Transport Act. This is part of weakening the power of the GLC and moving the power back to central government. July 1984 On the 7th July 1984, 10th G7 summit held in London, with security very tight the other G7 members are impressed at the level of security around the summit. On the 25th July 1984, Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a space walk. On the 26th July 1984, in the UK the Trade Union Act prohibits unions from striking without a ballot. On the 31st July 1984, at Woomera work commences on assembly of the first enlarged Black Prince class heavy lift rocket [Authors note: think Ariane 5 type rocket], once assembled this heavy lift rocket will take a dummy payload into orbit. This heavy lift version of the Black Prince class rocket will be used to take the component parts of the Space Station that is currently under development. Later this Black Prince class heavy lift rocket will be used to take the parts of the Mars mission craft into orbit for assemble. August 1984 On the 1st August 1984, Australian banks are deregulated, with the growing strength of the Sterling Zone this is thought to be a good thing for the Australian banks. On the 11th August 1984, President Ronald Reagan, during a voice check for a radio broadcast remarks, “My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes”. The Soviet Far East Army was placed on alert after word of the statement got out, and that the alert was not withdrawn until 30 minutes later. In the UK, nothing happens when President Ronald Reagan makes these remarks. On the 28th August 1984, Josef Fritzl drugs and incarcerates his daughter Elisabeth in a secret cellar, in Amstetten, Austria; she would, only be released only after 24 years of sexual abuse and mental ordeal. On the 30th August 1984, STS-41-D the Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage. With the Woomera Rocket Program is not far behind the US Space Shuttle with its own HOTOL program. September 1984 On the 1st September 1984, the next Section of the Off World Exploration Regiment recommences operations against worlds under the control of Apophis, Apophis is now having real problems dealing with these attacks. As Apophis does not have enough Jaffa to increase his own forces, only to replace the current losses, this means that Apophis’s forces are not growing or at best growing very slowly. On the 10th September 1984, Geneticist Alec Jeffrey’s discovers DNA fingerprinting, this is another key discovery that will help Project Phoenix with the ATA gene theory that they are trying to develop. Alec Jeffreys funding from the government would increase, he would also, be given a knighthood for his discovery. On the 26th September 1984, the United Kingdom and the People's Republic of China sign the initial agreement to return Hong Kong to China in 1997. After 1997, the secret clause in this deal will open doors that China has been trying to access, one door will come about with the reunification of Hong Kong with China, in return China will support the UK in certain areas. This is ongoing closeness of ties between China and the UK, along with a growing number of Commonwealth countries. On the 28th September 1984, the High Court rules that the miner's strike is unlawful the High Court’s ruling means that the strike is now illegal, opening the miner’s to the full use of surveillance by MI-5, Special Branch, SI-5 and other agencies. October 1984 On the 1st October 1984, David Jenkins, Bishop of Durham, launches an attack on Mrs Thatcher's social policies. Factory and mine closures have particularly hard hit the Durham area since her election as prime minister five years ago. David Jenkins is placed under SI-5 surveillance this will only last a few months, though this surveillance is done without any political or even legal oversight. On the 5th October 1984, STS-41-G Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian to take part in a joint space program between Canada and the US, onboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. The US hope is to try to tempt Canada away from the Woomera Rocket Program to join with NASA, this is a hopeless endeavour for the US, as the US does not realise what Canada is really a part of a very different program. On the 10th October 1984, the High Court fines the NUM £200,000 and Arthur Scargill £1,000 for contempt of court. On the 11th October 1984, onboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk. On the 12th October 1984, the Provisional Irish Republican Army attempts to assassinate the British Cabinet in the Brighton hotel bombing. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escapes injury, but Norman Tebbit is trapped among the rubble and his wife Margaret is paralysed. Five people, including one MP Anthony Berry, are killed. On the 13th October 1984, Margaret Thatcher began the next session of the conference at 9:30 am the following morning as scheduled. She omitted most of her planned attacks on the Labour Party from her speech and claimed the bombing was “an attempt to cripple Her Majesty's democratically elected Government”: “That is the scale of the outrage in which we have all shared, and the fact that we are gathered here now shocked, but composed and determined is a sign not only that this attack has failed, but that all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.” One of her biographers would write that Thatcher's “coolness, in the immediate aftermath of the attack and in the hours after it, won universal admiration. Her defiance was another Churchillian moment in her premiership which seemed to encapsulate both her own steely character and the British public's stoical refusal to submit to terrorism”. Immediately afterwards her popularity soared to near-Falklands levels. The bomber Patrick Magee would be, arrested on the 24th June 1985 in the Queen's Park area of Glasgow with other members of an active service unit, including Martina Anderson, while planning other bombings. Magee and the other members of his ‘unit’ would receive ‘special’ questioning by Seth. Numerous arrests would follow Magee and the other members of this active service unit, Magee and the other will have no memory that they ‘betrayed’ the IRA this irony is not lost on Thatcher. On the 18th October 1984, support for the Conservative government is reported to be improving after several months of dismal poll showings, with the latest MORI poll putting them nine points ahead of Labour on 44%. On the 19th October 1984, Polish secret police kidnap Jerzy Popiełuszko, a Catholic priest who supports the Solidarity movement. His dead body is found in a reservoir 11 days later on the 30th October 1984. On the 31st October 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her 2 Sikh security guards. Anti-Sikh riots break out. Rajiv Gandhi becomes prime minister of India. The commonwealth is appalled by this murder and offers any support in the investigation that India may need the Indian government does not take up this offer of help. November 1984 On the 5th November 1984, 800 miners end their strike and return to work, Thatcher has succeeded in breaking the miners, by using (almost) all the UK’s available resources to break the miner’s the miner’s did not have much of chance against the UK intelligence and police resources. On the 6th November 1984, Ronald Reagan defeats Walter F. Mondale with 59% of the popular vote, the highest since Richard Nixon's 61% victory in 1972. Reagan carries 49 states in the Electoral College; Mondale wins only his home state of Minnesota by a mere 3,761-vote margin and the District of Columbia. In addition, this will see the election of Robert Kinsey to the US senate. On the 12th November 1984, the English one-pound note is withdrawn after 150 years in circulation. On the 19th November 1984, the number of working miners increases to around 62,000 when nearly 3,000 striking miners return to work. The miner’s continue to be monitored but now at arm’s length, as they have been broken and pose no real threat to the UK anymore. On the 20th November 1984, British Telecom shares go on sale in the biggest share issue ever. Two million people (5% of the adult population) buy shares, almost doubling the number of shareowners in Britain. On the 28th November 1984, the British Telecom share offer closes. On the 30th November 1984, the British and French governments announce their intention to seek private promoters for the construction of the Channel Tunnel in order to build and operate it without public funding. The tunnel, for which proposals were first made as long ago as 1802, is expected to be open by the early 1990s. December 1984 On the 1st December 1984, the first HOTOL makes its first successful test fight, for this flight the HOTOL ‘space plane’ would carry no cargo. On the 2nd December 1984, the provisional government of Grenada, proposes a referendum on whether Grenada should become part of the UK, the proposal is to have this referendum in mid 1985. This proposal by the provisional government of Grenada takes the US government by surprise, the US government offers their (grudging) support for such a referendum and put their support behind Grenada remaining independent, this will do the independent campaign no end of harm. On the 3rd December 1984, Lewis Collins is invited to the MoD for a briefing this briefing will be to invite him into Project Phoenix. After getting over the shock, Lewis Collins accepts the offer to be a ‘recruiter’ for Project Phoenix, Lewis Collins will be promoted from his current TA rank of Lieutenant to Captain with immediate effect. On top of his ‘normal’ army salary, Captain Collins will receive £50,000 per year in expenses along with all of his travel bills paid for by the Project Phoenix ‘Black Ops’ fund. This will make Captain Collins a very wealthy man, as a ‘recruiter’ for Project Phoenix Captain Collins has access to almost unlimited funds, though all expenses are watched over to check for any irregularities. The leadership of Project Phoenix is not stupid with the money under their control. On the 19th December 1984, the People's Republic of China and United Kingdom sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which will see Hong Kong returning to Chinese control in 13 years. By the 31st December 1984, UK unemployment is now down to 2,824,715 and continuing to fall thanks to various government funded projects. At the end of 1984, HMS Valiant, HMS Churchill, HMS Conqueror and HMS Victorious finish their trials and are assigned to the third cruiser squadron. All damaged warships have now repaired since their battle at Abydos, in addition all Black Prince class warships have been, upgraded to Black Prince II level. Project Phoenix, Warship Order of Battle HMS Defiance not assigned to any squadron, operates independently First Cruiser Squadron HMS Black Prince (Squadron & Fleet flagship) HMS Resistance HMS New Zealand HMS Tiger HMS Royal Oak HMS Hood HMS Canada HMS Australia Second Cruiser Squadron HMS Mountbatten (Squadron flagship) HMS Lion HMS Magnificent HMS Bonaventure HMS Vampire HMS Vendetta HMS Illustrious HMS Indomitable Third Cruiser Squadron HMS Implacable (Squadron flagship) HMS Indefatigable HMS Valiant HMS Churchill HMS Conqueror HMS Victorious To be continued.