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May. 2nd, 2009

And this from sentryguardt:

Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate
you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

Edit: If you want to comment, but don't want 5 subjects - because you've already done it, or just don't wanna, please comment. I won't give anyone 5 things unless they ask...


Edrington is a redcoat, and I have had a love for redcoats since I first started reading historical fiction - redcoats, and the Roman legions - and this would be in the early 50s. Kipling's verse and stories, The Flight of the Heron and then Zulu and Waterloo all gave me redcoats to admire and follow.

Edrington, in Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters is beautifully portrayed by Sam West, is snarky and competent (as the best redcoats are) and I was delighted by him. I had just started a bit of internet digging, when the first RPG Per Mare, Per Terram was set. I joined, and then moved to StC. I'd already decided to give my Edrington his own name - Thomas - and backstory, to show that he was a different 'character' from Slutbunny and other Edringtons in fan fiction.


This was the great Carlisle Flood - the 200 year flood, when wind and tide backed the Eden up through Carlisle to within about 50 yards of our house. All one could see from the house was water, and why didn't I take a picture of it? I mentioned it when sentryguardt was driving through flooded fields in the winter.

Otter (or seals/sealions)

The seals on one of my user pics - from a photo I took at Nausicaa in Boulogne, when we used to live in the south and go to France for a day out. I love the anthropomorphic way they show affection and interest ...


I read these as a child and enjoyed them, although they have not worn well. But Narnia as a playground in which to test the role-playing skills needed for StC - with danger, and courage, and battles, small and large - and torture, and love and angst and Sankt Nikolaus ... That was great fun, and allowed those of us playing there to exercise our imagination on fantasy as well as historical reality....


Green's a nice colour, though I'd rarely wear it myself. But I think that given the other topics it means Rifles to me at the moment. I read The Spanish Bride nearly 50 years ago. The book is very firmly based on the real life story of Harry Smith, of the 95th Rifles, who meets and marries a young (very young) Spanish girl after the siege of Badajoz, and she accompanies him and The Division everywhere. During a long and active marriage, including India and South Africa - the town of Ladysmith is named after her, and the smaller, less famous village of Harrysmith after her husband. The Spanish Bride, based on the memoirs of rifles officers, riflemen and all the other records of the Peninsular War is full of interesting characters, and danger and battle, and courage, and determination. I remember being excited when the Sharpe books were first written that here would be another chance to meet such an interesting cast of characters, but unfortunately Sharpe's stories did not feature any of them... No Harry and Juana, no Dan Cadoux, no Johnny Kincaid, or George Simmons, or Harris and Costello...


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May. 2nd, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
I comment, I comment. I have already down ten things though. :D

Oh, Narnia. That was so ridiculously fun, and dark, and moving. And ah! The Spanish Bride - it's getting even better, for all my slow, essay-interspersed reading.

And I love Edrington, of course. XD
May. 2nd, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
For that, I won't ask you to write about
Cauliflower; Vanyar; China; Feminism; Lawrence of Arabia.

I'm so glad you love Juana and the others. And Edrington, of course ...
May. 2nd, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
If you can get hold of a copy, I recommend The Other Side of the Hill by Peter Luke. It's the same basic story as The Spanish Bride but from a different perspective, and will give you another chance to meet Kincaid and the others.

And I think you've probably got Kincaid's memoirs. If you don't have Costello, I managed to get hold of his memoirs on Amazon.

(If you want to give me five things, I have already done it, but don't object to doing it again. *g* )
May. 2nd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
I've got Kincaid (had it for decades..) and Harris and Costello and Jonathan Leach (and Ensign Bell). I'll be having George Simmons too, soon *Bounces, and hope it arrives in time!*

Five things...
Soldiering; Sailing ships; gypsy tarts; Bernard Cornwell; customers....

If those are repeats, you can just repeat...
May. 2nd, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
*surfaces* Comment, comment! *descents*

*mutters* I will have to read 'The Spanish Bride' one of these days, won't I?
May. 2nd, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Yes. You will. And An Infamous Army, just for the description of Waterloo.
May. 2nd, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
*bounces* I did, I did!

6. An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer.
Had been recommended to me by at least two different people as "having THE best account of Waterloo ever shown in a novel. And that includes Sharpe's Waterloo." And "is used in Sandhurst, or some such place."
So, I bravely soldiered on through the tedious meat marriage market blah. Highlights are: chapter 9, a daytrip to Hougoumont and ch. 12, troop inspection with Wellington and Blücher. In ch. 17 we reach 16.6.1815, the day of Ligny and Quatre-Bras. Then the reading flow is seriously disrupted by some woman bleating on about being secretly married to a Life Guards officer, I mean who cares? and in ch. 21 we are finally on 18.6.1815, the day of the battle. It is an exellent account of Waterloo, I got out my battlefield guide and the map and could follow the unfolding events beautifully. Very good.
I think Silly Billy got off far too lightly, he did order infantry to be slaughtered by cavalry on three different occasions... but oh well.
I still prefer Sharpe's Waterloo, though. ;) It's nowhere near as boring.
May. 2nd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
The Spanish Bride will be much better for you than The Infamous Army: much less romantic - or much, much, much more romantic. I hated Lady Barbara and the tiresome Lady George, too...

I would heartily recommend - and so would my husband. It got him interested in Peninsular War memoirs...

And if you do want five Things:

King's German Legion; Terry Pratchett; Wassah!; Heavy Metal; Veterinarying...
May. 2nd, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, tall order! I'll need a few days to put my thoughts into words...
May. 2nd, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)

Sam West as Edrington was absolutely yummy, though I'll never be able to watch him there again without thinking of 'Stiff Upper Lip* movie. XDD 'We love each other!'
May. 2nd, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
I won't watch that then, because I want my Edrington to remain untainted. And beautiful...

5 things:
Dalziel and Pascoe; Aberdeen; StarTrek; Squeeing over books; Firemen
May. 2nd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
(I've done it, but they are fun :) so yes please!)

Hmm, it does seem like the Spanish bride might be a good thing to find and read! Think the otters are similarly human sometimes, though perhaps a lot less trainable and such. But that was interesting :).
May. 2nd, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
The Spanish Bride is good - I'm recommending it totally. I love Georgette Heyer, but this isn't a soppy romance with a few soldiers to make it interesting. There's more war, and comradeship - and the Bride is a delight.

Five things:
Lippizaners; slap; Irish dancing; jokes; material for sewing.
May. 4th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Slap as a physical motion? *is confused!*

And by what you are describing it's just what would makes it a great read. :) Will definitely look into it!
May. 4th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
It was among the first things we discussed - slap, or slapa near Gozd Martuljek.... I just associate you with them.

Everyone should read The Spanish Bride :-) There is a lot there that we could use in StC.
May. 2nd, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, sounds like I'll have to keep my eyes open for The Spanish Bride too. Sounds like a very good book!

And I haven't done a list of 5 things yet, so feel free to give me some. :D
May. 3rd, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
You should - for Riflemen, particularly, and for Juana, of course

Five things then:
Dr Who; Dinner; Monty Python; Art, and your style; the Bolitho series
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