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2017-03-02 07:21 pm

Home improvement

I can has campfire now! *huddles down* and *listens to sleet hitting the windows*

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2016-11-09 08:53 am

*is scared*

Must have felt like this a hundred years ago...

Democracy... does not seem to work without reason...
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2016-03-26 01:57 pm

Swimming and thinking

So, I made it to the pool a few times...
... no training or drills, just leisurely swimming. And letting my mind wander... ;)

To TI, and SwimTrek mostly.

- I do like the ease, the effortlessness my drilling the last years have given me
- but, thinking about a patient lead hand (to the point of gliding to almost a standstill) and counting strokes per length (14 as opposed to my normal 18 or 20) I do get miffed that it seems to make me so... very... slooooooow...
- and, while I'm proud to have the core strength and balance to do these glides, I remembered that I had been working my way through the Ultra-Efficient Freestyle Complete Self-Coaching Toolkit *giggles at name* and that just before I took off to crete I came across a drill that taught to get away from the 'lead hand pause'
- and I realised I really want to get back to TI and doing these drills to eliminate the pause

Plus, I gave my... er... my cousin's daughter?, who has swimming as part of her 'Sports' specialised course in the university-entrance diploma, a TI book(let), because while she is an exellent athlete... a swimmer she's not. And I want to spend time with her at the pool and help... so moar pooltime!

(hah! for once I remember to doublepost!)
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2016-03-08 11:23 am
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The Playlist Poetry Meme
Put your music player on shuffle, and write down the first line of the first twenty songs. Post the poem that results. The first line of the twenty-first song is the title.

from [personal profile] alisanne

In the heat of the night

Prisoner of my dreams
In the North, a prisoner of darkness
Ravishing children in perilous times
Enter the underworld
My life fades, my visions dim

I retired to a towering mountain
Dein Vater ist verschollen
Centuries of fighting
Wistful temptress
When the yellow dies under the velvet thoughts

Distant is the time
Frændir teir á skógin ríða
Sprinkled by the trappings
first day in an unknown place
Since I was born they have kept me down

Midwinter's eve falls hard upon the tyrant throne
The arrogance in the bitter sweet
Before we could talk we were singing
Everything they do and say
Upon by birth came close to death

...don't think I'll win any poetry awards...
...perhaps I should limit the shuffle to English-vocals bands...
...who are actually somewhat proficient in English...
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2016-03-07 11:17 am

*happy sigh*

... but is back to rain and snow.
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2016-02-08 06:08 pm

Did I ever mention...

... that I'm back from Crete? I didn't, did I.

Anyway, back from an exellent SwimTrek vacation (see the pics! and planning my next holiday... I'd love to go diving again... a 'real' diving holiday, not just hopping into the water once or teice... with lovely coral... and lots of fishies... and colourful nudibranches...

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2015-05-01 12:47 pm


Went diving today! YAY! 't was cold with miserable visibility, but I found a buddy and went DOWN!
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2015-03-24 06:39 pm


Happy to go indoordiving tomorrow!
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2014-11-01 11:38 am

Peninsular War links

A collection of Peninsular War links

First, a quote by the author of The Spanish Bride

„...a note for those of my readers who may wish to know which were my main works of reference.
Obviously, the most important authority for Harry’s and Juana Smith’s story is Harry Smith’s own Autobiography. Obviously again, it would have been impossible to have written a tale of the Peninsular War without studying Napier’s work, and Sir Charles Oman’s monumental History of the Peninsular War. I must acknowledge, as well, my indebtedness to Sir Charles Oman’s smaller work, Wellington’s Army; and I should like to thank both Sir Charles Oman, and Colonel Jourdain, for their kindness in searching for an obscure reference on my behalf.

I have not, to my knowledge, left any of the Diarists of the Light Division unread. Of them all, I found Kincaid and George Simmons the most useful for my particular purpose; but the details of the rank-and-file of the 95th Rifles were culled largely from Edward Costello’s Adventures of a Soldier. But Rifleman Harris was useful too; and so was Quartermaster Surtees, in spite of his unfortunate habit of covering all too many pages with moral reflections.

Outside the Light Division, Larpent’s Journals provided endless details. And there are grand bits to be found in Grattan’s Adventures with the Connaught Rangers; in Sir James McGrigor’s Autobiography; in Gleig’s Subaltern; in Gomm’s Recollections of a Staff-Officer; and in Tomkinson’s
Diary of a Cavalry Officer. There is a book of Peninsular Sketches, too, compiled by W. H. Maxwell; and all sorts of information to be gathered from the Lives of various commanders, not to mention the regimental histories.

And last, but certainly not least, there are the Dispatches, and the Supplementary Dispatches, of Wellington himself.

Diaries, Journals, Memoires

Blücher, seine Zeit und sein Leben mehrere Bände in drei Büchern
Buch V bis VIII
ab IX Buch

Der königlich hannoversche Generalleutnant August Friedrich Freiherr v. d. Busche-Ippenburg , Bernhard Schwertfeger

Geschichte der Königlich deutschen Legion, 1803-1816 , Bernhard Schwertfeger

Kreuz ubd Querzüge von August Ludolf Friedrich Schaumann

Memoiren aus dem spanischen freiheitskampfe 1808-1811; Ludwig von Grolmann--Albert Jean Michel Rocca--Moyle Sherer--Heinrich von Brandt--Henri Ducor--Don Juan Andrés Nieto Samaniego (1908)


Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, in the Peninsula, France, and the Netherlands from 1809 to 1815 by John Kincaid

Recollections of Rifleman Harris, (old 95th) with anecdotes of his officers and his comrads

the french and cavalry?

The Hussar General: The Life of Blucher, Man of Waterloo (Wordsworth Military Library) by Roger Parkinson

The Hussar by M. Gleig

The glorious hussar; the best of the exploits and adventures of the Brigadier Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hungarian hussar an illustrated history by József Zachar

The Melancholy Hussar and Other Stories (Collector's Library) by Thomas Hardy

In the Peninsula with a French Hussar

The Young Hussar: French Cavalryman of the Napoleonic Wars at Marengo, Austerlitz, Jena, Eylau and Friedland by Baron De Marbot

In the Peninsula With a French Hussar: Memoirs of the War of the French in Spain (Napoleonic Library) by Albert Jean Michel De Rocca



Wessex tales;: That is to say: The three strangers, A tradition of eighteen hundred and four, The melancholy Hussar, The withered arm, Fellow-townsmen, Interlopers at the Knap, The distracted preacher by Thomas Hardy aaber...?

xHussar Rocca - A French cavalry officer's experiences of the Napoleonic Wars and his views on the Peninsular Campaigns against the Spanish, British And Guerilla Armies by Albert Jean Michel De Rocca

v. I. Journal of a soldier of the Seventy-first Regiment (Highland Light Infantry) from 1806 to 1815.

The Spanish campaign of 1808, by Adam Neale.

Despatch after the Battle of Corunna, by Sir John Hope.

Reminiscences of a campaign in the Pyrenees and south of France, by John Malcolm.

v. 2. Memoirs of the war of the French in Spain, by M. de Rocca.

Narrative of the battles of Quatre Bras, Ligny, and Waterloo. Death of Napoleon Bonaparte