Umph, newbiesWho's just realised she's going to hit exactly two years since her first post with this nickname tomorrow! Time for a new one...?
Luckily we missed it this year. Although I saw at the Falmouth Oyster* Festival that the Jubilee Sailing Trust are trying out a "Wear an Eyepatch Day". Works better in real life than online though...Sawdust Producer":2m4lr0a1 said:As long its not talk like a Pirate week :? :wink:
Good rum, though...Gill":2bf5tvll said:Hmmmm.... Captain Morgan was the one that sprang to my mind, too. Definitely a colourful character who pursued a successful career, but a hero? That's debatable. After all, he died in his bed, didn't he?
Nelson and Wolfe mebbe? Nosey was a hero, no question. He just didn't court the publicity like Nel, and he wasn't loved by his men as Nelson was. Dammit, he met the greatest general at Waterloo and managed to hold out. He knew what he was good at, and he used it to fine effect. If he had a weakness it was impatience - particularly in seige situations, which often lead to unnecessary bloodshed. In an era of heroes, he was certainly one.Gill":2bf5tvll said:I always thought a British hero had to be:
- 1. Reckless enough to get himself hopelessly outnumbered a scrape; and,
2. Good enough to do better than seemed par for the course; and,
3. Opportunely posthumous.
So Wellington and Wolfe were heroes, whereas Wellington wasn't.
Wouldn't know where to start, to be honest. The last two pages are all off topic - but different topics... :roll: :lol:Gill":3cx1913x said:Errr.... sorry to have have veered so hopelessly off topic (again :roll . Perhaps a Moderator could remove some of these posts into the "Off-Topic" section?
Indeed - apart from the ones captured and renamed! It was a great moment - wish I could have been there.Gill":28x95f37 said:And as Alf's pointed out - "Victory", like others in the fleet, was made by British woodworkers out of British oak. Kinda makes you feel proud.