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July 19, 2006

England expects


Flea-ish plans on quite what to do with the inevitable fruits of my long-term lottery ticket investment scheme have been made much simpler with the discovery of this attractive bronze statuette of Lord Nelson mounted on oak taken from the original HMS Victory. Yet more impressive would be a pair of Nelson chairs with Victory oak front legs; just the ticket for the hypothetical study of the Flea.

On a related note, I have just discovered the BBC hosts video of the recent re-enactment of the engagement of the Blue Fleet and Red Fleet(s) at Trafalgar. Which is fine as far as it goes. But I will happier when Days of Trafalgar is mandatory viewing in history lessons everywhere. This is how it really went down.

The mock Battle of Trafalgar was held between a blue and a red team, rather than Britain versus France. The decision upset some who regarded it as unnecessary political correctness.

I keep pointing to this specific stupidity as I believe it is emblematic of so much of the indigestion of reason typical of our present circumstances.

And let's have a little VE Day while we are at it, shall we.

Bridge for sale in Brooklyn Update: I am beginning to think there is enough Victory oak on the market to build a small flotilla. That said, I like the look of this canon ball, this commemorative coin and especially this cat's head dagger.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 19, 2006 11:47 AM


Very nice YouTube presentation on Britain at War, and an infuriating reminder of that “Red Fleet vs. Blue Fleet” nonsense. The whole Grand Unification project in Europe is incompatible with a sense of national patriotism, and hence with any knowledge of history. Unfortunately, you can’t mock those sentiments on a national level and then revive them on a continental level, which is why Europe may yet be the first civilization to die through deliberate suicide. Given the moralistic thrill they’re getting out of the process, I’d call it autoerotic asphyxiation.

Enough of the rant. Yes, the Victory memorabilia is getting a little ridiculous. It reminds me of reconstructing a saint from the contents of all those medieval reliquaries, so that St. Sebastian or whoever winds up with eleven limbs and three skulls.

Posted by: utron [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 19, 2006 03:03 PM

It is now my mission to retell the life of St. Sebastian taking into account his extraordinary limbs and heads. Or to repaint that how death by arrows sequence at the very least.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 19, 2006 04:40 PM

Nelson was a fucking bad-ass. EOM.

Posted by: Bill from INDC [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 19, 2006 08:37 PM

Nelson would have favoured Zidane's headbutt.

Posted by: Alan McLeod [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 19, 2006 08:53 PM