Meccariello Aurum: A two eyelet derby.

Made on the Habu last. A two eyelet derby with decorative stitching on the facings. Made with handcoloured Annonay Boxcalf

I learn from C. the inches permissible during the return of the flair jean — three. The proper coding for melancholia — a Neapolitan silent screen star crying. A dinner — four spoons of tahini in front of a 1960’s photo of Cuba. Generic cigarettes — proud poverty. The Good — marginal parents. Knowledge — to be worn lightly but constantly cited, and never finding its expression in the Law. Beauty — ostensibly invisible but always in use like drugs
—  Alissa Quart, “Girls I Have Loved,” published in The Offing

next time i’m put on cold bar at starbucks (which is fucking never because of frappy hour) i’m thinking of making a strawberry frappucino, a chocolate frappucino, and a vanilla frappucino all blended with half and half instead of 3% to get a similar consistency to a milkshake and layering them on top of one another to create a Neapolitan frappuccino.

I have a feeling that Neo would have a way with ‘puppy eyes’.
Neo cosplay made and modeled by me (gvirusjunkie)
Photo by Zombie Ernie on DeviantART
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The Signs as Ice Cream Flavors

Aries: Cookies and cream
Taurus: Mint chocolate chip
Gemini: Rocky road
Cancer: Butter pecan
Leo: Chocolate chip cookie dough
Virgo: Pistachio
Libra: Neapolitan
Scorpio: Toffee
Sagittarius: Strawberry
Capricorn: Chocolate
Aquarius: Blue moon
Pisces: Vanilla


The Hundred Days Part III — The Neapolitan War,

In Case You Missed: Part I, Part II

As soon as Napoleon Bonaparte regained control of France after his exile at Elba Island, his first act as restored Emperor was to rebuild the French Army for the coming war.  The great powers had formed a new coalition to destroy Napoleon, and practically every country was busy mobilizing their armies in order to face off against Napoleon once again.  Napoleon was able to quickly build an army numbering around 200,000.  Some of his recruits were hardened veterans and members of the “old guard”.  Most were fresh recruits and due to manpower shortages were older children and old men.  One aspect of Napoleon’s empire that afforded him a lot of military power was that he usually had a lot of allies and puppet states to lend him support.  Now he had no friends and allies except one small insignificant kingdom in Southern Italy.

The Kingdom of Naples had been indirectly ruled by Bonaparte since 1806, first by his brother Joseph (who he would later make King of Spain) and later by one his his Field Marshals, a man named Joachim Murat.  Handsome and charismatic, Murat was able to make a deal with Austria which allowed him to maintain his rule over the Kingdom of Naples despite the fall of Napoleon in 1814.  When Napoleon returned, Murat chose to side with his Emperor and declared war on Austria on March 15th, 1815.  Obviously the Austrians had been expecting as much, as over 120,000 Austrian troops immediately crossed the border into Lombardy in preparation to invade Naples.  Murat claimed he had 80,000 men in his army, in reality he only had 50,000, a pathetic force compared to the might of the Austrian Empire.  Much like Napoleon, Murat was an audacious commander, despite being outnumbered and outgunned, the Neapolitan Army went on the attack, capturing much of Central and Northern Italy.  His strategy was to strike so quickly and with such force that he would take the Austrians by surprise, or at least create a buffer zone between his kingdom and the frontlines.

Early in the war his strategy seemed to work, as he forced the Austrians to fall back farther and farther to the north.  By early April he had even made it as far as the Po River in Northern Italy, however his attempts to cross the river at Occhiobello would prove his undoing.  The bridge crossing the river was heavily defended by cannon and infantry, Murat would send wave after wave of his best troops in an attempt to capture it.  All were savagely blown to pieces by grapshot and musket fire.  Then Austrian reinforcements swarmed, and forced Murat to retreat.  By mid May, Austrian troops were preparing to march on Naples itself, and Murat was forced to flee Italy altogether.

The defeat of Naples was a terrible blow for Napoleon.  The Kingdom was his only ally, now he was all alone.  In the meantime, the enemy coalition was growing, with powers such as Russia, Austria, Prussia, and Britain each mobilizing massive armies which individually equaled or surpassed the size of the French Army. Napoleon had to act fast in order to avoid being overwhelmed by the Coalition.  His grand strategy was to strike first, and he would do so at a place called Waterloo.