Can you recommend any particular biographies on Arthur Wellesley? So far, all I've ever managed to get my hot little hands was Andrew Roberts' "Napoleon & Wellington" and that was some time ago.
oh yes! the bible on Wellington is of course Elizabeth Longford’s bio. It has two parts, Years of the Sword & Pillar of State. After that I’d suggest Architects of Empire by John Severn, it is a really great book that goes into how Wellington’s relationship with his brothers (primarily Henry & Richard) shaped his career. A couple of other bio’s are;
Wellington: The Path to Victory by Rory Muir
Wellington’s Wars by Huw Davies
and if you want something brief, Christopher Hibbert’s bio on Wellington really does summarize things nicely.
"You don't know the pain and power of the Lord of Time until you've read it through the words of Ophelia..." This is a thing I now tell all my Tumbl-ing Whovian friends. Thanks for the tags. And all the other ones too.
sadfg thank you! but! i am not even a whovian blog!
i just occasionally go absolutely off my rocker about it
excellent question. (no particular order; beware, rambling below.)
1. The Trees, by Philip Larkin (longer-time followers will be rolling their eyes in exasperation because i won’t shut up about it but i just love it ok)
2. A God, or Sonnet 3, by Rainer Maria Rilke. The translation I link to is for reference only; I far, far prefer Don Paterson’s version, which unfortunately isn’t available online. I studied Paterson’s versions of Die Sonnette an Orpheus my last two years of senior school, and while I really didn’t like the way it was taught (our English teacher solemnly told us before we started that many people interpret Rilke as a sort of new-agey hippie kind of poet and that he didn’t like that interpretation, and then promptly talked about nothing but for the next year), I look forward to rediscovering the sequence on my own terms.
3. To Autumn, by John Keats. This poem has atmosphere like almost no other.
4. (Carrion Comfort), by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Important to me for three reasons: because it’s an extraordinary, soul-searing poem; because I beat my head against it for a dissertation for the better part of a year; and because I understood it best with the help of one of my dear friends, who is a devout Christian and really identified with the struggle described.
5. Poem 101, by Catullus. Most of Catullus’ stuff is amazingly, hilariously bawdy and rude; even the love poems are laughing at themselves, never quite able to take themselves seriously. This poem is actually better read in that context; the contrast in tone makes you feel the sheer depth of emotion that much more. I read it with the same friend mentioned above in preparation for our Latin exam: we both have brothers, and I think it hit us both pretty hard.
So ravingcelt009 tagged me with some pretty interesting questions. Yay, let’s go!
Right, now it seems I’ve to tag my own victims and present them with eleven questions of my own creation. Let’s start with the latter…
1) Do you ever wish you could’ve continued studying a particular subject at school and/or University that you later dropped? What is it and why?
Psychology. i got a minor in psychology, so at least there’s that, but I wish I’d added it to my list of majors or done something more with it. Why? Because I think I have a knack for it. I’ve been told by several people now that I’d be a good therapist, and I kinda agree with them.
2) Who is your favourite member of Monty Python?
John Cleese! :D
3) Do you feel that knowing your family history is important?
Not unless I’m secretly related to Saint-Just, no.
4) What position do you normally sleep at night?
This one made me laugh for some reason. I’m not really sure…? I know the one I can’t do is sleeping on my stomach. It always triggers sleep paralysis when I wake up, bahhhh. So. The. WORST.
5. Give one example of problematic media that you enjoy despite its flaws and another that you stopped interacting with because of them.
I love this one. Okay one I enjoy despite its countless flaws: GLEE! As for the one I stopped interacting with: BBC’s Sherlock.
6. What was your first thought this morning?
WAIT WAIT DO I HAVE CLASS DO I HAVE TO TURN SOMETHING DID I FORGET OH GOD NO I SUCK AT THIS– oh, no, wait, it’s Saturday.
7. If you could bring back to life any single prehistoric beast, bird of sea-faring creature, which would you choose?
AHHHHH omg all of themmmm!!!! I really love saber-toothed cats. And archaeopteryx. Also various precambrian creatures. Oh gosh. All the things on this one.
8. Unless you already have, what would it take for you to give up eating meat?
It wouldn’t take much I don’t think, not at this point.
9. Where do you stand on PDAs (Public Displays of Affection) from couples that don’t involve you?
I go back and forth with this. Sometimes I think people are too sensitive about other people kissing in public. It’s just kissing, get over your own sensitivities. And seriously why be so grouchy about people being happy together? Fuck the world could use some more happiness. On the other hand, I suppose I do feel awkward around it, but don’t think they should ‘stop’ just because of super minor discomfort. Unless it’s getting graphic and/or gratuitous. Then it just gets weird. Then it isn’t okay.
10. What’s your favourite meal of the day?
Definitely dinner. I prefer dinner foods over any other sort. Now I’m hungry.
11. If you believe in that sort of thing, what would you like to hear from your Divine Maker when you’re reunited with them after Death?
I don’t believe in one. BUT, if I did, it’d be cool to hear something like 'hey now that you’re dead you can time travel and see and do all the things’. That’d be nice.
“You can tell a lot about someone by the type of music they listen to. hit shuffle on your ipod, phone, itunes, media player etc and write down the first 20 songs. then pass this on to 10 people. one rule: no skipping”
Always post the rules: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and write 11 new ones. Tag 11 new people.
1. What is something you’re a fan of that no one else “gets”?
I’m going to say Digimon. From the moment I first saw it up until today, I have never been able to understand how so many of my friends would choose to watch the Pokémon anime instead of its far superior Digital cousin.
2. What was the last REALLY GOOD book you read?
A Feast for Crows. It was the last of the ASOIAF books that I found really satisfying.
3. What do you do when someone plays music that you can’t stand?
Walk out onto the deck and finish my drink.
4. Do you sing in the car (or comparable transportation mode)?
Considering the only transport I really use at this point in my life is the city tram network, no.
5. What kind of food is everyone else wrong about?
Cold leftover pizza. It’s the literal food of the Gods.
6. What cause or issue really resonates with you?
Any that tackles a situation whereby someone is denied the opportunities and privileges that I’ve been able to take advantage of in life for some arbitrary issue.
7. Who’s your favourite sidekick from any story?
8. Who’s your favourite minor character from any story?
Éowyn, Shieldmaiden of Rohan.
9. Choose one: Elsa or Jack Frost?
What is it with this website and its fascination of these two characters? Eeeeeh … Elsa I guess.
10. Choose one: original books or movie adaptations?
I’m going to answer this with a photo…
*“Happy Together” starts playing softly in the background*
11. Choose your Hawkeye: Benjamin Pierce or Clint Barton?
Barton. I haven’t seen M*A*S*H* yet so this isn’t really much of a choice.