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.
“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.
1. Favorite Star Wars Character from just the 6 movies
Oh, God, I have to *choose?* Well, my default answer is Anakin/Vader, although I’ve been on an Obi-Wan kick for a while now. Runners-up include Qui-Gon, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Yoda.
2. Favorite Star Wars Character from just The Clone Wars cartoon
Hondo Ohnaka! Runners-up include Ahsoka Tano, Quinlan Vos, and Cad Bane. (Yes, I know that Vos was in TPM for .05 seconds. That business on Tatooine doesnt, doesn’t count.)
3. Favorite Star Wars Character from the EU
I don’t read much EU, but I’m going with Mara Jade just because if she’s good enough for Luke, she’s good enough for me. Runners-up include Cade Skywalker and Jools the Hutt from the first run of the Legacy comic.
4. Be honest, could you follow the Jedi Code?
HELLS, NO! I get in a lot of deep “discussion” with my guides about this. I see the Jedi Code AND the Sith Code as extreme opposites that don’t go anywhere near the center point (y'know, where all the balance is) where everyone should be. My hybrid code is as follows: Self, but not at the expense of Others. Others, but not at the expense of Self.
5. Your pets! If you don’t have any, what type of pet would you wan?
I don’t keep pets. I don’t have the time or energy to give them the attention they deserve. Plus when we kept pets we grew superattached to them and it broke our hearts when they passed on, so we both said ‘never again.’ We used to have a tree frog named Pierre and a betta fish named Louie. If I had the wherewithal and discipline to keep pets, I’d probably have some tropical fish, maybe a frog or two. I like pets that you can’t pet. :)
6. Your tattoos! If you don’t have any what would you like to get?
Not into tattoos myself. Had fleeting thoughts that it might be fun to have one, but the needle pain and the idea of marking myself with a symbol that I might regret in the future keeps me away. But if I got one, probably a really cute fish on my ankle.
7. Favorite Superhero?
Thor! Which is ironic, because I’m terrified of thunder and lightning. But Thor’s a cutie with nice manners. :)
8. Favorite Villain?
Vader. DUH! :-P
9. Choose one: Harry Potter or LOTR?
Lord of the Rings. Haven’t seen the last two Harry Potter movies and have yet to crack open any of the books. Nothing against Potter, but I grew up with LOTR, and I always wondered why everyone would study magic in HP, but not use any of it to make the world a better place.
10. Choose one: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars. Not to put too fine a point on it, but again, DUH!
10. Choose One: Marvel or DC?
Make Mine Marvel!
What is something you’re a fan of that no one else 'gets?’
What was the last REALLY GOOD book you read?
What do you do when someone plays music that you can’t stand?
Do you sing in the car? (or comparable transportation mode?)
What kind of food is everyone else wrong about?
What cause or issue really resonates with you?
Favorite Sidekick (any story)
Favorite Minor Character (any story)
Choose one: Elsa or Jack Frost
Choose one: Original books or movie adaptations
Choose One: Benjamin (Hawkeye) Pierce or Clint (Hawkeye) Barton