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Bad Education (2004)

Bad Education at once feels inscrutably intimate and excitingly cinematic — like the majority of the films within Almodóvar’s oeuvre, it grabs us by the shirt collar and astounds us in the way it both holds us hostage and genuinely hypnotizes us.”

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anonymous asked:

Hi! Love the ASOIAF and military analysis you do on the blog. I feel smarter every time I read a new post. I want to ask if there was anything Boudica of the Iceni could have done to obtain victory at Watling Street. Or to achieve her aims against the Romans in general. Sorry for the unusual wording. Standard English isn't my first language disclaimer.

At Watling Street, the Romans were able to pick the most advantageous terrain to minimize the overwhelming numbers advantage Boudica had, with their flanks protected by the gorge and the forest protecting their rear. That ability to let the Romans choose the terrain and the lack of training of Boudica’s forces meant they lost all discipline at the first pilium. The close quarters of the gorge meant the Iceni were packed in tight, and the superior equipment of the Romans, in their tight wedge formations, meant that they could cut through their opponents easily. Then, hemmed in by their own supply train, they couldn’t escape and were slaughtered.

To even have a chance, Boudica would have needed to lure her opponents out of that advantageous terrain, which wasn’t going to happen; Suetonius was quite crafty when it came to war (less so in other matters, but that’s a story for another time).

If Boudica wanted to achieve victory against the Romans, she would have needed to continue her ambush and bushwhack plan until anger got the better of sense. As it happened, once the Romans got serious, the lack of training and equipment showed.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

anonymous asked:

Different anon from the Boudica, but curious about this part of your response thereto: "Suetonius was quite crafty when it came to war (less so in other matters, but that’s a story for another time)." What is that story? If I may.

After he won at Watling, Suetonius kept trying to hunt down and eliminate pockets of resistance, and others felt that was only to lead to continued and permanent hostility, so he was replaced. He could handle the war, but he couldn’t handle an insurgency without a heavy hand, and that wasn’t the best move that far from the center of the Empire.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King