Trafalgar Day!

#1
Well..

Here in the sand-land of Dubai, my neighbours already started off their fireworks to mark the day!

Happy Trafalgar day.

And a bit of a read to go with it. Something from our cousins :roll:

Meanwhile: When Britannia ruled the waves
By Alex Beam The Boston Globe

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2005


Meanwhile: When Britannia ruled the waves
By Alex Beam The Boston Globe

BOSTON Friday marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, when Lord Horatio Nelson whipped the bloody bejesus out of the combined French and Spanish fleets off Gibraltar. It was perhaps England's finest hour. In one of history's most famous rallying cries, the one-eyed, one-armed Nelson informed his sailors that England expected "every man to do his duty," and for the most part they did.

Cool Britannia has turned the anniversary into a year-long orgy of nostalgia. Understandably so. Once Nelson expired in a pool of his own blood after the battle, it was pretty much downhill from there.

Here is a nation that ruled and, yes, civilized, much of the known world for centuries that is now best known for 1) domiciling a transoceanic airline that offers in-flight massages (Virgin Atlantic) and 2) a monarch-in-waiting who talks to his plants (Charles).

Charles and his relatives will be much in evidence this coming weekend. The Queen, her consort and the surviving First Sea Lords of her reign will dine onboard Nelson's flagship Victory on Friday, and then start a chain of ceremonial beacon-lightings throughout the country. Charles will light a beacon closer to his beloved hunting preserve in Balmoral, Scotland. Princess Anne will be in Wales, and so on.

Trafalgar mania kicked off in June with a bizarre reenactment of the battle near Portsmouth. One hundred and sixty-seven ships from 36 countries participated, in part, it was noted, because the British Navy is now one-fifteenth the size it was in Nelson's time.

Demonstrating that history has a sense of humor, the largest ship in the reenactment was a French aircraft carrier named for an Anglophobe, the Charles de Gaulle. The rival navies were divided into "red" and "blue" teams, to avoid offending Britain's Spanish and French allies.

You can watch video of the reenactment on the British Broadcasting Corporation's website, bbc.com. I also enjoyed the website's "Battle of Trafalgar" game, which allows you to sail two columns of tiny, digital lozenges - Nelson's fleet - through the serried ranks of the French and Spanish boats.

Authors have naturally capitalized on the bicentenary to hack out commemorative volumes. There are new biographies of Nelson and Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, his right-hand man, as it were. Adam Nicolson's much-praised "Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar" prompted reviewer Christopher Hitchens to speculate that French Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve "wanted to lose" the epic confrontation. If so, it was one of the few things he did right that day.

Another well-received book, Roy Adkins's "Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World," points out that while England expected every man to do his duty, it didn't much care about the women.

Many women dwelt in the "wooden world,"' as the Royal Navy has been called, but when it came time to hand out general service medals to Trafalgar survivors in 1847, women were excluded. How very unsurprising.

This Friday, writes Andrew Roberts in The New Criterion, "there will hardly be a sober breath drawn by any Briton who has any patriotism in his soul." Bottoms up, my friends! Only nine years and eight months until the Waterloo bicentennial!
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/10/19/opinion/edbeam.php
 
#2
i'd expect nothing less from a Pro Republican, anti royalist bunch of arrse. :evil:

"Cool Britannia has turned the anniversary into a year-long orgy of nostalgia. Understandably so. Once Nelson expired in a pool of his own blood after the battle, it was pretty much downhill from there."

FFS we,ve heard barely a blip about the celebrations, less the politically corect wargame that took placre earlier this year.

I think they forget that Brittania ruled for at least another 110 years. 8)



AAAAARRRRRRRHHHH. :twisted: :twisted:

Rant over.

and as the air expelled from frankie's lungs, the world looked a brighter place
 
#3
Yes now the Yankee empire has started it's decline into obscurety. The attemps to turn its ill informed citizens will grow.
Protraying decent onest Englishmen as villens was just a start for their movei industry, the average Yankee citizen is incapable of absorbing anything beyond a 5 mins sound bite and well soon the Mexican take over will be complete and English the second language.
john
Remember the Alamo, the meataxes won that one.
 

Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
#4
Have you been at the Krum Thep, Jonwilly ?
 
#6
My congratulations!
 
F

fozzy

Guest
#7
A special day for our friends in The Andrew - and a reminder of our maritime heritage


To the immortal memory..
 
#8
Not even I have one before the suns over the yardarm.
Krum Thep now ya've got me there, May be ya mean Lao Khao, sum of which is almost pure alcohol.
Parkinsons, yes welcome ta List Jonwilly.
Shall be having a clebratory drink down in a Kraut bar this evening never lost mi taste for A nice Zigauner Snitchzel and a Blonde .25Ltr.
But seriously the yankee empire that never wuz is now on the downhill run.
john
and if the fleets over visiting Krung Thep(Bangkok) get ya arrses down Pompy/Plymouth and keep the girls happy.
 
#9
Serious Message ..........

Lets celebrate this day loudly as the 'PC' lot have stopped us in some areas of the British way of life (we all seen the stories about Christmas celebrations and nativity plays and not being able to have English flags, pet piggies at work etc).

I am a pongo, I wish it to be known I give not just Nelson but the grey funnel line a rousing three cheers today as they do an excellent job with the resources, that those that sit behind a comfortable desk and have never done a days fighting have allocated them.

Well done Nelson ++d the French and Spanish, De Gaulle got nothing but help from us the British people and Churchill, and after the war treated us worse than rat droppings

Three cheers for Nelson Hussar, Hussar, Hussar !!!

Three Cheers for our navy Hip, Hip, Hooray !!!

I'll take my medication now.... :)

J
 

OldSnowy

LE
Moderator
Book Reviewer
#12
A fine quote from Nelson himself:

"You must hate the French as you hate the Devil."


Sound words, even today, as most of us will agree.
 
#14
Admiral Lord Nelson said:
To serve my King and destroy the French, I consider as the great order of all, from which little ones spring; and if one of these militate against it (for who can tell exactly at a distance), I go back and obey the great order and object, to down - down with the damned French villains! My blood boils at the name of a Frenchman! Down, down with the French!

Best wishes to my friends in the Royal Navy, who will doubtless be celebrating Nelson's glorious victory in the appropriate manner this evening.
 
#15
Just found this: :lol:

Nelson - the Truth:
THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR (TWO HUNDRED YEARS ON )

Nelson: “Order the signal, Hardy

Hardy: “Aye, Aye, sir

Nelson: “Hold on, that’s not what I dictated to the Signals Officer. What’s the meaning of this?

Hardy: “Sorry sir

Nelson: (reading aloud): “England expects every person to do his duty, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or disability. What gobbledygook is this?”

Hardy: “Admiralty policy, I’m afraid, sir. We’re an equal opportunities employer now. We had the devil’s own job getting England’ past the censors, lest it be considered racist.”

Nelson: “Gadzooks, Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco”

Hardy: “Sorry sir. All naval vessels have been designated smoke-free working environments.”

Nelson: “In that case, break open the rum ration. Let us splice the mainbrace to steel the men before battle.”

Hardy: “The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. It’s part of the Government’s policy on binge drinking.”

Nelson: “Good heavens, Hardy. I suppose we’d better get on with it….full speed head.”

Hardy: “I think you’ll find there’s a 4 knot speed limit in this stretch of water.”

Nelson: “Damn it man! We are on the eve of the greatest sea battle in history. We must advance with all dispatch. A report from the crow’s nest please.”

Hardy: “That won’t be possible, sir.”

Nelson: “What?”

Hardy: “Health and safety have closed the crow’s nest, sir. No harness. And they said that rope ladder doesn’t meet regulations. They won’t let anyone up there until proper scaffolding can be erected.”

Nelson: “Then get the ship’s carpenter without delay, Hardy.”

Hardy: “He’s busy knocking up a wheelchair access to the fo’c’sle, Admiral.”

Nelson: “Wheelchair access? I’ve never heard anything so absurd.”

Hardy: “Health and safety again, sir. We have to provide a barrier-free environment for the differently abled.”

Nelson: “Differently abled? I’ve only one arm and one eye and I refuse even to hear mention of the word. I didn’t get to the rank of admiral by playing the disability card.”

Hardy: “Actually, sir, you did. The Royal Navy is under-represented in the areas of visual impairment and limb deficiency.”

Nelson: “Whatever next? Give me full sail. The salt spray beckons.”

Hardy: “A couple of problems there too, sir. Health and safety won’t let the crew up the rigging without hard hats. And they don’t want anyone breathing in too much salt – haven’t you seen the adverts?”

Nelson: “I’ve never heard such infamy. Break out the cannon and tell the men to stand by to engage the enemy.”

Hardy: “The men are a bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral.”

Nelson: “What? This is mutiny.”

Hardy: “It’s not that, sir. It’s just that they’re afraid of being charged with murder if they actually kill anyone. There are a couple of legal-aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like hawks.”

Nelson: “Then how are we to sink the Frenchies and the Spanish?”

Hardy: “Actually, sir, we’re not.”

Nelson: “We’re not?”

Hardy: “No, sir. The Frenchies and the Spanish are our European partners now. According to the Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn’t even be in this stretch of water. We could get hit with a claim for compensation.”

Nelson: “But you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.”

Hardy: “I wouldn’t let the ship’s Diversity Coordinator hear you saying that sir. You’ll be up on a disciplinary.”

Nelson: “You must consider every man an enemy, who speaks ill of your King.”

Hardy: “Not anymore, sir. We must be inclusive in this multicultural age. Now put on your Kevlar vest; it’s the rules. I could save your life.”

Nelson: “Don’t tell me – health and safety. Whatever happened to rum, sodomy and the lash?”

Hardy: “As I explained, sir, rum is off the menu! And there’s a ban on corporal punishment.”

Nelson: “What about sodomy?”

Hardy: “I believe that is now legal, sir.”

Nelson: “In that case….kiss me, Hardy.”
 
#16
I'll be raising a glass of port tonight in memory of the great man and our fine Royal Navy.

A man that shags an honoured guests wife while he crusies the couple through the Med gets her pregnant, loses and arm fighting, loses an eye fighting, chases Frenchmen all over the world, dies destroying the enemy fleet in a bold and dangerous action and is sent home pickled in brandy to a Heroes Funeral is all right in my book.

Need more of 'em.

Ceterum censeo Gallum esse delendam
 
#17
Holding a Traf nite dinner this evening for 150 pers, mostly ex RN pensioners here on the Costa Blanca and inviting spanish guests as we do every year and as usual point out that it was a bludy good thing we won because they would still in all probability be ruled by a descendant of Joe [Nap's brother] :lol: As they subsequently became allies in the land war against the frogs they understand.
 
#18
The biggest warship at the fleet review was French, the second biggest was US. Of course, we'd have lost Trafalgar if the USS Constitution hadn't showed up in the nick of time to save the day.
 
#19
Bloody Yanks, I don't know why he seems so pleased we beat the French, without the Frogs america would still have the union flag in palce of the stars on their flag, the way it should be, then maybe things would be smoother in the world. Thats the thing that gets me about Yanks, how obnoxious some of them are, it seems standard drills for US citizens.
 
#20
The fact that the British won the Seven Years War means that there are still French-speaking communites in North America. If the French had won, there wouldn't be any English-speaking communites there.
 

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