If that's the Sam Willis I think it is, he has done some good stuff on BBC 4.The Fighting Temeraire the legend of Trafalgar by Sam Willis.
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every so often, a non fiction comes my way that educates me about areas of History that I thought I knew about. Thought I knew about Trafalgar, But the description of Temeraire's heroic action has changed my opinion about the whole battle. I had never really thought about prison hulks before, and what life was like for the men inside. No contemporary details survive of what work was done to convert a ship to a hulk. Temeraire was relegated to the ignoble state of a prison hunk after her bright career was over and she had become obsolete as a ship of the line, then she was thrown a lifeline and was refitted as a receiving ship, taking recently trained recruits before their first deployments, then years later, once again refitted as a Victuelling ship, a supply ship, chained at her moorings, ships to be Victuelled drew up alongside. Then when she was too costly to keep afloat, she was towed up the Themes to be broken up, and was immortalized in Will Turners Painting, voted Britains Favourite painting in 2005.
I have to quote some impressive figures from the book...
between 1793 to 1815 the RN lost just 5 ships of the line & 16 Frigates. while her enemies lost 92 in the American war, and 172 lost in the Napoleonic war, one of the most remarkable combat records in History.
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Just finished the 3 books. I admit when I turned over page 704 of the last book, I felt a degree of relief. Felt I had run a couple of marathons by the end. I suppose on the whole I enjoyed them but Lisbeth is somewhat of an anti-hero, and sometimes I felt like giving her a couple of smacks around the head. The computer hacking as described in the books is also somewhat farfetched. Will I read any more? Nope.
Are the films worth watching?
Any good so far??I started this last night:
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Somebody in Laos is wooing and wedding country girls - and then killing them on honeymoon and binding their bodies to trees. The horror of what this monster does to his victims appals Dr Siri and his morgue team and they vow revenge.
But they're distracted by the disappearance of itinerant Crazy Rajid. Siri has been getting premonitions that he's in danger. A trail of elaborate clues and remarkable disclosures about the Indian's past lead them to Vientiane's most ancient temple - and a terrible discovery.
Just reread his war memoirs for the third time since getting them. Wish I could have met the guy.Just browsing through the bookshelves today and pulled out my copy of Puckoon , by Spike Milligan , bought in the late 70’s . The first time I read it there were tears running down my cheeks … just two quotes … “Many people die of thirst but the Irish are born with one.” … “Patience, thought Milligan, that word was invented by dull buggers who couldn't think quick enough.” … and for those in the know one word “ Squrrox “ . An exceedingly funny book and easy to read .
I went on to buy , read , enjoy and keep all of his WW2 books and a few of his Poetry books which I did not enjoy .
Anyhoo … the photograph below is but some of my collection … well thumbed , bedraggled but well read ….
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… A few years ago Mrs B_R bought me a complete set of all his works for an incredibly low price in a book sale … they are still in the box they came in because I cannot bring myself to throw out my originals which have brought much pleasure …. strange old world .