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Thursday, 06 March 2014


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Wellington's attention to detail and husbanding his troops. Blucher's decisiveness and courage.

Absolutely! And always, well, up until late in the day, Wellington always had his eye to the west determined never to be cut off from the sea hence the many units posted in that direction which never saw action. Risky but he was not going to go down in history as the general who lost a British army in Europe!

And dear old Blucher! Literally mad at times but never broke his word to the Duke that his Prussian army would remain in lock-step with the Allies. Thus, instead of heading east after Ligny, which most sensible generals would have done, he headed north parallel to Wellington. Give that man a gong, your Maj!

Well, as I always say, buy yourself an Apple!

Nah, BOE, I prefer a nice pair ... ooops, I mean a nice pear!

Wellington's case study of how to use an inexpert and undertrained army to beat a better one. Roy Hodgson should take notes.

I am not sure I understand your computer problem. However this may or may not be helpful if you wish to work between two computers. Install Teamviewer (Google it is free to download and use)on both computers and you can work one from the other and transferring files is easy.

Yes, Teamviewer is a wonderful thing. My computer whiz can fix my computer from the comfort of his own office.
So everything can be done without getting out of your long johns! Sounds just the thing for you, Duffers.
Speak nicely now!

DM, yes, I keep forgetting that the British element of his army was mostly 2nd Battalions made up of new recruits. I bet they wished they hadn't fallen for the recruiting sergeant's blandishments!

Thanks, Antis, don't think I'm not appreciative but the thought of me installing anything on this computer is a laugh - up until my IT manager (SoD) finds out and then its major bollockings all round!

Mention of my Long Johns, Andra - and please do try to control your passionate tremors - reminds me that I have yet to wear them this 'winter'! Could global warming be true, after all? Well, I mean, the Long John test is a damn sight more accurate as a scientific measure than anything Al Gore came up with!

I think it's time we had another look at you in your long johns. I have the photo to hand if you can't find it.
And that's a threat.

Wellington's pithy quips (I've lost my leg etc.).

Blucher's belief that he had been impregnated by an elephant.

Mr Duff - Sep - A - rate, as my Geography teacher used to say. I only know how to spell "Govern-ment" thanks to her. And surely, for the difference between a howitzer and a canon would simply require a picture...... :-)

Oh, no, Miss Mayfly, not another hundred lines - I've only just finished DM's!

H, yes, I'd love to get all those in but time, 'dear boy, time'!

Alas, Andra, I cannot show that photo of me again, I have had a note from JK's doctor who warns me that his patient goes into massive palpitations at even a glimpse of it!

David, if you think Windows 8 is tricky, spare a thought for me. Due to where I am, I am now having to cope with Vindows Vocem!!!

H. I thought Wellington said and so you have SIR!

Wellington's pithy quips (I've lost my leg etc.).

Wasn't that his Brother-in-law and second in command? The "chappie" who upended someone else's missus.

According to Wiki:'s_leg
after a cannonball took Uxbridge's right leg off, the conversation went like this:

"By God, sir, I've lost my leg!", to which Wellington replied "By God, sir, so you have!"

And another quote:

According to the account of Sir Hussey Vivian recorded by Henry Curling in 1847:

Just after the Surgeon had taken off the Marquis of Anglesey's leg, Sir Hussey Vivian came into the cottage where the operation was performed. "Ah, Vivian!" said the wounded noble, "I want you to do me a favour. Some of my friends here seem to think I might have kept that leg on. Just go and cast your eye upon it, and tell me what you think." "I went, accordingly", said Sir Hussey, "and, taking up the lacerated limb, carefully examined it, and so far as I could tell, it was completely spoiled for work. A rusty grape-shot had gone through and shattered the bones all to pieces. I therefore returned to the Marquis and told him he could set his mind quite at rest, as his leg, in my opinion, was better off than on."

Uxbridge, a bit of 'swordsman' in his day, had run off with Wellington's sister-in-law. Whilst relations between them were somewhat frosty during the Waterloo campaign, it might have had more to do with Wellington's distrust of the cavalry arm, commanded by Uxbridge, which, when set loose tended to go berserk which, of course, they did at Waterloo and which Lady Butler captured perfectly in her famous painting 'The Charge of the Scots Greys'.!

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