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July 30th, 2006
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tootsiemuppet, start reading again! And... Beer ice cream for freakspawn
I finally got through Chapter Six of The Yellow Admiral! Wow... poor Jack has ample reason to be depressed, but that's spoilage, so I'll get to that later under a cut.

Hey, remember that discussion about beer in ice cream that we had, freakspawn? Well, I thought I'd found an article about Beer Floats (as opposed to the more traditional root beer floats), when I read this on the cover of a copy of last week's free weekly newspaper, The Reader: "Ice cream there, ice cream here, ice cream even in your beer", only to find it was in Section 2 - and I only had section 1!!!! *waaaaah!* But that got me googling ice cream and beer and, guess what? There IS beer ice cream...! Such as the one found here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/2958702.stm; or one made by Ben and Jerry's called "Black and Tan": http://www.benjerry.com/our_products/flavor_details.cfm?product_id=180


BTW... Am I the last person on earth to notice that, in the trailer for SpiderMan 3, there's a scene where Tobey MacQuire is falling through the air and reaching for a ring spinning just out of reach from him that looks EXACTLY like the scene in FOTR where Frodo has fallen down in Bree and is reaching up for the Ring? I would love to see the two clips placed side-by-side for comparison. Considering how many times the Elijah and Tobey get mistaken for each other, I'm assuming this was done on purpose... I think. *G* Help me out here - has this been pointed out a zillion times already?

Okay, now to poor Jack Aubrey: Poor guy... first, Sophie's announced she's leaving him because they've both been feeling self-righteous about fidelity lately and, unfortunately, she just found letters proving he had an affair several years ago (and possibly a love-child, though we know better!; he's sad and worried because Stephen's off on another spy adventure (I love how he worries); he's under an Admiral who believes more in perfect appearances of his ships than in actually engaging the enemy, and he hates Jack and constantly puts him down; and a midshipman who was a poor sailor but an incredibly talented oboeist has just died. Could anything get worse? And, of course, Bonden's been acting a little strange. Poor guy! So, yes, Gilly, read on! I know you've been dying to!

BTW... did you get that bit back earlier in the book, where Jack was talking about how some ships have a lot of people from the same area - such as one ship he knows where the quarterdeck is all Scotch (*rolls eyes* that's "Scottish", Jack!), and one from the Isle of Man where every man has three legs? *G* At first I thought that was a comment on the prodigious size of a certain part of the body (!); didn't realize until I looked up the Isle of Man that the emblem on their flag is a triskelion of three legs! *L*! Clever Jack. And can you believe that I didn't quite know what "bowsing up your jib" meant (in the colloquial sense) until this read-through? Still confused by some things... I need to look up "banyan", which seems to mean that it's a day without meat, but I don't know why. And several other terms that I forget about as soon as I've moved on. Oh, well!

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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Really?!?!?! Thank you!!!! *runs to look*
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From:anonypooh
Date:July 30th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
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ccoool.. off topic posting has started.

We don't talk so much as I'd like .. I'm running through spreading you with love and ENGLISH HUGS!!! aaaarhghhh ruuuuuuuuuuuun!! heehehe *mwah*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
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SQUEEEEEEE!!!!! (((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))) Funny, I was thinking the same thing - *S*! How's Lucy - still avoiding visits from that undesirable boyfriend of hers? And Mr. J? And the joys of being a landlord? And your garden?

p.s. You now have to talk Lorna into having a Beer Float! Can you imagine it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a Guinness? *L*!
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From:bluelily17
Date:July 30th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
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what ARE you reading?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
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*L*! It's book 17 (or 18?) in the series written by Patrick O'Brian - the series that the movie "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" was taken from. Some call it the "Aubreyad" because it's about Jack Aubrey.
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:July 30th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
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I was so ready to throttle that damn Mrs Williams, I really was. If she hadn't snooped in Jack's personal effects none of this drama would have happened. And then of course I also bitchslapped Jack for even holding on to those letters.

Wasn't his worrying over Stephen too adorable? My heart skipped to read it.

Admiral Stranraer needs a good kick in the backside, and I cried over poor Geoghegan (how do you PRONOUNCE that?). Poor little kid. And poor Jack crying over him.

The three legs I just took as an in-joke English jibe against the Isle of Man, but I didn't know why. So cool! Thank you.

Banyan's a tree.... so um... I don't know. I think I read over that. The only way I knew banyan was because Stephen's coat in the movie that he goes a-botanising in was a banyan coat, which was apparently a specific sort of light-weather gown.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
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I... didn't even TRY to pronounce Geoghegan's name. I think we can agree, though, that he wins the prize for middie with the shortest "lifespan" (from introduction to death) in the book - yikes!

Aha! I only got the tree when I looked up "banyan", but Wiki saved the day for "banyan day": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banyan_day. Although it doesn't really answer how the name came about.
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Also? I would LOVE a quarterdeck that was all Scotch. Yum!

Actually, I just read up a bit on the word and I think back then "Scotch" might actually have been the currant term, just contraction of "Scottish" and not yet seen as offensive. Robert Burns used it in any case, and he died in the very late 1700s, so don't blame Jack. :D
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
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*G* I was kind of thinking the same thing... but it would be SO Jack! *L*!

LOVE the icon!
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From:freakspawn
Date:July 31st, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
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oooooh they both look Yummy, but I like the B&J one the best :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 31st, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Chocolate... and beer... interesting...!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 2nd, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
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*ggl* Good luck! I don't know if you'll find a definition anywhere... *G*

Really??? That's right - you were there, too!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!! So - where did you it, and what kind of camera did you get? And... just to warn you - they might look good on back, but be fuzzy when you see them at full size; it's really hard to tell sharpness on the viewer on the back. Can't wait to see them, though!
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From:pearltook1
Date:August 4th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
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Hi Ros!

Long time no see, or read as the case may be.

Sounds like you are doing well. If I have a gap in what I'm up to, it sounds like I should give the M&C books a go :)

Were you at ELF? Sounds like a good time was had by all. I'm going to the convention in Toronto :)

Many hugs,
Pearl
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 4th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
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Hullo, hullo! Oh, they are really great books! *G*

Nope, afraid I didn't go to ELF, and it turned out to be a good thing. My elderly cats have been needing extra TLC this month, including last weekend. Plus, I got so many good photos at ORC, and have been lucky to see Billy and Sean so many times that I decided I didn't really need to go. I'm so thankful, though, that people took video, because it's almost like being there! I know you have a lot of LJ to go through, so if you'd like to go straight to some great photos and videos from ELF, check out beizy or rakshi!
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