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14 October 2008 @ 06:17 pm
Oh dear ...  
I'm feeling unwell, so swapped tomorrow's day off to today and slept (it's not the flu redux, but I think it is another bloody cold, could I please just get well? I will eat steak and garlic and see if that helps.)

Since I am feeling manky, I am watching Time Team where they are digging a redoubt in Kent. I am writing at the same time, so have only been paying it half an ear. But I noticed: "In 1793, France declared war on Great Britain".

Distractedly, I thought, "Wow, that's really weird, I wonder why? It's centuries after the Hundred Years' War ..."

A few minutes later, as the Time Teamers chainsawed brush back, a small section of my brain piped up loudly enough to be heard.

"Excuse me? Brammers? That would be the French Revolutionary War that you studied at school and that two of your ancestors fought in."

"Oh, good point," said the larger, more febrile bart of my brain. "Yeah, because we were at war with them after their revolution, weren't we?"

"Yes," said the small part of my brain. "And for quite some time after. Do you remember that chap Napoleon?"

There was a pause while the two parts of my brain surveyed each other, one smugly, the other coldly.

"Nobody likes a know-it-all," said the larger part.

There are perils to a field of interest that ends in the early 1600s and doesn't pick up again until the 1870s. Being told off by your own brain is but one of them.

 
 
 
Shivshiv5468 on October 14th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
How could you forget the invention of welly boots.

Tuts
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 14th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
It was the 1793 that got me. If they'd said 1803 I'd have gone immediately to the short Corsican and dear Nelson and all would have been well.

I'm very stupid at trick questions when I am ill.
pingridpingrid on October 14th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
If they'd said 1803 I'd have gone immediately to the short Corsican and dear Nelson

Ha! My thoughts exactly! :D I feel that any war that starts without its own fashion trend doesn't deserve to be recognised until it steps up and does something interesting with wool and silk.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 14th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
heh! All too true. I have a real urge to make a new frock before Florence, but I think I should make a new coat instead ;-)
pingridpingrid on October 14th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
I had so many plans for things to make before Florence, but the way my schedule's turned out I'll have to settle for trying to find some black basics that fit during my short raid on London. Bah. Next time, Gadget!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 14th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
Same here. Oh well, we can find something fun there!
girl; obsessed: other - <3complications_g on October 14th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
Do you remember that chap Napoleon?

I love your brain so hard! ;)

Time Team! That show's interesting, but I haven't watched it in ages.

And I hope you feel better!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 14th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
I have had some Panadol, and feel I will be a bit manky for a few days but nothing drastic. Thanks for the well wishes!

I love Time Team, it's so cheerfully mad, and even though some of my more serious archaeology friends don't like it, I think they do have a good degree of care with what they do and they certainly bring good pools of practitioners together!

My poor brain, it's a strange place ...
The Ramblings of an often very distracted person.annes_stuff on October 14th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
One of my favourite anecdotes concerns the 2nd Duke of Wellington, the son of he mentioned above.

He was visiting America on a while the American Civil War was taking place. While having a conversation with a Southern General the Southern General turns to the 2nd Duke of Wellington and says "So, I hear your father was a military man too?".

I thought it was pretty funny.



Edited at 2008-10-14 09:24 am (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 14th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
If he managed to keep a straight face at that, he deserved every part of his fortune!
The Ramblings of an often very distracted person.annes_stuff on October 14th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
It comes from a book on Military Anecdotes one of my brothers own. There were quite a few funny quotes but that seems to be the only one that sticks in my head.
It's a Deensedeensey on October 14th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
BWahahahahaha, oh love, that sounds like something I would say too.

Feel better.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 14th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
It is SO not just you ;-)
parallel parking prodigyempress_jae on October 14th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
i'm not feeling well either. hope you feel better.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 14th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
You too! Down with mankiness!
parallel parking prodigyempress_jae on October 14th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
i'm just mentally out of it. moodyish.
Leochileochi on October 14th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
LOL - I love the way your brain works. ;D

And get bettet! Enough of flue and colds for this year.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 14th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
I KNOW! Enough of the sick!

I am LOVING your art posts lately. I keep trying to find a half-hour so that I can say what I want to, but ended up spending tonight talking about economics. I will make time tomorrow night. XXX BB
Leochileochi on October 14th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Take care of yourself, madame! And don't fret about not commenting - glad you like the things I post lately, I'm full of experimental enthusiasm. ;D

XXX Leo
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on October 14th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
"Nobody likes a know-it-all," said the larger part.

lol

I adore your brain. I'd vacation there if I could.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 14th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
If that were possible, more people would be lost in my brain than in the standard National Park. It would be grim! XXX
&helena;uminohikari on October 14th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Well, better than not knowing any history at all? ^^;
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 15th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
I blame being hit in the head by a taxi and major thoroughfare in quick succession. And am secretly grateful to have the excuse!
Cats: applecatsintheattic on October 14th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that you're feeling unwell. I send lots of vitamins and healthy food - as I have no icon with steak and garlic. :-)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 15th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
I had DELICIOUS steak and garlic bread for dinner tonight, and am feeling decidedly better for it. Thanks for the vitamins and wishes!
romaine24romaine24 on October 14th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
I have nothing to add except for thanking you for the insight into your brain. OMG you have me laughing this morning. Oh, and do feel better soon.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 15th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Cheers dear! And yes, my poor old brain, it's a shambles. But at least it's amusing. I think I might take another day off tomorrow after today was a bit of a febrile and coughing mess. It is just a cold, but one I would like to go away right now!
Robynarobynsung on October 15th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Hope you feel better my fellow sufferer :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 15th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
And you! Down with mankiness!
red_rahl: Draco going red_rahl on October 15th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
Your brain...sounds like a marvelous and fine place to get lost in! Thank you for the story and I do hope you feel better!

And...I must say this to you because I think it every so often: sometimes, when I'm stuck on a story idea for one fest or another, I think of you (sometimes longingly, depending on just how stuck I am) because you come up with such absolutely fantastic ideas! You're wonderfully inspirational! Er...I hope I haven't weirded you out... *slinks off into the shadows*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 15th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Not weirded at ALL! In fact, it made me very happy to hear that! For me, your art is one of the H/D places that I go to feel enthused about fandom whenever little things start to get me down.

You can always email me if you ever need a sounding board, but I am afraid it will mostly be "Ooh, I love it when you do X, and Y, and Z!"