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Daily #43: As a boy he was known as Arthur Wellesley.

Mar. 5th, 2007 | 09:51 pm
posted by: twirlychelengk in old_hookey

As a man he was known as something else entirely, apparently. (yes. I know.)

I just thought this was rather cute. It's got Wellington in it, really it has.

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/19910
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Daily #42: Wellington's Victory (again)

Mar. 4th, 2007 | 09:49 pm
posted by: twirlychelengk in old_hookey

You can listen to bits of it and some commentary here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4187098

since I seem to have forgot how exactly to use the a href = thing. Sad little composition in comparison to Beethoven's Symphony no 3...
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Daily #41: TOAST!

Mar. 3rd, 2007 | 11:35 pm
posted by: lisabel in old_hookey

"It isn't only fictional heroes to whom toast means home and comfort. It is related of the Duke of Wellington - I believe by Lord Ellesmere - that when he landed at Dover in 1814, after six years' absence from England, the first order he gave at the Ship Inn was for an unlimited supply of buttered toast."

It's either in Aldington or Guedella...sorry, I'm a bad mod and can't be arsed to look it up >.>

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Daily #40: And Guns

Mar. 2nd, 2007 | 11:24 pm
posted by: lisabel in old_hookey

Wellington was such a bad shot that once while shooting gowl at Lady Shelley's, he frightened her little daughter. It didn't help that during the course of the day he also managed to shoot one of the Shelleys' tenants who was hanging her washing out to dry - "My Lady I've been hit!" the woman exclaimed to which Lady Shelley replied "You have endured a great honor today, Mary - you have the distinction of being shot by the Duke of Wellington." Surely the unfortunate Mary thought the guinea that a shameful Wellington pressed on her a better compensation than the "honor".) As for the daughter, Lady Shelley had more practical advice for her - "Stand behind the Duke, he will protect you, my dear."

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Daily #39: Weird Trivia

Mar. 1st, 2007 | 11:10 pm
posted by: lisabel in old_hookey

From the Austin Chronicle - 8 Feb 2002

The kitchen at Apsley House, the residence of the Duke of Wellington, contains more than 500 Jell-O molds.

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Daily #38: The Duke's Funeral

Feb. 28th, 2007 | 11:08 pm
posted by: lisabel in old_hookey

From the Illustrated London Times, 1852Collapse )
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Daily #37: Pensioners on Wellington

Feb. 27th, 2007 | 11:07 pm
posted by: lisabel in old_hookey

From The Million-Peopled City, by John Garwood, 1853 - Chapter 2 - Greenwich and Chelsea Pensioners

The Pensioners' Opinions of the late Duke of Wellington, and of the Lying-in-State.Collapse )
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Daily #36: Concerning Almack's

Feb. 26th, 2007 | 10:47 pm
posted by: lisabel in old_hookey

Apocryphally, Wellington effected a change of the rules of Almack's.Collapse )

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Daily #35: As Prime Minister

Feb. 25th, 2007 | 10:45 pm
posted by: lisabel in old_hookey

Wellington refused to live in 10 Downing Street. He thought the house too small and uncomfortable.
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Daily #34: From the Gunroom

Feb. 24th, 2007 | 10:42 pm
posted by: lisabel in old_hookey

Since 19 June 1815 little has changed on the battlefield of Waterloo. The
major change has been in 1824-26 when we Dutch (governing what now is
Belgium) erected a conical hill on the spot where Sharpe shot the Prince
of Orange,. From this 41 meters high heap one has a great view of the
whole field, but the Duke of Wellington upon seeing it exclaimed: "What
have they done, they ruined my battlefield!" But further most of the area
has been left intact: no new buildings, roads etc have been allowed. So it
has been a major tourist attraction with some 300,000 visitors per year
from as far away as Japan and California.

According to my newspaper the Powers That Be consider this not to be
enough: more tourists spending more money is the idea. So regional
politicians have leased out the place to a French company 'Culturespaces'
who have bought out families who were running restaurants and shops for
generations and now have introduced young uniformed 'guides' and 'hosts'
who know little but do wear cute uniforms. There also are ambitious plans
to invest € 20,000,000 in some 'virtual reality' presentation that
will 'grip you by the throat'. The area must become free of cars and cute
little roadtrains will tour people along the sites of interest, probably
with a short explanation on taped in four languages. One wonders how the
Duke of Wellington would comment on all this...

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