Category Archives: History

On The Ravages of War, with Recipe

Minorca, 29 June, 1756 Armand de Vignerot du Plessis (1696-1788), Duke de Richeleiu, soldier, Cellamare conspirator, philanderer, and thief, watched with smug satisfaction as British troops marched from Port Mahon. Under the command of Lieutenant-General William Blakeney (1671-1761) the British … Continue reading

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A Republic, If You Can Keep It

“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” goes the phrase often, and likely erroneously attributed to Thomas Jefferson. It’s most likely an abbreviated version of Ireland’s apparently dreamy John Philpot Curran‘s “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to … Continue reading

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On Made Up Holidays

Forgetting an important occasion can lead to embarrassment, so you can understand my relief when I came upon a tweet posted last Monday by @BHamRestaurantRaider which read, “So today is #NationalPizzaDay Where will you celebrate?” Thus was avoided a repeat … Continue reading

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There is Nothing Wrong With Our Republic.

The chief executive merely decided to usurp powers he, and a notable other, once ascribed to the the legislative branch whilst in the shadow of a place called Caesars Palace. Said some idiot in 2011: “With respect to the notion … Continue reading

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Roosters, Chickens, and the Damn Anti-Federalists

Hamilton was right. The Bill of Rights was a terrible idea. Most parents grasp this fairly quickly. “Stay in the yard.” is unambiguous. “Stay in the yard, and I especially better not see you in the Johnson’s yard.” is an … Continue reading

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Literary Cravings Part The Second: Oxtail and Barley Soup

As I have mentioned before on these electronic pages, I have no defense against a well written description of food. I want what the characters in the book I’m reading are eating and I want it regardless of season, availability, … Continue reading

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P.O.E.T.S Day: Christopher Marlowe

From Scotland, the top of the world’s acceptable living conditions, we take the finest tradition of the working class: P.O.E.T.S. Day (Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday). This weeks patron is Christopher “Kit” Marlowe, so possibly Shakespeare if you forgot your … Continue reading

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Hey Hipsters! You Get No Stroganoff! With Recipe, Of Course.

You are not alone in walking by my house every day after work. Bikers by the thousands, joggers, walkers young and old, and more and more lately, strollers. We all wave and say hello. You don’t seem to notice. You … Continue reading

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P.O.E.T.S. Day: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus as Channeled by Geoffrey Lehmann

From the moderately chilly land of Scotland (61° Fahrenhiet and mostly cloudy as of this writing) we take the P.O.E.T.S. Day tradition: Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday. This week’s patron wordsmith: Emperor Nero, at least his persona as assumed by … Continue reading

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P.O.E.T.S. Day: Dylan Th… Oh Dear Lord… Dylan Thomas

With sudden trepidation we take the Scottish P.O.E.T.S. Day tradition (Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday). For the glory of an early weekend, we highlight a poet, preferably disreputable, degenerate, and debauched to serve as patron and toastee as we celebrate … Continue reading

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