68. "Beware of the trains", Edmund Crispin
69. "Roman Nights", Dorothy Dunnett
70. "Journey to the centre of the Earth", Jules Verne
71. "A Word about words", L. Uspenskiy
72. "Woe from wit", A. Griboedov
73. "Eugene Onegin", A. Pushkin
74. Selected Works, A. Chekhov.
75. "Dry bones that dream," Peter Robinson
76. "Well schooled in murder", Elizabeth George
77. "Death in holy orders," P. D. James
78. "The long dark tea time of the soul", Douglas Adams
79. "Unfinished Resume," E. Ryazanov
80. "Speedy Death," Gladys Mitchell
81. "Is that a fish in your ear", David Bellos
82. "A Suitable Vengeance," Elizabeth George
83. "Mysterious Affair at Styles," Agatha Christie
84. "Murder Room," P.D. James
85. "Wilt," Tom Sharpe
86. "Innocent graves," Peter Robinson.
P.S.: Tolstoy was given as answer to the "Mad Monk" question. XD
53. “Rum Affair,” Dorothy Dunnett
54. “Ibiza Surprise”, Dorothy Dunnett
55. “Wages of Zen,” James Melville
56. “Operation Nassau”, Dorothy Dunnett
57. “Convergence of Circumstances,” A. Marinina
58. “Whispers Underground”, Ben Aaronovitch
59. “Coincidence Engine,” Sam Leith
60. “Do we know Russian language?” M. Aksyonova
61. “Wash this blood clean from my hand,” Fred Vargas
62. “Violinist's thumb,” Sam Kean
63. “Disappearing Spoon,” Sam Kean
64. “Diary of the The Lady”, Rachel Johnson
65. “Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now,” Craig Taylor
66. “Stop me if you've heard this: A History and Philosophy of Jokes,” Jim Holt
The display was very cool. The first part was riders picking up things off post as they galloped past, then trying to do the same with a sword (1796 pattern :3 ), then cutting cabbages, then using, I am tempted to say lances, but those things looked more like spears to pick up small paper targets from the ground. :D
Then they did a Jubilee cannon and musket salute (there was only one regiment represented, dunno which, but there were some "civilians" and a rifleman keeping them company) and the concert started in earnest. The first half consisted of Elgar's Nimrod (unfortunately the Spitfire didn't make it because of the rain), couple of arias and violin concertos and it ended with 1812 overture with canon fire and fireworks at the very end. MY GOD. IT WAS BEYOND AWESOME.
Second half consisted of Thunder and Lightning polka, Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker (people were encouraged to waltz to it, so my mom and I did, though I slid through mud several times as we were going fast XD ). then the Cavalry did another display set to music, which consisted of doing things like going in tight circles, two horse lines weaving through each other etc. :D Then. THEN. It was Beethoven's Battle symphony, he wrote on the occasion of the battle of Vitoria. They attempted all the 193 cannon shots, Beethoven set in his score, and though I didn't count, there were a hell of a LOT of them. Plus it was accompanied by musket fire and fireworks at the end. It was pretty spectacular. The only problem is that unfortunately this symphony is nowhere near as gripping or memorable as the 1812. :(
It all ended with the, as my husband informs me, traditional trio: Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory. The last was especially spectacular, because again, that is a gripping piece of music and the FIREWORKS WERE BLOODY AMAZING and they were exploding pretty much over our heads.
So all in all, it was all v. enjoyable, the rain did stop around the first piece of music they played and didn't start until it was time to go, but the field was a bloody swamp, our shoes and pants were caked with mud, and my ankle was HUGE, cause my leg was hurting as is and all the waltzing and walking through mud didn't help. XD But it was so worth it if only to hear the 1812 with cannon fire. :D
I now have a bike. Mothers. O_o And I also booked tickets for the Long Day's Journey into the Night with David Suchet and Sunshine Boys with Danny DeVito. :DDDDD
And for something slightly different:
And I dunno what is it about me, but why do I always get stopped and asked for directions/help so often? Today it was four times. Yes, I counted. XD
Napoleonic stuff is especially good, as I've found out recently, to get most of my dad's side family members going though. XD
This a sort of a table listing the Cabinet positions during the period of the Peninsular War and the names of men who held them. It is by no means a definitive list, as I am sure there were Cabinet positions that I have missed. If you know any others, please do comment, so I can edit and update the file. There are a couple of normally non-cabinet positions I included, judging them to be of interest/importance.
“Operation Viking”, N. Leonov and Y. Kostrov
“Shield and Sword: Book One” Vadim Kozhevnikov
“Have Mercy on Us All”, Fred Vargas
“Seeking Whom He May Devour”, Fred Vargas
“Death and the Olive Grove”, Marco Vichi
“Shield and Sword: Book Two,” Vadim Kozhevnikov
“Keep Your Legs Crossed,” Denis Tsepov
“Notes of the Psychiatrist,” Maksim Malyavin
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Die Hard Box Set
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl DVD
Stargate Atlantis Season Two DVDs
Andy loves books, but while he does have some in the house, pretty much all of his books went the way of rubbish heap when he separated from his wife, and that's the one thing I could punch his ex-wife for. >.< So up until we moved in he had just enough shelving for them. And then came my boxes of doom.
So over the weekend Andy made three big bookcases (well, five big shelves each with a little space on top to put outsize books lying down). And he actually entertained the foolish hope that that will be enough. HA. While I managed by 'double-rowing' the top shelves with small books and by putting books flat on top of the ones standing up to fit in pretty much everything I had in the house (thankfully I got two small bookcases for the bedroom, so there was some space there. :) ), there are still four boxes of books in the storage Andy has been using for them and some books at Andy's mother's house.
Andy has promised me two more bookcases. XD The Napoleonic Wars and Era took up one entire bookcase. Wellington has his own shelf, and some of the books didn't fit so I had to put them lying down on top of others. This was the first time in my life when upon taking out yet another Wellington biography I said "Oh for fuck's sake'. XDD
And there was also cleaning and stuff involved. I hurt now. x___x