May. 27th, 2009 09:13 pm
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Archie Goodwin is just so much fun! That's what he says in the 'Red Box':

'Fundamentally I am a direct type, and that's why I can never be a really fine detective. Although I keep it down as much as I can, so it won't interfere with my work, I always have an inclination in a case of murder to march up to all the possible suspects, one after another, and look them in the eye and ask them, 'Did you put that poison in the aspirin bottle?' and just keep that up until one of them  says, 'Yes'. As I say, I keep it down but have to fight it.

Isn't he cute? :D

The Fic Wish List meme from [personal profile] latin_cat 

My madness here XD )


May. 26th, 2009 09:51 pm
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Now, that I've (finally) got space for lots of pretty icons I actually thought about how many fandoms I have. And... WOW. x _ x And I've decided to write them all down. You can have a look under the cut. They are divided by medium (book, tv series, movie) and in those cases where the fandom spans more than one, I've put their names under the medium heading that 'started it all'!  (And I shan't even mention Russian language fandoms, well except one, which is available in English XD).

I'm sure I've missed some. *sigh*
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UPD: I just realised I have three Agatha Christie's Poirot DVDs in duplicate. They are: 'Mysterious Affair at Styles', The Kidnapped Prime Minister/The Adventure of the Western Star', 'The Plymouth Express/Wasp's Nest' .  If any of you lovely people on my f-list want them, drop me a line, I can send them to you by post.

And the prize DVDs go to [personal profile] latin_cat 
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A little more of that 'epic' fic.

Rating: PG-13.
Pairing: none for now

First part.


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So, that epic Sharpe fic I am trying to write, here is it's beginning, which I decided to air on my LJ first. There are likely to be mistakes there, so be warned. Criticism welcome (just don't bash my head in please ^^). And the fic has no title yet. Grrr.

Rating: PG-13.
Pairing: none for now

'Deep knowledge is to be aware of disturbance before disturbance, to be aware of danger before danger, to be aware of destruction before destruction, to be aware of calamity before calamity.’


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OMFG, OMFG!!! When I bought a new issue of 'Classic Arms and Militia' I didn't even know what jewel waited for me between it's covers! An article about James Duff, 4th Earl of Fife!!! Yes, the one who became a Spanish General! OMG, I practically shrieked with delight! Most of the article was on the man's gun collection but there were a few biographical facts that I did not know and just have to share!

'He fought with distinction being severely wounded at Talavera, and becoming a hero at Fort Matagorda while saving the Spanish standard. Before returning home in 1813, his friend the Duke of Wellington presented him with a jeweled sword that he had taken from the defeated Tipu Sultan in India in 1799.'

'He was also appointed Grand Master of Masonic Lodge for Scotland.'

'He had been known occasionally to dress down while attempting to go unrecognised on his estate. On one occasion he spotted an old woman as she struggled, carrying a heavy sack on her shoulders. Taking it from her, James carried it to her croft. 'Sieve your oats well, lassie,' he cried on departing. The old woman took heed and discovered two gold coins within the sack.'

The magazine also has an article on New Land Pattern Light Infantry musket that was developed during the Napoleonic Wars and also saw service in the Canadian War in 1812.

On a totally different note. I was rewatching some old episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot and it struck me that in 'The Disapperance of Mr. Davenheim' Poirot is being particularly sarcastic. XD Here are a couple of quotes.

'Small animals have no place in the home life of a private detective from Belgium... except of course as a source of nourishment.'

Poirot : 'And please dont fraternize with that creature, I'm still training him'
Hastings: 'It's only a parrot.'
Poirot: 'I was talking to the parrot.'

And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, a picspam of impressive proportions!

Food! )

Kirk of St. Nicholas.

Prettiness. ^_^ )
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Title: One thousand and One night: Tales of Napoleonic Wars. The Tale of the Hill.
Characters: Sir Arthur Wellesley, Viscount Macduff (future 4th Earl of Fife)
Pairing: none
Rating: PG

Spain, 1809.

The Tale of the Hill )

Title: One thousand and One night: Tales of Napoleonic Wars. The Tale of a Countess (that is not really about her at all).
Characters: The Duke of Wellington, 4th Earl of Fife, Lady Granville, Countess de Lieven
Pairing: none
Rating: PG    

England, 1816.

The Tale of a Countess (that is not really about her at all). )


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This is an abstract from Wellington's letter to Mrs. Arbuthnot (taken from the book Wellington and his Friends: Letters of the First Duke Selected and Edited by the Seventh Duke of Wellington). It mentions James Duff, 4th Earl Fife!!! Ahahahaha!

The Letter of Awesomeness )

Welly  is such a gossip! XD and my lovely Earl is such a kind man. *sighs happily*. And I love the line about the knees. *snickers*


Jan. 10th, 2009 05:18 pm
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I have made my pilgrimage and my soul is for the time being at peace. XD Dufftown is... well, what can one say about it? It is a small town  whose livelihood depends on whiskey distilleries. It is quite new (the town itself): founded in 1817 by James Duff, 4th Earl Fife *sqeals like the fan girl she is*. There is a castle, well, a very well kept ruins of one, and of course cattle!

The story of getting to the castle is ridiculous. Having lost our way in the forest surrouding a part of the hill on which it stands, we of course, came out on the side opposite to the entrance, to reach which we'd have had to circle back. The castle was right there on the hill, but there was a fence. So in the traditional manner of a Russian, I said: 'Screw going around, let's hop the damn fence and climb!' Once we reached the summit, I, a little breathless and dirty said: 'I just went up a steep castle hill with a bottle of whisky on my back, I feel truly Scottish'. ;)

As a souvenir I brought a bottle of whiskey from one of the smaller distilleries and a book, I paid a somewhat ridiculous amount for, but at least I got to pet the shopkeepers cat Sally, she tried to go to sleep on my five-pound note, but she was friendly so we'll forgive her that.:)

The book is: The Queen's Scotland: The North East by Nigel Tranter, published in 1974.

Through here you can see how it all went. )
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 Having finally found a short (15 pages or so x_x) biography of James Duff, 4th Earl Fife in the 'National Portrait Gallery of Illustrious and Eminent Personages of the Nineteenth Century', published in 1831, I was absolutely gleeful and utterly filled with warmth at this quote:

'He accordingly took leave of the great Commander of the British army—who had treated him with the utmost kindness—and of many other distinguished officers, with whom he had passed much of his time since the battle of Talavera—among whom we may mention Lord Hill, Sir G. Murray, the present Marquis of Londonderry, and Colonel Waters.'

It is just so nice to find out that my new crush was treated kindly by Wellesley! He truly must have been a great man! XD

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 I don't know why I don't travel more, I really don't know. I came back from Banff (a small harbour town in Northern Scoltand) just an hour ago and I am still gleefull. ^_^ Duff House even had a couple of Gainsboroughs. Also I saw a model of how it was supposed to look like and I must say it's a great pity that William Adam, the architector, and William Duff, the 1st Earl Fife had a huge falling out. Damn. Stupid boys.

So pics of Duff House first. ^_^

Aaargh. 575 more yards....*dies*


Duff House )

Me like this hotel!

Banff )

Well, I greatly enjoyed this trip, though a raven crowing from the roof of our bus as I was getting in... Let's just say I had uncomfortable flashbacks to Poe's poem. x_x Sleepy Hollow FTW!

Also, am in love with the 4th Earl Fife, James Duff! The poor dear had his wife die of rabies, then went to serve in the Peninsular Wars and even became a general, though in the Spanish service but he volunteered for it and he was at Talavera! and I haz a picture of his portrait, which is totally sad and pathetic.

So there! *runs away to eat fudge*


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