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Happy Birthday, Admiral Collingwood! Here’s a Cake for you, and a Freebie for your Friends! 26 September, 2012

Posted by Molly Joyful in Art, Books, Bounce, Cuthbert Collingwood, Nelson, Royal Navy, things you don't need but probably want.
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CAKE!
FIREWORKS!
THE CONGA TWICE AROUND HIS MONUMENT IN TYNEMOUTH!

Here’s to one of Britain’s finest –
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OLD CUDDY!

I’ve promised you a special treat in celebration of our favourite admiral’s birthday, and here it is!

You can download the story “Last Service”, an excerpt from the book “The Radiant Boy – Four Ghost Stories in the Age of Sail” by Emma Collingwood (not related) for free over at her website.

The beautiful illustrations were done by the amazing Amandine de Villeneuve.

Old Cuddy, Horatio Nelson and the Victory in one tale, who could ask for more? Have fun!

DOWNLOAD HERE!

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1. ShipRat - 28 September, 2012

Beautifully done, Molly – I so enjoy such stories with cleverly arranged double meanings.

And that raven picture. And the icy wind at the end.

“‘We can’t-‘ Hardy began, but Collingwood cut him off. ‘Take your time to think about it, Sir, and you will find that I’m right.'”
…….Spot-on detail, that’s our man.

Speaking of fireworks…
http://www.flickr.com/photos/laingartgallery/4400839769/
“Collingwood Monument – Louisa Hodgson”
Cool painting – love the colours and he seems to be fending off a full scale alien attack – just another day’s work.

And in the realm of belated cosmic compensation…
Just last week, this chap was trimming his oak tree, no less, and leapt to save his dog Bounce from watery peril by superhuman effort. Be sure to watch the video.
http://tinyurl.com/c8c2cwn

In older news, a sadder but wiser dog…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-18160339
Dog Falls From Collingwood Monument

Molly Joyful - 28 September, 2012

(Got your mail, will answer later. Sorry for your comment not showing up; to keep spammers away, any comment with more than two links gets automatically a “waiting to be approved” status.)

Thanks a lot; I’m very glad you liked it. I’m always having a hard time to decide when I’m asked which of the four stories is my favourite; for obvious reasons, this one has a special place in my heart. Mlle de Villeneuve does wonderful art, doesn’t she? I’m so happy and glad she’s putting my words into pictures; she has the talent of looking inside my head and drawing exactly what I imagined. Huzzah for her!

That painting’s really cool, I’ve never seen it before! I should really do some research on Collingwood-paintings; there must be more than the same five pictures we use… and I read that story of the guy who wrestled with the alligator! Go you, man! Despite being a great animal friend, I’d turned that alligator into a handbag and a luxury cat carrier if he’d attacked one of my beasties! Lucky dog for having such a great owner. :)

– Dog Falls From Collingwood Monument

Poor Jazz – I’m glad he recovered! Looks like some guardian angel dog kept a protective paw over him. But… ouch!

ShipRat - 28 September, 2012

“she has the talent of looking inside my head and drawing exactly what I imagined”
Y’know, to find an artist like that is a very rare experience in this life.

Having worked with four-footed predators and loved and admired them deeply, I have to put in a word for predators. The one part of the Bounce story I disliked was the killing of the alligator. In taking the dog it was just being an alligator, it couldn’t do otherwise. It’s up to the human involved to use his larger brain and keep his little dog away from the water. Of course, if there are small chldren in the area it’s a different matter and the gator had to go. Lecture over.

I admit this is one thing I really “get” about Collingwood – alas I am a born lecturer. The urge to INSTRUCT one’s friends and associates is a powerful one and not the key to popularity… unless you are, say, C in C in the Mediterranean it must generally be resisted! ;-)

Molly Joyful - 18 October, 2012

The one part of the Bounce story I disliked was the killing of the alligator. In taking the dog it was just being an alligator, it couldn’t do otherwise. It’s up to the human involved to use his larger brain and keep his little dog away from the water. Of course, if there are small children in the area it’s a different matter and the gator had to go.

I also didn’t like that part, we’re on the same page there. But dogs or children… as you say, the alligator is just being an alligator, and responsible pet owners and parents should use their larger brain to keep their dogs and offspring away from the water. I don’t think alligators can tell the difference between “small human” and “small animal”, to them it’s probably all just breakfast. Luckily, the chance of encountering an alligator in the wilderness of Switzerland is extremely small. ;)

ShipRat - 19 October, 2012

You just never know where they’ll turn up.

http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/128024.html
“Nelson bringing home two uncommon fierce French Crocodiles”

http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/128028.html
“The British Hero cleansing ye mouth of ye Nile”

Molly Joyful - 19 October, 2012

Ahahahah! Oh Gods… you know, I live close to the French border, maybe I should be more careful when I go for walks!

2. Nana - 28 September, 2012

Oh wow – thank you!

Molly Joyful - 28 September, 2012

You’re very welcome. :*


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