Thursday, May 3, 2018


I'm beyond fighting in my country's wars. Been there, done that. A comment by Andrew, though, brought an image to mind that I will share with you. It persisted for lifetimes but perhaps no more than 50 years when the perfectly trained young officer would indeed carry both a pistol and a sword. Officers still carry a sword but purely for ceremonial reasons. They are not allowed to use them on Capital Hill or in IRS offices. And, every house needs a cannon.


Andrew said...

Oh, yeah. A cannon, nice little 2lb-er on a naval or fortification carriage would fit in most apartments or homes... Play hell with the smoke detector, though.

HMS Defiant said...

I dare to say they would but wouldn't you like to? I can't find it, the PBS show featuring England's civil war from 20 years ago, but I would love a clip of the young cavalry commander who led his troop onto her estate, observing to the lady of the house that, "what this house needs is a cannon."

I read Swallows and Amazons back when I was 8. I think every place deserves a cannon.

Andrew said...

"By the Sword Divided" is the only ECW show I remember.

Two things I got right away from that show:
1. Never ever place your magazine (building) where someone can throw a bomb over the wall and blow it up.

2. A small howitzer full of nails and stuff will stop a bunch of people right quick.

Oh, yeah, 3. Sucked to be the Irish, killed by both sides.

HMS Defiant said...

And yet to this day hearing someone described as a colleen is enough to make me look for a young Irish redheaded girl with freckles. My history of the term dates back to 1968. I don't really want to know if it changed over the years.