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posted by [personal profile] paratti at 02:34pm on 09/03/2011
passed its MOT, which actually stunned me.

I had a Full English at the cafe adjoining Putney Church, which settled my stomach a bit, though I don't think I'll be eating anything else today and will be sticking to fluids.

The medicinal powers of bacon, eggs, toast, banger, tomatoes and hash browns also set me up to revisit the Putney Debates exhibition and, now knowing more about his regiment work out where my relative would have been staying while Agitating. Paying my respects at possibly the high point of the English Revolution part of the English Civil War/War of the Three Kingdoms was also a boost at these difficult times. We did it once; we can do it again - and we can do it better.

Its also scary that in so many places in the world what they were discussing is still not in place.
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posted by [identity profile] at 03:10pm on 09/03/2011
Yay for MOT passes!!

I may get my baby Smart car back on Friday *crosses everything!*

Full English brekkie list is making me hungry... glad the tum is feeling a bit better.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:18pm on 09/03/2011
My fingers are crossed for your car.

Thanks:) The Full English is a powerful thing:)
posted by [identity profile] at 05:13pm on 09/03/2011
Mmm... Full English breakfast...

Although, now that I think of it, my standard breakfast isn't too far off: egg, Canadian bacon (which is, I believe, a bit more like standard bacon in the UK... also gets called back bacon), toast with goat butter, broiled tomato, broiled mushrooms and a fruit parfait sort of thing with bananas, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries topped with a bit of goat yogurt.

One of these days, I'm going to have to post a request to my British friends for reading recommendations on the English Civil War. We managed to visit quite a few sites related to it when we were there a few years ago and I'd love to learn more.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:31pm on 09/03/2011
No where near enough grease;) Far too much fruit;)

'God's Fury, England's Fire' by Michael Braddick and Diane Purkiss's 'The English Civil War, a People's History' are great at setting things in context and explaining especially the First Civil War.

'The Noble Revolt' is brilliant at explaining how and why it kicks off as it does, though its a wrist cracker.

Christopher Hill's 'World Turned Upside Down' is great on The Levellers and Digger, though dated and biased against the Quakers.

Ian Gentles anything is brilliant about the New Model Army and so later events.

It is a complicated topic as events in England, Scotland and Ireland spark off and grate against each other, there's an Elite power grab, mixed with genuinely revolutionary developments, an unstable constitutional settlement between England and Scotland, a colonial war in Ireland mixed with the Wars of religion both in these Isles and the Thirty Years War in Europe and a lot of people like two of my own ancestors caught up heavily in the Events.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:42pm on 09/03/2011
The complicated and interconnected nature of it was what really intrigued me. As we were touring old castles and investigating historical sites (including visiting some spots on the Isle of Man!), I noticed that some of the same names kept cropping up... which is when I started realizing exactly how interwoven it all was.

It will be interesting to find out a bit more about that era, since I believe a lot of the unrest and political machinations there played a large part in what was going on in North America, as well (in immigration and the foundations of thought that eventually built our current government).

Thanks for the recommendations!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:20pm on 09/03/2011
The New Model knocked a lot of places about a bit:) And as my boy was infantry, it's not surprising that all that marching and fighting, especially in the Little Ice Age of the period left him lame and not making old bones.

The Leveller thought especially feeds into the American Declaration of Independence, though that has the benefit of the Englightenment to express terms, but much of what they discussed at Putney (and throughout the period) has a direct throughline to events over the Pond, and of course individuals like Hugh Peter aren't just Cromwell's chaplain and the preacher there, he also helped found Harvard.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:11pm on 11/03/2011
I missed out 'Britain in Revolution' by Austin Woolwych, which is comprehensive over the whole period.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:01pm on 09/03/2011
Yay for MOT and Full English

And for revolutionaries!

We can do it again and we can do it better!

I'm taking that as my motto!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:15pm on 09/03/2011
Happy to share:)

Though not the Full English of course;)
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posted by [personal profile] usedtobeljs at 09:06pm on 09/03/2011
Cheers for MOT passing and for feeling a bit better!

[sends healing hugs]
posted by [identity profile] at 09:14pm on 09/03/2011
Thanks, mate:)