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Westie last won the day on May 18 2014

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About Westie

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    Paya's Special Guy

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    Reading... I'll read anything, and have a vast collection of books.

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  1. Westie

    We did something....

    So, I would imagine that many members here wont remember who I am. i've not been active for a while because... well, life gets in the way sometimes doesn't it? 8 Years ago last week, I started a relationship right here on GA. I met Paya right here, and our friendship blossomed into something more. I was in the UK, he was in the Czech Republic. We had a long distance relationship for 2 years, before finally moving to London together 6 years ago. This is just a quick stop by to where it all began, to announce that yesterday - We got Married. Yes, another GA wedding. We were lucky enough that our friends from GA, Bleu and Jian, were at our ceremony as guests - I told them they were our GA ambassadors for the day. Now... not to rush away, but a honeymoon awaits. All the best. West
  2. Westie

    Northern Exposure: General Discussion

    To add to this, by 1799 there were 106 admirals of the Royal Navy. Even if they were of an aristocratic background, with a large and varied aristocracy (which had it's own social levels within it), it is unlikely that Caroline would have met all of them. Especially since, if you were a Northern admiral, you might never spend time in London - as shore leave would require you to travel to the North of England to spend time with family there. There was a 'northern court' of aristocracy that rarely made it to London or spent any time with the royal family. I would argue that Caroline and George are now *so* exalted, that there is a lower rung of aristocracy, never mind admirals, that would struggle to get an audience with the Grangers.
  3. Westie

    Northern Exposure: General Discussion

    And it's really excellent Glad to have you back! :-)
  4. Happy Birthday Westie!

  5. Cia

    Happy Birthday!

    1. sandrewn


      Happy Birthday to you.

  6. Westie

    Premium, Advertising, Software Updates, Oh My!

    I would buy premium membership, but I only make technology or related purchases using bitcoin. It's a hard and fast rule that I have, which does make like harder sometimes with sites that don't accept it.
  7. Westie

    HMS Valiant

    I'm sure he's just busy. I had mail from him as recent as the 27th June. Going quiet for a few weeks isn't unusual if work gets in the way.
  8. Westie

    HMS Valiant

    Not at all. He is in this instance a made up character (I think). Prince Genarro (1 n, 2 r) - our character - has no entry that I can find in any of my usual sources. That said, Prince Gennaro Bourbon-Two Sicilies (note 2 n, 1 r in the spelling of the first name), can refer to two people. The first is the eighth child of King Ferdinand (the King we meet in the story). He dies aged 8 of Smallpox, and for historical reasons would more usually be referred to as Prince Gennaro of Naples and Sicily. The second is Prince Genarro, son of Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta - who was a grandchild of our King Ferdinand and died in 1944. I would suggest he is a composite character that has no place in real history, but has been created to fit in with the overall era. Additionally, I think he was a convenient plot device at the time, but there is little evidence he plays a significant part in the story. I would suggest that as the junior midshipman, we will see very little interaction between him and the captain - as indeed we rarely do with the other midshipmen. Regardless, as Chapter 42 saw the ship transfer to Calvert - headed to St Helena - and the only officer to leave was Clifton, I suspect the Prince will be off stage for some time.
  9. Westie

    The Year Of Newness

    Hey, this is all good news, When we met you in London last year, there seemed to be a disconnect between you and your Ex; maybe it was one you weren't aware of yet, or maybe you were. You seemed like a confident guy, constantly having to restrain himself. You could see a huge amount of excitement in your eyes at being in London and seeing something new. But then I see you here and occasionally on facebook and you're like a man set free. Goals, dreams, that are yours and yours alone. Shared with your loved ones, but chosen by you. I really hope things continue to get better and better for you. West
  10. Westie

    HMS Valiant

    Good things some to those who.... wait
  11. Westie

    HMS Valiant

    Hmmmm.... Patience men. Like Granger, sometimes we will spend weeks becalmed on an ocean like glass, but eventually the wind will blow... Usually just in time to fight off and escape a bunch of xebecs...
  12. Westie

    Cap Body Count

    We should start at the beginning. Not yet mentioned: Bob Jensen in chapter 19 of CAP, Fritz in Chapter 33 of CAP.
  13. Westie

    Where The F$%k Has Mark Been?

    Ha!! I've been so busy with work lately (spending an increasing amount of time over on your side of the pond) that I got worried I was neglecting the beta reading. So I logged on to my emails with trepidation, imagining all sorts of gentle or not so gentle ribbing - only to find the only messages were for baldness cures and penis enlargements. Oh, and an interesting email from a Nigerian prince that apparently is going to make me millions....
  14. Happy Birthday!

  15. Westie

    HMS Valiant

    I always find that some of the earlier stories still stand up quite well on their own. I am about to fly out to Montreal (from the UK) and usually make sure I have a couple of the old stories as ebooks for the flight. Whenever Mark takes a break, I often find myself reading the old books to get my fix.

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