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    Good call, kester

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    Have you read any of the Flashman Chronicles? One is Flashman in the Great Game.

    http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Set/6463/

    Both educational and hilarious...the further adventures of the bully from "Tom Brown's School Days".

    Oh yeah, I've read them all and own several. Flashy is really great. And I applaud you for making the link to Tom Brown's Schooldays, which I also have. What an effort it must take to preserve all the real history, but to weave that one character into the middle of it. (e.g., the Charge of the Light Brigade happened just the way history remembers it, but it was actually started when Flashman's horse bolts at the sound of a particularly strong fart and starts all the other horses running.)

    Have you seen Fraser's personal memoir of his days as a Tommy in Burma? It is called "Quartered Safe Out Here," and is a lot of fun. Fraser himself sounds exactly like Flashman, without the outrageous bullrutting. In fact, he tells of an occasion when his section gets some R& R in, I think, Calcutta, and one of his fellow soldiers makes a big deal about how many hoo'ers he's going to nail, trading all his cigs for as many rubbers as he can get his hands on. Well, Fraser tells us that he went to a cinema that night, and the other soldier was sitting three rows in front of him the whole night. Well, he says he never told anyone else that the guy was lyiong about his conquests, but that he imagines there was far more talk than action throughout all armies. (That's not something Flashy would say.)
    And I won't be here to see the day
    It all dries up and blows away
    I'd hang around just to see
    But they never had much use for me
    In Levelland. (James McMurtry)

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    Text books are lies. History that is reliable is your grandma.

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