Baltimore: July 27 1812. The war of 1812 is a done deal. Most of the surrounding “Democrats” support war with Britain, over stained honor from an attack of the USS Chesapeake. They want to fight because Britain is supporting guerrilla warfare. But, one old Revolutionary war veteran, doesn’t agree with the mob. General James MacCubban Lingan wishes for peace. And he defends the home of the publisher of a pro-peace newspaper, the home of the editor of the Federalist Republican.
To the Federalist Republican, war with Britain is merely helping Napoleon. The United States has nothing to gain and everything to lose.
Editor’s Note: I wrote this shortly before the attack on the embassy in Libya. I did not have time to do a spell check right away, and considered not publishing it when the attack happened. Unfortunately, when I heard about the attack, I was not surprised. The controversial video on Youtube was not the cause of the attack, the West has long been known to write plays and other works that insult other religions. It did not light a fuse, it only shifted the direction of an already burning fire. As we can see, many of the tombs desecrated have stood the test of time, and their destruction marks a general attitude shift in that part of the world.
Did you know that both Chinatown and Shawshank Redemption were inspired by President Nixon? That’s what the “making of” documentation said. I didn’t get that the first time I watched either of those films, and I wonder if the cinema audience did. Perhaps I should ask some of my older relatives about it.
What I did get, after watching “Avatar” was one older-than-me man saying “that’s about Iraq.” Yes, I “knew” that too. But, the youngest school kids in the audience didn’t have that impression. To them, it was only about blue people.
April 1812, Rio de Janeiro, King’s Palace. The Regent and his two sons – meeting with their state secretary and top ministers – have just received the news that Napoleon’s troops have definitely been expelled from Portugal. That means that there is no longer a valid reason for the court to remain in Brazil.
French history buffs are planning their own theme park to compete with Disneyland, and honour France’s best known soldier. Napoleonland will bring history to life, in ways that could even make fans of “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer” blush with embarrassment.
Et alors, can pure amusement be educational? It worked for King Arthur’s Labyrinth in Wales, and that’s History. Or, it’s a story.
While Prince William, and most of the media, followed the European cup, Kate Middleton went to the theatre instead. Sports are big news today, and almost every top athlete is a household name. Things weren’t always that way.