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JUST TOO COOL: The ‘tricolours’ ensign of Le Généreux, captured by Nelson on display

Which it’s a post For you fans of the Aubrey/Maturin series. Which it’s all about that monstrous ol’ flag Nelson got off the Frogs at Malta but was at the Nile where Aubrey distinguished himself. In another story, I read … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Egg nog – A holiday treat for all, or only for deaconettes?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What are your thoughts on egg nog? A delicious holiday treat, or a custom befitting female deacons? Is non-alcoholic egg nog truly egg nog (or the other way around)? These are the important questions, Father. I … Continue reading

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Mr. Trump and Physicking the Body Politic

I saw something today which reminded me of Dr. Stephen Maturin in the Patrick O’Brian novels. He dosed and physicked the sailors and officers with black draught and blue pill… which have, how to say, laxative effects.   He made his concoctions truly … Continue reading

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“One of the great papist characters in modern fiction”

At the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is a fun piece about books I often mention here, the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian, who would be 100 years old this year. Which I would that he had … Continue reading

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Dr. Maturin on Jesuits

As most of you readers know, I am fond of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series. In Reverse of the Medal (the 11th ) we find some comments about Jesuits and their schools.  Keep in mind that Dr. Maturin, a master of invective, is … Continue reading

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What does the gowk really say?

A scene from The Fortune of War (6th in the series), which includes the wonderful word “gowk”. At this time our friends Capt. Aubrey, Dr. Maturin and some of the crew from HMS Leopard are on their way back to … Continue reading

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