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Rethinking American General Horatio Gates
« on: 22/02/2009 02:01:24 »
Due to his feud with General Washington, General Gates has repeatedly been vilified in the media and the American history books.  He was born from servant parents in 1728 in Maldon, Essex. He was seemingly destined for a life of servitude, but found great success in the British Army.  Despite what we see in films, Gates was very passionate about the cause of Revolution, and despite all the betrayals and setbacks he got from the Continental Congress, he never turned traitor like that of Benedict Arnold.

In this painting British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga, New York, on October 17, 1777.  Burgoyne offered Gates his sword, but Gates refused it on the grounds that he did not wish to violate the general's honor. 

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« Reply #1 on: 22/02/2009 10:03:16 »
Don't get too smug, boyo. If it wasn't for the French sticking their noses in you'd still be singing the correct words to "God Save The Queen"  ;D
 

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« Reply #2 on: 22/02/2009 18:38:26 »
And drinking tea!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 22/02/2009 19:41:46 »
Absolutely, dear chap. And you'd be able to understand cricket!  :D
 

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« Reply #4 on: 23/02/2009 00:08:57 »
No one needs to understand cricket.

Cricket is for snobs and wosssies! Rugby, now there is a game.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 23/02/2009 01:53:59 »
No way is cricket for wussies. How would you like a lump of wood covered in hard leather with a raised seam as sharp as a knife hurtling towards you at 90+mph!

American football is for wusses. Rugby players don't need all the cotton wool. Nor do they need a break every few seconds to get their breath back!

And as for baseball - jeesh! They need gloves to protect their little handies from that nasty soft ball.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 23/02/2009 18:51:17 »
Sure thing, lady
 

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« Reply #7 on: 23/02/2009 19:17:32 »
No way is cricket for wussies. How would you like a lump of wood covered in hard leather with a raised seam as sharp as a knife hurtling towards you at 90+mph!

American football is for wusses. Rugby players don't need all the cotton wool. Nor do they need a break every few seconds to get their breath back!

And as for baseball - jeesh! They need gloves to protect their little handies from that nasty soft ball.

Oh, and this guy doesn't need any protection?

What hypocrisy!


 

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« Reply #8 on: 23/02/2009 19:48:44 »
Many batsmen would prefer to bat without all the protection but the powers that be have decreed that it shall be worn.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 23/02/2009 22:59:53 »
So who is the wussie now?
 

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« Reply #10 on: 23/02/2009 23:37:55 »
The Health & Safety Executive
 

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« Reply #11 on: 24/02/2009 00:09:45 »
Fair dinkum
 

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