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Matthew Flinders Found

 I read a story today on the ABC news website that they have discovered the burial place of the British explorer Matthew Flinders who was one of the first men to circumnavigate Australia. It was found underneath a London train station. For the story click on the link -

Matthew Flinders Found
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Podcast: “The Lady Pirate” - Anne Bonny

“The Lady Pirate” - Anne Bonny, is a two ep. podcast made over her life as a female pirate.

The podcast quality is good and the story very interesting. Here are the episodes:
"As a child, Anne Bonny pretended to be a boy to cover for the fact that she was an illegitimate child. When she dressed as a woman later on, she realized she preferred the freedom of being treated like a man. Dissatisfied with traditional life as a wife to her husband, she found a true partnership with "Calico Jack," a pirate who treated her with more autonomy and respect than any woman on land would ever get."
"Pirate Anne Bonny had seemingly met her match with Calico Jack, but the relationship didn't last forever. After leaving their child with a family in Cuba, Anne returned to the seas with Calico but found a new spark - this time with a most unexpected partner."
  • ylla

Hornblower Watch

Maybe you haven't watched the Hornblower series for years, and think it's time to get it out again.
Maybe (like me) you've never watched it, but want to.
Maybe you can never get enough of it.
Maybe you love another seafaring saga and want something to compare it to.

Whatever your reason, dust off your DVDs, get your commenting caps on, and join us at following_sea for a

Hornblower watch!

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The first post will go up this Thursday, and we'll go on at (roughly) the rate of an episode a week until the end of April. Join us for one comment or for the whole thing - all are welcome!
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Collingwood Society 2017

The Collingwood Society has now published its programme for 2017, which looks very interesting as usual (I always kind of half hope that it won't be quite so interesting, so I'm not tempted to run away to Newcastle so much...). I'm not sure if anyone is within reach of the north east of England, but if you are, there's lots to hear.

Two talks in particular look to be of broader interest, although there's plenty more:

The Annual Collingwood Lecture on 9th March, is on Naval Surgery during the French Wars 1792-1815, and is given by 'retired surgeon and renowned Napoleonic era historian' Mr Michael Crumplin - something for the Stephen Maturin fans, if they're brave enough!

And on 26th September there will be a talk on The Early Days of the Royal Marines, by a speaker who is currently nameless - definitely of interest to some people here!
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Perfect Duet Advent Calendar 2016

Perfect Duet, the comm for all things Master and Commander: Books and Movie, will be celebrating the Advent and Christmas season with a new version of the Advent Calendar 2016.

We cannot do it alone, so we invite you to join in the fun.

How it works:
1) For Livejournal, please comment at Perfect Duet here or at Perfect Duet’s sister comm on Dreamwidth to pick a date.
2) We'll add your name to the list. If someone's already claimed that date, we'll ask you to pick another.
3) If there are still dates left in a few days, you can sign up for additional dates.
4) Spread the word! Let people on tumblr and elsewhere know about the sign-up post!
5) On your assigned day, post something here (and/or at the dreamwidth comm) that's related to Master and Commander. It could be fic, podfic, art, vids, craftwork, meta, recs, anything that will brighten your fellow Aubreyad fans' day. (If you want to post elsewhere you can - just let us know so we can post a link to it here. We'll crosspost links from LJ to DW and vice versa.)

Pray sign up.

We are all looking forward to hearing from you.