Monday, 10 March 2014

Over the Hills - to Flanders

Captain Shandy is en route to Flanders again...

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Dispatches to follow - and the Campaigning season begins again!  It is nearly Spring...

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Happy Birthday Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

You are 300 today - and V&S salutes you!  And your great Patron as well!

The Guards send their greetings...and suggest you take a stroll past the Palace, and around the Garrison Church

BBC Radio 3 - The Early Music Show


Friday, 7 March 2014

Jacobites in Rome

When in for Jacobites?

Perhaps here...

There could well be rumblings of a Jacobite nature this year in the Vauban and Shandy Blog....

"that song reminds one of the string of anathemas that forced Dr Slop to feign asleep, and set my Uncle Toby to whistle Lillibulero.  'Our armies swore terribly in Flanders', said my Uncle Toby, 'but nothing to this.'

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Fortifications of Rome

"there was scarce a fortified town in Italy or Flanders,of which, by one means or other, he had not procured a plan, reading over as he got them, and carefully collating there∣with the histories of their sieges, their de∣molitions, their improvements, and new works, all which he would read with that intense application and delight, that he would forget himself, his wound, his con∣finement, his dinner."

Monday, 27 January 2014

Captain Shandy has gone to Rome!



But fear not, your Worships – only in a geographical sense! 

And he shall be listening for echoes of the Lace Wars, and may even bump into a Jacobite or two?

But for now, a room with a view – St Agostino’s – where Luther is believed to have prayed. 

 Our friends in the old Church like to make the Captain feel at ease…


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The return of Captain Shandy

Dearly Beloved Brethren,

after much wandering, in Flanders, Portugal and Spain ....Captain Shandy is pleased to return, and humbly thanks 'Your Worships' for their patience during his absence... 

"How my uncle Toby and Corporal Trim managed this matter,—with the history of their campaigns, which were no way barren of events,——may make no uninteresting under-plot in the epitasis and working-up of this drama."