Monday, December 5, 2016

500 not out! LoA blog's 500th post

Luddite? You bet!

This blogging lark crept up on me. I am mostly definitely not the most social media savvy person on the planet and actively steer clear of Friend Face (IT Crowd reference!), 'The Twitter' (as articulated    - BBC Radio 4's Today programme), Insta-grab, What's Occuring or whatever the non Welsh version is called... well, you get the point... I pretty much reject all these faddy technologies outright and only use a computer because it is easier to carry that a small suitcase of notebooks.

Life on the road makes for plenty of blogging time.

I do however possess that good old fashioned characteristic of dedication to the cause. Combining that trait with the now dated form of technology you behold on screen and we achieve the 500th post on our blog which started, well, I'm not sure when but between four and five years ago. With all the other periods on my gaming radar I have surprised myself with the discipline prevailing for such a sustained span of time sticking with blogging the later pike and shot period alone (more or less).


I have loads to share that I have never had time to blog about... Caen Museum Normandy.

I've never got round to blogging about these....

Or these....

Or these....

Or these.....

I never realized I had so much to say! Well, some that know me well will shake their heads in disbelief  at this seeming lack of self awareness yet I have enough to recognize I am not short of an opinion or two (although I am physically, short).

Anyway, to mark the 500th post here is a look back through the archive and links to five memorable pieces - one for every century of blog posts.

Memorable because I either enjoyed writing them, enjoyed the responses to them or just liked the subject.

Final Report From the Front Line - Waterloo Part 6

A Shot in the Dark - Will We Get Any Replies?

Defensive Behaviour - Building Fieldworks

Glorious Obession, Part 1 - War Diaries

A Swedish Wedgie

It is my intention to 'Carry on Blogging' (and as a Carry On nerd for 48 years I know my meat from my two veg Ahaha!) much in the vein of the last 499.

That pistol is the only small calibre weapon in the picture

You can anticipate a mixture of boyish enthusiasm, exasperation with the species, what I think passes for sarcastic wit, admissions of stupidity, crimes against pedantry, pot-shots at the Wargaming Fashion Police, some Marlbritis (I have a bad case right now), pokes at the latest gaming fads and flashes in the pan (what a super applicable metaphor for wargamers) and general observations on hobby life which may or may not chime with your own thoughts and views. I promise to do that with my tongue pressed firmly in my cheek and a twinkle in my rapidly degenerating eye.

Cheers!.. my personal quest for this kind of pub measure continues unabated (Solihull 2016)

Thanks for sticking with the Blog over the years, it is a rather super way to keep in touch with the Brotherhood of Wee Sodjers to which we all pledge allegiance ...


See you in #501 soon

23 comments:

  1. Here's to the next 500!!! Cheers!

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  2. Congrats on the big 500 - that's really something!

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  3. Congratulations Barry, by the way I didnt know you had any American Civil War chaps. Have you considered perhaps moving some of them on to pastures new [ie. me] if they aren't getting the usage they deserve.

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    1. :) I have hundreds of ACW in 15mm, 28mm and 40mm Robbie. It has been one of those back burner projects trundling on. Very fond of them actually but nice to know there may be a future home if I fall out with the period!

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  4. Congratulations on reaching the 500 milestone. The creativity, ideas, energy and inspiration that I draw from your blog is greatly appreciated.

    Jim

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    1. Well Jim, that is a mutual sentiment and I feel the same about your contributions, games and website. Nice to know the energy flow is multi sourced!

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  5. Hip hip huzzah! hip hip huzzah! Hip hip huzzah!

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  6. I thought it was your age you were talking about, not the number of posts :) :)

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    1. No,you are confusing me with Dave O'Brien, he is 502

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    2. I thought 500 was the number posts about pike rot?

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  7. Doesn't know how long the blogs been running... I posted the inaugural entry entitled 'Welcome' on June 3rd, 2013... all of the posts are dated. We'll teach you about this technology yet...

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  8. Congratulations! It is indeed a mile stone to be proud of. Sip that dram carefully!

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    1. I just drank the Christmas toast I he blog here in Stockholm its some Swedish Whisky!
      2013 you say Clarence, yup , guess I could have checked that... If I had the time 😭

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  9. Congratulations Sir, a fine achievement and may I add my thanks for all the inspiration I have had from your 500 posts and the associated emptying of ones bank account.
    I am looking forward to the next 500
    Mark

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  10. Congratulations Barry and best wishes as you March strongly onto a 1000. A wee dram for me as well!

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  11. Actually 500 is the number of bad things Barry has had to say about the Duke of Marlborough.

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    1. Nay, Nay and thrice nay Dave, I have far MORE than 500 bad things to say about Johnno!
      That will keep me living in safe houses for the next 20 years.

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  12. Ahh Barry - you were worried a few years ago you would not have enough material to sustain the blog. Now look at you. The regularity with which you post and the varied and interesting nature of your thoughts makes this a must- go-to site on a weekly basis. Your apparent dislike of Milord Duke is legendary - but as I have pointed out before you do in fact share many of his qualities and attributes - to the extent that I do believe - drumroll... 'You are the Duke of Marlborough.' Leadership of this diverse band of 17th/18th century brothers, energy, European travels, that illusive quality and air of untouchability - the talents and skills to lead disparate and antagonisitc forces and in the end 'get the job done' - beat the French, produce the range, paint the figures...
    Your cover is blown. The jibes and anti-Marlborough slander are merely to hide your true feelings and admiration. It's ok. Enough already... looking forward to the next 500...!
    Peter

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    1. OK Peter.. it's a fair cop. I admit it, I AM related!

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  13. Don't forget a few years back he angered the royals and had to spend time in the tower.

    And a little known fact. John Churchills middle name was Barry

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  14. How did you know I was in the Tower? That's classified!

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