Back to the Lectern.

While it’s ridiculous that I haven’t noted anything of value here in a long number of days, the reason becomes self-evident when I mention the event below, amongst other life-changing-for-the-better paradigm shifts. Please feel free to join me if you’ve got the inclination, as this has become a yearly thing where a lovely gaggle of people tend to re-engage after far too much time apart.

Saturday, May 24th 7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Room 7052
1333 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame

Charlock

Once derided as inhuman by both the British politic and popular eye, the 18th-century Scottish Jacobite soldier later made a re-emergence as a British national hero – ironically integrated into the very military body against which he once fought. Some were conscripted to escape the unthinkable punishments for treason dispensed after the failed Jacobite Rebellions; others were loyal to the Hanoverian government throughout the entire turbulent century. Detailing the organization and behavior of the Scottish regiments in the New World on the eve of a wholly different revolution, this presentation will examine the martial and social conditions of their peculiar integration with the British army and the Scottish soldier’s metamorphosis from “rebel” to “hero.”

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As per usual, it’s part of a larger conference, but I have no compunctions about telling people that they don’t have to register to attend this particular event. Bring a pillow and a drool cup if you like, but be prepared to see nasty propagandized broadsides about the Scots and their choices of apparel, amongst other malignant aspersions. Do not fret: the inexorable flux of time and weakness of human memory means everything turns out okay in the end. If you’re lucky, I’ll even let you fondle my gorget.

8 Responses to “Back to the Lectern.”

  1. hermiston Says:
    May 21st, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    'Nemo me impune lacessit' translates loosely into Scots thus: Wha daur meddle wi' me?
    Surely you'll be great Chief. Enjoy it. H

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    And how fitting. In this case, it's utterly ironic. Impunity, indeed!

  3. scotis_man Says:
    May 22nd, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I wish I could be there. 🙁 A prior commitment conflicts. I will be rooting for you from afar. Can I sign up for a transcript?

  4. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Shit, man. No transcript needed. It's called "Pass Me a Dram and Let's Chat". It'll be much more clear and concise, as well. 🙂

  5. scotis_man Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Things will be a little crazy for a while, but when this project finishes, I should have some time for myself.

  6. cygnoir Says:
    May 25th, 2008 at 12:11 am

    You were magnificent.
    When is your next lecture, please?

  7. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Re: You were magnificent.
    Later tonight, when I lecture you on the frustrations I've been having with the existential blockage in my psyche.

  8. Anonymous Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Oh, if I only had read this in time! That will teach me to keep up with my friends' blogs!
    Congratulations on your sang-froid and expertise, which I am sure were both on display. And blessings on your future endeavors.
    Hugs,
    Kirsty

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