Another Round of Blather

Beating the drum on the off-chance that you like this sort of thing; my yearly War College lecture at KublaCon is on deck once again and it’s worth a mention to chums that otherwise wouldn’t see it posted. As per usual, we’ll have a nice meal and some drinks afterward in the hotel, and, if you’re so inclined, we can have a proper catch-up on the back of the elation that comes from the end of a month of busy work prep for this blasted event. You’d think we’d learn year after year.

Saturday, May 23rd 7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Bayside Room A
1333 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame


While sometimes celebrated at home and often reviled abroad, the 18th-Century British solider was undoubtedly the prehensile digit on the arm of empire. Who were these formidable redcoats and how did they find their places in the ranks of one of the most adaptable, effective armies of the period? Examining both willing and forced volunteers, line infantrymen and officers, this presentation will seek to explain the daily life of a new “lobster” recruit in Britain, on the Continent, and in the New World during the Age of Enlightenment.


As with former years, 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. The entire store schedule is here, and we’re pretty excited about the line-up this time around. Regarding the lecture, after three years of Scotch-infused Jacobite ramming, I figured it was time to try on the ol’ red-and-buff and see how the audience draws. I promise to cover the sporran-wearers, the Highland recruiting parties pre- and post-Forty-five, and even some recruitment rhyming verse from the brave 42nd. In this world, the two can exist peacefully.

4 Responses to “Another Round of Blather”

  1. hermiston Says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Looks ace, and it is surely productive and fun to switch your focus to the redcoats for a turn. I'm sorry I'll miss it, but perhaps you'll send me the slides? Good luck with it and the whole event.

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 18th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for the encouragement, good man. The slides are yours, of course, though they'll be a little chaotic and disjointed without the commentary. Come to think of it, they'll be more chaotic and disjointed WITH the commentary.

  3. anaguma Says:
    May 16th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    The fact that you're having this whilst i'm across the pond clearly demonstrates that you just hate me.
    (but seriously, will you be possibly doing one of these at next year's Kubla? I'll have missed two years in a row now…)

  4. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 18th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    As long as I don’t piss anyone off or put anyone to sleep, I imagine they’ll ask me back for next year. Tell you what: you get to pick the subject. 🙂

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