Monday, 6 May 2013

Bank Holidays, Barbecues, Beers, Boot Sales and Books


Just the thing to read on a hot day - think of it as 'method reading'

The title of this post just about sums up the events of this weekend - and in every way it has been a good one! The sun has been out, the barbecue was delicious and as I pointed out to SWMBO, proof positive that men CAN multi-task - I can turn a chicken drumstick AND drink a beer simultaneously!

Her reply to this observation is probably best left unreported....

Aside from a great day in the garden today we went to a boot sale yesterday and I picked up a copy of the above book for the princely sum of 50p. Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a huge fan of Lawrence and his role in the Arab Revolt and have often thought long and hard about how best to game this (thus far without success but I am sure it will come right in the end!) episode from the Great War.

The book traces the journey undertaken by the author over much of the territory covered by Lawrence and described (sometimes rather colourfully it must be said) in his book, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by camel and in the company of Bedouin tribesmen. I must confess to being a great fan of travel writing, probably because I enjoy travelling myself, so I will look forward to this.

Who knows? Perhaps it may help to give me the inspiration to finally undertake something Arab Revolt related on a wargames table.

6 comments:

Francis Lee said...

Ray was bragging about his paraffin flavoured barbecue today, how we laughed!

Anne said...

Did you know they are going to do a remake of the movie? They're quite silly to even attempt such a thing as the original is cinematic genius.

Glad you had a grand weekend!

David Crook said...

Hi Fran,

Real men use briquettes, newspaper and matches (not forgetting lots of beer) - none of that paraffin or even worse, gas powered nonsense!

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi Anne,

For all its historical flaws the David Lean film was a superb piece of cinema - the Blue Ray version is incredible - and is one of my all time favourites.

I will await the new versionwith interest though.

All the best,

DC

Kaptain Kobold said...

Most barbies here are gas-powered - they're less likely to burn down your suburb and the surrounding 200 square km ;)

David Crook said...

Hi Kaptain,

I guess that would ruin your afternoon being responsible for the odd conflagration....;-)

Luckily we have so much rain you are more likely to drown than be burnt to a crisp!

All the best,

DC