That statement will take a LOT of explanation.
A LOT of explanation? Erm...... Well I posted something here that should have been in the film/documentary thread, so I deleted the post, put it where it should have been in the first place and wrote Wrong Thread in this one.
I could write more on this if you want me to but.......,,
OH. I thought you meant I posted in the wrong place. But I would not might one of your brilliant essays on what Ambrose thought about posting on the wrong thread.
Funny you should say that....
On the train home tonight I read Ambroses' epic 1954 tome "I'd rather Jack than Fleetwood Mac" (Reynolds Girls Publishing). As you know, this was Ambroses' last book before his three-year break from writing as he suffered the first of his three nervous breakdowns shortly thereafter.
The book dealt with the history of posting in the wrong thread in the modern world; from 1500 to the present day.
The author's own forthright views come across sharply throughout the book and Ambrose betrays his evangelical background in his treatment of the subject and his somewhat judgemental approach to many of the main characters central to the story. Ambrose believed then - and right up to his dying breath - that posting in the wrong thread should be punishable by either being hung, drawn and quartered, or being forced to live the rest of your days in France.
Ambrose charts the founding of the United States and the inalienable rights written into the constitution. One of those rights of course was that of being able to post in the wrong thread. "WTF?" exclaims Ambrose in chapter 7 "why would they allow that?". " Who are these $%^7 wits???".
But Ambrose saves his bitterest condemnation for the country of his birth. The British were of course staunch refusniks of said right. It took great moral courage of some northern bloke or other, to take the British Government to court to get the law overturned. "What the £$^ was that $%^&ing £$$% think he was £$%^ing doing???" wrote Ambrose, "I mean for $%^ sake, aren't we $%%ing supposed to be $%^&ing civilised?
The rest of the book continues in much the same vein, but one thing Ambrose was pleased to end with was the fact that "At least they haven't given women the right to post in the wrong thread. The day they allow that will be the end of the world as we know it, you mark my words".......
Whilst there is so much I agree with Ambrose on, I believe this book and some of the twisted comments he makes, charts quite clearly, the great man's descent into madness. I mean really, who would force someone to live in France? Barbaric....
But, on the plus side, without northern bloke and his crack legal team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman, I would have been strung up to the nearest tree and then, after disembowling, my body would have been rent asunder (ouch!) for my earlier faux pas. Mind you it could have been worse; I could be sitting in a patisserie, chomping onions, wearing a beret and saying ohh la la.
p.s I trust no one is going to take offence to the references to France and the French
England expects that every man will do his duty.
Horatio Nelson - October 1805