The Old Masters – re-interpreted 143

With reassuring predictability, Wednesday is once again upon us and it’s time to deliver a digital pie in the metaphorical mush of an Old Master. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s for the whole family.

We’ve given him quite long enough to recuperate from the last misinterpretation. Edmund Blair Leighton is the chap whose reputation is on the block today.

Edmund Blair Leighton - The reason the crusades took so long - dress warmly - mind your manners - be nice to your troops - bring something nice back for mother and me

The real reason that ‘away’ battles were more popular than conflicts closer to home: “Dress warmly, mind your manners, don’t get mud and blood on your armour, be nice to your troops and bring something nice back for mother and me.”

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About Freud Fission Chips

Despite the banality of the name, FFC has led an intensely varied life. Grateful for surviving almost three years as a 'troepie' (soldier for non-South African Readers) in the Angolan war, he determined to wring as much out of life as possible. Currently providing Business Analysis services, trading on the stock market and developing web pages to pay the bills, FFC also dabbles in wildlife, landscape and people photography, writing, and far too many interests for his own good. He has also travelled extensively in southern Africa (working on the sound theory that a moving target is more dificult to hit). These peregrinations also include over 1500kms on foot through some of the worlds most spectacular scenery. It hasn't all been plain sailing, beer and skittles, and endless beds of roses... Chief amongst the prerequisites for surviving Africa, with its mind-bending characteristics, is an appropriate sense of humour.... So, for now, he will be recounting the amusing among the annoying, the frustrating wrapped in the funny and extracting the mirth from the melancholy... Oh yes, there might be some alliteration too.
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