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  1. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Don't forget the reluctance of Britain's investment banks to invest in British industry, when they could get higher returns from foreign investments. Or Government austerity policies post-WW1. Or the acceptance of German products as war reparations.
  2. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Kiki might not kill him. Remember, she is a surgeon, so it is entirely possible that she would just remove a relatively non-critical body, such as a foot or two, that would leave Ben capable of being an astrophysicist, but unable to fly as a pilot. personal head canon: Karl (thinking intrusive...
  3. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    The problem with common sense is that it is common. Thus, it is obvious that an officer in the Hellenic Army in pursuit of their hated enemy is far too grand a figure to stoop so low as to use the sense of commoners.
  4. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Yay, Karl's back! I wonder what his cousin, the postal inspector, is doing?
  5. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Except Margot should know this, because Margot has already walked into Kira's den. Margot should remember the old saying "Once bitten, twice shy", but we all know that may as well be written in Ancient Sumerian as far as Margot is concerned. Speaking of Ancient Sumerian, have those tablets been...
  6. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    ninja'd, sadly, but here is the version i thought of: "One LARGE turret ring to rule them all, One turret ring to turn them, One turret ring to bring them all and in the battle, fire them."
  7. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Louis and his medical officer/rating are going to quickly discover that the crew are going to pay very close attention to their health briefings for the foreseeable future. The crew will also be getting checked the instant they notice anything 'odd' or even get the sniffles. Bootsmann Martin has...
  8. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Churchill was old school. They thought that low casualty rates meant the army wasn't trying hard enough.
  9. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Pre-war fears of a military-backed right-wing coup & dread of the heavy casualties sustained fighting to drive the invaders from northeastern France, and the lessons the French learnt from battles like Verdun led to their military planning and heavy investment in defensive infrastructure along...
  10. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Oh God, the 70s flashbacks. Please tell me the paisley fad died an early death in the 60s. Marie's PTSD is showing again. She needs therapy again and soon. Marie is so much a coffee addict as she is self medicating with caffeine. Marie and her family might think her title of "Prinzessin" is a...
  11. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Zella is going to be fine. Relatively speaking. Her main problem is that she has never been truly sure of her place in the world, and just when she was thinking she had things figured out, she fell victim to that predatory lecturer. That really threw her. Then we need to factor in her other...
  12. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    This is something Churchill never quite grasped: It is never too late for training. Reinforcements need to be trained up for combat in the local environment and against known enemy tactics & equipment. All troops need to be retrained on new equipment, such as more modern tanks & aircraft, etc.
  13. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Seeing a heavily pregnant Zella, and a girl who who reminds him of his past, has obviously caused John to have a mid-life crisis just prior to a global televised event. He realised, as have Paul & George, that they have grown older and more than a little complacent. Sure, they been experimenting...
  14. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    The Rape of Nanking was well known back in the day.
  15. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    At least the African Nations boycott of the Games due to New Zealand continuing to play rugby with apartheid South Africa won't be happening ITTL.
  16. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Given the reduction in pressure on the British ITTL, it's possible that Britain might further develop the BSA Welgun. It tested well, was of higher quality than the Sten, and relatively cheap to produce. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSA_Welgun
  17. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    In gumboots (Wellington's/rain boots).
  18. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Marie's spidey-senses are tingling that something wicked this way comes. I'd have said that it's mostly down to Margot's current expectations, but for the fact that Marie feels safe in that house, so that rules Margot out as the main cause. Marie is thinking her fears as being irrational, and...
  19. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    And people who receive blood transfusions or other blood products.
  20. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    A friend of mine from Uruguay, sadly no longer with us, used to drink a shitload of this. We jokingly said that it probably explained why the sandflies here in New Zealand loved him so much. Whenever we went hiking in Southland, he was the only one whoever got bit by them.
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