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Perfect Duet Advent Calendar 2016 [15 Nov 2016|08:29pm]

Perfect Duet, the comm for all things Master and Commander: Books and Movie, will be celebrating the Advent and Christmas season with a new version of the Advent Calendar 2016.

We cannot do it alone, so we invite you to join in the fun.

How it works:
1) For Livejournal, please comment at Perfect Duet here or at Perfect Duet’s sister comm on Dreamwidth to pick a date.
2) We'll add your name to the list. If someone's already claimed that date, we'll ask you to pick another.
3) If there are still dates left in a few days, you can sign up for additional dates.
4) Spread the word! Let people on tumblr and elsewhere know about the sign-up post!
5) On your assigned day, post something here (and/or at the dreamwidth comm) that's related to Master and Commander. It could be fic, podfic, art, vids, craftwork, meta, recs, anything that will brighten your fellow Aubreyad fans' day. (If you want to post elsewhere you can - just let us know so we can post a link to it here. We'll crosspost links from LJ to DW and vice versa.)

Pray sign up.

We are all looking forward to hearing from you.
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Cochrane Exhibition in Edinburgh [05 Oct 2011|10:34pm]

Since Patrick O’Brian’s Captain Jno Aubrey, RN is based on this gentleman, this exhibition may be interesting to AoS fans living in and around Edinburgh or planning to go there. Tthe National Museum of Scotland will be housing an exhibition on Thomas Lord Cochrane from October 7th on.

There will be many interesting events like lecture by Dr David Cordingly who wrote the most recent and very well researched biography on Cochrane. It also looks as if there will be a showing of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World a.k.a. The Naval Romance.

x-posted to
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The Mauritius Command - part 3 [17 Apr 2011|09:18pm]

This Sunday BBC radio 4 broadcast part 3 of The Mauritius Command and you will have a number of times to listen to it. :D

I blush to admit that though the music used in part 3 is ever so familiar to me, I cannot for the life of me think of the titles. Please help?

Thank you.

X-posted to anything_aos

X-posted to hms_surprise
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The Mauritius Command, part 2 [10 Apr 2011|06:14pm]

The Mauritius Command on BBC radio 4 extra:

Listen to part 2, where (as the Beeb describes it) Jack needs subtlety and subterfuge to win over his fleet’s crews and subordinate captains.

Jack subtlety?
*shakes head*

But this part 2 is as charming as part 1

X-posted to anything_aos

X-posted to hms_surprise
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The Mauritius Command - BBC Radio 4 [01 Apr 2011|08:27am]

feroxargentea posted on hms_surprise that there will be a radio adaptation of The Mauritius Command starting this coming Sunday.

The Radio Times listing says: Gather up your cross-catharpins, hoist the commodore's broad pendant and clew up the main and fore courses, there! It's the fourth in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series of stories about Captain Jack (the 19th-century Royal Navy officer, not Johnny Depp) and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. Like Holmes and Watson or Morse and Lewis, each man is the perfect foil for the other and those damned Frenchies have no real hope of victory. Perfect fare - if swashbuckling is how you want to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Link to the programme info: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zzpl5

posted with permission. :D Crossposted to anything_aos

Maybe there is someone out there who will be able to catch the programme for those of us not so fortunate to listen in to BBC radio 4
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Donna Leon an Patrick O'Brian [11 Feb 2011|03:59pm]

Why not read Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti series in between the Aubreyad? Apart from describing murder, mayhem and corruption in Venice, Ms Leon writes about the everyday life of the Commissario and his family: wife Paola, son Raffi and 15-year-old daughter Chiara.

What, I hear you ask, is the point of this post?

A friend recently lent me Friends in High Places, saying that I would enjoy it. When I came to chapter 14, I knew why, and recognized myself in a teenage girl and a woman, both of them fictional.

Captain Aubrey, I presume’, he said in EnglishCollapse )

My thanks to Ms Leon.

X-posted with abandon to hms_surprise and mandc_read
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The Patrick O'Brian Weekend in Portsmouth [21 Jan 2011|07:04pm]

Got 625 GBP + accomodation + travel arrangements to spare?

March, Friday, 11th to Sunday 13th

Lectures will be on Patrick O'Brian (Count Tolstoy),The Nelsonian Naval Surgeon at Work Age (Mick Crumplin), The Forgotten Heroes: The Royal Marines in the Age of Nelson and Illustrating Naval History (Geoff Hunt).


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ETA:Someone on my flist:
...emailed the organiser to ask if it would be possible to attend the one lecture for a rather reduced fee. I opened my emails earlier this evening to find this message:

"That is no problem at all, we have others doing similar things, and have priced these at £50.

I would be happy for this to cover the tour on Sunday morning, coffee and the first lecture, if that is what you had in mind."

Which is the sort of price I was considering for just the lecture.
Would that not be an option for you. You would only have to mail them. :D
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Thomas Cochrane Exhibition [16 Dec 2010|09:13am]

Thomas Cochrane, the son of a nobleman and inventor, was forced to join the Royal Navy as a teenager when his family's estate had to be sold off.

Now one of Britain's most successful and controversial naval figures of all time is to be honoured with a major exhibition in his native land, dedicated to his extraordinary life and military career.

Curators at the National Museum of Scotland are putting together the tribute to the man from Lanarkshire, whose heroics matched those of any of his fictional alter-egos.

Jack Aubrey was portrayed on the screen by Russell Crowe in 2003 in the Oscar-winning film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

How I would like to see that! I hope that anyone living in the vicinity will go, see it and tell us all about it.

crossposted to anything_aos
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Navy Days, Portsmouth, UK [04 Aug 2010|11:20pm]

There are a few photos here from this year's Navy Days.
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Meet the Royal Navy [15 Jul 2010|01:38pm]

Navy's Summer Extravaganza Returns to Portsmouth in 2010
Don’t miss what promises to be one the most popular events on the South Coast this summer!

Navy Days at Portsmouth Naval Base, UK, Friday 30th July – Sunday 1st August, will feature serving warships of the Royal Navy, ships of foreign navies, thrilling naval displays, historical re-enactments and the world-class attractions of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, including HMS Victory.

A fantastic, fun-filled day out for all the family is guaranteed!
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Lj policy for purging accounts and comms [15 Jul 2010|08:15am]

Please go and read carefully Comms and accounts that have not been used will be purged, i.e. any post or comment ever made will be gone.

This would be such a shame for obriansnavy because we often had good discussions or post with intresting links etc.

Please make your opinion known. Otherwise the maintainer of this comm will receive a notice two weeks prior to purging. Then everything that ever was here will vanish into thin air.
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"The Frigate Surprise" is out [28 Nov 2008|04:02pm]

The Frigate Surprise, the Complete Story of the Ship Made Famous in the Novels of Patrick O'Brian
which at the moment is only out in the UK. It will be published in the US in spring 2009

The book is larger than A4 and it does an AoS fangirl's heart good. The cover is a new Hunt painting showing HMS Surprise flying her kites.

It contains (I think) all the paintings Geoff Hunt ever did of HMS Surprise, plus numerous photos of Victory, Endeavour and Constitution to illustrate a point in ship design, rigging and building. Yes, there are also a few photos of the film. :D

Geoff Hunt has a chapter to himself in which he speaks of constructing the frigate by taking us through the covers of the Aubreyad. There is O'Brian's first sketch of her layout, and a short note from him to Mr Hunt about something he would have liked to see on the cover of TGS, and he speaks of the Nutmeg of Consolation

I was thrilled to read that Lavery and Hunt had been named as consulted historians for the movie. What an excuse to see the movie again, this time to read the credits to the end (which I never did).

Can't you tell I adore the book?

Crossposted to hms_surprise and anything_aos
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[07 Oct 2008|08:19pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

There is a new radio play on BBC Radio 4 based on HMS Surprise broadcasting Part 1 from Wednesday, 8 October.

 To listen go to this page –


It is in three episodes and you can listen in up to seven days after the original broadcast.

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Privatizing the Victory [23 Sep 2008|05:12pm]

I don't know if anyone else has heard about this, but the British Ministry of Defence is considering changing the status-quo on HMS Victory.


The ship costs about 1.5 million pounds a year to maintain, and the MoD is considering turning it over to a charity or to another government department or other public body.

Many people are concerned that if Victory is privatized, she will become like a "theme park" or will be used to promote a business. There is a petition against handing off this national treasure:


Just thought you'd like to know!
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HMS Surprise - The book [08 Aug 2008|06:58am]

Found this recently while surfing. ;D A book will soon be out about Jack Aubrey's favourite ship, HMS Surprise

pickabo has a more detailed description. Unfortunately I have not yet found anything on amazon.com, so anyone who is interested must keep on the lookout.

I'm thrilled about Brian Lavery and Geoff Hunt teaming up as authors and liked this bit from pickabo:

Brian Lavery not only reveals the complete career history and commentary of HMS Surprise in both its guises, but also presents an all-embracing construction history of the Fifth Rate including some 50 line drawings as well as historical artworks and detailed photographs together with stills and model shots from the ship used in the film "Master & Commander: the Far Side of the World". The book is presented in full colour throughout and additionally includes a series of specially-commissioned sketches and paintings by co-author Geoff Hunt RSMA, the acclaimed artist of the Patrick O'Brian cover artworks and related prints.Geoff Hunt also contributes a most illuminating chapter on his experiences in, and challenges faced, when illustrating this ship.


X-posted to anything_aos and hms_surprise
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photos! [23 Jun 2008|10:25am]

I just posted a bunch of photos from my trip to the Victory, here:

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Divers find 1780 British Warship [14 Jun 2008|05:14pm]

[ mood | geeky ]

 Divers find 1780 British Warship

Fairly self explanatory really, not sure if anyone else has come across this yet?

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Patrick O'Brian Mornington Crescent [13 Jun 2008|12:35pm]

[ mood | amused ]

Patrick O'Brian Mornington Crescent 

"We take turns to write episodes of stories more-or-less in the setting of the Aubrey / Maturin novels, faking PO'B's style to the best of our abilities.  It's a sort of co-operative, literary cryptic crossword puzzle."

This is a very funny web site - I am sure most of you have seen this but if you haven't, well worth checking out.

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[02 Apr 2008|08:59pm]

Silly, one-panel Pullings and Mrs. Williams comic, here. Apologies for my handwriting.
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Anyone need 20 O'Brian books? [17 Mar 2008|09:33am]

[ mood | hopeful ]

Rather than giving EBay the listing fee and all that, I figured I would post this to some Age of Sail communities I belong to first...

I have the 20-book Aubrey/Maturin series in paperback in VERY good condition.  I no longer need this set because I am moving in with my fiance,  who also has the 20-book set (yeah - match made in heaven  ;->)

I'm asking $200 for the lot, plus $18.05 for shipping.  

Please email me at satsekhmet @ yahoo.com if you're interested in using Paypal to purchase this collection or have questions about the set.

I'm am NOT interesting in selling individual books at this time... I'd like to see the whole set go as a group.

Cross-posted to hms_surprise, perfect_duet, tallships_daily and obriansnavy.

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