It is Spanish Bride’s birthday today.
My father in law was reading a book by Georgette Heyer called The Spanish Bride. He liked the name of Harry Smith’s wife.
The town of Ladysmith is named after her.
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In 1812, at the age of fourteen, she found herself orphaned and only with a sister, when her home town Badajoz was besieged for the fourth time during the Peninsular War. After the siege ended in a successful but very bloody storming by the British and Portuguese forces, the sisters sought protection from the plundering and pillaging soldiers by some British officers they found camping outside the city walls. One of them was Brigade-Major Harry Smith, of the elite 95th Rifles scout regiment, whom she married a few days later.
Instead of letting herself be sent home to her husband’s family, she chose to accompany him with the army. She remained with him throughout the rest of the war, accompanying the baggage train, sleeping in the open on the field of battle, riding freely among the troops, and sharing all the privations of campaigning. Her beauty, courage, sound judgment and amiable character endeared her to the officers, including the Duke of Wellington, who spoke of her familiarly as Juanita; and she was idolized by the soldiers. (more…)
Dear David Cunliffe,
Your inherited minion Tim Barnett has completely ignored my application with supporting evidence to be a member of the Labour Party. Even after a follow-up email I have received no response from Mr Barnett since my correspondence was reported on New Zealand’s leading blog.
I can accept the silence from a man on his way out after he backed a failed candidate for Leader. What I cannot accept is your silence based on requirements that I seem to have to meet to become a Labour Party member that others have clearly not.
Your Party hierarchy eventually endorsed John Tamihere as a member but Mr Barnett wrote in an email to me:
Under Rule 6 of the New Zealand Labour Party’s Constitution, a member must “subscribe to the Constitution and policy of the Party”. From your well publicised positions, I have reason to believe that this is not the case. (more…)Comment On This Article
Regular readers will know that Cactus Kate is no longer a member of any party, having quit Act some years ago. She also famously donated $1000 to Labour at the last election after I lost a bike race against Trevor Mallard.
After David Shearer quit Labour decided to hold a leadership contest and made a pitch for new members…Cactus likes the cut of Cunliffe’s jib, a rich prick living in the leafy suburbs and proposing all sorts of changes that would benefit her as a lawyer arranging peoples financial affairs. So she signed up to be a member online.
There is a slight problem though. Labour are nearly at the voting stage and she hadn’t received her voting information so she emailed Tim Barnett.
From: Cactus Kate
Date: Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM
Still waiting for my vote paper
Tim Barnett’s reply;
Date: 10 September, 2013 19:41:01 PDT
To: Cactus Kate
I acknowledge receipt of your application for membership to the New Zealand Labour Party. However, membership to our Party is not automatic. Under Rule 6 of the New Zealand Labour Party’s Constitution, a member must “subscribe to the Constitution and policy of the Party”. From your well publicised positions, I have reason to believe that this is not the case.
As a result, I have decided to refer your application to the New Zealand Council of the Labour Party, which next meets on 28 September 2013, for a decision about whether to accept you as a member in accordance with our Constitution. The decision of New Zealand Council is final and binding. Should you wish to make a submission about your membership, please email me directly and I will pass it on to the New Zealand Council for their information.
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