experimentalgentleman:

William Brougham Monkhouse, the ship’s surgeon, was a disorganised fellow who drank far too much, but he was well-educated and a superlative observer.

Charles Clerke, 25, […] master’s mate, had sailed on the Dolphin[…]. He was a high-spirited, amusing young man, fond of practical jokes, who had written a straight-faced account of the ‘Giants’ in Patagonia and published it in the Philosophical Transactions. 

Lord Sandwich was a leading light in the Society of Dilettanti […] and under his tutelage Banks acquired a measure of sexual sophistication.

When he was asked whether he intended to travel to Europe, [Banks] declared: “Every blockhead does that; my Grand Tour shall be one around the whole globe!”

A sampling of interesting quotes from Anne Salmond’s “Trial of the Cannibal Dog”. 

YESSSS. LOOK AT THESE LOVELY FACTOIDS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. 8DDD

I’m always surprised by any reference to Will being disorganised/drunk, because Cook makes no mention of it in his journals, only ever putting down some appreciative remarks about his care of the ship’s company, whereas he’s not shy about naming other officers who drank too much, like Molyneux and the sailmaker whose name I’m too lazy to Google. Presumably Will found a way to either conceal his drinking from Cook, or make sure it didn’t interfere with his work. Actually, I like the thought of him being a total mess in his spare time, then snapping into action as Super Doc as soon as his help is needed. :D

(Also, cue headcanons of Will always losing his things, and Jon laughing his arse off as he alternately helps him find them/hides them behind his back. :P “Jeez, you’re such a wreck, Will. Can’t believe Mum and Dad wanted you to look after me.”/ “Jon, looking out for you is enough to drive anyone to drink.” And so on!)

Also also, as far as education goes, in one of my relatively fruitless efforts to find out some more info about the Monkhouses, I discovered that the Wellcome Trust apparently holds a manuscript containing some of Will’s old anatomy lecture notes from when he studied under William Hunter. So that’s pretty cool. :)

a straight-faced account of the ‘Giants’ in Patagonia and published it in the Philosophical Transactions

The more I read, the more I fear that we’ve somewhat overlooked Charlie Clerke for ridiculousness (and some coolness and sadfeels), mostly because of his Patagonian giants paper. XD The Dictionary of Canadian Biography reckons it’s a hoax. You don’t say. But trolling the Royal Society is always going to win points in my book. :P

Also, the thing about him being in the mizzen-top of the Bellona when it was shot away, then being the only one to make it to safety again, is worthy of mention, I think.

Lord Sandwich was a leading light in the Society of Dilettanti […] and under his tutelage Banks acquired a measure of sexual sophistication.

oho 

*whistles innocently; slopes speedily away to write fanfic* >.>

“Every blockhead does that; my Grand Tour shall be one around the whole globe!”

Yup, that sounds like JoJo.

Incidentally, I read somewhere (and I can’t remember where, so take this with as big a pinch of salt as you wish) that the Benjamin West portrait of JoJo kitted out in the Maori cloak with the various Polynesian artefacts behind him may have been intended as a bit of a cheeky piss-take of the various highbrow guys who had their portraits painted with classical references because the Grand Tour was such a thing. Together with the quote I can’t help but wonder if it was painted that way at JoJo’s own suggestion! :P

cuddlytogas:

verecunda:

cuddlytogas said: i love you (ALWAYS CHANNEL YOUR INNER GRUMPY COOK)

As the season nears its end, I’m worried that my Grumpy Cook is becoming more outer than inner. By the end of September the transformation will be complete, and I’ll wake up to discover that I’ve turned into a forty-year-old sailor from Teesside.

 

you’re my favourite human being

:3 I love you too.

#who knows #maybe one day i’ll wake up a 25 yr old botanist with a lot of money and spare time

You would certainly have got the better end of the transformation deal. 

magicmattie said: D: D:

Mr. Parkinson, what did I tell you about obstructing the hatchway?

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cuddlytogas said: i love you (ALWAYS CHANNEL YOUR INNER GRUMPY COOK)

As the season nears its end, I’m worried that my Grumpy Cook is becoming more outer than inner. By the end of September the transformation will be complete, and I’ll wake up to discover that I’ve turned into a forty-year-old sailor from Teesside.

Came on Tumblr this morning to discover that my activity bar had apparently turned into the Loch Ness Monster.

Came on Tumblr this morning to discover that my activity bar had apparently turned into the Loch Ness Monster.

cuddlytogas:

verecunda:

cuddlytogas:

okay, but if i could just draw your attention to two minor characters in the next night at the museum movie…
(verecunda, i believe you’ll be interested in this news?)

I’M SO EXCITED OH MY GAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWD I’M NOT EVEN A TINY BIT EMBARRASSED. (We must arrange a watch of the first two after I’m home and you’ve finished your thesis! )
NELSON THO. From the trailer, I thought I saw a shot of them being cornered in Trafalgar Square by the lions from Nelson’s Column, so presumably that’s where Nelson will show up. (But will he save them from the lions, or is he the one who sicks the lions on them??? THESE ARE THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS.) And I want a stupid “Kiss me, Hardy” joke. That’s all I want. There’s no point putting Nelson in a comedy if you’re not going to have a stupid “Kiss me, Hardy” joke. I don’t make the rules.
AND JED AND OCTAVIUS IN POMPEII!!!!!11!1!!! I AM FUCKIN PUMPED BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW THE DESPAIR I FELT WHEN I DIDN’T SEE STEVE COOGAN’S NAME ON THE INITIAL CAST LIST, JESUS CHRIST. Also the presence of Augustus (presuming it’s the Augustus) should confirm my headcanon that Octavius is totally not Augustus, and the Pompeii thing supports my headcanon that he is supposed to be a general from Trajanic Rome (IT’S A VERY INVOLVED HEADCANON, OKAY??!!! YES I HAVE VERY INVOLVED NATM HEADCANONS. STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT, DAMMIT.)
Basically just !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I NEED TO HEAR ALL ABOUT THIS HEADCANON !!!!! also i’m so pumped i’m sO PUMPED ABOUT POMPEII although it would be kinda hilarious if he was pre-79 and recognised the town like “oh! pompeii! yes this lovely resort town near the beach what a nice place” [cue jed desperately tugging on his sleeve about the approaching inaccurately-portrayed-eruption effluvia]
OH YEAH I FORGOT THAT WAS NELSON’S COLUMN which is weird, bc i recognised the lions immediately bc i’m attached to london statuary after reading the stone heart trilogy, except nelson is in that scene too. i don’t know what my excuse is.
also yes, “kiss me hardy” jokes are compulsory

[BWAHA YES. XDD] POMPEII MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER. (Is it wrong that I already kinda want to write fic about them exploring mini!Pompeii and coming across a mini!Lupanare? Yeah, probably. Kids’ film. Kids’ film. but just imagine Jed’s reaction tho)
THE HEADCANON, RIGHT. It was me trying to find some sort of vague chronological point for Octavius and his diorama, because I think for a while everyone identified him with Augustus (possibly because he’s probably the first result that crops up if you were to Google “Octavius”), but I was just kinda like “…nah, I’m not getting a very Augustus-y vibe from him.”
So… by examining all the evidence (and okay, I realise that looking for historical accuracy in NATM is probably a lost cause, but WORK WITH ME HERE.), I drew the following conclusions:
- Octavius’ legionaries mostly seem to be kitted out in lorica segmentata, which would suggest that they date from somewhere between the first and third centuries AD, when that armour was most commonly in use. 
- The Rome diorama has the Colosseum pictured pretty prominently in the background. So presumably the diorama is showing the city at some point after c. AD 70, when construction began under Vespasian. But because it looks pretty complete, a date after its completion in AD 80 under Titus is even more likely. (And the fact that Octavius apparently, from the trailer, knows about the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 backs me up here.)
So, if you’ll forgive the gratuitous Latin (lol of course you will) that’s the terminus post quem. And for the terminus ante quem:
- Octavius, when we meet him in the first film, is pretty aggressively expansionist (“The Roman Empire knows no boundaries!”, “We expand or we die”, etc.). This suggests, then, that he doesn’t belong to the period after the ascension of Hadrian (AD 117), as it was Hadrian who was the one to go “Whoa hold on a second here. Let’s start laying down some permanent boundaries on our frontiers before this empire gets a bit too unwieldy.”
So that leaves us with a date range of AD 80 - 117 for Octavius. And, okay, an expansionist policy would be in line for a general under the Flavian emperors as well, but it would probably make more sense for a museum diorama to depict Rome under Trajan because:
a) if you’re looking for a Golden Age of Ancient Rome to portray, some point under one of the Five Good Emperors is probably the best bet (Trajan being Good Emperor No. 2).
b) it was under Trajan that the Roman Empire reached its greatest extent (give or take a few forays by later emperors which never came to anything permanent). Trajan himself is remembered for his military campaigns, so having the leading figure in the diorama be a military commander with an obsession with expansion would echo the general tenor of Trajan’s reign pretty neatly.
Which brings us, incidentally, to the question of Octavius’ rank (because hell, we’ve come this far). It seems clear from context that’s he’s supposed to be commanding a legion, which would make him a straightforward legatus. I don’t see him as Praetorian praefectus, or anything like praefectus urbanus. My headcanon is that his position as leader of the Roman diorama is pretty de facto: the Roman minis, apparently lacking an actual emperor figure, gravitated to the highest-ranking military commander in the diorama for leadership. But Octavius always acts in the name of the Emperor, since he has that whole consciousness of his role in history thing that they all have.
So, yeah. That is my reasoning for Octavius being a legatus from the reign of Trajan (ie. AD 98 - 117). Overthinking things? I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN SHUT UP.
#”my most anticipated movie of 2013 ngl” #oh my friend have i got news for you
*headdesks* lmao i’m such a loser will

cuddlytogas:

verecunda:

cuddlytogas:

okay, but if i could just draw your attention to two minor characters in the next night at the museum movie…

(verecunda, i believe you’ll be interested in this news?)

I’M SO EXCITED OH MY GAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWD I’M NOT EVEN A TINY BIT EMBARRASSED. (We must arrange a watch of the first two after I’m home and you’ve finished your thesis! )

NELSON THO. From the trailer, I thought I saw a shot of them being cornered in Trafalgar Square by the lions from Nelson’s Column, so presumably that’s where Nelson will show up. (But will he save them from the lions, or is he the one who sicks the lions on them??? THESE ARE THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS.) And I want a stupid “Kiss me, Hardy” joke. That’s all I want. There’s no point putting Nelson in a comedy if you’re not going to have a stupid “Kiss me, Hardy” joke. I don’t make the rules.

AND JED AND OCTAVIUS IN POMPEII!!!!!11!1!!! I AM FUCKIN PUMPED BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW THE DESPAIR I FELT WHEN I DIDN’T SEE STEVE COOGAN’S NAME ON THE INITIAL CAST LIST, JESUS CHRIST. Also the presence of Augustus (presuming it’s the Augustus) should confirm my headcanon that Octavius is totally not Augustus, and the Pompeii thing supports my headcanon that he is supposed to be a general from Trajanic Rome (IT’S A VERY INVOLVED HEADCANON, OKAY??!!! YES I HAVE VERY INVOLVED NATM HEADCANONS. STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT, DAMMIT.)

Basically just !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I NEED TO HEAR ALL ABOUT THIS HEADCANON !!!!! also i’m so pumped i’m sO PUMPED ABOUT POMPEII although it would be kinda hilarious if he was pre-79 and recognised the town like “oh! pompeii! yes this lovely resort town near the beach what a nice place” [cue jed desperately tugging on his sleeve about the approaching inaccurately-portrayed-eruption effluvia]

OH YEAH I FORGOT THAT WAS NELSON’S COLUMN which is weird, bc i recognised the lions immediately bc i’m attached to london statuary after reading the stone heart trilogy, except nelson is in that scene too. i don’t know what my excuse is.

also yes, “kiss me hardy” jokes are compulsory

[BWAHA YES. XDD] POMPEII MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER. (Is it wrong that I already kinda want to write fic about them exploring mini!Pompeii and coming across a mini!Lupanare? Yeah, probably. Kids’ film. Kids’ film. but just imagine Jed’s reaction tho)

THE HEADCANON, RIGHT. It was me trying to find some sort of vague chronological point for Octavius and his diorama, because I think for a while everyone identified him with Augustus (possibly because he’s probably the first result that crops up if you were to Google “Octavius”), but I was just kinda like “…nah, I’m not getting a very Augustus-y vibe from him.”

So… by examining all the evidence (and okay, I realise that looking for historical accuracy in NATM is probably a lost cause, but WORK WITH ME HERE.), I drew the following conclusions:

- Octavius’ legionaries mostly seem to be kitted out in lorica segmentata, which would suggest that they date from somewhere between the first and third centuries AD, when that armour was most commonly in use. 

- The Rome diorama has the Colosseum pictured pretty prominently in the background. So presumably the diorama is showing the city at some point after c. AD 70, when construction began under Vespasian. But because it looks pretty complete, a date after its completion in AD 80 under Titus is even more likely. (And the fact that Octavius apparently, from the trailer, knows about the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 backs me up here.)

So, if you’ll forgive the gratuitous Latin (lol of course you will) that’s the terminus post quem. And for the terminus ante quem:

- Octavius, when we meet him in the first film, is pretty aggressively expansionist (“The Roman Empire knows no boundaries!”, “We expand or we die”, etc.). This suggests, then, that he doesn’t belong to the period after the ascension of Hadrian (AD 117), as it was Hadrian who was the one to go “Whoa hold on a second here. Let’s start laying down some permanent boundaries on our frontiers before this empire gets a bit too unwieldy.”

So that leaves us with a date range of AD 80 - 117 for Octavius. And, okay, an expansionist policy would be in line for a general under the Flavian emperors as well, but it would probably make more sense for a museum diorama to depict Rome under Trajan because:

a) if you’re looking for a Golden Age of Ancient Rome to portray, some point under one of the Five Good Emperors is probably the best bet (Trajan being Good Emperor No. 2).

b) it was under Trajan that the Roman Empire reached its greatest extent (give or take a few forays by later emperors which never came to anything permanent). Trajan himself is remembered for his military campaigns, so having the leading figure in the diorama be a military commander with an obsession with expansion would echo the general tenor of Trajan’s reign pretty neatly.

Which brings us, incidentally, to the question of Octavius’ rank (because hell, we’ve come this far). It seems clear from context that’s he’s supposed to be commanding a legion, which would make him a straightforward legatus. I don’t see him as Praetorian praefectus, or anything like praefectus urbanus. My headcanon is that his position as leader of the Roman diorama is pretty de facto: the Roman minis, apparently lacking an actual emperor figure, gravitated to the highest-ranking military commander in the diorama for leadership. But Octavius always acts in the name of the Emperor, since he has that whole consciousness of his role in history thing that they all have.

So, yeah. That is my reasoning for Octavius being a legatus from the reign of Trajan (ie. AD 98 - 117). Overthinking things? I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN SHUT UP.

#”my most anticipated movie of 2013 ngl” #oh my friend have i got news for you

*headdesks* lmao i’m such a loser will

theheroheart:

look at these smug fucking gits

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can you stop flirting for five fucking seconds

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god they look like they’ve just been caught making out

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cakesandfail:

shaestel:

i-need-that-seat:

iapollogise:

I love pirates because they have no concept on albeism. oh you have no leg? here have a peg leg. no hand?? well guess we gotta put a hook on that, give those sons of bitches a surprise. Blind in one eye, put an eyepatch on no one fucking cares, youre deaf??? go man the canons you glorious bastard.They dont care if youre disabled bcus as long as you can fuck shit up they literally dont fucking care.

I never thought about it this way. This is beautiful.

There’s also instances of them wearing women’s clothes like they gave no fucks

At least on some ships, if you lost an eye or a limb or something while fighting, you’d get compensation- it’s thought that Henry Morgan (yes, that Captain Morgan) had that as part of the rules on his ship.

idk folks, I think if we’re gonna go down this road, the navy still holds the trump card for sailors with disabilities fucking shit up.

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Of all the stupid questions people ask at the ticket office, I’ve decided the most fucking idiotic is, “Do we have to pay to get in?”

No, this ticket office is really just an elaborate front for our secret crystal meth lab. WHAT DO YOU THINK?!!

*James Cook face*

Got my new work uniform for the season today. 

Season started in April and ends in five weeks. \o/