History Literature / McAuslan

20th Oct '16 6:42:22 PM MadCormorant
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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Despite the Admiral's busybody tendencies as a landlord, [=MacNeill=] admits he must have been responsible for some of these back in active service during the war--after all, being an admiral would have meant completing such daunting tasks as sailing a carrier battle-group through the notoriously difficult to navigate Straits of Magellan at breakneck speed.
6th Sep '16 11:44:32 PM MadCormorant
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* WrongInsultOffence: In ''[=McAuslan=] In The Rough'' one of the pipe-sergeants is recalling a heroic predecessor; Piper Findlater, who earned a VC on the Afghan border when he stuck to his task under fire and wounded because, he said, he didn't want his regiment to be beaten by a pack of "beastly niggers". One of the listeners (quite enlightened for 1950s UK) complains that Findlater should not have said that, and the sergeant telling the story remarks "Nor he shouldn't, and you're right for once. They wass not niggers; they wass wogs".[[hottip:*:Even in racist Britain, "nigger" would be specific to dark-skinned ''Africans''; "wogs" was applicable to brown-skinned foreigners of Arabic hue or darker.]]

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* WrongInsultOffence: In ''[=McAuslan=] In The Rough'' one of the pipe-sergeants is recalling a heroic predecessor; Piper Findlater, who earned a VC on the Afghan border when he stuck to his task under fire and wounded because, he said, he didn't want his regiment to be beaten by a pack of "beastly niggers". One of the listeners (quite enlightened for 1950s UK) UK[[note]]But then again, he is an ardent Communist, so he would be far less preoccupied with race than he is with socioeconomic class[[/note]]) complains that Findlater should not have said that, and the sergeant telling the story remarks "Nor he shouldn't, and you're right for once. They wass not niggers; they wass wogs".[[hottip:*:Even in racist Britain, "nigger" would be specific to dark-skinned ''Africans''; "wogs" was applicable to brown-skinned foreigners of Arabic hue or darker.]]
26th Aug '16 10:28:31 AM MadCormorant
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** Also his [=MacDonald=] grandmother, who is of a stern Presbyterian disposition.

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** Also his [=MacDonald=] grandmother, who is of a stern Presbyterian disposition. She may not be such a good storyteller, but her strength of will rubs off on [=MacNeill=], which gives him an ability to keep calm and press on even when the odds are against him--for instance, during a golf game which his team seems to be losing.
15th Aug '16 1:46:41 PM JackG
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* PricelessPaperweight: Inverted with a treasure trove of paper bills - that are no longer legal tender now that the war's over and Mussolini's finance ministry no longer exists to validate them.
** Played straight with the table service of the officer's mess, which is made up of priceless booty collected by the regiment over three centuries. The below-mentioned RebelLeader donates a combat knife that becomes the battalion's cheese slicer.

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* PricelessPaperweight: Inverted with a treasure trove of paper bills - that are no longer legal tender now that the war's over and Mussolini's finance ministry no longer exists to validate them.
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Played straight with the table service of the officer's mess, which is made up of priceless booty collected by the regiment over three centuries. The below-mentioned RebelLeader donates a combat knife that becomes the battalion's cheese slicer.


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* WorthlessTreasureTwist: A treasure trove of paper bills - that are no longer legal tender now that the war's over and Mussolini's finance ministry no longer exists to validate them.
15th Aug '16 1:20:47 PM JackG
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* WhoWouldBEStupidEnough: After [=McAuslan=]'s short-lived reign as a lance-corporal, [=MacNeill=] says that at least he didn't lose a guardroom. When [=McAuslan=] responds with this trope, [=MacNeill=] is too embarrassed to admit that he'd been busted down from lance-corporal several times, the last for having a guardroom tent stolen from over his head while he was asleep.
13th Aug '16 10:30:02 AM MadCormorant
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* DrillSergeantNasty: [=McAuslan=] himself during his brief stint as lance-corporal.
9th Aug '16 1:27:12 PM Divra
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* KnightFever: Pariodied, in reference to McAuslan.
--> Oh yes. Private McAuslan, N.B.G., Y.M.C.A. and Bar....
6th Aug '16 1:05:45 PM MadCormorant
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* SeriousBusiness: Regimental history and lore. One recent transfer from the Highland Light Infantry questions the veracity of the Stirrup Charge, provoking a fistfight with McAuslan, who gets busted down from lance-corporal for his trouble (and, as [=MacNeill=] thinks to himself, not a moment too soon, since [=McAuslan=]'s "leadership" was bound to create further friction between him and the rest of the men).

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* SeriousBusiness: Regimental history and lore. One recent transfer from the Highland Light Infantry questions the veracity of the Stirrup Charge, provoking a fistfight with McAuslan, [=McAuslan=], who gets busted down from lance-corporal for his trouble (and, as [=MacNeill=] thinks to himself, not a moment too soon, since [=McAuslan=]'s "leadership" was bound to create further friction between him and the rest of the men).
6th Aug '16 1:05:13 PM MadCormorant
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* SeriousBusiness: Regimental history and lore. One recent transfer from the Highland Light Infantry questions the veracity of the Stirrup Charge, provoking a fistfight with McAuslan, who gets busted down from lance-corporal for his trouble (and, as [=MacNeill=] thinks to himself, not a moment too soon, since [=McAuslan=]'s "leadership" was bound to create further friction between him and the rest of the men).



** Averted by McAuslan, despite the well-meaning efforts of a brigadier who informs him there is [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte a baton in his knapsack]].

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** Averted by McAuslan, despite the well-meaning efforts of a brigadier who informs him there is [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte a baton in his knapsack]]. Events conspire to make him a lance-corporal once, though both the misguided brigadier and the mischievous Captain Errol, during which time he proves to be quite a martinet.
3rd Aug '16 6:00:19 PM MadCormorant
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* AngerBornOfWorry: A downplayed example in the relationship between Baronet [=MacKenzie=] and his son, Lt. [=MacKenzie=]. The relationship between father and son is slightly cool due to the latter's decision to serve in a Highland regiment rather than his father's old regiment, the Scots Guards. During his visit to the elder [=MacKenzie=], [=MacNeill=] deduces that this was out of a well-concealed sense of paternal worry: if the younger [=MacKenzie=] had been serving in the Guards, the baronet would be able to keep an eye on how his son is doing through old contacts in the regiment, but since he has no such connections in [[spoiler:the Gordons]], he has much reason to fret.
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