Another Realm

Please consider reading my other poem called ‘The 5th Dimension’

https://psychedelicwizard.wordpress.com/2022/05/17/5th-dimension/

I must have decided reality was too much

plunged the knife 

off we go to the wonderful after...

but wait, your deception is the game

seeing the world all the same

through the translucence of your light

pain you inflict and torment you enact mean nothing

there will be no salvation for your sins

and through the dark comes Michael

sword that radiates love

a Christ redeemer implanted from above

to reckon with the damned

'you will not have him today', he called 

to find you were the architect

waking on your bed

my God, I thought I was dead. 

Saturday Movie Recs

Welcome to this short post on Saturday movie recs. You may recall in the past previous posts on this topic. Of course I will try to add some flavour or variety. All of these are films I like – all of them I recommend – including films in series.

First we have the Mission Impossible series. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 are available and 7 (Dead Reckoning) is coming next year. Wish it was out now!

Resident Evil series – don’t forget the animated series movies too. Don’t forget the newest addition Welcome to Raccoon City!

Inception – I always recommend this movie if you didn’t see it already.

The Wolf of Wall Street

James Bond

2001: A Space Odyssey

Prometheus / Alien / Alien v Predator

Indiana Jones / Back to the Future / Jurassic Park

Avatar

Ready Player One

Doctor Sleep

Pirates of the Caribbean

The Dark Knight Trilogy / Batman movies – either animated or not.

I’m Getting into Napoleonic Wargaming

I’ve decided to get into the wargaming scene with the Napoleonic wargaming. I’m excited as I’ve bought a big starter set – French/Napoleonic army starter set. I also bought a travel pack which I glued and painted today although I need to paint the soldiers still, but they are tiny.

Since the era is fascinating and I am doing a lot of reading on it at the moment, it seemed fitting to try a new hobby. I’ve tried train modelling before which I found really fun and am still a big fan of it. This however is completely new to me. I have to paint a lot, so it is more of a slow paced, fragile project than with Hornby models for example.

Check out the travel set below.

The yellow fields was a base layer. They have now been painted brown. The board and buildings, trees and road were painted too, otherwise they’d be rather dull looking.

The above set is basically the French vs British forces. Blue is France, red is Britain. This would certainly make travelling a lot more fun, whether on a train or plane it is great. You can use it anywhere since the box it came with has a handle. But you might as well stick it in your own small box. It also came with a small rulebook and 2 sets of dice for each side. This is the small set bought on a whim – but will provide valuable practice to prepare me for the ultimate gaming set…

The mega starter set.

Bonaparte’s French Army Starter Set. For around £95. I think for a starter set this is pretty good. There is over 100+ models in here to assemble and paint which will keep any aspiring or seasoned hobbyist busy. From a price standpoint it is pricey, but I believe that wargaming is generally more expensive than most hobbies. I have yet to buy the proper paint or brushes and used acrylic paint for the travel set.

I hope to post another highly interesting post on the Napoleonic Wars again soon. I am doing the reading right now, which is quite detailed so that I can come on here and explain it in simple to understand terms.

Have a wonderful day full of love, take care.

How The Napoleonic Wars Started: The French Revolution

Welcome to episode 1 of the Napoleonic Wars History, which I hope you will enjoy reading. In this episode we will look at how the massive Napoleonic empire began, its origins and why it started.

  1. Introduction
  2. How it Started
  3. Concluding Remarks
  4. Further Reading

Introduction

The Napoleonic Wars were a set of conflicts between Napoleonic France and the alliances of other European powers. The wars spanned from 1800 to 1815 during which Napoleon was a feared leader of France and a time in which people admired him greatly, just as much as they hated him.

Prior to the Napoleonic wars however, France saw The French Revolution span from 1792 to 1799 and can in a sense be included into the Napoleonic wars, making it one long war.

How it Started

The French Revolution prior to the Napoleonic Wars was undoubtedly a key reason for the continuing wars within Europe. The French Revolution was a social resistance beginning in 1787 continuing to 1799. The people sought to change the relationship between the rulers and those they governed, to change the political power structure.

It was during the time of the bourgeoisie (merchants, manufacturers, professionals) who had gained financial power yet were excluded from political power. However, those socially lower than them had very few rights if any and were poor. There was a clear class divide. The monarchy was soon viewed as no longer divinely ordained, so when the kin wanted to increase the taxes on the poor including new classes, revolution was the inevitable outcome.

The French uprooted the monarchy and the feudal system in place. This was caused by the disgust at the aristocracy mentioned above and the policies of the King – King Louise XVI. The King was guillotined as was his wife. The beginning of democracy or liberty, which shapes society today and the idea of which persevered through the Napoleonic wars. The will of the people succeeded.

A time of huge inflation not unlike today. Bread prices skyrocketed and was likely the main food source for many households. Couple this with soaring taxes.

On the 18 May 1803 Britain declared war on France and so the wars began following the revolution. The Bourbons were overthrown by Napoleon but would later resume power after his downfall.

As you can see huge dissatisfaction in the French Revolution outcomes resulted in Napoleon taking the lead of the French people seeking to conquer Europe. The wars were initiated by other monarchies to help ‘win’ the crown back for the Bourbons. Napoleon on the other hand did not want this monarchy, nor did the people.

They wanted democracy which would not exist for many years. They wanted liberty but the ruling elite used war to defeat them. Does this sound familiar? If they had have lost power, the world may look very different today and it is possible Britain might not even have a monarchy.

At the height of Napoleons French Empire he had successfully conquered most of Europe. Without the Napoleonic wars the Napoleonic code would not have come about. Without the French Revolution there would be no current democracy.

Despite being 200+ years ago, the ideas are still standing strong. Today we see the unbalance between the ruling elite, the monarchy and the rest of us – the poor. No matter what, we will not see a power struggle like this again unless it is a world war and given the technology and weapons today would be catastrophic. They are afraid to become normal people and have to remain in control in their reptilian like ordered organisations. Think about what they have and haven’t done. Then look at what Napoleon did.

Concluding Remarks

The beginning of a huge European and even worldwide Empire, the Napoleonic wars were interesting, and are hugely moving when you take the time to learn about them. This series will continue to explore this period. Next, we will look at the inital war after Napoleon took power. We will even look at some of the huge navel battles, involving hundreds of ships, hundreds of feet wide and high. Until then thank you for reading.

Further Reading

https://www.britannica.com/event/French-Revolution

https://www.britannica.com/event/Napoleonic-Wars

History of the Maltese Cross

Welcome to this short post on the history of the Maltese cross. It is a rich and frequently used symbol throughout society.

The Maltese cross is used in medals, coats of arms and architecture.

The Maltese cross first originated within the medieval period, the middle ages – or the time of the crusades.

The cross is mostly associated with the Knights Hospitallers – aka, the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem or the Knights of Malta – since around 1567.

The organisation was founded or established during the crusades to care for the pilgrims in the Holy Land. Later on did the symbol become militarised when the Hospitallers began to fight alongside the Knight Templar.

The symbol is also known as the Amalfi cross – which refers to the small coastal town of Amalfi, in Italy.

What does the Maltese Cross Mean?

You may refer to the picture above to get the meaning. Aside from the above which refers to the 8 points. The cross is also used by some fire departments. It therefore represents bravery and courage in the face of adversity, with the aim of protecting and fighting for others. It is primarily a Christian symbol.

Today the symbol is frequent throughout Malta, and is used by the airline.


I hope you enjoyed this very short post. I also have a shirt with the symbol on. I know you can buy a variety of shirts, jumpers, or clothing with the symbol on. Just look online for something if you are interested. It doesn’t even have religious associations as its primary association anymore, as its used in such a wide variety of organisations.

my shirt

Lost in the Wilderness of Eastern Europe

How much longer I have is unclear.

I have a bandage, a water flask and some berries/cherries I scavenged from trees. I have found a small countryside house made from wood and with light cream curtains and a table and chair, and sofa. There is not much here. The stove had some old pans but no food. Outside a small outhouse with axe and a pile of wood, accompanied by some matches. I’m going to be able to keep warm tonight. There is a river beside the house, and I might try to fish. It is not good to drink it and I have no way to filter the water yet.

Welcome…

Day 1 of my Survival

Are you able to help with some tips? Are you with me or not? Near my location? I’m in eastern Europe covering the ex soviet states, bordering Romania at the moment. It won’t be long before I’m found. Fortunately, I can use the axe if need be to defend myself.

I miss England. It was awful after the apocalypse, but it was home.

The Worst European Country?!

  1. Introduction
  2. Brief History
  3. The Unrecognised State of Transnistria
  4. How Does Something Become a Country?
  5. Tourism in Moldova
  6. Conclusion

Introduction

Moldova! A European country.
The flag of Moldova

Wedged between Ukraine and Romania. The primary language is Romanian. The capital is Chisinau.

A population of 2.64 million and a 2019 GDP of 27.27 billion.

Despite being the poorest country in Europe it has a life expectancy of 66 years for men and 73 years for women.

Brief History

In 1812 (the same year as the battle of Napoleonic Wars which took place from around 1800 to 1815. (They were a continuation of the French Revolutionary wars, which ran from 1792 to 1799. Together these conflicts represented 23 years of nearly uninterrupted war in Europe.) – the Treaty of Bucharest granted Russia control of eastern Moldova or Bessarabia.

In 1991, after the failed Soviet coup d’état attempt, Moldova declared independence. In 1994, The Constitution of Moldova set the framework for the government of the country.

In 2014 – Moldova signs association agreement with the European Union, prompting Russia to impose import restrictions on the country’s agricultural produce.

The Unrecognised State of Transnistria

Trans-Dniester. The state or country that seeks independence is not officially recognised at all as a country. It is a country that does not exist. Most people would argue it’s a part of Moldova. But it is supported in most ways – including defence – by Russia.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18284837

This separation occurred following a war between. The reality is that it exists and can be found on maps and is recognised by states. Therefore its failure to gain independence doesn’t really mean that much. It’s already a state because it has a clear border and name and authority governing it.

How Does Something Become a Country?

To become a state however, or sovereign country, the place needs to be recognised by the United Nations and needs to satisfy the requirements they set out.

https://www.un.org/en/ga/about/ropga/adms.shtml – before going further you may be interested in learning about Hobbes – https://www.britannica.com/topic/Leviathan-by-Hobbes

The route to independence could be between the constitutional theory and declarative theory. The state needs to be a place, have laws etc. and government which will help.

International law does not prohibit a declaration of independence, and the recognition of a country is a political issue. (Wikipedia.org).

Tourism in Moldova

Tourism exists but it isn’t going to be great. The international airport is situated in the capital of Chisinau.

The tourism focuses on the country’s natural landscapes and its history. Wine tours are offered to tourists across the country.

2018. (Despite the low numbers, the GDP is high)

CountryTourists
1 Romania2 524 403
2 Ukraine1 069 066
3 Russia322 256
4 Bulgaria78 870
5 Italy46 594
6 Germany30 061
7 Israel28 358
8 Turkey25 936
9 United States25 778
10 Belarus20 039
Total4, 334, 215
Wikipedia.

There are certainly more visitors from other countries. Maybe they haven’t been documented, but they are on YouTube for you to watch.

Conclusion

It’s a small country with the attached unrecognisable state and a fair sized populace.

Is it the worst? Infrastructure and the economy would say no. I’ve seen worse places with less. Who knows who will like this place. Will you?

Thanks for reading!

(On YouTube you can find the videos) I found this one:

Welcome, in every EU language!

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden

England ~ Welcome.

Ireland ~ Fáilte

Germany / Austria ~ Willkommen

France ~ Bienvenue

Spain / Portugal ~ Bienvenido / Bem-vindos

Italian ~ Benvenuto

Luxembourg ~ Wëllkomm

Belgium / Netherlands ~ Welkom

Sweden ~ Válkommen

Denmark ~ Velkommen

Poland ~ Mile widziany

Czech Republic ~ Vítejte

Slovenia ~ Dobrodosli

Croatia ~ Dobrodosao

Greece ~ Kalos irthes

Hungary ~ Isten hozott

Slovakia ~ Vitaj

Romania ~ Bun venit

Bulgaria ~ Dobre doschell

Lithuania ~ Sveikas atvykes

Latvia ~ Laipni ludzam

Estonian ~ Tere tulemast

Finland ~ Tervetuloa

Crash

Vesta "call on me"

call my name

hold my hand

be my rock

my guide and thy hope

"I hope to stay"

you hope too much

"hope not enough"

yet the moon is now red

through the mist your family is dead

I see a crash

"you are the crash"

tonight we meet on the edge of our desire

"crash" she said

climbed the vines of destiny

Vesta