Two Tales And Two Centuries

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I can’t remember off the top of my head the last time I did one, so it must have been quite a while ago. However, it’s June and full summer (in the northern hemisphere at any rate) is almost upon us. So I thought this might be a good time…

Good morning! In hono(u)r of the meeting between the current leaders of the UK and USA, this (not great) photo I'd taken of a large print we'd bought years ago, had framed, and have hung in various lounges.๐Ÿ“ธIt's Montague Dawson's fantastic painting of HMS Java ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งand USS Constitution ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธblasting away at each other during the War of 1812.๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ“šMy (English) wife and I sometimes have a weird sense of humo(u)r.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚#HappyWeekend #romance #marriage #painting #history #art #Warof1812 #politics #England #USA #sail #ships #photo #photography #writers #writing #authors #expats #humor #humour #inspiration #laughs

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Yes, the beard is off. The major reason it is? She who is dearest to me, revealing: "It's as I imagine kissing a brush might feel."๐Ÿ˜œ . Okay, it's Friday and given previously I've put up paintings of lovely eighteenth century ladies, why not a handsome bloke of that era?๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธIt's only fair.๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ–Œ . And how about an *unbearded* man? This is American diplomat William Short, painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1806, when Short was age 47.๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ . #humor #humour #painting #USA #France #diplomacy #Europe #travel #expats #classical #history #art #writing #authors #photo #photography #beards #Hertfordshire #England #novels #fiction #romance #writing #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #fun #Friday #weekend

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How about a book “promotion?”

My “18th century extravaganza,” the recently released Conventions: The Garden At Paris, is available on Kindle for just 99c US (and equivalents) for the next seven days. [UPDATE, June 18: It has been extended until June 26.]

Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. “Baskerville” font. Click to enlarge.

A suggestion: the “Baskerville” font provides an “old-fashioned” look to the “old-fashioned” read, too.

Conventions is available as an ebook exclusively on Kindle, and will be for the foreseeable future.

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Also, to take us forward from the 1790s to the 1990s…

Passports: Atlantic Lives, 1994-1995, my first book, also normally $2.99 US, is available on Kindle and other ebook platforms where it appears – Nook, iBook, and elsewhere: see here for the list – for 99c US (and non-US equivalents), or should be shortly, for the next week as well. [UPDATE, June 18: It has been extended until June 26.]

There’s nothing like some discounted beach, poolside, lounging in the garden, or relaxing around the house, holiday reading. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Have a good day, wherever you are in the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

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