Nugget 260

The editor of THE NUGGET emailed the original of the latest issue (N260) to me last night, and I will be taking it to the printer on Tuesday morning. I intend to collect it from the printer on Thursday or Friday and post it out to members of Wargame Developments over the weekend.

This issue is the fifth of the new subscription year, and if any regular blog reader would like to subscribe, they can do so via the link on the Wargame Developments website (click here).

Operation Sealion

Back in 1974 Paddy Griffith ran a wargame at Sandhurst about Operation Sealion. The whole thing was sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, and the German team included General Adolf Galland (Luftwaffe), Admiral Friedrich Ruge (Kriegsmarine) and General Heinrich Trettner (Wehrmacht). Some years ago John Curry followed Paddy‘s example and ran a second wargame about Operation Sealion, and I was asked to be the Naval Umpire.

As part of my brief I prepared a number of documents for both sides, and I re-discovered them today. As I thought that they might be of interest to other wargamers I have made them available as downloadable PDFs.

Even more rules added to the Free Downloadable Wargames Rules page

During the ongoing search of my archive of home-grown wargame rules I have found the version of RED FLAGS & IRON CROSSES that I demonstrated at SALUTE 2006 and the subsequent COW2006.

I have added the full text and the playsheet to the Free Downloadable Wargames Rules page on this blog, and I hope that readers will find them interesting.

More rules added to the Free Downloadable Wargames Rules page

Feeling at a bit of a loose end and unable to concentrate much on anything serious, I have been going through my computer files to see what I can delete.

Amongst the numerous wargames rules that I found during this exercise are REDCOATS AND DERVISHES … and I realised that I had yet not added them to my Free Downloadable Wargames Rules page on this blog. I have now rectified this, and the rules are now available for readers to download, should they wish to.

Les Miserables: finished at last

I have not been sleeping well for the last month or so, and more particularly so since my father died, and this has given me the opportunity to finish reading Victor Hugo’s LES MISERABLES.

It has not always been an easy book to read, and some of the long asides do sometimes seem rather too long and too detailed. (I could probably guide people around the sewers of 1830s Paris without any problem now!) That said, the story is a classic of tale of redemption, and as such it is little wonder that it is still being told and re-told today.

I am glad that I read it, but I doubt if I shall read it in its entirety again … but you never know, and I shall be certainly keeping it in my Kindle collection for the foreseeable future.

Making progress

Today saw us make significant progress towards sorting out our father’s funeral and his estate. My brother and I booked the venue for the post-funeral wake, visited my father’s solicitor and collected his will, ordered the flowers for the funeral, and visited two banks to notify them of our father’s death.

We also managed to visit the Registrar in order to make an appointment tomorrow afternoon so that we could register our father’s death. Once that is done we can go back to the banks to begin the process of winding up our father’s affairs. All that will then remain to do is to send out funeral notices to family and friends, finalise the details of the funeral, print the Order of Service for the funeral, and apply for probate … if it is necessary.

Then we can relax … until the day of the funeral.

An answer at last!

I think that it is Murphy’s Law that states that ‘if something can go wrong, it will do‘ … and today has been a fine example of this.

I was wondering why the previously helpful Coroner’s Office was not answering their telephones this morning … when they telephoned me … and apologised for the problems I might have had contacting them. It transpired that late yesterday the entire computer system in the Coroner’s Office had stopped working, and that this had knocked out the telephones as well. They had only just got the system back online at about 10.15am, and were trying to make up for lost time.

They now had the results of the post mortem, and a certificate of death has been issued and will be posted to the Registrar later today. With luck my brother and I will be able to register my father’s death on Thursday, and then we can begin to sort out his funeral and his estate.