On the Palindromist (on line mag) I found, to my surprise, that they were searching for the actual author of the paindrome “Able was I ere I saw Elba,” denying it was Napolean:
“Able was I ere I saw Elba” – 1860s (NO, it was not Napoleon. He was French, remember? Source: O.V. Michaelsen)”
But that isn’t exactly telling evidence against, especially given that in a museum on Elba, within a house Napolean lived in, it says otherwise. I mean, I don’t know how it would look in French, but why couldn’t it have been in English? Therefore, pending further research, I will continue the palindrome feature on
this the errorstatistics.com site.
Important reenactment going on right now at the Elbar Room on Elba: April 11 being the date of the signing of the Treaty of Fontainebleau. Vintage Elba Grease is being quaffed by all. The really big plans are on the drawing board for April 11, 2014. Possibly Napoleanland will be open by then.
The Treaty of Fontainebleau was an agreement established in Fontainebleau, France, on 11 April 1814 between Napoleon Bonaparte and representatives from Austria, Hungary and Bohemia (the states that comprised the Austrian Empire), as well as Russia and Prussia. The treaty was signed at Paris on 11 April by the plenipotentiaries of both sides, and ratified by Napoleon on 13 April. With this treaty, the allies ended Napoleon’s rule as emperor of France and sent him into exile on Elba.
Of course he escaped the next year….
What are the chances? Flip on the radio to NPR in my car and hear a commentator: “well we are certainly not expecting something like a roller coaster with Josephine at the back”—and I thought, they cannot be talking about Napoleanland. But they are! And today, Feb 18. is an important reenactment of a battle, and also the deadline for the proposal for this theme park! So there may yet be a boat ride to Elba…we’ll see.*
*Readers wondering at the Elba connection might start at the beginning—the metaphor of the frequentist in exile (when it comes to statistical foundations).
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If this is real, I’m going. I mean, a ski run through a battlefield “surrounded by the frozen bodies of soldiers and horses” and a recreation of Louis XVI being guillotined? I expect they will also have a scary ride called, “Exile to Elba”. I wonder what that might be like? Just think of what they might sell at the giftshop.
“Napoleonland”, the brainchild of former French minister and history buff Yves Jégo, is being touted as a rival to Disneyland – assuming, that is, it can gather the £180 million needed to leave the drawing board. Continue reading
In exile from exile, I sort of miss one of the places my Island friends would insist I accompany them to on Friday nights: a watering hole called the “Elbar Room” which serves up a wonderful sour drink called “Elbar Grease” (I am serious)—it is like drinking straight lemon which for some reason I‘ve always liked (GW says I may be missing a gene). Anyway it’s some kind of sparkling wine with extremely sour lemon liquor and nectarines. The shiny military brass barstools alone make the place interesting. Sadly, I don’t know when I can return just yet. Continue reading
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