January 24th, 2009

All a medieval noble needs is...?

I'm sure I've come across some reference to the idea that all a (Welsh?) noble needs is his cloak, his harp, and his chess-board, or something of that sort. I may well have got at least one of the three wrong: googling those three, plus variants is finding me nothing (should you try, I'd recommend a "-potter" negative filter).

Can anyone fill me in on what the three things are, where the quote's from, and if I'm right that it's Welsh in origin? I'll have read it in English, not Welsh, but I can't remember where.

Edit: thanks, that was quick! I really should have thought of adding "triad" to the search myself. Looks like it has both Welsh and Irish origins, and they both agree.

themes in classical music

So I'm working on a piece where the idea of storms and thunder play a key role. The main character is a musician, a pianist, and I'd really like him to be working on a piece of classical music that fit into the theme of the story. Unfortunately, I'm having a sort of hard time finding 'nature music' that fits the bill. So, in short? I'm searching for a classic piano piece that deals with storms/thunder either through theme or the feeling it invokes. Any suggestions would be great because as of now... I've got nothing.
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Officer re-enlisting after leaving the US Military (post-Korea pre-Vietnam era)

I have a character who attended/graduated West Point and completed his five-year term of service (part of which was served in Korea during the Korean Conflict). He then receives an honorable discharge, goes home, and tries civilian life for a while. After having his heart broken he decides to re-enlist and continues life a career officer.

My question is this: is there a limit on how long he could theoretically stay out of the Army before coming back? Does the length of time he spends as a civilian impact his ability to re-enlist with the same rank? My instinct says no, but I can't find any sources to back that up. :/

Also: if he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant when he graduated West Point, how realistic is it for him to be a Captain at the end of five years? I really have very little idea of how quickly military promotions would have happened for the timeframe in question (1950's - early 60's).




I've read the Wikipedia pages on military discharge, officer's commissions, U.S. Army ranks, West Point, etc. Googled "re-enlistment US Army", "re-enlisting after discharge", and similar phrases, but my Google-fu is apparently weak this time. :(