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Re: The British Empire

On Tue, 14 Apr 1998, John Cowan wrote:

> Weakest.  Ulster became British *Here* because it was so strongly Irish;
> the English decided to encourage Scots to move there (the first English
> territory called a colony).  The Cambrians with their lesser sense of
> manifest destiny didn't do that.
Strong Cambro-Irish areas would be places like Dublin, Wexford and Cork.
Would the Kemrese divide Ireland between themselves and the Scots (who
seem  to me to be the most likely kingdom in Britain to be Protestant)?
> Not at all.  Ireland grew plenty of non-potato food during the 1847-49
> period, but all of it was shipped to England, leaving none to feed
> the starving Irish.  Kemrese law would have allowed the Irish more
> self-help than that, but probably not enough.
> > And why
> > should the Comro allow the Irish to starve anyway?  Just because the Saxon
> > would?
> Greed.

> Remember that the Bloody Saxons still have plenty of influence both in
> Britain and overseas: they have most of the industry.
Cambria was one of the first countries to enter the industrial age.  It
had great natural resources in raw material, people and wealth.  None of
which needs to go east.  Industrialisation made the Home Provinces a
stronghold for Chartism in the middle of the last century.  The sheer
force of the industrial vote was only broken with the waning fortunes of
supply and demand - in our lifetimes.  Economic uncertainty is a part of
Kemrese life in the 90s.
> The Welsh phrase "ach y fi", beloved of our Rhaifun, is some kind of
> mild expletive: I don't know how it translates exactly.  But in
> Brithenig that spells "HIF" or "HIV".
Oh, I get it now, that's clever!

I look forward to seeing the Brithenig Archives on the net, thank you for
hosting them.  All the information I sent you was distribution group
stuff, other people might want to add one-to-one stuff which I haven't
forwarded.  You have my permission.

I looked at 'afur' and noted that it is a consistant feature of Brithenig
that final -or became -ur# whether the vowel was long or short.  Curious

It looks like Brithenig is going to settle on ultimate stress.

- andrew.

Andrew Smith
<hobbit@earthlight.co.nz> Life is short, so am I...