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Sometimes people make bad decisions....

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/man-mauled-by-182kg-tiger-after-leap-from-monorail-train/story-fnd134gw-1226479332945

I do not think he wanted to be 'one' with the tiger in a spiritual way. I think he was a tiger molester. Husband points out tiger was quite willing to be 'one' in a nutritional sense. I suppose I should feel more sorry for this guy-- I mean he is quite badly hurt-- but I think much of my sympathy is for the tiger.



Also, am reading a book about Bligh and the Bounty. Prior to this one book, I knew little about Bligh, other than that he was a gifted navigator. This book seems well researched, and makes Bligh seem rather easygoing and not much at fault.

The book talks a lot about Joseph Banks-- who we know from Aubreyad, and also mentions a man from Stornoway, who sailed with Bligh.

What do you guys know? What have you read? I always feel that if you want to understand a historical event, you have to read several books at least. Can you recommend any others?

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phyncke
Sep. 22nd, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
He should get a Darwin Award. Too stupid to live. Unbelievable.
anteros_lmc
Sep. 22nd, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
a man from Stornoway
James Morrison! From my home town :) I believe his account of the mutiny is the one on which many of the subsequent accounts and dramatisations were based. I have a book about him here, Morrison of the Bounty , but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I'd be happy to send it to you, I can easily get another copy, it's printed in Stornoway! Morrison also sailed with Ned who promoted him to gunner on the Tonant. Sadly Morrison also sailed with Troubridge and was lost with him and the rest of the crew of the Blenheim in 1807.

Another interesting sounding book about the Bounty mutiny is Mt Bligh's Bad Language: Passion, Power and Theatre on the Bounty, published by Cambridge University Press. I don't have a copy but I've flicked through it and it looks intriguing. The Amazon reviews are certainly polarised!

And yes, my sympathies are with the tiger too.

Edited at 2012-09-22 09:36 pm (UTC)
eglantine_br
Sep. 22nd, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
I would love to read that book-- but I can wait for you to go first. That way you won't have to buy two.

This book says that Morrison was a sensible, and experienced man with a very good education.

The thing that I had not fully appreciated, was this: Not only did they have to not mutiny themselves, they had to resist and fight back against their comrades who did. There were no marines on the Bounty.

Did you post about Morrison once? His name was somehow familiar.

I do think, whatever his debatable faults, Bligh was pretty free with bad language!

anteros_lmc
Sep. 24th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
I wrote a little bit about the book here. I have no idea when I'll get round to reading it so I'd be happy to send you my copy.

Morrison was both literate and educated and was descended from the family that were traditionally the judges of the Lords fo the Isles.
vespican
Sep. 22nd, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
One less idiot to bother his co-workers come Monday!

provencepuss
Sep. 23rd, 2012 07:40 am (UTC)
Bligh is one of the victims of Hollywood-history and Fletcher Christian one of the false heroes. but even in the 18C a family with connections could get good PR. A cousin of mine used to live in a house built n the grounds of the Christian family estate....local hero to some arrogant PITA to others according to local lore.

Edited at 2012-09-23 07:40 am (UTC)
eglantine_br
Sep. 23rd, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have to say that Bligh seems quite appealing to me. acted like a jerk. So much misery, in the ocean, in Tahiti, in England, because of FC's selfishness...
mylodon
Sep. 23rd, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
I';m sure I've read somewhere it's not unusual for men with certain conditions (schizophrenia) to want to get into cages with big cats.
eglantine_br
Sep. 23rd, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
If he is schizophrenia then my sympathy is with him too. I read once about a man who could only feel sexual attraction to polar bears. He was unwilling to face a life of loneliness, and was eventually eaten alive by a polar bear.

Actually, I was being a little flip yesterday. I do feel badly for the guy. I was just worried that the tiger would be blamed for doing what big cats do.
vespican
Sep. 23rd, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
Article in the paper today... the guy wanted to "be one" with the tiger.
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