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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:41 pm

Sjoerd3000 wrote:Wasn't he captain in the Austro-Hungarian Navy? (the Austrio-Hungarian empire had a few seaports Trieste was one of them)? And also the leader of Hungary after world war 1 was Admiral Horty despite Hungary is also completely landlocked. (I'm sure he was admiral in world war 1 in the Austro-Hungarian navy)
Yes he was in the Austro-Hungarian navy. :)
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:53 pm

Not absolutely sure of this but Von Trapp was a U-Boat captain (WW1) - this was in the book by his wife, not the film :roll: but I read that a long time ago and only the once so I could be mistaken
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:16 pm

You're right Jan he did. Here's his Wiki. :D
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:32 pm

Blimey! That musical's an absolute load of b*ll*cks! PMSL :twisted:

It was Maria's book that I read - one of the worst and most boring books I've ever picked up :lol: But then I'm not too fond of biographies and that one did nothing to change my mind (but at least they're slightly better than autobiogs *yawns*)
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Postby swreader » Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:23 pm

A BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SWITERLAND! :D

I was about to make a slighlty snide remark about Switzerland being the last country in Europe to grant women the right to vote (in 1971). But when I looked up the history of women's suffrange in Swizterland, I discovered that you've surpassed the US, in that once you got going you managed to pass a new constitution granting Equal Rights to Men and Women, something the US triedto accomplish via an Amendment in l973 (I know, I worked for it) but has yet to make part of the US Constitution. :oops:
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Postby Stultus Saxum » Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:55 pm

Cheery wrote:About the lake-patrol boats, i knew aswell, but that doesn't count as "navy" to me. Navy's on the ocean. Or is it? :oops:


Navy might be on the ocean, but it's also on a number of flags of the cantons of Switzerland. :wink:

F'rexample, Zurich (city of my birth) is navy (blue) and white split diagonally. Blue represents the water and white the mountains. I think Zug is also navy and white and I'm sure there are others - Aargau springs to mind... *Boing boing splash*

But does something have to be seagoing to be in the navy? Aren't naval bases around the UK, which definitely don't float, called HMS [Insert Name Here]. (Couldn't resist :lol: )
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