Saturday, September 25, 2010

Encamped in front of Tarragona

Southern front, 3rd August 1713

On this third week of campaign, the Catalans took advantage of the Two Crowns' immobility, so that, while our Mireia was aimlessly wandering behind the Tarragona strong walls, a large Catalan force rushed up to the old city, following the ancient Via Augusta path. That army consisted of the Concepció Infantry Regiment and the Aragonese Dragoons of Saint Michael Regiment, under command of Francesc de Solà, Military Deputy of the Principality -some kind of equivalent of what nowadays would be called Ministry of Defence. They encamped face to the city while waiting for being granted access into it by the Imperial garrison. However, the orders of the Austrian commander, Count of Wallis, were taxative: Tarragona had become the meeting point for all the Imperial detachments dispersed all through the Principality while awaiting for a British fleet that would evacuate them in Naples, and that would not happen before September 1st. Therefore, the city would not be surrendered to anybody until the English ships were anchored in harbour. This way, unable to perform any other action in this week, the Catalan army had to resign and encamped in the fields close to the old city.

[As a further consequence of the global economic crisis striking to all us, the Savings Bank I've been working for during the last 24 years is about to engage a fusion with another 3 similar entities, with the consequent staff reduction you can imagine -so that my job is currently in a serious danger. As a result, it has lately become a little difficult for me to concentrate myself in this otherwise exciting adventure storyboards, while such uncertainty persists to keep hanging over our expendable, simple employee heads. It can be expected all this shit comes to an end soon -hopefully on next week, when we'll be acknowledged if our enterprise's Computing Department is to survive the massacre or not. I humbly ask for your understanding if my postings rythm becomes a little more irregular in the next days.]

8 comments:

Fitz-Badger said...

Oh! Sorry to hear about the work situation! Best wishes for a good outcome!

Capt Bill said...

I checked out your Marquis of Vilana in Who's Who, and I am pretty sure he is wearing his Order of the Goblet award under his sash in his portrait.

Salvador said...

Sad to see the crisis got to your door Msr. Vilalta. Hope it just moves out leaving you unscathes. Or else it leaves you with a good money and hopes for another job, at least. I think the full scope of this crisis in this land of ours can't be fully understood by foreigners. The fact the same banks which have got so much government investments these last years are taking their chances to fire personnel is an annoying one. No more credit (even with those big public money investment)so little business is dying every day, and moreover, firing people to have even more benefit... If at least they had been natonalized or intervened or something...
I think your campaign is getting more interesting with every turn, I'm sad you can't concentrate but more for your personnal situation. Get those two weeks for yourself, relax until you feel better and then if you feel so, return to the fight. We'll be always there waiting and hoping for you, for one thing or the other.

Bluebear Jeff said...

I hope that your job survives this merger . . . best of wishes for you, sir.


-- Jeff

abdul666 said...

Best wishes, Lluis!
Sincerely,
Jean-Louis

David said...

Sorry to hear your news and of course it is very hard in that situation to concentrate on imaginary worlds. Good luck and I hope it all works out well for you.

Regards,

David
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Soldadets said...

Thanks, my friends. I'm most grateful for your support.

It seems that our bosses are fighting hard for our Computing Department survival. I've been told than a decisive highest level meeting is to be held on next thursday, to take a decision on it.

David said...

Good luck with the meeting! Fingers crossed for you...

Cheers,

David
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