Over the past two decades, Ireland has become a destination for some of the best music festivals in Europe - Electric Picnic, Longitude and Oxegen have introduced a whole generation to the music festival experience. Now country music fans are saddling up for their own festival alternative! Held in the heart of County Leitrim, Cowboys and Heroes is a weekend of cowboys, horses, country music stars and mud! A little corner of the American frontier in the north west of Ireland.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Keepin 'er Country - The Prince (anthology) - Netflix
The Prince is a science fiction compilation by Jerry Pournelle and S. M. Stirling. It is part of the CoDominium future history series. The Prince is a compilation of four previously published novels: Falkenberg's Legion, Prince of Mercenaries, Go Tell The Spartans, and Prince of Sparta. Of the original novels, the first two were written by Pournelle alone; the last two were cowrittten with Stirling. Pages 174-176 of the printed edition are new to the compilation. The Prince was published by Baen Books in hardcover (ISBN 0-7434-3556-7) in September 2002. The title and subject matter of the book are inspired by The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli.
Keepin 'er Country - Thurstone/Santiago - Netflix
Originally a short story “His Truth Goes Marching On”, later incorporated into Prince of Mercenaries Captain Peter Owensford of Falkenberg's Mercenary Legion recounts how, as a lieutenant in a volunteer brigade sponsored by the Earth Humanity League, he was part of an intervention on the side of Republican forces against the local rulers, a Spanish aristocracy known as Carlists. Because of the dumping of involuntary colonists from Earth, the Santiago colony on Thurstone has progressed to de facto slavery by debt bondage to maintain the social order. The campaign is brutal, especially with an officer corps of political appointees unable to make proper military decisions. A political officer in the Soviet zampolit style, parroting liberty and atheism instead of communism overrules Owensford's tactical decisions and impedes the training of his men. In the end, after losing many troops, Owensford catches the zampolit and some cronies preparing to use an atomic bomb to destroy his command and provoke the CoDominium Navy to act against the Carlists. He confiscates the bomb and attempts to retreat, but is caught in a Carlist advance. Owensford surrenders his small company to Falkenberg's Mercenary Legion (who as professionals detached from local politics are less likely to execute him out of hand than the Carlists would be), and becomes a mercenary himself. His commanding officer in the Volunteer Brigade, Captain Anselm “Ace” Barton, a fellow West Pointer, has already done so. Parallels with the Spanish Civil War are many and, according to Pournelle, intentional.