I think after a slow start and a few hiccups that Ron Liddle is getting the idea.
You better read it for yourselves here. Its quite short and very blunt.
James Seacole Delingpole
November 19th, 2009 2:51pm
You're so JUDGEMENTAL, Rod. Why can't you learn to celebrate the world's cultural diversity?
If you don't know this running joke in Liddle's Spectator blog it starts here. And reaches a developmental point here.
"Deadly journey: Minneapolis to Mogadishu"
I first learnt of Mary Seacole as one of a number of interesting women of the 19th century.
At that time her biography 'The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands" was hard to get and I failed in the attempt on the second hand market.
Its a Penguin Modern Classic now with more fuss in Amazon's blurb about the work of the assistant professor of Toronto who, I assume, wrote the foreword or some notes, than about the author.
She was undoubtedly popular at the time, especially with the soldiers. When I first heard of her she was presented as a woman of the working class who didn't have the ear of the aristocracy, unlike Florence Nightingale.
Now she is perceived as the victim of racism. She was very proud of her Scots blood (her father was Scottish). Her mother was Creole living in Jamaica, thus mixed race and her husband was English.
Her work in the Crimea is well worthy of admiration but she cannot rank with Florence Nightingale overall. Miss Nightingale's career spanned a further 40 years in nursing after the war ended researching techniques and setting up institutions that have had a global influence.
I'd never heard of Mary Seacole until just now. I must be just a Stranger and a Sojourner to the Truth. Which reminds me of Someone Who Is Among The Most Important Americans of the Nineteenth Century....