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I was channel surfing, in that, "Too tired to *do* anything, not tired enough for bed," way (thank-you drugs, pain, hypersomnia and generally mucked-up sleep patterns), when I heard a man say, "In the war between South Africa and Angola--". I have no idea what the next bit was, or the context, as I turned away from the TV, switched on the computer and Googled.

Lo! The South African Border War, aka The Angola Bush War, 1966-1989. Apartheid South Africa also supported the Portuguese collonialists in the Angolan Civil War apparently.

I am deeply shamed. This was going on in my lifetime - and I've never heard of it before. :(

On the other hand - how and why Bodie learned Africaans in Angola seems to be answered.

Probably everybody but me already knew all about this, but I don't recall it being mentioned in any anything I've seen so far in the fandom...

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loxleyprince
May. 27th, 2015 07:49 am (UTC)
*hugs you for not sleeping well*

I was aware of the conflict but hadn't read that particular article. Ta muchly for posting the link - it's very informative.
hamatokameko
May. 27th, 2015 10:19 am (UTC)
This is kinda completely unrelated to this particular post, but I just wanted to let you know I'm happy to see you active and all. I'm terrible at keeping in contact with people but I do think of you regularly! *hug* Sorry you're still struggling so much with health junk; I so wish there was some sort of miracle cure for this stupid stuff. :(
halotolerant
May. 27th, 2015 10:20 am (UTC)
Opiate-messed-up sleeping is no fun :( I'm sorry *hugs*

I'm constantly amazed at how much of history I don't know or didn't even know I didn't know! And that's just in the past 100 years, let alone the tens of thousands of years before! I did read a bit about Angola for a past Big Bang, but I'd love to know more.
moonlightmead
May. 28th, 2015 11:04 am (UTC)
I really feel I should have known about this...
Bear in mind that it is most unlikely that Brian Clemens ever did. His entire approach to research was 'make it up, cross your fingers, you are probably right, and if not, who cares'. Seriously!

I think a rule of 'so long as you have done two seconds more than BC, you have done your research' would calm a lot of us down a bit when it comes to 'what colour was the seat on an eighties train' or other panics.
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