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Friday 24 March 2017

Connemara Feeney & Taylor Davies, A prelude to Adventure.

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         THE HEART STONE OF AFRICA                                  
Called after the land she was born on to Connemara Feeney was as rugged, wild & beautiful as the land its self, with a temper befitting any redhead.

Picture of Connie just before she left Ireland
At the young age of 17 she left home with all she owned in a little old suit case, walking the 5 miles (8.5KM) to Cliffden.
                                                        Clifden Station
There she took a train to Galway city were she boarded a ship bound for Newyork.
                                            Image result for early 1900 ships
A short time after arriving in Newyork she got a job in the office's of the self made millionaire Taylor Davies, Taylor had struck it rich in the gold mining prospecting business, followed quickly by some smart wheeling & dealing on the stock market, he now owned a globe spanning company with interests all over the world.

Taylor pictured here on his favourite horse Snowflake  
4 years later through hard work & dedication Connemara (Connie to her friends) became Taylor Davies personnel assistant, Taylor would tell people that she got the job as much for her spunky spirit  as for her secretarial & organisational skills, & there are few who know Connie that wouldn't believe that to be the truth.

The British South Africa Company (BSAC or BSACo) was established following the amalgamation of Cecil Rhodes' Central Search Association and the London-based Exploring Company Ltd which had originally competed to exploit the expected mineral wealth of Mashonaland but united because of common economic interests and to secure British government backing. The company received a Royal Charter in 1889.

                                     Image result for 1920 map of southern africa
 From around 1920, the company favoured a union of Southern and Northern Rhodesia, followed by their inclusion in the Union of South Africa, and it was in discussion with South African leaders about this. South Africa offered favourable terms for buying out the BSAC’s interests, and the company would be relieved of any future administrative costs. The BSAC did not want to be left with responsibility for the administration of Northern Rhodesia when Southern Rhodesia gained responsible government, but did want to preserve its commercial interests there, in particular its mining and land rights. To do this, it had to negotiate a settlement with the British government for both parts of Rhodesia. The two parties began negotiations in an atmosphere of mutual suspicion at the end of 1922, but nevertheless reached an agreement of 29 September 1923 to settle all the outstanding questions on Southern and Northern Rhodesia.

Davies firm T.R.D Global Excavation's LTD has interests in all 3 of the above countries, & both himself & Connie are about to take a flight from Pretoria to Livingstone, it is at this point that we'll pick it up in the next part of the story. 
Coming around the end of April. 

Designer Notes The story above is both fictional & fact & no infringement of copy-write is intended, for more about the British South African company, I make no claim to the image of the ship, Clifden station or the map of Africa & point out that all are used without the consent of the owners.   

The next part is where the story really begins but I felt the above was necessary to set the tone as it where, I felt doing it this way would be easier then trying to do it as the story advanced. 
That's a rap for this post as always my thanks for dropping in & if you'd care to leave a comment it would be welcomed.


  1. Great background! I love this sort of stuff...coming up with a background and history to the characters and scenarios is one of my favourite things about wargames (and rpgs, for that matter)!

  2. Thanks Gordon, yep adding a bit of history helps bring things to life imho.

  3. Holy smokes! Background story to level 10! That's super impressive Frank :) I'm usually reserved to "we're going here to stop this or grab that" lol

  4. Thanks Ivor, I spent a bit of time looking around for something that I hope will help make sense of things as the story progresses.

  5. Thanks Doc Glad to hear that mate, plant of work has gone into it but if people enjoy it then it will be double win.