Saturday, November 8, 2008

Medals all round!

Near to me in Scotland, there’s a rather strange building from 1761 called (now, anyway)the Dunmore Pineapple. It was a summerhouse built with a roof shaped as a pineapple – not the most expected thing to encounter in central Scotland. Apparently in the early centuries after they were discovered the difficulty, expense and sheer irritation of getting one back to Europe meant they were available only to the elite. For some time, and evidently also in the 18th C, the pineapple was a symbol of wealth and influence. I was reminded of this recently by a television programme, which got me thinking about the Dunmore House, which in turn got me thinking about perhaps using the motif in Luftberg. As the national symbol has already been picked (the eagle) Ulrich v. Luftberg has instituted the Ordre de l’Ananas for all gentlemen who achieve distinction in the eyes of their peers. Heroism in battle will merit membership, but so will achievements in the arts and sciences – even though you can work from home in that case, and the whole thing is much more agreeable.

Initial awards shall go to those foreign adventurers who aided the state in the last war, now currently on their way homeward with plaudits – Major Ungaurn and General Reich Graf James Louis von Beerstein. In addition, the new Graf von Bitzhelm will receive an award, for his services present and future, to the Luftberg treasury.


Capt Bill said...

Reich Duke Wilhelm von Beerstein is elated that his esteemed brother was acknowledged with Luftberg's new Ordre de l'Ananas. All of Beerstein awaits our returning heros.

A J said...

Hmm, an honorary order does have a certain cachet. An inspired idea and one I shall borrow.

CWT said...

a.j. - I can't take the credit - in fact, it was the Reich Duchy of Beerstein's efforts which inspired me. There's a quick link on my blog to his, which is well worth a look.