Posted by: Andrew | January 31, 2010

Roman Legion on the March

Number one son has been reading “The Eagle of the Ninth” by Rosemary Sutcliffe at home for the last few weeks.  This is a great novel for children.  N1S is a very good reader for his age (he is in grade 2), but the book is still probably best read with a parent to explain some of the difficult words and concepts.  There is also a film in production at the moment. I saw some of the preproduction stills, and I think it might be a bit too violent for children. Pity.

Here is the Roman expeditionary force setting out to recapture a lost Eagle captured by the Lego barbarians.

The Roman Legion

Roman Expeditionary Force

This photo was taken by me with a Canon Powershot A580.  It’s a nice little camera with all the features I need to take quick pictures. The Light of My Life has a dSLR to take better pictures (she is also a better photographer than me).

Photo editing was done in  If you are a Windows user and need something with good picture manipulation features, particularly for putting images on the web, then this is excellent.  It is also free.  It does all the stuff that Microsoft Paint still can’t do, and was written by a summer intern at Microsoft.  Note to Bill Gates: hire more summer interns!  The biggest weakness is in the printing section, where it reuses components from the Microsoft picture viewer.


  1. N1S has just informed me that the Barbarians are, in fact, Playmobil too!

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