Quick note: I came to complete my post -- and found a ton o' spammy, greasy yucch. Believe it or not, I just NOW figured out how to get rid of it. So imagine me with my mop and buckets...BUCKETS...of hot bleach water. I'm getting rid of the lot, and then will come back and post.
Teaser: The Brits took the fort at Ponchetrain; I've spent these weeks learning zee ainglish. I think I can now converse in it. Watch this space.