So, I visited the Gun Bar the other day to pick up those soldiers I have been painting. Anthony was hard at work doing his favourite hobby task … basing … and re-basing, and we all love doing that don’t we. He had his iPad propped up behind the area he was working in and was watching the Richard Sharpe series of videos whilst basing his Napoleonics. I had watched part of one episode a few years back and was amused that for the show the producers seemed to use the same scaling with actors that we wargamers use with figures – namely a 1:50 ratio judging by the number of men in the firing line of the South Essex.
Well, that was all well and good until I got home and thought that maybe I should give the show the benefit of the doubt and at least watch the first episode. So now I am watching the whole series. Just before sleep I watch an episode. Trouble is, each of the episodes is about 100 minutes long. The other trouble is that it has sparked enough of an interest in me to reread the Sharpe Novels.
The worst thing, however, is that it has me thinking about Napoleonic Wargaming again when I was really trying to concentrate on Victorian Science Fiction, 6mm ancients and 1/285 World War 2 this year. Argh, no, hide it away, it is too bright and shiny!
As many of you know I enjoy a good turn of phrase, of skilful use of the English language. I particularly enjoy good comedic turns of phrase, “who’s on first?”, “The Duke ducked, the Doge dodged and the Duchess didn’t. so the Duke got the Duchess, the Duchess got the Doge and the Doge got the Duke”, that sort of thing.
One of my favourites from Danny Kaye is in the movie, the Court Jester, where he is trying to avoid a joust and is given a chalice with some poison in it and after the chalice from the palace is broken, to remember he rhymes:
The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon!
The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!
I like a good homage as well, so hearing the following in the Season 2, Special episode of ‘Allo, ‘Allo just broke me up. Captain Hans Geering does the honours with:
You do not need to kill the General, we have already arranged to kill the General… Do you not see? That if we
kill him with the pill from the till by making with it the drug in the jug,
you need not light the candle with the handle on the gâteau from the château!
There have been advertisements on the TV for it, there have been piano players on the TV and there was the famous “Censored” billboard but the one I wondered about the most was this billboard advertisement.
Now, I know (or at least I think I know) what “it” is in the context of ‘”it”‘ and I can then surmise what ‘do “it”‘ means in that context. What I can’t work out is what a ‘”do it”‘ actually is – I remember years ago we passed around messages about a “tuit” – especially the one that had the round shape, but I have never run across a “do it” before.
I reckon the advertising agency screwed up and intended to have a billboard message of ‘Men, do “it” longer’ but had trouble working the English out so ended up with having longer “do its” instead!
I believe the “do its” are very expensive as well – but that is another story.
Sorry O’Keefe makes light of boozy night. This was the piece in ninemsn today. Mind you, O’Keefe is from Channel 7. When the video first appeared, Channel 9 rushed it to air at the top of their prime time news – I guess trying to benefit from O’Keefe looking like a right fool in the video. However, O’Keefe seems to have handled this very well, making light of his own antics on his return to TV recently. After all, many of us have had the odd night on the sauce that we would prefer to forget, why should celebrities be any different?
Brickbats to Channel 9 for trying to make commercial advantage out of playing the man.