I blame the unseasonably good weather and the members of English Heritage who spotted The Beast and mentioned that it was a shame that we were a week early as the next weekend was the Battle of Hastings annual re-enactment – Typical of us British to celebrate the last time we lost a home game in a European competition....No one else celebrates glorious failure in the same way
Charge of the Light Brigade - They came second, never a good thing in a battle.
Just think no Houses of Parliament = no MP's expenses scandal
i.e. no greedy, good for nothing, bloodsucking, power hungry bustards leaching off this country like it is their own personal bank account – thanks for nothing Guy Fawkes Charles the 1st – Famous for the failure to keep his crown – true a little pointless having a crown when you have lost your head and so don’t have anywhere to keep it
Not sure what has happened recently but the beardy weirdies for this event seemed to have come with readymade families and, on the surface at least, no rohypnol seemed to have been required. Perhaps there are certain women who have a thing for leather, chainmail, swords and sharpened axes.... it looks like Saxon and Norman groupies are the new W.A.G.s of the modern age.
- Falconry displays
- Various talks about elements of life in Saxon Britain in 1066
- A number of children's activities that we avoided like the plague (OK the plague wouldn’t hit Britain for another 282 years, but I’m sure you will make allowances for us wanting to avoid other people's snotty nosed little street urchins who are bound to be carrying some sort of germ, bug or virus)
- Sword and Axe knockout competition – with combatants fighting each other until just one man was left standing.
- Norman horse demonstration – The Saxon army was made up almost entirely of infantry which would have made for a very dull horse demonstration.
** unless you count - the next day, next year and future years.
*** Which for you accuracy freaks out there took place at Senlac Hill, approximately 10 km (61⁄4 miles) from Hastings.
Overall the day was great and with next year set to be one of the “Big Ones” i.e. likely to involve 2000+ beardy weardies and the promise (now this is going to be so exciting for any accurists out there that I fear there is a serious danger of some over excitement underwear wetting, so if you do get over excited by accuracy please step back from your PC, I don’t want to be held responsible for your involuntary electrocution - that includes you Mrs B) that the battle will be fought in the correct orientation i.e. up and down Senlac Hill rather than across its slope as happens most years when there are not enough beardy weardies to fill the space....I’m kind of tempted to take The Beast back next year for "The Big One". This very much depends on the weather and Mrs B's beardy weirdy tolerance levels.
|All I'm saying is - it's a beard and it looks weird....|
Harsh but true....
Imagine my delight to find they had not only cleaned out the virus but all my data as well. Grrrrr
(Yes Christian, I know that officially that is a John Lewis slogan but I regard you all as one big happy family and it fits with this week’s blog....
Do you really want to argue while I’m in this mood....?
Hang on a second , are you still wearing your Brian Sewer glasses on a chain?.....
Please note that if I happen to die mysteriously in the next few weeks I expect to see Christian as the chief suspect).
While he had no idea that I was still fuming at having all my data wiped off my PC earlier in the day, he should have noticed the rising level of sarcasm and the steam rising from my ears.
SP Energy sales rep – "Are you calling to extend your current deal?"
Xupes has been trading for over 2 years and Joe has recently developed some great contacts in the trade which enables him to pick up surplus stock and sell them at great prices. Mrs B is a regular purchaser from his jewellery section, going self service once she finally realised that her husband is not the jewellery buying type…
Me - See I told you
Reader - No you didn't
Me - Yes I did.....
To end this week we have some shots from the Battle of Hastings re-enactment day followed by a day we had on the beach in October - Proof the UK weather has truly lost it....
|Like Dumbo, this little chap needed his |
magic feather in order to fly...
|"Eeek - I've dropped my lucky feather |
Flight control I'm going down,
repeat, I'm going down"
|1 of 4|
During the dress rehearsal in the afternoon
deaths to the left of us.....
|2 of 4|
Deaths to the right of us...
|3 of 4|
In fact death all around us.....
4 of 4
Yet during the battle re-enactment itself
there seemed a certain amount of stage fright
going on with a pathalogical failure to die.....
A couple of reporters taking a well earned break
from live sewing duties on the Bayeux Tapestry
(which incidentally is not a tapestry and was
made in England not Bayeux)
|The Normans looking down on the Saxons |
We appear to have a bit of slope
malfunction going on...
Kirk – “Shield wall up and set phasers to stun, Mr Zulu”
|How old do you think this couple are?|
answer next time....
|We were like a beacon to small children, who|
delighted in surrounding us and practicing
a game called "Who can scream the loudest".
|Mrs B gets the long legs she has always wanted....|
|I wasn't sure if I should take this picture|
or call the Firebrigade...
I hope this was a reflection of the sunset in
the window rather than the cottage on fire ..