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by Vlad
Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: a sobering thought
Replies: 12
Views: 3532

Something that annoyed me until recently was how films set in WWII usually had a cast that was far too old to be realistic: In the case of many actors, they were acting out their fantasies of what they didn't do during the war. Surely you can't be referring to Richard Todd (who played Gibson in the...
by Vlad
Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the film a Knight's Tale
Replies: 49
Views: 8269

Wasn't Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein famous because of his penchant for parading about wearing womens' clothing?

Heath Ledger didn't spend enough time dressed as a woman - or does that not count because it's a criticism of the costume?
by Vlad
Thu Nov 10, 2005 7:51 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 15014

Oh, and I think that the authenticity of 'Braveheart' could have been greatly improved by the inclusion of more dinosaurs.
by Vlad
Thu Nov 10, 2005 7:49 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 15014

As I understand the politics of the time, it was not the fact that Gavaston was (or wasn't) gay it was he was a jumped up Gascon who had been elevated by Eddie 2 to the nobility (can't remeber which Dutchie!!) and was p*****g of the rest of the nobility by lording it over them. He also was a Tourne...
by Vlad
Thu Oct 13, 2005 12:46 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Bombardes - bombardment
Replies: 77
Views: 17420

Wasn't medieval music played on a crumhorn done to death by Gryphon?

For those not in the know, a crumhorn sounds like a cross between a creaky door and a loud fart.
by Vlad
Sun Oct 02, 2005 2:43 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Bombardes - bombardment
Replies: 77
Views: 17420

This reminds me of George Formby’s famous re-enactment of the battle of Naseby, performed just prior to his death is 1961. The cheeky gap-toothed comedian played the parts of Sir Thomas Fairfax, Cromwell and Prince Rupert, ably assisted by members of a recently formed comedy ensemble calling themsel...
by Vlad
Sat Oct 01, 2005 12:53 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Bombardes - bombardment
Replies: 77
Views: 17420

One Sunday, after losing a game of cricket, some friends and I were sitting outside my village pub enjoying a few pints and holding and inpromptu inquest on why we'd lost the match (because we're not very good, that's why!). Suddenly the tranquility was broken by a squeal of brakes, a soft thud and ...
by Vlad
Fri Sep 30, 2005 2:57 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Bombardes - bombardment
Replies: 77
Views: 17420

My favourite instrument has to be either the “teddy growler” or ... I'm mystified - it's official! I've never heard of such an instrument. First, I tried logic. In heathen Lancashire, a 'growler' is another word for a pie. Is it a pie made from a dead bear? Is it a pie made from women's underwear? ...
by Vlad
Thu Sep 29, 2005 12:09 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Bombardes - bombardment
Replies: 77
Views: 17420

Sorry Lady C - I'm new here so please forgive me if I'm missing out on some obvious forum 'in' jokes! But... A kazoo? Wow, that could add a whole new dimension to your average show! Sound Effects Script: The Battle of Hastings (for PA, kazoo and various other instruments) PA: Harold has arrived from...
by Vlad
Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the film Battlefield Earth?
Replies: 14
Views: 3721

Mindless, certainly not, I saw the film and made a judgement, it just doesn't merit much in the way of description. That's not really fair - admittedly the film has its faults and isn't a patch on the book - but who can deny the power of John Travolta's performance? The sequence where he's getting ...
by Vlad
Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:17 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Bombardes - bombardment
Replies: 77
Views: 17420

Years of didgeridoo? I hope that's not some kind of euphemism (not to be confused with a euphoneum which is a sort of valved brass instrument and is of no benefit to the tongue whatsoever). Sadly my musical ability is severely limited, so I can't suggest some sort of quieter bombarde proxy. From you...
by Vlad
Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:15 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Bombardes - bombardment
Replies: 77
Views: 17420

You can soften the sound by changing the position of the reed in your mouth, move it backwards and forwards between your lips and teeth. The position of your tongue will also make a difference to the sound. The image of deBoissey sitting in his car, slowly moving his bombarde backwards and forwards...

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