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Post by Phylax » Thu Feb 17, 2005 12:12 am

Just a thought: would it be a good idea if our good colleagues whiteoctave and cweb255 (bless 'em!) had a special board for their combats: a sort of gladiatorial arena exclusively for them? Then we would know where to find them, circling around each other, crouched and wary - retiarius and secutor, net and trident - and be not quite so astonished to find them at it yet again in someone else's innocent and placid thread?

On the other hand, it *is* rather good fun to find their cuts and thrusts enlivening otherwise quiet little threads ... so I don't know...

But! How about a Komedia board for our friend Episcopus! Equipped specially for him with the cyber equivalents of cap and bells, pig's bladder on a stick, juggling balls, exploding jaffa cakes, perhaps even an enormous phallus!

I offer up these suggestions in good fellowship,

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Post by annis » Thu Feb 17, 2005 12:30 am

Phylax wrote:pig's bladder on a stick
Um. What in the world is this for? Is Morris dancing involved?
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Post by Phylax » Thu Feb 17, 2005 1:50 am

annis wrote:
Phylax wrote:pig's bladder on a stick
Um. What in the world is this for? Is Morris dancing involved?
Pig's bladder: very important accoutrement in the efficient and effective mediaeval jester's tool-kit. Use? To bounce on people's bonces. The stick increases the bladder's moment, and amplifies its impact.

And alas yes, I am afraid to say, William, it does involve nowadays Morris dancing: a Morris 'side' often has a crazy anarchic member attached to it, a joker or jester or knave, not infrequently dressed in travesty, all too often making dangerous play with a pig's bladder. The world is such an unsafe place.

Would you like me also to expand on "phallus"? [How I immediately very much regret having used the word 'expand' in this context! :D ]
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Post by Episcopus » Thu Feb 17, 2005 12:08 pm

Interesting post Phylax!

I feel it my duty to remark the inverse properties of these games. That's to say, whiteoctave should be fighting nor cweb nor any one of other for he is a comedian in his own right. Also he does not tend to fight, nay rather just call cweb a twat! Not that I as a neutral sempercoherent moderatoris similis persona agree.

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Post by annis » Thu Feb 17, 2005 1:17 pm

Phylax wrote: all too often making dangerous play with a pig's bladder.
"Dangerous PLay with a Pig's BLadder" - this is a lovely phrase, with satisfying phonetics. I'll see if I can use it in a meeting soon.
Would you like me also to expand on "phallus"?
I'm of an age where I can still handle that on my own, but thanks for asking.
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Post by chrisb » Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:28 pm

I once had to explain to a bemused Italian student what I believed the reason to be for Morris dancers beating the ground with their staves. She wasn't at all impressed by the idea that they were waking up the seeds. :?

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Post by William » Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:57 pm

Phylax wrote:Just a thought: would it be a good idea if our good colleagues whiteoctave and cweb255 (bless 'em!) had a special board for their combats: a sort of gladiatorial arena exclusively for them? Then we would know where to find them, circling around each other, crouched and wary - retiarius and secutor, net and trident - and be not quite so astonished to find them at it yet again in someone else's innocent and placid thread?
Glad to see that I wasn't the only one following their discussions with great interest.

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Post by Phylax » Sun Feb 20, 2005 1:07 am

I'll see if I can use it in a meeting soon.
I should consider it an honour, were you to do so. :D
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Post by Phylax » Sun Feb 20, 2005 1:21 am

I once had to explain to a bemused Italian student
I think you were remarkably courageous to try to explain anything about Morris Dancing, Chris!

I am reminded of what the composer Sir Arnold Bax said: "One should try everything once, except incest and folk dancing."

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