Saturday, 8 July 2017

Traditions

I must admit to being a bit stumped by the cricket threads. But along the same lines, I saw this splendid comment here:

 I can’t be the only person to have noticed the commander of the new ship is Captain Kyd (Britain’s new aircraft carrier, 1 July). Will they please let him fly the Jolly Roger when it first leaves port, once launched?

Linda Bell
Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Well Linda, assuming the navy will want a documentary about the budget buster, I will support your campaign. Providing we ditch the Rod Stewart guff, that will no doubt be chosen again, and use an album that captures the fine traditions of the Royal Navy. I suggest something from this.

7 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...

"Maggie May"?

DBC Reed said...

I'd always assumed Churchill had said " Rum,bum and the lash" which is more "Churchillian" i.e. rude and unoriginal.

Mike W said...

Maggie May?

Yes, but I haven't even asked the bloody follow on question yet!


I thought about putting it in the post above. But deleted it as too 'pub quiz', even for this site. Anyway,..

Question:
What song was performed/released by both the acts above?

Mark Wadsworth said...

Ha! I made a wild guess!

Bayard said...

Ah, and there was I thinking your suggestion was an ironic comment on our beloved PM and her equally beloved female predecessor.

DBC Reed said...

All very confusing. The original "Maggie May" was a rude old "folk song" set in Liverpool and in the version I heard ( in Manchester??)had the line." Oh Maggie Maggie May, she stole my heart away and my money and my trousers .." The Beatles sang (and recorded) something along these lines though there was a musical by Lionel Bart at the time celebrating Lime Street-walking Maggie May.

Mike W said...

DBC,
Interesting.
I guess nothing is too 'Pub Quiz' for the folks here after all:)
Re the Churchill quote. Yes I was surprised that he had lifted it.Along those lines, some revisionist, I cannot recall, claimed that Wellington had not called his troops the 'scum of the earth'. I believe this too. After all, it would not have been worth saying to other officers, who all saw the lower orders the same way. What would disappoint, I think you would agree, is if Keynes, for instance, had not actually said the, 'In the long run...'bon mot to a droning Treasury offical.