We Few, We Happy Few

James attended this past weekend’s anti-lockdown protests in London with Reclaim mayoral candidate Laurence Fox and managed not to get arrested. But how many people were in attendance is certainly up for debate, and debate is what James and Toby do.

Who is the biggest impediment to getting the adult population of Europe vaccinated? Is it people like our intrepid duo or is it really “leaders” like France’s President Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron?

Before we embark on Culture Corner (Man, we gotta find a better segment title… It’s cheesier than a cheddar trip to Somerset.) James confesses to a little micro-dosing of mushrooms, which may or may not help James through the Arthurian trilogy of… what’s his name? Oh, yeah,  Bernard Cornwell.

For your viewing pleasure Toby is recommending Your Honor (Sky Atlantic in the UK, Showtime in the US) starring Bryan Cranston, while James is into Call My Agent (Dix pour cent or “Ten Percent,” available in most countries worldwide on Netflix). We also have the Young family challenge where dad has to watch anime while the son gets a classic western.

Our opening sound this week is from the protests and Laurence Fox chimes in on the duties of the Met.



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  1. William Laing Member
    William Laing

    Make a CALCULATION on length of street and numbers of persons in the average square shaped section.


    Make the effort. 

    I think it is true (might have heard this in another context from Peter Hitchens), that the Metropolitan Police no longer make estimates.  Since then, drone footage and estimates from that may have become feasible. 

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  2. WilliamDean Coolidge

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is equal the masterpiece of Once Upon a Time in the West, it’s just less self-conscious about it.

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  3. Taras Coolidge

    Bernard Cornwell’s notion (according to James and Toby)  that the British or Arthurian side in the battle with the invading Saxons was pagan is bizarre.  

    Maybe it’s some kind of bogus historical revisionism, like that book and TV series that tries to make Sir Thomas More a villain and slimy Thomas Cromwell a hero.

    In fact, Roman Britain had converted to Christianity centuries earlier — this is the society that produced Saint Patrick and other missionaries — and some of the earliest Arthurian sources describe him as carrying a Christian cross on his shield.

    According to John Morris in The Age of Arthur, there is evidence that monasteries resented being taxed to keep Arthur‘s army supplied.  But they also copied manuscripts about Arthur, which they would do only if they considered him a Christian hero.

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  4. colleenb Member

    I have to admit I adore the St. Crispin’s Day speech and, actually, in high school, memorized it. Great podcast as usual.

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  5. OwnedByDogs Coolidge

    I had to watch it again. Especially now that the long knives of wokeness are coming for Shakespeare.


    Henry V- St. Crispin’s Day Speech (Subtitled) – Bing video

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  6. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    Rio Bravo!? Really? There are far better westerns to watch than Rio Bravo.

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  7. Taras Coolidge

    Howard Hawks was by no means known as a great director of Westerns, but if you did pick one of his, it would have to be the ultimate epic of the cattle drive, Red River, not an over-stylized blockhouse Western like Rio Bravo.

    Instead, I would probably pick something by John Ford, like The Searchers or She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, or Henry Hathaway’s True Grit (1969).

    And always steer clear of the anti-American, anti-Westerns of the “spaghetti” genre.

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  8. EJHill Podcaster

    Taras: Howard Hawks was by no means known as a great director of Westerns…

    No, but he was involved in one of the worst. Hawks was Howard Hughes uncredited “co-director” of The Outlaw (1943). It was one of the weirdest things to ever come out of old Hollywood. The story plays out as a homosexual love story between Doc Holiday and Billy the Kid, while trying to appeal to heterosexuals by introducing the world to Jane Russell’s breasts. 

    Hughes was absolutely fixated on Jane’s… er… assets. He “invented” a push-up bra for her that was so painful to wear she abandoned it quickly. Instead she stuffed tissues under her breasts and had the wardrobe lady pull the straps of her regular bra as tight as it would go. 


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