Friday, May 09, 2008

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The Ermine Street Guard ~ Gloucester Historical Fair April 2008

On a grey April day I went to the Gloucester Historical Fair. This was a huge event held over the whole weekend throughout the city and in the cathedral grounds and docks. Vikings rubbed shoulders with Romans who camped next to Medieval folk who went about their business as soldiers from both World Wars marched by. It was an incongruous sight.

I enjoy these historical events having an interest in history and traditional western martial arts. They are also wonderful places to take photographs and this event was no exception and provided rich pickings despite the inclement and chilly weather. I will post more about this soon but first a little competition. I noticed this shot when I got home and was reviewing the days photos on my computer. I had set up near a group of Romans and was taking quite a few shots as the soldiers went about their business and so didn't notice the exact poses I had captured until I downloaded the pics. When I saw this one it made me laugh.

A competition is a first for
Bobkat's House and there is a prize, albeit a modest one. The winner for the most imaginative, witty, apt caption as judged by moi, will receive a colourful postcard, handwritten with greetings from yours truly (which will mean emailing me your address if you win). Please leave as many captions as you like. Meanwhile (in the interests of shameless self promotion), come and visit my new photo blog. The link is now in my side bar but you can also visit by clicking *here*. Encouragement from folk like you really gives me a boost so do stop by if you can. Thanks :)

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35 comments:

Catherine said...

That looks like a great event. I'm sorry, I can't come up with a caption - it must be too early in the morning here :) Michele sent me

Carmi said...

No, YOU'RE the pansy!

(I'll churn this one for a bit. It's a hilarious shot that deserves some contemplation.)

Omykiss said...

Great shot ... I'm here via michele's ...

'Just hold the shield that way and no one will notice you forgot to wear your trousers ....'

Dianne said...

"I told you guys he wasn't a real Roman"

great shot, I love festivals and fairs. and then to come home and relive it thru the camera's eye is a bonus.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

"Six demerits for not having your sheild in the correct position. We MUST protect ALL of our precious Jewels.....! "

craziequeen said...

'You! You were late on drill, you're on washing up duty!'

I laughed out loud at Naomi's suggestion - wicked :-)

Michele sent me, but I'll be back later when I have thought this over - I have a few things to do today!

cq

Catherine said...

Michele sent me over to check on how the captions were going.
By the way, I love your green photo of the NZ flax. Coincidentally I posted a photo on my blog a week or so ago that fits the "green" theme perfectly

Jean-Luc Picard said...

It must has been an odd sight, seeing all those various people from the ages banded together!

Michele sent me.

kenju said...

"You carried your shield upside-down for the whole parade, mate. You're out of the club!"

gautami tripathy said...

This looks like a wonderful evnt. Now I go look at your photo blog!

Glad Michele sent me here!

TorAa said...

I love this post.
Maybe because I'm a "Viking" from Norway.
The contests seems so creative and funny, I would be part of it. Hurray.

Have a great long weekend

btw. If you like my blog, I'll put you on my blogroll. OK?

Nepharia said...

"I *told* you to go before we left Rome!"

:D

Leigh in Atlanta said...

If I catch you breaking into Broadway showtunes one more time during drills I will peronally make sure that there's nothing left for that sheild to protect!

Nikki-ann said...

"You forgot to put your pants on... AGAIN!"

Hehe. Great shot!

Michele says "Hello". Hope you're having a good weekend :)

craziequeen said...

'Aha! So it was YOU who stole my sandals....!!'

[chuckle]

So many medieval things I could caption that wouldn't be historically accurate......[bg]

Off to your photo blog (although I have already been there, just not commented.....)

Michele sent me back - I see a pattern here :-)

When I get my photo CD from cyberkitten, we'll have to get together over a laptop and have a look.

cq

PI said...

" Hey Gervaise! Your zip's undone!

Popped in from Michele's and am about to answer your comment before I hit the hay!

Nikki-ann said...

Me again! Michele sent me again :)

I've just been reading through some of the captions left, they're great!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

"Romans do NOT wear wristwatches!"

Michele sent me back here.

Sue said...

"That's the *last* time you stand me up for a date. Oh, and spit shine your sandals!"

Sue said...

or "Pull my finger! I can blow my own skirt up!"

panthergirl said...

"Jimmy Choo sandals??? Drop and give me 20!"

Here via michele today!!

R. Sherman said...

Caption: "Local 'Men In Skirts' Dancers Finalize Preparations For Musical Homage To Edward II's Alleged Poofiness Outside Gloucester Cathedral."

colleen said...

I don't suppose it's Gloucester Mass? I was going to guess that they were doing a pizza commercial. Michele sent me over to say that.

PI said...

Michele sent me back. I'm going to have another look at your photos.

Linda said...

"Okay...so I should go three blocks THAT way?"

"Son, your mother told you to STAY away from THAT girl....why don't you listen?"

"For the HUNDREDTH time...the bathroom's THAT way. Cut down on the drink, will ya?"

craziequeen said...

'Hang on! You're not Lucius Admentius!'

A really switched on centurion...

Michele sent me back again, just before I jump in my 'post-stinking hot day' shower...

cq

sage said...

I came here from Michele's (who says hi) to enter... "You flash me again and you'll be sorry," the knight said as he drew his sword.

Mar said...

Wonderful event, Bob-kat! and it is so much fun to see the picture. But captions is not what I am known for, lol.
Have a lovely day!

Melody said...

"Nah..nah...YOU go first!"

Great photo BK. Yes, I'm backkkkk.... (and off to visit your photo blog!) :-)

Ps said...

will think of a caption tomo--its 11:37 here and my brain is fuzzy.
Lovely photo though--I enjoy historical events and anything to do with them.

Sarch said...

"Why is everyone looking at me? Marcus Julius over there ate the whole pot of beans!"

David said...

"that is better, Digby, last time your white socks in the sandals aggravated quite a few of the maidens! now if you would just staighten your shield, please."

Dianne said...

me again - I love nepharia's caption!!

"I told you to go before we left Rome" - absolutely brilliant.

Sarch said...

"One more Ceasar Salad joke from you and you'll be cleaning the latrines for a month!"

Bob-kat said...

There are some great captions here! Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I will announce the winner(s) this weekend! Until then, please keep them coming!