Thursday, May 15, 2008

When in Rome

Ermine Street Guard - April 2008

It's not often you get to see so many bare legs since the demise of the British Seaside knobbly knees contests , but at the Gloucester Historical Fair they were on parade! The Ermine Street Guard, a Roman re-enactment company were taking part in the fair along with Vikings, Medieval, Civil War and World War re-enactment groups.


Gloucester is an old Roman town and when the Romans built their wall around the settlement (remains of which can still be seen today) they called it Glevum. When I first spied them, they were camped next to the cathedral, going about everyday tasks and due to the cold, chilly and grey April day, trying to keep warm! Later on, I was at the dockside where most of the World War re-enactors were situated and I turned to see the Romans marching towards me. It seemed like a second invasion as they marched with purpose to the sound of a large circular horn which was being blown by one of the soldiers and heralded their arrival. They then proceeded to the parade ground and put on a most convincing demonstration of Roman drill and fighting.


Last weekend I posted the image above. I had been taking a few photos of the Romans at their campsite and this shot made me laugh as I later reviewed the shots. It seemed perfect for a caption competition so that is what I did. It had a great response with many witty, amusing, imaginative and downright funny captions. A big thank you to everyone that took part. I was surprised to find there were no Monty Pythonesque jokes about 'Biggus Dickus' and the best I could come up with was 'Is that your spartha or are you just pleased to see me?".

It was difficult to choose a winner so I didn't just choose one. There are three winners who will all receive postcards from me:

Neptharia for: "I *told* you to go before we left Rome!" and
Panthergirl with: "Jimmy Choo sandals??? Drop and give me 20!" and
R. Sherman for: "Local 'Men In Skirts' Dancers Finalize Preparations For Musical Homage To Edward II's Alleged Poofiness Outside Gloucester Cathedral."

These ones just appealed to my sense of humour the most. Winners, if you would like to receive your postcard then please send your postal address to my email (link on my profile page). Honourable mention goes to everyone else who entered and their captions can be viewed *here*. Thank you again to everyone who had a go and for visiting me!

19 comments:

R. Sherman said...

Thanks for the mention.

Great photos. I look forward to more.

Cheers.

kenju said...

Good choices, Bob-kat!

utenzi said...

Awwww. They're so cute. ;-)

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Cool. I'd have loved to have seen that.

Dianne said...

Congrats to all the winners!!

I loved 'didn't I tell you to go before we left Rome'
that was brillant.

Nepharia said...

Hello! Michele sent me. But I usually show up because I love your blog.

And I get a postcard! Awesome. I'm thrilled. Looking forward to it. I'll send you my email shortly. Thanks!

PI said...

Bob-kat: I woke up this morning and knew something was amiss. Then I realised that I had forgotten to visit you yesterday - so excited at being second and stuff was happening. I get so cross when other people do it so feel ashamed. Please forgive me.

Sim said...

Great photos and the captions made me chortle. However the pictures made me shiver. We Brit's are made of hard stuff... :)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

That was great fun, Bob-Kat....! I love seeing all these guyus in their costumes...! I never see anything like that here on my hill! (lol)

Melody said...

Worthy winners BK!

Sol said...

I love the pictures.. I'm here from Michele's. Hope you have a good weekend and are warmer than those men look!

panthergirl said...

Yay!!! I love winning stuff!!!!

Michele sent me, but I was on my way anyhow!

Jess Riley said...

How fun! I laughed out loud at those captions. :)

PS: thanks for stopping by my blog!!

Teena said...

Cool pix!

BTW, Michele sent me.

PI said...

Glad you had such funny responses to your competition.
I think people are forgetting to click on more comments and that is why it's going a bit haywire today. I hope it sorts itself out. The sun is out here - hope you have a lovely day.

rashbre said...

Looks like an interesting event, and very well attended with participants too!

Mar said...

Great choices, both picture- and caption-wise :)

Shephard said...

I laughed at "I told you to go before we left Rome." Lol

Love a man in a Roman skirt.
I also like those geeky Roman hair cuts with the straight-across bangs. TMI? lol

~S

janeser28 said...

How i wish to visit rome and watch this in real:-( it is my dream to visit there one day!nice shot

happy ww