Lord Rockingham’s 11

Fun seeing the late, great Red Price on the BBC4 Brit r’n’r prog. I sometimes trod on his gout ridden toes when desperate to get off the stage during an interminable residency. I’ve never seen anyone else drink a bottle of whisky upended straight at the ceiling.

He once dried out in a lunatic asylum while resident at Batley Variety club. Which sums up show business. The residents were watching a drama where someone gets a drink then puts it down to talk. Tension built up until someone shouted at the screen, ‘Drink it!’

New World Order. The Ultimate Political Party. Ein Volk! Ein Reich!

Conference season triggered a Munich memory of the ‘Taxpayer, motorist, smoker and drinker party.’ The pitch was something like ‘AWAY with SENSELESS Speed Bumps! NO MORE cigarette and alcohol tax!’ and on. And on. Mission statement: Mit Vollgas ins Rathaus! (Full speed into the town hall! ) Throw in mandatory topless barmaids and the UKIP vote is in the bag.

Moist with His Own Petard

If you’ve ever wondered about the connection between Hamlet, a petard and Le Petomane here’s a very entertaining blog from Mr Padraig Colman full of erudition and…it would not be appropriate to call this a breath of fresh air, it’s certainly an illuminating viewpoint.

Padraig Colman


 The phrase “hoist with his own petard” comes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Let it work;

For ’tis the sport to have the enginer

Hoist with his own petar’; and ‘t shall go hard

But I will delve one yard below their mines

And blow them at the moon: O, ’tis most sweet,

When in one line two crafts directly meet.


Petard comes from the Middle French peter, to fart. Petard is a modern French word, meaning a firecracker.

The petard was a device filled with gunpowder fixed to a wooden base used to blow a hole in fortifications to allow assault troops to enter.

Modern usage means “to be harmed by one’s own plan to harm someone else” or “to fall into one’s own trap,” implying that one could be lifted up (hoist, or blown upward) by one’s own bomb.

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