When I first saw this man, all I could think was: FANTASTIC! He looks exactly how I would picture a man as he’s described. That grin lasted his entire 98 years. What a character and what a treasure he’s left us. Thank you for your service, Commander Morewood. Isn’t this man simply smashing? I adore him just from his picture.
I’m often asked, “Brig, what’s with that accent?” and “Is that a REAL Scottish word?” or “Are you speaking a foreign language, mate?”
Well, the real answer is somewhat more complicated than yes. You see….in order to create a believable character such as one who is from some indeterminate period of past time, holds some pseudo, quasi-military rank and title, and holds fake hereditary peerage….well, I had no other choice but to invent my own lingo. Crazy? A complete waste of time? Mildly amusing at best? Well….as the ficticious old Joad Cressbeckler character once said, famously: “Now, I’ve hung a man or two in my time, but that don’t make me a judge, so I don’t pass judgement on no-a-body, like-a these here Ay-rabs.” Eh-hem.
So, in other words: your call, Sparky.
Whilst you ponder that, in the interim, Himself is pleased to present this short feature called:
“SPEAK LIKE THE BRIG!” – Part 1 of 27.4
A Brief List of Amusing and Largely Made-the-Hell Up Words for You to Liberally Inject in Your Conversations with Dullards.
“That rumshot door handle is loose again; ye have tae jiggle it, otherwise it won’t work.”
Crankshafted –adj. Meaning: Played for a fool; taken advantage of, especially by someone to whom one is superior in social stature.
“Your Honour, it was not MY fault.–that Gypsy crankshafted me into exposing myself in public!”
Bejaked –adj, Meaning: Cursed with an evil, malignant spell. Likely by a Gypsy.
“Give me that whisky, young man! That bottle has a curious look to it. It could be bejaked. Best I hold on to it, for safe keeping!”
Lupemock –n. Meaning: The currency of foreigners.
“When you go abroad for holiday, be sure to trade in your greenbacks for lupemocks at the airport. If you wait ’till you get off the plane, gypsies will rob you.”
Ginstupid –adj. Meaning: Pissed on gin, obviously, ya daft fink.
“Archibald gets ginstupid after one g-n-t; best hide the tonic from his sorry arse,”
Thornburn — n. Meaning: Your boss or foreperson. No matter where ye work, or what you do. Your manager’s name is always Thornburn.
“That auld bastard Thornburn is makin’ us work till 2:30 today. On New Year’s Eve! The fat arse!”
“That jive-arse movie was a total waste of my damned time. I’m going to see who the Thornburn here is at this movie house and demand a refund.”Sad Saddled –adj. Meaning: Married.
Meh–more to come. I can’t think of them all right now. Too many. Why does no one record me when I speak this stuff, dammit? You rumshot lot really take notes, and get wised up some. Ya finks. (Keep an eye on them gypsies, it’s about that time of year again.)
Paris has been the focal of fashion for a very long time. It’s probably the first thing most think of when they hear the city’s name uttered. That and the Eiffel Tower. I think of poodles, cafes and art. But, isn’t fashion art? There are those who scoff at the runway displays, questioning where you would ever wear this or that costume which is presented under lights, to flashing cameras and the ubiquitous fashion icons. Media forgets the clear aspect of fashion show as living art display. Below, you have a still, black and white photograph and believing the image is art somehow is more believable than the pale waif trussed up in something Jim Henson would have drooled over.
Just as fashion is art, it is also history. The photographs in the link can be used by a writer seeking to capture a period in their work-creative or non. Photographs are primary resources for research, especially when taking place at a documented event. They’re the visual proof of the statement, this happened on such and such a date. What they contain can be a treasure trove of information. As you scroll through, imagine them in motion, in color and in sound…
“Silent film has left a legacy of bizarrely colorful images preserved in the popular mind by nostalgia. Yet in the early days of the primitive film industry, the cinema treated social problems in a way that was, ironically, as fantastic as the glamorous stars and tinsel world of Hollywood’s later silver screen,” (Ross, 43).
The establishment of the cinema does not start with D.W. Griffith’s masterwork The Birth of a Nation (1915). However, The Birth of a Nation became the most widely acclaimed and financially successful film of the entire silent era,” and has since become the watermark for film studies beginnings (May, 67). The film definitively stands out as a landmark in the visual arts that brought about the modern photoplay and a long history of interaction between the cinema and politics. By the time Griffith created his films, “movies were already the best form of cheap entertainment,” (Czitrom, 538). D. W. Griffith is also responsible for the creation of another film, Intolerance (1916), which illustrates the use of cinema as a tool for addressing social problems through allegory. The former film has left a much greater mark on history than the latter, but both will be considered in how history shapes and is shaped by cinema since the art-form’s advent.
Film has a fantastic ability to promote understanding of “the relationship between our historical experience and the means and modes through which we attempt to remember, reconstruct, and forget it, and otherwise orient ourselves in relation to it. Historians and social scientist recently have come to appreciate the extent to which diverse media and means of expression—journalism, newsreels, and movies—were involved in concealing as much about the real nature of…the conflict[s]…that spawned them,” (Williams, 30). This said, “A film is a work of art. It is not meant to be a mimetic replica or depiction of reality,” (Williams, 41). Though film is art, it is rather dangerous to dismiss it simply as such, considering the power it has to communicate with wide audiences. There is always a perspective or ideology to be considered in viewing a film, whether historical or strictly entertainment. Yet, they are also documents of history in themselves, displaying moments, ideas, and visions from another time. “In their documentary effects and social range, these founding motion pictures make a claim for film as history. Their representational aspirations point less to historical accuracy than to the politics that produced these movies, their ideological world views,” (Rogin, 2). Thus, each film can be regarded as a work of art and a source of historical knowledge about the people who made it and the time in which they lived. Considering the many lines of meaning communicated within a project, opens up the work for study on just as many levels. For example, politically driven films “relied on the happy ending, which provided audiences with continuity and faith in the system. Even actual historical events were rewritten to accommodate that expectation,” (Ross, 50). To what purpose would a filmmaker want to create their art in such a manner? There are several answers to the question: to make more money off the finished product, to use the power of film to influence, to promote themselves as a team player and receive the accolades that come with such cooperation, or a combination of these and other reasons.
Writing in a cafe on a warm laptop, the sun shining and a spring breeze carrying the smells of baked goods is one of my favorite fantasies. Not Paris. Not Berlin. Not London. Okay, maybe Berlin! But, I picture it as some byway. A little town out of nowhere, peaceful and idyllic with that old world charm us Americans long for. The smell of old everywhere like it was in March of 2000 when I visited Ireland. Oh, Adare, I miss you and the peat.
There is just something so inspiring in the act that my soul comes back down from whatever black nap it’s been on to pay attention again. So when I saw this post on Facebook, I naturally wanted to share it with all of you. It’s a glimpse into the corner of my mind, as well as a peak at the mind and process of author Michael Pokocky. I, too, like taking photographs, check out my art section. And the cafe dream, well, he’s living it. Check it out: Cafes And Journals – Pixotale™