Agincourt 600

Boo has just made it home from a day in Stratford with her Nanna. They had a wonderful time at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production of “Henry V” If you can’t make it to Stratford then the RSC have filmed a performance which will be shown at some cinemas. The RSC have produced this trailer:

Highlights for Boo included the scene where Llewellyn makes Pistol eat the raw leek from his hat (she does have a Welsh grandfather and a liking for cooked leeks), the rather handsome Henry V, and recognising the St Crispin’s Day speeches following Nanna’s rendition last week when told of the forthcoming St Crispin’s Day Night Ride.

We hope that those celebrating 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt by joining the St Crispin’s Day Night Ride will not be shedding blood or loosing arrows:

“But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”

But we have a feeling that riding 100 miles on a night ride will be one of those experiences long remembered by those participating; if not quite as dramatically as in Shakespeare’s speech!

It must have been a good production because she has been too busy telling us about it to notice the new strap for the ActionCam that arrived today ready to attach the camera to her helmet during the St Crispin’s Day Night Ride. Hopefully this means she will be able to record the interesting sights whilst riding through London and out to the vineyard.

As an aside we often refer to elbows as ‘bilbows’ in our house and Boo finally realised that this also comes from “Henry V” when she heard the French princess Katherine trying to learn the English words for parts of the body: “Excusez-moi, Alice. Écoutez: “de hand, de fingres, de nails, de arma, de bilbow.””

So if you are cycling very early on Sunday morning anywhere near Chiswick or Surrey and hear a girl complaining that her father’s bilbows are getting in the way of her filming their ride, you are probably cycling near Mark and Boo. Wish them well on their journey and enjoy the rest of your ride.

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