Slackbladder’s best lines

Incoming via email this weekend, this 2013 Daily Telegraph article claims to have assembled (although we’ve fallen foul of these list things before) the Top 30 lines ever uttered by any of the Blackadder clan.

Some appropriate for January:

I’m as poor as a church mouse, that’s just had an enormous tax bill on the very day his wife ran off with another mouse, taking all the cheese.

Some useful for insulting people of social media:

You ride a horse rather less well than another horse would. Your brain would make a grain of sand look large and ungainly and the part of you that can’t be mentioned, I am reliably informed by women around the Court, wouldn’t be worth mentioning even if it could be.

And plenty – plenty – about his sidekick’s infamous best ideas:

Baldrick, you wouldn’t recognise a subtle plan if it painted itself purple and danced naked on a harpsichord singing ‘subtle plans are here again’.

Lots more to see here.

On the local rain

Just before I was claimed by much-needed sleep last night, I caught a glimpse of the latest rerun of Blackadder II. The episode in question was entitled “Potato”, and was based around the return to England of Sir Walter Raleigh.

Blackadder, anxious to win back the Queen’s favour from Raleigh, tells the court of his intention to sail around the Cape of Good Hope (just down the road from here).
Raleigh scoffs:

“You’d never dare. Why, ’round the Cape, the rain beats down so hard it makes your head bleed!”

“So, some sort of hat is probably in order.”

“And great dragons leap from the water and swallow ships whole!”

“I must remember to pack the larger of my two shrimping nets.”

Which all goes to show that the reputation of the Cape weather was well known to Western Civilisation long before Jan ever got here. That said, it’s actually a very pleasant day today.