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Monday, May 09, 2005



Not Huzzah! - we say H o o r a y !


Blogger DarkoV said...

Oh for the days when one could hop on a passing truck and bellow cheers, jeers, and tunes while posing for still photographers! Nowadays, God forbid you stand on an SUV or city/truck, both the primadonnas of transportation.

11:48 AM  
Blogger F.C. Bearded said...

I think, at Bletchley Park, they were all just happy to be let out of the nissan huts for a day? But being so used to cramped living conditions, could not help themselves but to coagulate around some common landmark?

Reminds me of the milk floats when I were a lad... they crept along, electrically, with ten or fifteen delivery boys hanging off the sides.

11:53 AM  
Blogger DarkoV said...

Clickec on the Hooray! site and this came up..
"..commemorative flypast from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which will include a Hurricane, Lancaster and a Spitfire. The approximate time of the flypast will be 14:50 hours (subject to change). The flypast is also weather dependent."
What would the original "Battle of Britain" pilots be thinking, if they got a read of that? Must be that the planes are now so spiffed up that the owners are afriad to fly them as the builders had intended.

12:42 PM  
Blogger F.C. Bearded said...

There'll be no dissing of the BoB Memorial Flight here, pal.

Last time I saw them - must be 12/13 yrs ago on Battle of Britain day at RAF Leuchars - was treated to a swooping low-level dog fight between hurricanes, spitfires, and Me109's. They dove in a chase to within 100ft of the runway before swirling up over the crowds.

The sound of those engines has not been matched by anything since - not even the flypast by the Vulcan bomber with its bomb doors open, nor Concorde taking-off at Heathrow.

The planes are old, is the main problem. Plus, What point a fly past through clouds?

1:51 PM  
Anonymous stephenesque said...

Was not "Huzzah" purely a naval form of cheering? At least it seems so according to the Patrick O'Brian novel I read.

6:11 AM  
Blogger F.C. Bearded said...

It may well be a Naval term: I'd never heard anyone use it until I came to America.

The Royal Navy say "Hurrah!", it's true, which is closer. And I never heard the RAF cheer anything, and I never worked on any Pongo projects so goodness knows what the army says?

I remember thinking of seventeenth-century Puritans when I first heard a "Huzzah!"

6:57 AM  
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