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Gordon stands up??

PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:05 am
by Caireann
Which Gordon stands up?
Gordon Ramsey
Gordon Brown?

all of them stand up, as far as I know

PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 3:36 pm
by Gordon Neill
You'd really have to ask Charlie, but I believe it's an obscure reference to General Charles George Gordon (commonly known as 'Gordon of Khartoum) who carried out a series of field recordings in the Sudan during the late 19th Century. Whenever he was threatened by the local musicians in some dispute about royalties, he had a peculiar habit of standing very erect and very still, presumably in the hope that they would be confused and go away. It was a very successful policy for the first 10 seconds but ended in an unfortunate slaughtering incident which showed none of those involved in a good light.

General Gordon's name became synonymous with British stoicism, composing 'It's Allright Mahdi (I'm Only Bleeding)', at thevery moment he was being decapitated by the local natives. The song was successfully covered by Bob Dylan in th 1960s, his voice capturing the horror of having your head cut off with a rusty ngoni.

ImageGeneral Gordon announcing the results of Best Ngoni Player, 1885.

Re: all of them stand up, as far as I know

PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 11:19 pm
by Charlie
Gordon Neill wrote:You'd really have to ask Charlie

Northing so complicated, Gordon, it is simply a bad pun on your name.

But I have wondered, did or do you ever stand up in public and make people laugh?

I think you would be a very good stand-up comedian, and would be glad to give you the floor the next time I host an event at Darbucka in Clerkenwell.

Re: all of them stand up, as far as I know

PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 11:24 pm
by Chris P
Gordon Neill wrote:his voice capturing the horror of having your head cut off with a rusty ngoni.


not only horrific but very unlucky, he must have encountered the n'only n'known n'goni with an appreciable ferrous content


(yes I have heard Bassekou's Ngoni Ba are 'magnetic' too)

laughing stock

PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:52 am
by Gordon Neill
Charlie asked:

But I have wondered, did or do you ever stand up in public and make people laugh?


No. At least not on purpose.

I think you would be a very good stand-up comedian, and would be glad to give you the floor the next time I host an event at Darbucka in Clerkenwell.


Thanks, but I can assure you that I would be a disaster. I think my worst-ever experience was, many years ago, attempting a best man's speech. It's amazing how much tumbleweed can drift by in just three minutes and seven seconds. Indeed, it's amazing just how long three minutes and seven seconds can last. I admire the courage of stand-up comedians, but I need to hide behind a keyboard or a piece of paper.