By Jove, Biggles!: Life of Captain W.E.Johns

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By Jove, Biggles!: Life of Captain W.E.Johns

By Jove, Biggles!: Life of Captain W.E.Johns

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The earliest English example for “by Jupiter” in the Oxford English Dictionary (spelled “Iuppiter” in Middle English) clearly uses the term in reference to the Roman god. The OED’s first “by George” quotation is from a 1694 translation of Rudens, a comedy by Plautus: “By George, you shan’t be a Sowce the better for what’s in it. It is a big help to everyones memory who had latin and or greek in his schooldays a long time ago and more.

By Jove is founded by the collective cast and crew of Electra-Orestes, a piece commissioned by Royal Holloway Classical Society. Contributions included creative uses of screen-sharing, virtual backgrounds, point-of-view video, music performed live over a pre-recorded reading, and much more—and showed us that technology that may on the surface seem to restrict movement, dynamism, and emotional connection can, in fact, be incredibly stirring and explore ‘liveness’ in all sorts of ways. These mild oaths are euphemisms, the first for “by Jesus” or “by God” (Jove is another name for Jupiter, the principal Roman god), and the folksy variant by cracky for “by Christ. But what about smaller theatres and companies, new work, and the ‘liveness’ that is, in many ways, intrinsic to the medium of theatre? The next Oxford citation is from John Dryden’s 1680 comedy The Kind Keeper: “Before George, ’tis so!Spotty and anecdotal, without any real educational structure, this is a series of short micro-essays on various stories from ancient Greek myth.

Ellipsis of a full oath of the form "I swear by Jove that…" Originally a literal oath; later a minced oath. Lord Charles casts his beady eye over and passes his inimitable comments on places such as :- Cambridge, Newmarket, Norfolk Broads, Burnham Thorpe, Chatsworth House, North Yorkshire Moors, Robin Hood’s Bay, Newcastle, Inverness, Edinburgh, the Highlands (Lochs, Whiskey Distillery, Birdwatching, Angling and Golfing), Antrim and Londonderry in Northern Ireland, The Giant’s Causeway, The English Lakes, Tenby and Portmeirion in Wales, Stratford-on-Avon, Bath, Land’s End, Torquay, Boscastle, Mousehole, Plymouth Hoe, Lulworth Cove, London and The Thames (Hampton Court, St. This mission has led us to create retellings of Shakespeare and Austen, but most frequently it brings us back to much older stories: the myths of Greek tragedy. This talented, young company is providing the kind of quality fringe theatre usually absent from South London’s SW postcodes.Lord Charles sets the tone with a rousing patriotic speech that “We are living in a touring paradise ” before embarking on a whistlestop tour of the whole country – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – with his erstwhile chauffeur Cavendish played by Roddy Maude-Roxby. By Joe is a wonderful variation, only possible in a period in which knowledge of classical matters is all but extinct.

By Jove begins a Season of Violent Women, a series of week long takeovers of The Gallery on the Corner in Battersea, with Margaret of Anjou, a new take on Shakespeare’s She-Wolf of France. By þe goddesse Mynerue And Iuppiter þat maketh þe þonder rynge … ye be the womman … That I best loue. The Season continues with Here She Comes, a development of Before They Told You What You Are, at the new Gallery on the Corner in Tooting in May. Director David Bullen used the capabilities of the streaming platform Streamyard to move the Medeas around the screen, with blank screens appearing for the voices of Jason and other characters that are not embodied; the Medeas seemed to be circling, trapped in an inescapable situation and closing in on acts of terrible violence.Haines’ version of Medea is a modern one, with an almost sole focus on the woman herself as her inner monologue is split between three voices. Holmes and Watson meet Poirot and Miss Marple (alongside the usual suspects) in a spoof homage - who murdered Lady Fanshawe! For example, Pandora's box is correctly translated and an explanation given as to when the mistranslation arose and what the real term means. And in Antony and Cleopatra (circa 1607), Antony refers to the actual Roman god when he addresses Thyreus, a messenger from Caesar to Cleopatra: “Favours, by Jove that thunders!



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