David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash – while they may be overt lefties politically, they remain nevertheless a potent assemblage of talent. Here’s their 1982 hit Southern Cross.
But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks,
Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass;
I, that am rudely stamp’d, and want love’s majesty
To strut before a wanton ambling nymph.
How often do archeologists find the remains of an actual, known historical figure? Not often. This find confirms a few things we thought were true about Richard III: he did die of wounds suffered in battle at Bosworth Field; he did have a curved spine. It’s a fascinating bit of British history uncovered.
Incidentally, for an interesting take on Shakespeare’s play about this last of the Plantagenet kings, see Sir Ian McKellen’s Richard III. The 1995 film presents the story set in the 1930′s United Kingdom rather than 1480′s England, but it stays true to the tenor and even the dialogue of the piece. Ian McKellen is brilliant in the title role, at times abandoning the set to rant directly into the camera, in the manner of a state play delivery. It’s a great
movie. McKellan’s twisted King Richard uses subtle costume changes through the movie to show the progression of the story, as his character begins the story wearing a typical British Army uniform, which gradually darkens into an almost Gestapo-like black costume. It’s magnificently done.
Slave, I have set my life upon a cast,
And I will stand the hazard of the die:
I think there be six Richmonds in the field;
Five have I slain to-day instead of him.
A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
With that said, here’s a little of our very favorite (fictional) English king.