Friday, July 2, 2010

Celebrate! (and more historical video silliness)

Friday, July 2, 2010


Susan reports:

For Americans, today is the beginning of a long holiday weekend as we celebrate our Independence Day. For our readers up north, yesterday marked Canada Day. If you're a high-powered professional basketball or ice hockey player, the first of July is also the first day of Free Agency for both the NBA and NHL (yeah, we have lots of those guys among our followers.) And, of course, this week included the 519th birthday of King Henry VIII of England (1491-1547), too.

With so much celebrating, Loretta and I are going to kick back a bit this weekend, and let Henry Tudor himself (as played by the irrepressible Brian Blessed) fill in for us. This sketch is part of a supremely silly BBC series called "Henry 8.0." Imagine Henry in all his high-Tudor bluster, living in a suburban condo with sixth wife Catherine Parr and wrestling with a modern world that includes Internet dating, iTunes, Twitter, and the "Book of Faces." (Here's the link to the whole series.) In this episode, the Pope has blocked Henry's tweets, and Henry is not a happy monarch....

Whatever you're celebrating, have a great weekend!

11 comments:

LaDonna said...

Too funny! Blessed makes a great Henry. Thanks for finding these 'silly videos'. Love 'em.

Book Boor said...

Thanks for sharing. This is brilliant! They should do a Real Housewives of Tudor next with Parr and her predecessors.

Jess said...

LeBron would be much improved by beginning his day with the Nerdy History Girls. This is one fine blog. Happy Fourth, y'all!

Emma J said...

ROTFL! This is massively funny!

Felicity Flower said...

Hurray for good silly fun! I remember Brian Blessed from Dr. Who. Thanks for sharing.

Jane O said...

This is a delight.

While I'm here, I have to thank you for the link to Horrible Histories. I introduced my grandson (he's 8) to it the other day, and he too has been having a ball. He may even learn some history.

Susan Holloway Scott said...

Glad you all were entertained! (though somehow I doubt LeBron James took notice *g*)

Jane O, I believe the Horrible Histories began as a way of interesting children in history. I'm happy to hear your grandson agrees. They are a lot of fun -- and yet they do manage to cram in all the facts as well.

MrsT said...

that's hilarious!!!

Shannon said...

Awesome. Just ... awesome.

Ian Devlin said...

Haha, very funny indeed. Good stuff.

Finegan Antiques said...

Precious! And a Big happy birthday to good ole Henry VIII.

Donna

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