Happy St Crispins Day to all the French out there

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  1. A hearty and happy St Crispin's Day to all the French out there.

    Now I know that there are moves across the channel to change history in the favour of the French, not outnumbered, the English cheated, acted as war criminals etc, but you have had over 590 years to get used to the fact that you lost. One in a pretty long list of defeats since then, so you'd have thought that you wouldn't have got so upset over just another one.

    Well anyway happy St Crispin's Day. :D
  3. Can't not mark the occaision. I would have thought the French would have counted this as a victory since they actually stood and fought instead of just surrendering.

    WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here
    But one ten thousand of those men in England
    That do no work to-day!

    KING. What's he that wishes so?
    My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
    If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
    To do our country loss; and if to live,
    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
    God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
    By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
    Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
    It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
    Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
    But if it be a sin to covet honour,
    I am the most offending soul alive.
    No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
    God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
    As one man more methinks would share from me
    For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
    Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
    That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
    We would not die in that man's company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
    And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
    But he'll remember, with advantages,
    What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words-
    Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
    Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
  4. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers...
  5. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. ARRSE Cyclists and Triathletes

    ...and since they won the war in the end of course.
  6. Death to the French, God bless 'em. What would the last five hundred years have been like without them? And most obliging of them to lose such a battle on my birthday!
  7. Mon Dieu, yeur arve interruptred mon petit dejouner,rostbifs, ow impolite!
  8. i wonder if they issue white flags with kit issues? the c126 for losing it must be pretty steep as it is probably the most important bit of kit they get.
  9. Feck me, I work up a huge amount of God Bless England and you have to go and be all realistic on me. I didn't want the truth I wanted to make a cheap shot at the fwogs.
  10. Quand quelques personnes françaises et anglaises discutent les cent années de guerre elles semblent le trouver difficile de ne pas introduire des sentiments nationalistes modernes dans l'argument. Le simple fait est que les personnes de chaque côté ne se seraient pas considérées ' ; French' ; ou ' ; English' ; dans n'importe quoi comme le sens moderne de ces limites. Les arguments au sujet d'Agincourt et d'Orléans sont finalement stériles pour cette raison.
  11. Henry V:
    Archers! Shoot!

    Sir Arthur Wellesley:
  12. "Mange tout, Rodney.... Mange tout!"

  13. actually the french are agruing against themselves.
    Didnt the 100yrs war kick off because the English crown held more of france than the french king did due to william of normandy. So with a clever bit of arguing the french could in fact claim Henry as one of their own and agincourt as a victory for france. Thus at a stroke giving them a great an occasion when the slovenly frog DID NOT get a well deserved slapping.
  14. rabid_hamster: J'utilise vos testicules comme chapeau.
  15. His balls as a hat?? Well that's told you off then. :p :p