Poetic plea for Black Watch (etc) to be saved from merger

#1
Apologies for such intellectualism in the Infantry thread, but this story from the Scotsman is about a new poem, aimed at drawing attention to ALL regiments threatened with disbandment or merger. http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=1421922004

Poetic plea for Black Watch to be saved from merger
HAMISH MACDONELL

A POET has penned a unique tribute to the Black Watch in a last-ditch attempt to persuade the government to abandon its plan to merge the Scottish infantry regiments.

Ursula Fanthorpe, from Gloucestershire, wrote Keeping the Watch to help the campaign to save the regiment from Ministry of Defence cuts.

It was commissioned by Owen Humphrys, a former Black Watch captain, vociferous regimental campaigner and the grandson of Field Marshall Earl Wavell.

Lord Wavell was one of the regiment’s most illustrious members. He was, briefly, Supreme Allied Commander during the Second World War and had a love of poetry, publishing a best-selling collection called Other Men’s Flowers.

Captain Humphrys said he commissioned the poem to draw attention to the threat to all the regiments which the government wants to merge or disband. He hoped it would be read by ministers before they made their final decision later this week.

KEEPING THE WATCH

Always awake. That’s the job. Always.
Not dozy night watchmen, who shout on the hour
All’s well! It never is. The Black Watch,
Awake at all the hours there are, know better.
Mopping up after the Old Pretender,
Endlessly eyeing choleric disarmed clans,
Here they go, another branch of the great tree,
Rooted in history, sprouting in present air,
Linked in brotherhood by the red hackle,
The dark plaid, the wars. Slipstream of tradition
Dockets their honours in places far from Scotland -
Fountenoy, Seringapatam, Waterloo,
Tel-el-Kabir, Mons, Ypres, Passchendaele -
And so on, grim sweet tally of lives, of deaths
In endless foreign fields.
They did, they do
So much. The stoic wives, the anxious children.
We need their watchfulness, all the world over.
Don’t put them down.

U A FANTHORPE
 
#2
A classic piece of arrse this.

Imagine my surprise when I first previewed the above post, and the second line of the poem came out as:

Not dozy **** who shout on the hour
This got my hopes up, I thought the poem was even more interesting than I first imagined.

Disappointingly, on returning to the original I found the line actually reads:

Not dozy night*watchmen, who shout on the hour
remove asterisk!

Why TF is that word night*watchmen one of arrse's forbidden words? Have I missed out in my education? :? :? :?
 
#3
nigh t*wat chmen
 
#4
PartTimePongo said:
nigh t*wat chmen
da*mn, PT*P I was getting quite intrigued

if the programme is so da*mned cle*ver why can't it insert the asterisk rather than removing the whole wo*rd!

oh well. I see it also censors ****

and ****

arrse

:roll:
 
#6
It speaks Latin. Obviously :wink:

msr
 
#11
hackle said:
PTP

so why doesnt arrse censor "Quo fas et gloria ducunt" eh? eh?
'cause someone has entered it as an exception for the checker.
 
#13
hackle said:
RCSignals said:
hackle said:
PTP

so why doesnt arrse censor "Quo fas et gloria ducunt" eh? eh?
'cause someone has entered it as an exception for the checker.
clever clogs :wink:
Sometimes, the obvious just has to be stated ;)
 

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