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Was Bluebottle a Walt?

#1
Christmastide style argument over the port... (and if you have to ask, you'll never know, etc)

Was Bluebottle a Walt? It seems to me that he knew some things that you just couldn't pick up by just listening in, i.e. how to disarm people with custard, spaghetti, etc. But there was a lot of hamming it up with cardboard and parcel string with no black masking tape in sight.

Also he sounded a bit camp. Eccles sounded really SF though.

Thoughts?
 
#2
No! Bluebottle was a member of a very special SF roled Boy Scout Troop. The Troop was originally founded in South Africa in the Boer War to provide comforts to 49 Para companies which had jumped into the Transvaal to secure the Boer sjambok factories.
 
#3
Well, he frequently addressed Hairy Seagoon as 'My capting', he dreamed of heroism and the effect it would have on the girls of his acquaintance and he objected to being deaded - I think there is a case to answer.

Eccles, on the other hand, wasn't pretending to be anything he wasn't - idiot, through and through.

For me, the real question is this - was Bloodnok a walt? He talked the talk (of a cashiered paymaster) but the units he talked about sounded very 49 Para-ish - things like Roper's Light Horse and the Poona Rifles.
 
#7
No way a walt.

His lust for "Sabrina" and his fear of Bloodnok and Hercules Gryptite-Thynne show him to be a well balanced and thoroughly credible individual.

Walt? not a chance, Bluebottle is real AND ally
 
#9
rockhoppercrab said:
I think it is more likely he was RAF regiment as his creator was of the sideways walking persuasion :D
Little Jim was the rock ape - or pebble monkey. He had a ridiculous fear of water, remember. I was always told that the RAF Regt were wannabe Royal Marines who didn't like getting wet!
 
#12
I've heard he was a crack pistol shot and was involved with the Regiment when they were first tasked with the CT role and needed to develop CQB techniques.

Not sure of the specific background from WWII tho.
 

chrisg46

LE
Book Reviewer
#17
Mashers said:
Ying Tong, Ying Tong, Ying Tong, Ying Tong, Ying Tong iddle I po!

Ying Tong, Ying Tong, Ying Tong, iddle I po, iddle I po!
Ah bluebottle, a ....person...of many talents....

The Ying Tong Song

(Orchestral intro)
Tenor: There's a song that I recall
My mother sang to me.
Spriggs (off): Oh! (a sigh)
Tenor: She sang it as she tucked me in
When I was ninety-three.

(harp plays a rising chord...)

Spriggs: I diddle, I. Who was that bum?

Bluebottle + Spriggs:
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po,
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong ying tong (bluebottle drops behind)
Ying tong iddle I po
Spriggs: Keep lad up. Keep.
Bluebottle: Keep up lad up.


Both: Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po
Spriggs: lad
Both: Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po (lad)
Iddle I po (lad)

Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong (Spriggs: iddle) (Bluebottle: ying tong)
Ying tong iddle I po
Ying tong ying tong iddle

Bluebottle (spoken):
Ying tong iddle I po!
(short raspberry, Secombe)

Both: Oh!
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po
Iddle I po!

(trumpet bit)

Bluebottle:
Ying. Ying tongy tongy.
Ying tong iddle I po.
Ying tong iddle I po.
(Secombe under this: What a lovely lovely boy!)
(or Secombe under this: What a lovely melody devine!)
Ying ying ying tongy tongy.
(Milligan: Get out the rifle, sir.)
(or Milligan: Get off the record.)
Yeeeng.
Ying tong ying tong d'gy-n'o.
Ying tong d'ga.
(Secombe: Get away.)
D'g d'g d'ga.
Ying tong iddle I po.

Seagoon:Hear that crazy rhythm
Driving me insane.
Strike your partner on the bonce (bonk?).
(thump)
Eccles: Ooh. I felt no pain.
(Seagoon screeches)

Seagoon, Bluebottle and Eccles:
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong ying tong
Ying...

(harp chord rises)

Soprano: Take me back to Vienna....

(Raspberry section, probably Milligan)

Bloodnok: Ohhhhh!
Eccles: Oh!

(harp chord)

Soprano: Take me back to Vienna, where the....

(crash!)

Seagoon, Spriggs and Bluebottle (far off):
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po

(mad dash to foreground)

Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po
(Spriggs: where's he going lad?)
(BB: I don't know)
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po

Seagoon: LOOK OUT!
(cry from Bluebottle)

(mad dash to distance)

(hastily)
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po

(dash to foreground)

Ying tong...

(whine of bomb dropping, explosion)

Double speed, but same tempo, Goons:

Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po
Iddle I po.

Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po
Iddle I po.

One: Ying! Tongy tongy tongy.
Yiddy diddy diddy da daaa. Ying diddy.
Ying tong diddle. Yiddada boo.
(rhythmic thigh slapping, raspberry)

All Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle
Ying tong iddle I po
Ying tong ying tong
Ying tong iddle I po
Iddle I po.

Eccles: Whoooooh!


Is it possible, and am i allowed, to upload the song as an attachment?
 
#18
Surely no Walt would ever be found in the back of a truck containing World War 3, a tree complete with Japanese sniper and the Regimental Rum Ration (if memory is correct) with the intention of transporting it all to the War Office in puruit of arrears of pay. In fact, didn't bluebottle get deaded in this episode?
 

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