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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Woolshed.  Have a good one.

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Old Water Tower by the Woolshed, covered in roses. Closest thing to a White Christmas here in New Zealand

Please enjoy some Some Traditional New Zealand Christmas Music.

https://woolshedwargamer.com/2014/12/21/monday-music-snoopys-christmas-2/

And another Royal Guardsmen Snoopy v Red Baron song – perhaps the forgotten Snoopy Song from 1969.

 

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Monday Music: The Good Ship Venus

You ever wake up with a song in your head that you can’t get rid of? Happened to me this morning with this song. As a kid in the 60s I remember we used to sing this and titter about how rude it was even though we probably didn’t even understand the lyrics.  Exactly why I was thinking about this song I am not sure, but in a tenuous attempt to link it to my wargaming I have recently dug out a huge box of pirate miniatures and the associated plastic Playmobil and MegaBlok ships I always meant to convert for gaming.  Hey – works for me.  My first completed pirate ship will definitely be christened the Venus.

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Not sure of the exact origins of the song, but Wikipedia says that the song may have it’s origins in the disappearance of the brig Venus on it’s way to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in 1806 with a load of convicts. Who knows?

A series of verses written in traditional limerick format.

I remember when the Sex Pistols put out their version “Friggin in the Riggin” on the Great Rock N Roll Swindle album in the late 70s it was quite popular but never played on the radio in New Zealand – probably too bawdy for our delicate ears.

A non-rude version for starters.

The Sex Pistol’s Version “Friggin in the Riggin”

An older classic version by Oscar Brand.

And in case that wasn’t enough.

 

 

Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit, Run Run Run

As you know the Woolshed is located deep in rural New Zealand. From time to time I do a post about rural life. Yesterday the kids got some rabbits and not wanting to waste anything – they have ended up in the pot for dinner (made a nice rabbit, sage and red wine stew) and a couple are going to be made into a Mr McGregor’s Rabbit Pie next week.

Rather appropriately it was a Friday too.

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IMG_1625A reward for the dogs for being so patient.

Monday Music: Snoopy’s Christmas

It is Christmas time so a traditional seasonal song is in order.

Happy Christmas to everyone who has taken the time to read The Woolshed Wargamer Blog and who have encouraged me to get painting and wargaming. Thanks for your support and I hope to have lots of interesting stuff for you next year.

Cheers
Brian

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In New Zealand we always know when the Christmas season is upon us when we hear Snoopy’s Christmas on the radio for the first time.

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This year, for me, it was quite late – just last week. I think that it drives a lot of people nuts, but I find it quite reassuring. A bit of local tradition.  The song is by the group ‘The Royal Guardsmen’ who are in fact a US group.from Florida.

Snoopy’s Christmas

Another Snoopy v The Red Baron Song

And apparently Snoopy didn’t get The Red Baron the first time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDu95lVe74c

It is reassuring to know that Snoopy is still on the trail of bad guys in these modern times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpFreidxEMs

Enjoy the music and Happy Christmas to all.

Brian

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Monday Music: Godzilla

It has been a while since I have done a Monday Music post.  I saw this thread on TMP and just had to post this great piece of music by Blue Oyster Cult.  Also, did you know that  2014 is the 60th anniversary of Godzilla’s first appearance in the 1954 film ‘Gojira”? Who cannot like a giant mutant dinosaur who wrecks Tokyo?

For all things Godzilla you can visit this web shop. I am pretty sure that you will find a Godzilla to match every scale from 3mm up to 54mm.

http://www.entertainmentearth.com/hitlist.asp?theme=Godzilla

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Monday Music: Snoopy’s Christmas

In New Zealand we always know when the Christmas season is upon us when we hear Snoopy’s Christmas on the radio for the first time.

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This year, for me, it was quite late – just last week. I think that it drives a lot of people nuts, but I find it quite reassuring. A bit of local tradition.  The song is by the group ‘The Royal Guardsmen’ who are in fact a US group.from Florida.

Snoopy’s Christmas

Another Snoopy v The Red Baron Song

And apparently Snoopy didn’t get The Red Baron the first time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDu95lVe74c

It is reassuring to know that Snoopy is still on the trail of bad guys in these modern times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpFreidxEMs

Enjoy the music and Happy Christmas to all.

Brian

Monday Music: Bonanza

After my last post on the Wainwrights, my 28mm West Wind version of the Cartwrights, I just had to post these videos of the Bonanza theme song.  Also check out the ‘original map’ of the Ponderosa Claim.

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Lorne Greene singing the theme song.

OK, this one is pretty weird. A song that consists pretty much totally of saying the actors names. Gurf Morlix singing ‘Dan Blocker’.

Enjoy yourselves Pards.

Monday Music: The Dam Buster’s March

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Continuing with great war movie theme music, I present the Dam Busters March.  This was composed by composer Eric Coates (1886-1967).

I somehow think that when Sir Peter releases The Dam Busters this military march won’t feature – although it may be a nice homage as Guy Gibson’s PC-dog, Trigger, farewells his master.

And talking of homages.  When I lived in the UK in the late 1980s this advert appeared on English television. I thought it was funny then and still do. The Dam Busters Association gave it their blessing apparently, after a consideration from the brewery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVSBtivbUs4

Interestingly enough, here in New Zealand in the early 90s there was an advert for Sudafed (an anti- congestion drug) that used the Dambusters theme. The RSA (Returned Services Association) moaned like crazy and it was withdrawn. I couldn’t get my head around that, especially after the actual guys who were on the raid who were alive at the time gave the green light to the Carling ad. Shrug.

There was a board game released based on the Dam Buster raid and I remember playing it once or twice back in the early 90s.   A bit of research shows that it was released about the same time. I thought it was older.  It was quite a bit of fun to play if I remember correctly. You had to gather your crew and for 617 Squadron and of course, destroy the dams.  It used a board and a card driven system – that is about all I recall of it.

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Monday Music: Tomorrow Belongs to Me

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When I was young lad I first saw the movie musical Cabaret starring Liza Minelli, Michael York and Joel Grey (as the Emcee).  Minnelli won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her part. Set in the last days of the Weimar Republic the movie is about the relationship between a Kit Kat Club singer Sally Bowles (Minnelli) and a young academic (York).  The growing popularity of the Nazi movement in Germany is nowhere better portrayed than the scene in a beer garden when a young German sings “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”.  This scene had an impact on me as a youth – it put me off being a follower of anything.

Of course I would be lying if I said anything other than the biggest impact of the movie on a young wargamer was Liza Minnelli herself.  God she was hot when she was 25.  Of course, it may have been the stockings and boots.

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The movie being set in 1930s Germany – there are plenty of pulp type figures for gaming in this period. There are Artizan Designs “Thrilling Tales” Range, the wonderful Pulp Figures Range by Bob Murch, Blue Moon’s Pulp Range (also available from Old Glory) and others.

I enjoy roleplaying this period as well – and there are some classics from FGU’s “Daredevil” to Hero Games “Pulp Hero”.  I have recently started using Savage Worlds for Pulp Gaming. Great set of rules. Topic of another blog post I think.