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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Who is this Matilda and why does she waltz?

It is I, Horatio.

They asked me to tell you all about Waltzing Matilda. I don't know of this Matilda. I may have met her once in a bar, but she wasn't waltzing at the time, she was being sick on my shoes.

So I look to see why she is so famous. Then I discover the Australians love her. They sing about her every time they get drunk, which is to say a lot.

When Joan Wayne and I got drunk on Bondi Beach, we sang Waltzing Matilda, and Joan took me for a waltz in the ocean. Then she changed partners with a shark. Poor Joan, it is a shame that the shark did not like her dancing.

I don't want to give you the official story of Waltzing Matilda, that is what Wikipedia is for. I want to leave you to think about my good friend Joan Wayne. I hope you like her song.

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Anonymous Céline said...

Bye bye Joan ! We will miss you and your singing !!! I love the movie jaws :D

July 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waltzing? Yes, that rings a bell - in Germany we have the term "auf der Walz" (“on the waltz”), which means when a young craftsman (often a carpenter) wanders with his meager belongings through the world, from one job to the other. Sounds like Jesus, doesn't it? It's a tradition that is still held up, more and more seldom, but every now and then you see an itinerant young man (also women nowadays) with the traditional craftsman garb and a walking-stick on the road. But they never sing – strange.

July 29, 2011 at 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Vadofeno said...

I love 'Jaws I', too. Three man of different character on one boat - and in the end the tough guy is eaten by the shark for lunch (the shark confused the boat with a mobile luncheonette), before he swallows a gas bottle and is blown up. Great performance from the actors, by the way. And that's why I voted for a reenactment of 'Jaws I' in the next Funky Friday episode.

July 29, 2011 at 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Guy said...

'Three man of different character on one boat'. Best tagline for a film ever?

July 29, 2011 at 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Vadofeno said...

Not a tagline - a situation which provides plenty of good stuff for a character study, when three persons (a ménage à trois) are stuck together on a confined place. It leads to interesting psycho-social observations, and I think Steven Spielberg did it preeminently. And the actors in 'Jaws I' did it extremely well, too. The best part of this movie (I think) relies on that, the social dynamics among the different characters under a common threat, not on hunting the shark or seeing persons masticated in the gaping mouth of the Great White.

Imagine what would happen if Bruno Delavigne, Philip Cheeter and Icarus Quincy were trapped on a small boat. By the way, I know whom of the three of some I would prefere to be eaten by the shark if I had to choose. Don't get me wrong, I like them all - but if I really had to choose...

July 31, 2011 at 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Hans said...

What do you think of this, Vadofeno?

August 3, 2011 at 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Vadofeno said...

Why are you asking? What do you think about this, Hans?

August 22, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

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