You’re Welcome, Danny Boyleon August 1, 2012 at 12:00 am
For my loyal and returning Dear Readers, you may have noticed that last Friday, I referenced Mr. Danny Boyle and his Olympic Opening Ceremonies and how they could not, in any way, compete with the brand of entertainment offered at Ye Olde Cat Prentiary.
Well, wouldn’t you know it—Mr. Danny Boyle opened his Really, Really Big Show with a quote from The Tempest! Clearly, he’s a fan of ours. There’s no other possible explanation.
(hello, Danny, you did a gang-busters last Friday, love, cpd+tg)
The quote, in case you missed it, is:
Be not afraid, the isle is full of noises.
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twanging instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometimes voices,
That if I then had waked after long sleep,
Would make me sleep again; and then in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and shew riches
Ready to drop upon me: when I wak’d,
I cried to dream again.
The lines are Caliban’s (whom my very clever and very Dear Readers will know as the villain of both our story and W.S.’s) and he’s speaking to two drunken castaways as they meander around the island, intent on murdering poor old Prospero. Taken in context, it’s a bit strange to use it to open the Games, BUT taken in-of-themselves, well—it’s a lovely piece of poetry, isn’t it?
Finally, you’ll notice in the first panel of today’s page that we’ve we’ve wholly stolen a bit of business (all credit to Messrs Wein & Cockrum) from an old, beloved character.
‘Til Friday (where we meet a tall, dark stranger),