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Silent Dust... the martlets

 
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Ian Duerden
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2022 9:58 pm    Post subject: Silent Dust... the martlets Reply with quote

Lounging in the punt Steed informs Emma that they are there to investigate the disappearance of the martlets. The injoke here is there is no such bird, simply a mention in Macbeth and a mythical bird in heraldry. (It has no feet and can never land, living only on the wind.) This is an excellent episode for mischief with literacy quotes.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2022 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roger Marshall greatness, again.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2022 6:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Silent Dust... the martlets Reply with quote

Ian Duerden wrote:
Lounging in the punt Steed informs Emma that they are there to investigate the disappearance of the martlets. The injoke here is there is no such bird, simply a mention in Macbeth and a mythical bird in heraldry. (It has no feet and can never land, living only on the wind.) This is an excellent episode for mischief with literacy quotes.


you can tell the writer, knew his stuff...lol..and the cast seemed to enjoy the dialogue , etc
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2022 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose I thought it was just the name Steed's ancestors had used for sand martins or similar. Yes, clever of the writer to give us the name martlet and thanks for explaining it! The Avengers often nicely leaves things that can be found out about later.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was the other way round for me. I was born in Sussex where the martlet is the county bird. The county emblem is six martlets and the name is often used for houses, pubs, troops of Morris dancers (how Avengers is that?) etc.

I grew up knowing about the bird and what it looked like, it was a long time before I discovered it didn't exist!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit like the Great Bustard, on the coat of arms of Wiltshire. There's a pub named after it on Salisbury Plain. But it was extinct from the area for a long time so had a kind of mythical status. I think it has been reintroduced.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2022 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and here was me thinking all this time it was just an English name for the blackbird (merel in Dutch).
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2022 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankymole wrote:
A bit like the Great Bustard, on the coat of arms of Wiltshire. There's a pub named after it on Salisbury Plain. But it was extinct from the area for a long time so had a kind of mythical status. I think it has been reintroduced.


interesting...has anyone ever been to that pub ? or have picts ?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2022 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I've been to it. It's in the middle of a firing range!
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