Puddings & Toyboys

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Sunday Politics

Dalai

Lennie

Bezukhov

Perry

In the UK, Sunday morning media is typically reserved for discussion of the political events of the previous week.

Despite politics being a thorny area, I will attempt to raise the subject, with the proviso that no one view/side is favoured, but that this is just a discussion in the the wider context.  So, on we go….

Generally, I am not into politics, but in the last 18 months, UK politics has turned into a soap opera with lots of conflict, twists & turns, (back) stabbings & frequent cliffhangers.  It is probably not surprising that I can compare the dramas & antics in my flock to the goings-on in the UK parliament.

Recently, Dalai‘s behaviour has reminded me of the politician Jeremy Corbyn (currently leader of the opposition); he struts around like he is the leader of the country… but he is not.  Dalai may think he is the leader but quite frankly, he does not have the overall well-being of the flock as his motivating factor.  I am sure there are many parallels with Jeremy Corbyn (or most politicians!) here.

Which politicians are the others like?

Lennie is like Boris Johnson (Foreign Secretary) – lovable (questionable regarding the politician) & entertaining but prone to making gaffes.  Would you really choose Lennie to be a diplomat between two clashing sides?  No, thought not!

Bezukhov is like Jacob Rees-Mogg (back bencher) – polite, loyal & respectable & whatever your views on his politics, surely no one can be against such admirable qualities?  Ergo, Bezukhov is a jolly good chap who does not seek drama or hysterics to get his point across but relies on sense & good manners.

I have a problem finding a politician for Perry because he is liked by all!

Even good-natured Bezukhov has his detractors: Phineas did not like him because he thought he prevented him from getting closer to his beloved Cagney & Lennie can be rude to Bezukhov for seemingly no reason.  Politicians by their nature will have supporters AND detractors.  So I have failed to find a politician to match Perry’s character.  Still, 3 out of 4 is not bad.  In an election, that would be a majority & therefore enough to win, form a cabinet & run the country so that is good enough for me!

 

Count Bezukhov

Actually, what I meant to write, was an order to Bezukhov to count the raindrops running down the window, e.g., “Count Bezukhov, count!”  Readers of Tolstoy’s War & Peace will understand why I simply titled this “Count Bezukhov”. 🙂

Bezukhov has certainly had plenty of opportunity to count raindrops, as witnessed in these photos:

 

On the subject of War & Peace, in the UK, earlier this year, we were treated to a new BBC version: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_and_Peace_(2016_TV_series)

As my very own Bezukhov’s name came from the book, I felt I had to watch the series to see how well he was represented.  The drama appeared to get mixed reviews & one of the areas of criticism was over the casting; were the right actors picked for the parts?  It got me thinking that perhaps they would have been better off casting budgies?  In which case, how would the cast list look?

!! Spoiler Alert !!

It goes without saying that Bezukhov would be ideally cast as Pierre Bezukhov; both have big hearts & a noble spirit.  Tolstoy’s Bezukhov was on a great, spiritual journey, with twists & turns & ups & downs & through it all, everything he did was with the best of intentions.  My very own Bezukhov has had many ups & downs, with his health & the loss of his girlfriend, leader & best buddy.  Like Tolstoy’s Bezukhov, he has retained a lovely nature through it all & has been very forgiving & giving.

My next choice would be Atilla to play General Kutuzov.  She was a born leader, as it seemed General Kutuzov was.  She cared deeply for her flock, as General Kutuzov cared for his troops.  Both had great presence of mind.

Who would her sister, Raspy play?   Read more of this post