Monday, June 04, 2012
Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.
Here is one from a while ago now. For some reason the photo that I had uploaded had deteriorated in quality from its pre-uploaded form. It’s a shame, because I had a very nice photo of Ezra preparing to repulse the Tsarist hordes of Aleksandr II Nikolaevich (it’s all very well to emancipate the serfs, but he is not going to get his grubby, imperialist hands on our Casino!)
Anyway, that photo is just not going to happen tonight, so you’ll just have to use your mind’s eye to envisage it yourselves. Think ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ with children operating heavy guns and you’re there.
In the absence of that image, I delve deep into the well of unused photographs to find one from last year of a more youthful, gentler Ezra re-enacting one of our favourite discussion points: the Second Battle of the Masurian Lakes. Here, Ezra takes the role of Lieutenant-General Pavel Ilich Bulgakov as he bunkers down in the long jump sandpit – standing in for the Augustów Primeval Forest in modern-day Belarus – with the Russian 20th Army Corps as a snowstorm prepares to move in.
What you can’t see is Henry, creeping around the High School gym area in the role of General Fritz Wilhelm Theodor Karl von Below, leading the German Eighth Army into a surprise attack to crush the Russian 10th Army’s Southern Wing.
Suffice to say, a good time was had by all!