‘Soldiering On’ wargames poem by Elvis Mcgonagall 2007

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Elvis Macgonagall poem, Saturday Live Programme, Radio 4, 30 June 2007

A friend of mine who knows I collect Toy Soldiers passed me this Elvis McGonagall improvised performance poem about toy soldier collectors and wargamers.

I think I like the first four lines or maybe the fourth line best “(despite his creaky knees)”

Elvis McGonagall is a Scottish poet and stand-up comedian, notable for poetry slam performances and performance poems.

It came from the programme website of Saturday Live Radio 4 broadcast with Fi Glover, archived here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/saturdaylive/saturdaylive_20070630.shtml

It mentions the outgoing PM Tony Blair in a hawkish connection and was obviously written around the time of Harry Pearson’s Achtung Schweinhund being published, as he is interviewed on the programme.

On some devices that run .ram files you can hear the archived Harry Pearson “Secret Lives” section interview that inspired the improvised / spontaneous poem and Elvis’ performance of this poem.

The Soldiering On poem is archived on the BBC radio Saturday Live website Elvis Mcgonagall poems for  30 June 2007

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/saturdaylive/elvismcgonagall.shtml

but haven’t found it anywhere else including on Elvis’ website  http://www.elvismcgonagall.co.uk

Enjoy!

Despite his creaky knees …

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blog.

 

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Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Born near London and now based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

2 thoughts on “‘Soldiering On’ wargames poem by Elvis Mcgonagall 2007”

    1. Tony
      I have it posted up inside my Games cupboard and the opening section still makes me laugh especially the creaky knees and ‘battle of the bulge’ bit.
      If you can play .RAM files available on the BBC link you can hear the Harry Pearson short interview and hear Elvis McGonagall perform this poem.
      Mark Man of TIN

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