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the merry archer

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

It seems I am plagued by dopey old songs that will loop in my head with an accompanying Vendetta comic. After the last one, I didn’t plan on doing another but this one kept popping back up and quite frankly I was sick really of hearing it. Ven gets her way I suppose. She’s really persuasive when she has sharp objects on hand. O.o

Creating this comic, brought to mind my days in Nottingham (UK).  I’ve been quite a few times on short visits and lived there for one summer. Loved it.  Anyway, for those who haven’t been but are familiar with the story of Robin Hood you might be surprised to know there is a Nottingham Castle, Sherwood Forest and Major Oak, as well as some historical stuff that may or may not imply there was an actual Robin Hood. I had no idea how far back the legend goes. There is a poem in Lincoln Cathedral that mentions Robin Hood as an outlaw of Sherwood Forest that dates back to 1400. You can learn more stuff here and see photos of the forest and the giant oak tree.  It’s a gorgeous place to visit.

I can’t mention Nottingham without telling you my favorite pub ever is there.  It’s called Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and it’s built into the rocks that support Nottingham Castle.  It’s the oldest pub in Britain ( 1189 AD ).  It’s dark and deliciously atmospheric inside being essentially a cave and all.  On the weekends on warm days the lawn is filled with people and pints and you can lay on the grass looking up at the sky and the castle and get sloshed.  What a lovely way to spend a Sunday, huh?  Definitely a must if you ever have the pleasure of visiting Nottingham.  (Pics and Legends here)
Have a good week everyone 🙂

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17 Responses to “the merry archer”

  1. J Says:

    so ven’s the jealous type is she? question is, which one did she have the crush on?

  2. Starguy Says:

    I am actually not familiar with that song. I will have to look it up. Great comic still.

  3. calan Says:

    J – wouldn’t you like to know? 😛

  4. Seraphine Says:

    Vendetta looks very angry and jealous.
    The Nottingham pub sounds like a great
    hideout. I heard one can get a new
    passport made for only a few hundred L’s.

  5. Rodro Says:

    The toxophilite
    picks up her bow and arrows
    and shoots the lovers

  6. coolioness Says:


    Wow. Don’t cheat on Ven. Good call.

  7. avshar Says:

    hehe great. now i have that song stuck in my head. thats cool about the pub. some day maybe i will see it. well now we are left wondering if Ven did it because she loved one of the two or because she had the song stuck in her head and decided it would be funny. im leaning towards the latter. i guess Calan is the only one who can tell for sure 🙂

  8. SleepingOrange Says:

    Rodro: I think I just had a vocabgasm; I’ve never heard any-one use a derivitave of toxophily before… It was like actually hearing some-one here in the States use ‘antipodean’. Schweet.

    Bounteous Nature.
    Above and all around them:
    the lovers’ corpses.

  9. Adam_Y Says:

    Nice shout-out for Nottingham there 😉

    We used to play against a Nottingham rugby team every season and they’d always take us to the Jerusalem afterwards… and when they came here we’d take them to our equivalent, The Merchants, an underground wine cellar built in 1688. there’s a pretty good description of it here: http://snipurl.com/1qy4z

  10. calan Says:

    The Merchants looks really cool Adam. One of these days I’m coming to Lancaster to harass you. If you let me pitch a tent on your lawn, I’ll totally buy you a pint! 😛

  11. carrie_skye Says:

    Thank you for Gingerdead and Friends. Truly a work of art.

    lovers sit under
    tree from murderous revenge
    killer stands singing

  12. calan Says:

    thank you carrie 🙂

  13. justme Says:

    The Andrews Sisters
    must be held responsible
    for Vendetta’s act

    …or so the lovers’ relatives would insist, I’m sure. Call me a cynic.

    The house I live in dates back to 1906 and there’s one somewhere in the city that goes all the way back to 1882 AD. Can’t you just feel the history?

  14. J Says:

    you say history, i say haunting.

  15. Cass Says:

    I came up with this last night, right before I fell asleep. It’s my first haiku ever.

    My shadow and skin
    Frolic in the waves, while my
    Bones bleach in the sun.

  16. calan Says:

    Cass – that is so beautiful! You’re a natural.

  17. Cass Says:

    😀 thanks!

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