Richard II in January 1996 was the 10th year in a row at a Shakespeare rally for Axel Bodeit and me. Once again, early in the morning of January 5th, the trip went to England. Axel drove ahead with his Moto Guzzi 850 T3 and set the pace. I followed him on my BMW R90S winter motorcycle. The fault on my BMW that had occurred a year earlier at the Henry VIII Rally was kindly rectified by Paul Mullis.
The usual route to the ferry and on towards Ettington to the pub The Houndshill.
Hans saved the programme so that you can have another try to solve the wordsearch put together by Heather MacGregor. It is on page 3. Use your mouse to loop round the names that you find until you have solved all 22.
Richard II Shakespeare Motorcycle Club THE HOUNDSHILL Banbury Road, Ettington Stratford-on-Avon "I count myself in nothing else so happy As in a soul remembering my good friends." Act II Sc. iii Welcome to our second rallyhere at the Houndshill where Andy Martin will again be our host. The Inn will be open friday from 5 to 11pm, and on Saturday from noon until 11pm. Beer and bar snacks will be available from noon to 2.30pm, and from 7 to 10pm. Breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, 8 to 9am, by booking previous evening. Accommodation is available if required. "As in a theatre, the eyes of men, After a well-graced actor leaves the stage, Are idly bent on him that enters next." Act V Sc. ii Trophies will be presented at the Inn late on Saturday evening. Shakespeare Club sweat shirts and T-shirts are on sale at giveaway prices. "They say the tongues of dying men Enforce attention, like deep harmony: Where words are scarce, they're seldom spent in vain." Act II Sc. i Heather's quiz appears on the ensuing pages. We trust you will enjoy your weekend, and hope you will have a safe journey home. "This royal throne of kings, this sceptered isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden - demi-paradise - This fortress built by nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall, Or as a moat defensive to a house Againstthe envy of less happier lands; This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, This England ...... " Act II Sc. i This word-square is full of Richards! Dicks and Dickies, Richards and Richies. In the following list I have given 20 names to look for. There are also two more hidden, which I'm sure you'll have fun looking for. Anyone giving me the final list of 22 names and a drawing of one of the 'Dicks' I have hidden, will get a prize! WAGNER STRAUSS STARKEY WHITTINGTON CLIFF KEITH DIMBLEBY EMERY NIXON HAVENS BONNINGTON HARRIS GERE BURTON TURPIN ILLINGWORTH PENNIMAN * BRANSON FRANCIS MANN * Little Richard, for those (like me) who had no idea what his surname was!
The tent was pitched and then into the fun in the pub by the open fireplace.
Saturday a trip to Stratford upon Avon and then to a Shire Horse farm nearby. There we watched knight tournament games with these great horses. Then we took a seat on a trailer that was pulled by a huge Shire Horse stallion and made a short tour. Afterwards we enjoyed cake and tea in the farm's own cafe.
The two evenings in the pub with many familiar faces with good food and a few pints as always a pleasure.
The way home on Sunday went without incident. That was the year you want it to be, without any problems.
Oh yes, of course we received another tankard for the longest journey from the continent.
- Hans Mondorf