Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Find The Fault No 4



All at sea with this one. I remember when galleons were a recurring motif in English popular art. Perhaps it was something to do with Errol Flynn swashbuckling his way through Hollywood films in the forties and fifties. Shouts from the crow's nest "Where are your buccanneers?". Muted answer from the other ship "On the side of me buckin' 'ead". We had galleons screenprinted on table lamp shades, embroidered onto tea cosies and blind-embossed on the leather covers we kept the Radio Times in. It appeared as part of the past times pageantry dished-up for the Coronation, a nod to the first Elizabethan age with local councillors dressed as Sir Francis Drake flouncing about on bowling greens, ignoring the Spanish Armada coming down the High Street. The English seafaring tradition in Tamworth; a reminder of salty windblown ancestries on letter racks and firescreens. But does any of that help you with this week's puzzle picture? Probably not.

11 comments:

Diplomat said...

Initially, I'd have to question the presence of the short wave antenna slung betwen the masts >?!&$?

Peter Ashley said...

Blimey that was quick Diplo. Did you get kicked out of bed at half past seven too? And spot on. Is this a record we ask ourselves? The answer card does indeed say: Galleon carrying modern aerial. I think I'd better shove No.5 up a bit sooner.

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Toby Savage said...

I was up early too, but I think it's that time of year when, really, we want the clocks to go forwards now and some of us can't wait until March 29th. I though it was that there seemed to be three sets of sails, or 'sheets' as us salty sea dogs call them, yet only two masts. Yours with affection Roger the Cabin Boy.

Peter Ashley said...

Your turn in the barrel Roger, as we old salts used to say.

Vincent said...

It's a bit odd that there are two different styles of red cross painted on the sails.

Peter Ashley said...

Yes Vincent, I wondered about those crosses too. Perhaps it was a case of doubling-up as a failsafe against maurauding buccaneers who had a thing about them, viz: "Leave 'im alone, he's showing the Maltese Cross, and the Canterbury Cross-Over Mark 2".

office pest said...

There's no-one crewing the ship. Does it operate by short wave remote control? That would have puzzled the pesky Armada.

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Ten Inch Wheeler said...

It would also be rather prone to capsizing. I hope there's some decent ballast.

Affer said...

Late today - which has given me more time to think. Like Diplo, I at first went for the short wave antenna, but now I believe it to be the presence of a small Martello Tower on the foremast - the Martello dating to Napoleonic times, whereas this is obviously an Elizabethan ship.

bikerted said...

Yeah got it! Pity I've only just logged on and got beaten by 11 hours.Congrats to the Diplomat.