Friday, March 31, 2017

The burning question of the day

So (my apologies to Graham Edwards) if Arnold George Dorsey can transform himself into Engelbert Humperdinck, why can't I be Ludwig Wittgenstein?

Well, one reason is that he has been dead for, lo, these many years. Of course, that didn't stop Arnold George, did it? And another is that most people wouldn't know him (Ludwig) from Adam's off ox.

It has been done with grocery items here in the U.S. long ago, as I remember a mayonnaise commercial that said, "It's Hellman's in the east, Best Foods in the west." It has been done with fictional characters in the movies. For example, in The Wizard of Oz the Scarecrow could have been Lincoln, the Tin Man saw himself as Romeo, and the Cowardly Lion aspired to be Caesar. For the skeptical among you, here's proof.

If you wish to sing about having a Brain/a Heart/the Nerve whilst accompanying yourself on the ukelele, the chords are waiting for you at this address:

I would like to hear from my vast reading audience. Who would you become if you decided to rebrand yourself after the manner of Engelbert and moi? The only requirement is that you throw caution to the winds and let your imagination soar. I see Elephant's Child as Marie Antoinette, Emma Springfield as Amelia Earhart, and Yorkshire Pudding as Benjamin Disraeli, but I'm sure that's just the drugs talking.

Let the fun begin....


  1. Thank you for thinking of me as Amelia Earhart. She was a fascinating and daring soul. My thought was that I would be someone daring, caring, strong, and nice. You chose someone that fits the bill.

  2. Throwing caution to the wind... I shall rebrand myself as Captain James Cook, the greatest Yorkshireman ever. With a generous heart, a sense of duty and a gnawing curiosity about the great unknown I shall lead the crew of "The Endeavour" to far flung places but on February 14th 1779 I shall stay aboard the ship directing others to serve our glorious king at Kealakekua Bay.

  3. Marie Antoinette? I suppose if the peasants eat my cake I have no calory issues to contend with.
    I suspect I would rather be the Scarlett Pimpernell. Or perhaps Macavity. Monster of Depravity sounds wonderful to me some days...

  4. As a PS: Still on the fictional wishlist. I would really, really like to be an Ent. Wise, long-lived and mostly peaceful.

  5. Hmm, so many people to choose from and I've written about many of them. I would probably rebrand myself as Trebitsch Lincoln. Perhaps that is who the Scarecrow really had in mind!