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An Early Houdini Escape

An Early Houdini Escape

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A great picture Bill. I wonder if you could let me know something about this one.
Bill Phillips: It was taken in Gloucester Cathedral Frances but I can't recall who it is
I'm guessing a final resting position for a valiant soldier! But I kind of like your explanation better! smile
Bill Phillips: i reckon he was drunk
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Jan 2012, 05:54
Looks like the attempt that failed, Bill!
Bill Phillips: I think he was trying solo cage fighting and beat himself
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Jan 2012, 06:26
Very interesting to see a painted figure like this: in my experience it is quite unusual. Where is it situated?
Bill Phillips: It is in Gloucester Cathedral Chris
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Jan 2012, 06:31
Am I today on Chris's blog? What a distorted behaviour? I thought in the death we can rest in a leisurely way from all the troubles? An interesting memorial (and photo!) you have to explain- who, where, why ...
Bill Phillips: I don't know who it is but the picture was taken in Gloucester Cathedral Philine.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Jan 2012, 07:10
I think this time he wants to RIP, Bill. As we say, let sleeping dogs lie. smile
Bill Phillips: All right then. He does look 100% dead
Fabulous capture Bill. Great sense of humour here!
Bill Phillips: I'm digging into my archives at the moment as I haven't taken anything newgrin
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Jan 2012, 07:50
I say, what a pose and the fashion was quite something too. I wonder if they wore briefs with those short skirts.
Bill Phillips: It isa very odd pose and probably has a significance, but I have no idea what.

By the way I keep meaning to ask you. why do so many South Africans use their initials rather than their name. Like A B De Villiers and FW De Klerk
That is quite a pose to put the dead in.
Bill Phillips: Perhaps he died in the middle of a Zumba class
A fascinating figure indeed Bill, nicely captured - I assume you had to crop something obtrusive out?
Bill Phillips: No i didn't i just felt like cropping it tightly Fred
I think this is known as enforced rest Bill smile
Bill Phillips: They seemed keen to make sure he stayed put
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 4 Jan 2012, 12:05
Does this Knoght Not Know that it is bad to lie for long periods with your legs crossed. He will end up with a thrombo'
Bill Phillips: Least of his worries by now
What an interesting pose... do tell us more.
Bill Phillips: Not a lot i can tell you Jacquelyn. I took this in Gloucester Cathedral but why he is lying like this I have no idea.
The cage round the figure is most unusual isn't it, and like some others I intrigued by the pose of his right leg, we will never know the answer to that will we.
Bill Phillips: Perhaps he was a keen dancer
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Jan 2012, 13:20
An interesting question and I don't have the final answer. I do know that it happens a lot that after the original name giving, it is quite common that a person will receive a call name. That could be full words or the initials. The call name could refer to an incident, a trait of the person, or simply his/her rank in the family. Sometimes it is a nice sounding derivative of the name.

The use of initials may occur where a person has a long real name or his/her initials has a nice ring to it. It is interesting that many a time someone with a J gets called by the initials. PJ, JJ, AJ, JP are actually common.

Outside SA you have TD Jakes, EE Cummings, or CS Lewis that are a little famous. I believe we have a tendency to develop additional name(s) for a person - more than many other countries - and the use of the initials is such a form.

AB de Villiers is Abraham Benjamin. Many an Abraham gets called Abie, which is pronounced same as AB. In his case I think it was just bound to happen.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Louis.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2012, 13:34
He looks so leisurely, I don't think he wants too! smile
Bill Phillips: He looks rather casual for a stiff
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Jan 2012, 15:01
Bill - this is the effigy of Robert, Duke of Normany,eldest Son of William the Conqueror. He died in 1134 in Cardiff Castle, a prisoner of his younger Brother, Henry I
Bill Phillips: Is it by Jove! Thank you for that. Wonder why it is in Gloucester Cathedral
Looks like me when I fall asleep on the settee
Bill Phillips: You wear some very odd clothes Richard
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2012, 17:46
I wonder what is the significance of the metal framework. Loos loike even in death he was trying to get his leg over smile
Bill Phillips: Apparently this is Robert the eldest son of William the conk. and may refer to the fact he was imprisoned for 30 years
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2012, 18:16
I think it is Robert, the eldest son of William the Conqueror. He failed trying to usurp his brother Henry from the thrown of England ans was imprisoned in Cardiff Castle where he died in 1134 aged 80.

He was an early benefactor of St Peter's Abbey in Gloucester, and is thought to be buried in the Church's Chapter House. The wooden effigy dates from about 100 years after his death and the mortuary chest much later. St Peters subsequently became Gloucester Cathedral.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Mike I knew between you who it is would emerge.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2012, 18:19
The cage may refer to his 30 years of incarceration - or the rumour that his wife died as a result of binding her breasts too tightly ;o)
Bill Phillips: Terrible way to go!
Very interesting.. Amazing all of the bright colors.
Bill Phillips: It seems it is William the conqueror's younger brother
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Jan 2012, 18:45
Blackdog added already some information
"Memorial to Robert of Normandy in the south ambulatory of Gloucester Cathedral. ...He was buried in the chapter house of the abbey. Sir Robert's lifelike effigy was carved of Irish bog oak in the 13th century. It was probably made by knights on the Third Crusade as a tribute to this knight of the First Crusade. It reclines on a tomb chest of the 15th century."
Bill Phillips: Thank you Philine. I love how my fellow shutterchancers have the answers. It really adds to the fun
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2012, 20:27
how unusual - looks ike a restless sleeper
Bill Phillips: It is a bit odd. Apparently it is william the Conqueror's brother
Mmm - but Houdini was alive when he did those escapes - it'd be quite a trick to pull it off when you are dead!
Bill Phillips: Hahaha!didn't Houdini spend a lot of time exposing fake mediums bringing people back from the dead?

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