Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Bambi survived Vietnam
My days for this week are - hopefully - all set out. I take H.I. and the young model to the Summer School then go to the workshop to make and re-make the pheasant until it looks as much like a pheasant as a pheasant does, but more so. No Disney will be tolerated. Humour and pathos without anthropomorphism.
The voice of Bambi has just died, aged 80-something. He was 5 years old when he made the recordings.
He went on to be a US Army officer who was decorated for valour in the Vietnam War. Apparently he never mentioned Bambi all that time save once, when he used Bambi's line to his mother when she was shot by the hunter ('Get up...etc') to a fellow soldier who had been shot in Vietnam.
I was in a restaurant in Bavaria once reading the menu to decide on dinner. The place was all wood and stuffed boar's heads, and the waitresses were in traditional local outfits, including white cotton bonnets and puff-sleeves.
I could understand everything on the German menu except one item, and I asked the waitress if she could give me an English translation.
She thought for a while then said, "I am sorry. The only word I know to tell you is 'Bambi'. It is Bambi."