A jester enters into the presence of the King:
Ã¯Â¿Â½Sire, thou wilst remember Ã¯Â¿Â½ for thy powers of recollection are unsurpassed throughout the kingdom Ã¯Â¿Â½ the band of minstrels that performed for her Majesty the QueenÃ¯Â¿Â½s birthday celebrations last year .....Ã¯Â¿Â½
Ã¯Â¿Â½Yes, yes Ã¯Â¿Â½ The Four Horsemen. Verily, we bent a merry knee to that merry combo. And why do you come before me with this memory test, fool?Ã¯Â¿Â½
Ã¯Â¿Â½Sire, I beg your blessings on my humble head Ã¯Â¿Â½ but there is word from the village that Plague has come! Perhaps he seeks a solo gig at the next court banquet.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Ã¯Â¿Â½Fah! HeÃ¯Â¿Â½s probably gone acoustic and turned into a folk singer, Away with him, or his head will be on the block. Or yours, perhaps for bringing such troublesome information before your King.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Sometime later ....
Ã¯Â¿Â½My liege Ã¯Â¿Â½ I have good news and I have bad news for you.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Ã¯Â¿Â½This had better be good, fool. Continue ....Ã¯Â¿Â½
Ã¯Â¿Â½The bad news is that itÃ¯Â¿Â½s not Plague the musician Ã¯Â¿Â½ its just Plague. The good news is that at least itÃ¯Â¿Â½s not a folk singer.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Being a generally bolshie chap with a happy smile IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve often sympathised with the role of court jester Ã¯Â¿Â½ or philosopher-fool, as I prefer to think of the Pig-Bladdered-one. Jingling your bells at your Betters Ã¯Â¿Â½ how good a life could that be? Oh, what joy we had. But what do you do when Plague came to the court- when the vandals arrive at the gates Ã¯Â¿Â½ when the Kings is in the counting house, and thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s nothing there?
Lordy lawks Ã¯Â¿Â½ what fun we used to have.
Is this too depressing? Go hit yourself with a bladder. It ainÃ¯Â¿Â½t over Ã¯Â¿Â½til the folk singer ...er...sings.
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