Monday, 23 January 2017

What's in a name?

A quick quiz ... but there's no prize for getting the answers right!

In THE PORTABLE WARGAME I gave names to the commanders in the two battle reports. They were:
  • Colonel Hilary Bicks (Bicks Pasha)
  • Sheikh Muhammad Sherif
  • Oberst Wilhelm Frederickson
  • Colonel Pavel Strelnikov
I'm not the most imaginative of people and 'borrowed' or mangled them from a variety of sources. Do you know where from?

Answers will be published by this by time tomorrow!

10 comments:

  1. Isn't Frederickson the chap from Sharpe?

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    1. Conrad Kinch,

      Is he? You'll find out if you are right tomorrow! ;^)

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. I'm going to guess Strelnikov is the commissar from Dr. Zhivago... now you've made me think of that, I'm going to have to re-read it.

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    1. Colonel Scipio,

      You might be right ... but you won't find out until tomorrow!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Strelnikov from Dr Zhivago
    Hicks Pasha from disaster in the Sudan
    Omar Sherif
    Frederickson of the 60th Rifles from Sharpe AKA Sweet William

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    1. Simon Jones,

      You'll find tomorrow whether you are 100% correct ... or not!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. Bob, your book and my grandson both arrived, almost simultaneously, this morning.

    Normal priorities forbade me from reading this post in time to produce some answers uninfluenced by the others.

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    1. Jim Duncan,

      Congratulations on the birth of your grandson!

      Thanks very much for writing the review of THE PORTABLE WARGAME on your blog. You must have had a very busy day today, and I very much appreciate the fact that you made time to write it.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  5. Here was I thinking that Wilhelm Frederickson might have had something to do with the House of Hohenzollern... Muhammad Sherif might have derived from Omar Sharif. If you want to make up vaguely Middle eastern names, the English language is a good source, in particular words starting with 'al-'. Many of them have arabic origins anyhow:
    Al Khemi
    Al Kohol
    Al Falfa
    Al Fresco
    Al Gebra
    Al Imoni
    Al Iquot
    Al Legro
    Al Manak
    Al Oud
    Al Paka
    Al Umnus.
    I quite enjoy making up names. I think I got it from watching Les Dawson, back in the day...

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    1. Archduke Piccolo,

      You missed that Arabic master criminal off your list ... Al Kaponi!

      Thanks for giving me a great excuse to have a laugh. I'm sure that the PC police will drag me away as a result ... but it will be worth it!

      All the best,

      Bob

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