Today’s J’s :-
Jongleur – a medieval troubadour, wandering entertainer
Jocoserious – both funny and serious
Jaconet – thin cotton fabric
Jaculate – hurl or dart as of knives and spears
There are several buskers in the street today but none like me. For I am Jonathan Hurlingham, the Jongleur from Birmingham.
There’s a good spot. I just need to drag my kit over there. My skittles, book of odes, my lute – actually it’s a ukelele but it probably sounds the same – and my box of tricks. Could you give me a hand? Thanks.
What do you think of my outfit? I made it from scraps of jaconet. I look really medieval, don’t I? It’s a bit see-through but never mind.
First, a monologue. Here goes! Ahem …
“Here I standeth
A humble man … deth
Here to entertain thee
With tales and tricks
and stunts and … things
and songs to, err, sing … thee”
Now for juggling. They’ll like this. Here we go… up and down, round and round, higher and higher … weee…!
“Whoops, sorry madam, are you okay?”
Now I’ll recite them this ancient poem I googled. I like to be jocoserious and this is the serious bit, the jocs come later. See what I did there? Jocs … jokes? I’ll pretend I’m reading it from this rolled manuscript. Okay, it’s a toilet roll but it looks realistic.
“Foules in the frith,
The fishes in the flod,
Flo, flu, fa……f…..”
Right, time to set up my target and demonstrate my knife-throwing skills to them.
“And now ladies and gentlemen I am about to jaculate.
– why are you laughing young man?
This is serious, dangerous even.
You jest at your peril”
That shut him up!
Oh, everyone’s stepping backwards … and they are tuning … and they’re leaving … and they’ve gone.
It was worth a try. Could you help me carry my stuff back to the car please?
killock, kopje, kitchin and ketch