Monday, June 19, 2006

Robin Hood of Sheffield

'It won't go down well in Nottingham, but a pile of stones near Sheffield could be Robin Hood's home.'

So, despite the fuss about Nottingham’s decision to drop Robin Hood in favour of a slanty N to represent the city and the county of Nottinghamshire, perhaps they got it right without even knowing it? The upside to this is that the crime rate could go down. The local bandits may decide to relocate to Sheffield.

But, whatever fuss this causes locally, it’s unlikely to create the same stir when an eminent Robin Hood scholar, Professor Stephen Knight, claimed that Robin may have been gay.


Blogger Alan said...

There are plenty of bandits already in Sheffield. It is very easy to claim that any historical figure could have been gay. Whilst he is not here to defned himselve and there is little factual literature on Robin Hood living in a wood with all men and wearing tights may hold some gravitas !

3:28 pm  
Blogger Gordon said...

Robin Hood had wood in his tights.. ohh I mis-read...

*gets coat*

4:53 pm  
Blogger rhino75 said...

Didn't he also slip into Mortimer's Hole, or did I imagine that? ;D

7:19 pm  
Blogger Terri said...

In my experience claims that heroes are gay are normally made by envious straight men.
Just sayin'.
Although, uh, ja the whole tights thing doesn't do much in his defense..

10:12 pm  
Blogger Pam said...

We're men (manly men !), men in tights !
We roam around the forest looking for fights !

2:59 am  
Anonymous xmichra said...

hehe..pam.. men in tights was a classic i say!!

I am sure Robin hood was gay.. there is just no way a strait man would go around prancing in tights with "little john" and with a gang of "merry men". That my dear is a queen and her posse. hehe.

5:09 am  
Blogger DougZAR said...

And what about that other famous Robin, side-kick, boy-toy and general handlanger to father-figure sugar-daddy Batman. Talk about men in tights!

7:58 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Alan : Whether Sheffield has plenty or not, having less of them in Nottingham wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Gordon : I thought he was meant to spend time in a wood not sporting it?

rhino75 : Your imagination is running riot again!

Terri : It being a straight man who made those assertions, you may just be right there. His article on the furore it caused is quite interesting, however. In my experience though, it’s many gay men who like to claim that others are gay. In this particular case, the claim was made on reading the ‘sub-text’ of the legend. In some cases, the evidence is there (eg Abraham Lincoln, Malcolm X) which can cause lots of gnashing of teeth.

Pam : If you were to wander around the streets of Nottingham in tights these days, you’d definitely be looking for a fight.

xmichra : Those Merry Men of his do seem to be a dead giveaway!

TiggerZAR : That Robin is definitely gay as is his ‘protector’, Batman.

8:38 am  
Blogger Rob7534 said...

I often wished Cary Elwes was gay!

10:07 am  
Blogger Hannah said...

So long as he's never, ever again portrayed by Kevin Costner, anything's cool with me.

1:23 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

rob: don't you mean you wish he were gay AND single AND fancied you?

hannah: I'm glad to see you're another Kevin Costner hater. I didn't see his portrayal of Robin Hood as I refuse to see any films with him in it.

1:35 pm  
Blogger xmichra said...

hahaha...hannah... I second that remark!!! Okay, well thirs i guess since you agreed nomad :)

I think Sean Connery's entrance was just perfect though.

1:44 pm  
Blogger nyasha said...

how about Superman - also man in tights.... will have to go with Terri and wonder if all super heroes are gay?! :D

2:44 pm  
Blogger DougZAR said...

A straight man with a gym-toned body and skin-tight spandex suit? No, ALL superheroes are gay!

11:45 am  
Blogger angel said...

dude- it wouldn't suprise me in the least! i mean- short "skirts" (i mean tunics), tights, years and years and years on a crusade...

7:46 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

It seems like all of you agree that superheroes in tights are a bit suspect when it comes to their bedroom antics.

8:50 am  

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