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The Art of Coarse Tanking, Foreword


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Bulldog_Drummond #1 Posted 18 April 2018 - 11:14 PM

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The comic classic 'The Art of Coarse Rugby' by Michael Green was first published in 1960 and, sadly, along with most of his other books, is now out of print, although his equally classic 'The Art of Coarse Acting' was recently republished.  I can highly recommend all of his dozen or so books on similar themes.  It occurred to me that it might be amusing (at least to me) if we were to enter into the spirit of the thing, for me to steal his best jokes, adapt them a little, pastiche and plagiarise a bit, apply to WoT and see where it all ends up.  Occasional chapters will follow.

 

These chapters will be addressed not to the minute percentage of players who are actually good at the game but to the vast majority who, like me, are rubbish.  Not for us the purple and blue ribands, the stately clans, the streaming and awards for interviews.  No, we are the Coarse Tankers, playing in a dirty dressing gown with a surreptitious bottle of whisky and packet of fags, attempting one last game at 11.30 at night, with a baby screaming downstairs and a furious wife.  We have lost 13 games in a row and need to be on the road at 6.30 am for that sales meeting in Birmingham.

 

Theirs not to reason why

Theirs but to do or die

 

An interview with Mr Green a few years ago included the following comment by him on his book:

 

“It was very British, it's only ever appeared in English actually and I seriously doubt if the French for example would ever ‘get’ the ‘coarse’ philosophy at all. Essentially it was – is – about losing and being rubbish and incompetent while aspiring to so much more and I suspect only us Brits find that gentle ego-pricking genuinely funny. Not that we set out to be hopeless, we always tried our very best which only added to the pathos. I was genuinely fed up for half hour afterwards if I played badly and/or we lost. It’s also about muddling through a crisis, normally of your own making, mate-ship, excessive drinking and occasional poor-ish behaviour dressed up under the banner of high spirits. Again that is very British.”

 

 

 

 

 

 



kaneloon #2 Posted 18 April 2018 - 11:21 PM

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As a French I won't even try to understand but will desesperatly make as if I did :)

And I am waiting for those chapters of coarse !



XxKuzkina_MatxX #3 Posted 18 April 2018 - 11:32 PM

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View Postkaneloon, on 19 April 2018 - 12:21 AM, said:

As a French I won't even try to understand but will desesperatly make as if I did :)

And I am waiting for those chapters of coarse !

 

Oh, that's why! ;)

Bulldog_Drummond #4 Posted 18 April 2018 - 11:42 PM

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View Postkaneloon, on 18 April 2018 - 10:21 PM, said:

As a French I won't even try to understand but will desesperatly make as if I did :)

And I am waiting for those chapters of coarse !

 

We may be able to work in a chapter on foreign players at some point, kaneloon

 

The English are moral, the English are good
And clever and modest and misunderstood.

 

And all the world over, each nation's the same
They've simply no notion of playing the game
They argue with umpires, they cheer when they've won
And they practice beforehand which ruins the fun!



PhooBar #5 Posted 19 April 2018 - 03:31 AM

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Missed you BD

Ceeb #6 Posted 19 April 2018 - 01:43 PM

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And thread already moved...

 

Welcome Back  

 

for now.



Bulldog_Drummond #7 Posted 19 April 2018 - 06:00 PM

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View PostCeeb, on 19 April 2018 - 12:43 PM, said:

And thread already moved...

 

Welcome Back  

 

for now.

 

I give myself the life expectancy here of a WW1 British subaltern.

 

Amusing to see a thread actually about gameplay moved so rapidly to Off Topic



Nishi_Kinuyo #8 Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:03 PM

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Ay, welcome back old cap'n Haddock.

I'll raise a glass of Singleton in honour of your return.

'Ave a good one.






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