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Happy Birthday Billy the Bard!

Typing MonkeysIt has been said that a million monkeys typing away at a million keyboards would eventually produce the works of Shakespeare.  Well, I’ve been on Facebook long enough to know that this simply isn’t true.

I’ve tried to batter my way through most of Willy’s works, but usually by the second chapter I’m completely bewildered and totally bored by the overlong rants about nothing much in particular; which incidentally, also describes how I feel watching a Clive Palmer interview.

Heaven knows I’ve given Billy enough chances, but the language barrier has defeated me every time.  It’s English; it’s got lots of English words in it, in much the same way as my new clock radio manual is written in English, and is just about as easy to understand.

Each individual word is fine; it’s simply the way they’re put together.  Or as the nice Korean chap who wrote my clock radio manual would say:  ‘Put way fine each together it’s individual happy dragon!’

But some clever folk, recognising that Bill had a bit of genius when it came to spinning yarns, took the time to translate his works into modern English, then made a motza by turning them into movies.

For example, The Lion King leans heavily on Hamlet for script direction.  Westside Story is a modern re-telling of Romeo and Juliet.  And, 10 Things I Hate About You is a direct rip off of Taming of the Shrew; although I’m not too sure if the Ford Mustang was around in Shakespeare’s day.

Still, I haven’t given up on the Bard just yet.  Like the million typing monkeys, if I persist long enough I’m sure I’ll learn to enjoy Shakespeare’s unique scribbling style.  Well, if one ape tapping away on a keyboard managed to produce this column then anything’s possible.

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