Woody Posted February 11, 2011 Share Posted February 11, 2011 (edited) Continuing our nautical theme, today would have been the 140th birthday of Captain Arthur Hebden-Bridge, "The scourge of Haringey Lido." AHB is widely considered to be the father of modern Mornington Crescent. A relentless innovator and pusher of boundaries, classic moves such as the "Reverse Blind Parallel," "Two lateral hops," and "Arthur's fancy" can all trace their origins to his work. Arthur was of course also a complete rogue, cheat, charlatan, and pervert - devising such abominations as "Bridge's left wing," and "Three take a journey to Whitechapel" - and the modern sliding scale system of demerits was originally invented just for him. It was, perhaps fittingly, one of his most disturbing moves, "Nancy does Balham" AKA "Arthur's Folly" that directly led to his execution in 1917. Arthur's conviction for being a German Fifth Columnist was overturned in 1967 following proof of evidence tampering found by the 1964 Royal Commission investigating the influence of the shadowy fundamentalist "Mornington Circle" organisation. It remains true however that even today only one of his original moves is considered legal - and that only after a ruling by the European Court on Human Rights in 2004. In his honour therefore, I'd like to invoke Arthur's 1898 move celebrating the opening of the Waterloo & City Line called "Let's go visit the money grasping b******s" and move to Bank Edited February 11, 2011 by Woody Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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