Rutland in humour...
Favorite thing: As Rutland is the smallest of the English counties, it is sometimes used as the butt of some comedt characters.
Blackadder, (as played by Rowan Atkinson), for example, says this great line :
" If we lose, I'll be chopped into pieces. My arm'll end up in Essex, my torso in Norfolk and my genitalia stuck up a tree somewhere in Rutland ".
A generation ago, we were treated to the delights of 'Rutland Weekend Television', a pythonesque sketch show that was spoofing LWT 'London weekend television'.
This show also brillianty parodied the fab four, with its group 'The Rutles'. It's spoof albums include the folowing tracks :
I am the waitress
W.C Fields forever
All you need is lunch
Hello, get lost
All you need is cash
Hard day's rut
St Rutlers only darts club band.
England's smallest county
Favorite thing: Rutland has traditionally been England's smallest county. It disappeared for a while with local government re-organisation. It has now thankfully been restored to it's righful place on the map (although unfindable on VT - and hence i've put this under the county town)
Located in the East midlands, and with a population of only 30,000 or so it takes up a diamond shaped piece of central England similar in size to the Isle of Wight.
The motto of the county is therefore very apt : Motto Multum in Parvo.
For those of you without a traditional classical education it means (roughly) "There is much in something little ".
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