Do You Know The Man They Call Frank?

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At the end of last year I asked you all for suggestions/challenges for fun frivolous things I could do this year, which I could photograph or video to show here. Not content with seeing the earlier torturous time I went through writing and recording myself reciting a poem for Jilanne, Frank from A Frank Angle challenged me to write and recite a poem for him. Just to add a bit of zazz (that’s a word right?), he specified that I need to dress up like the queen, and impersonate her while reading it. I could have ignored his request, after all I hadn’t promised to do ALL the challenges I was set. But Frank’s request was different, it was a request that I do this for his birthday, which is today, so I could hardly refuse!

I’m not sure I can pull off an impersonation of the queen (I certainly can’t pull off an impersonation of a good poet!), but working on the (probably unjustified) impression I have that Americans think we Brits all sound like the queen anyway, I’m just going to use my own voice. There are some limits as to how far I’m willing go in making a fool of myself around here. I get some marks for the costume though right?

Happy birthday Frank!

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97 responses to “Do You Know The Man They Call Frank?

  1. First? Really!? And I thought it was going to be just another dull Wednesday. Well, you certainly sound like the Queen to me. I saw Helen Mirren play the Queen on Broadway and your performance is a mirror of hers. Will you be returning the crown jewels to the Tower?

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  2. Good Morning, Vanessa. I just got out of the shower, and was wondering if you would come through with the challenge – and I must stay, this is one of the best starts to my birthday ever. You caused smiles and even a slight tear of happiness. Many thanks! … and for the record, I started here today, thus I haven’t seen the comments on my own blog yet. 😀 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tjcq2IbUvc

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  3. Good morning, Vanessa! What a grand birthday tribute to Frank. Well done!

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  4. You look marvelous! And after we raise our glasses…of course we must toast! So, I’ll bring the bread.

    Happy Birthday, Frank!!!

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  5. Vanessa! What a wonderful tribute! I’m raising my glasses just to get a better look at that crown! Well done!

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  6. You brought the house down when you raised your glasses. I love that they matched. Everyone should have matching glassware. I hope you realize that Frank is directing people here to your blog to watch your challenge. 😉 That’s how I found you.

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  7. Glasses On!! The Jewels In The Crown are blinking-blinding. Frank is more than a glass half-full….he’s the icing on the eccles! Well done. Well done!!

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  8. I think your voice is much more pleasant and expressive than the Queen’s, actually! Great work! But I missed Elizabeth’s quirky hats! I think British aristocratic women are the only people left on earth who still wear outrageous hats! http://qeiihatmuseum.tumblr.com/page/4

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  9. A wonderful tribute….I had to raise my glasses because they were fogged from tears of laughter…

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  10. Two of my favorite online pals, Frank and Vanessa, brought together in one post. My Wednesday is made! These are so much fun, Vanessa. I love this idea of yours. Thanks for making me smile, and a big Happy Birthday to Frank! Love the ‘glasses’ at the end. 🙂

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  11. You’re such a good sport. The glasses at the end was supremely clever! Well done!

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  12. Fabulous. Long live the queen!

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  13. You do. You do. You DO sound like the queen. What a amazing birthday present for Frank. 😀 😀 😀

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  14. Frank sent me your way to view this spectacular birthday wish…MAGNIFICENT!!!

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  15. That was adorable, Vanessa! And so incredibly sweet of you to do for Frank! 🙂

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  16. Love it!!! I’m here from Frank’s blog. PS you sure look like a Queen to me. Just 1 question… How do you get wine into those glasses? 😀

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  17. aFa…I see Vanessa-Jane took her Queenly duties seriously and ignored the peasant cry of: “What’s an Eccles?” So it is up to the Lowly to answer: a wonderful, wonderful cake (more a cookie) made with puff pastry, filled with raisins and nuts and bits and pieces of lovely sugar, sprinkled with sugar or iced, and then baked to sunny golden perfection. They sell some of the biggest Eccles Cakes I’ve ever seen in the Norfolk seaside town of Cromer. Did I mention they were my very favourite…….? Fitting!

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  18. What a great birthday tribute to Frank! Fabulous, my dear. Simply fabulous!

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  19. I am here from dear Frank’s blog too! This was so lovely, so creative.
    Happy Birthday to Him, once again. Thank you dear Vanessa, love, nia

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  20. Clearly, all of your posts should be recited by the queen. But you have to change your outfit for each post. How many more tastefully unoffensive outfits can you pull together? Cheers!

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  21. Ah, Vanessa, you certainly get marks for costume – looks and a brilliant gesture, honoring this wonderful man! [love the multiple pearls 😉 ]
    but… 😱
    There must be a problem [maybe just for Greece? as everyone else doesn’t seem to have it], I can’t hear you! From 3 different computers I tried but alas, the mouth moved but no sound came out! 😥😩😢
    [all volumes are on and I even tried directly from YouTube where every other video had sound. ]
    I am aware of your talent though, and I know your poem must have been a beautiful one…
    Here’s to our mutual friend and to a gracious and benevolent queen! 🍷🍷 😉

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  22. Marina,
    Cheers to my wonderful Greek friend for stopping by the festivities. Sad that you couldn’t hear the words for whatever strange reason. 😦

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  23. Once again quirky understated brilliance shines forth! The glasses are the coup de gravy.

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  24. Definitely you are the queen! I laughed out loud at the raising of the glasses. Hilarious!

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  26. Ahhhh… that was sweet. You’re a lucky man, Frank! By the way Vanessa, you have an awesome accent.

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  27. Wonderful! Good job with the glasses. I’m glad you didn’t have to raise “asses” otherwise that would have been an X-rated vid for sure!

    Happy birthday, Frank!

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  28. Argh, I get to your post when my computer speakers are not cooperating! But I’m sure this was a wonderful present for Frank!

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  29. You are the QUEEN of good humor, excellent poetry, wonderful use of a crown, and blog entertainment. Kudos to you, oh Queen Vanessa-Jane.

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