The most recent Robin Hood-related news stories breaking in the global media!

ROBIN HOOD NEWS-LINE: Latest News:
(Mar 07, 2018)
WORLD WIDE ROBIN HOOD SOCIETY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AS ONE OF THE LEADING INFORMATION SOURCES ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE LEGENDARY SHERWOOD OUTLAW. On March 17th 2018, the Nottingham-based World Wide Robin Hood Society will mark its 20th Anniversary Year with a programme of varied initiatives including: *The publication of a new book about Robin Hood and the legend’s global impact. *A local cookery contest to find the best recipe for a Robin Hood Pie. *Anniversary theme to the Society’s annual “Feather in Your Cap” business awards. *A children’s story writing competition. *Developing an illustrated Robin Hood talk available to groups and societies. Although the Society was originally a membership-based organisation, over the last 2 decades it has evolved into one of the leading internet-based information resources on all things associated with Robin Hood. It is used extensively by the media and the tourism industry and the Society has contributed to numerous global television documentaries and historical features including BBC’s The One Show; Sky Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” series and French TV’s “Secrets Histoire” series. The Society has also participated in hundreds of radio programmes around the globe, including South America, the USA, Europe, Korea and Australia. Society Chairman, Bob White, said “The very first Robin Hood Society was established in London in the 1700’S and was a club or assembly for public debate. It held its popular, regular meetings in the Robin Hood public house in Butcher Row, near Temple Bar, which is how the Society acquired its name. In the 1970’s, a Nottingham-based Robin Hood Society was created by the local historian and Robin Hood expert, Jim Lees, and its members often dressed up in costume as various characters from the Sherwood tales and helped raise funds for local charities. In the Nineties, Nottingham City Council joined forces with the Nottingham Evening Post and set up a Robin Hood Club especially aimed at youngsters, which featured a series of cartoon woodland animals known as “The Tails of Sherwood”. The present day, internet-based World Wide Robin Hood Society was originally the inspiration of co-founder and sponsor, Mike Douglas from Hull, who established a successful communications business in Nottingham in the late 1990’s. He said “Over the past twenty years the Society has seen many changes but the phenomenal global interest in Robin Hood has never faltered and the legendary outlaw continues to be an iconic figure with a massive international fan base, and he regularly features in new films, books and the global media.” For further information contact Bob White on e-mail at bob@robinhood.info or by phone on (0115) 9523183 or mobile 07504 852731 or visit the Society website at www.robinhood.info Read more...
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"Spoofing" It Up!

The Post's 2014 April Fool stunt, jokingly reporting the supposed discovery of Robin Hood's remains, highlighted yet again just how frequently the legendary character has been "spoofed-up!" The dictionary definition of "spoof" is mild, satirical mockery and it is often said that the measure of a true "legend" is when the subject can be sent-up and ridiculed in many different ways, yet still retain its iconic status and dignity without any damage to its reputation. The Robin Hood legend is certainly an ultimate example of this that specifically proves the point - with an extensive range of humorous interpretations spanning film and television, books, magazines and political caricature etc.

Even though the traditional story and characters are often taken way outside their comfort zone, these "off-the-wall" interpretations all help widen the scope and impact of the legend and extend its influence into yet another area of popular culture – humour and comedy.

There are far too many examples to comprehensively list in the space of this brief article but here are some specific references that reflect the scope and diversity of the ways in which the Robin Hood legend has been successfully "spoofed"!

In 1993, Hollywood director and actor, the late Mel Brooks made his hilarious "Robin Hood – Men In Tights" into a hugely popular cult movie and prior to that, in 1984, there had been "The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood" with George Segal and Morgan Fairchild. There were also numerous "cameo" appearances for Robin Hood characters in such films as Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" and the "Shrek" blockbuster. Walt Disney's 1973 animated feature saw the popular tale re-told starring a furry fox as Robin along with a cast of lovable animals "acting" in supporting roles! However, such iconic cartoon characters as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry had already played Robin in various comical adaptations and the trend still continues today, with many television cartoon series often "spoofing – up" the familiar Sherwood Forest theme!

In 1988, Tony Robinson's "Maid Marian and her Merrie Men" was also a hugely successful television series that "sent-up" the traditional legend and many popular TV shows have also used a Robin Hood "sketch" to raise a laugh, including Morecambe and Wise and the Muppets.

In the world of literature, "Robin Hood - According to Spike Milligan" was published in 1998 and some other titles that "spoofed" the story include "The Lost Diary of Robin Hood's Money Man" by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore; (1999); "Robin the Hoodie – an ASBO History of Britain" by Hans Christian Asbosen (2009) and a German version called "Robin Cat" by Vincent Kluwe (2008) in which the well-known characters are all feline members of a cat gang living wild and free in a modern city suburb.

Over the centuries, the Robin Hood legend has also been ideally suited for adaptation to political caricature and recent prime ministers such as Gordon Brown and David Cameron have seen themselves dressed in tights and referred to as the Sheriff of Notting Hill! President Obama has used a Robin Hood analogy when addressing the nation and only last month the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio based his "sketch" at the Annual Inner Circle media event on a steal-from-the-rich Robin Hood theme.

In conclusion, in 1991, Robin Hood was featured in the USA's iconic, satirical monthly magazine "MAD" and, in the world of spoof and satire, Robin's appearance on the cover was seen as equivalent to a celebrity being on the cover of "News Week" or "Vogue" – so perhaps that says it all !!