Fly On The Wall


A mosaic of Wilhelm Thell at Swiss National Museeum


First of all, I wouldn’t like to be a fly. I don’t like flies! Nobody likes flies! Everyone tries to at least chase them away if not kill them. Maybe a bee. But then a lot of people are afraid of bees because there is a chance that you might get stung and a possibility that you could be allergic. So no bee either…

A spider would be similar to a fly, so that is no option either and a pretty butterfly would probably draw too much attention to it…

Maybe I’d be a ladybug. Yes. Although it would be similar to the butterfly. But I guess I have to choose something finally. So I would be a little ladybug, sitting somewhere, some place at some time and observing something that will make history.

There are so many historical events I would love to witness but I thought it would be pretty neat to watch if Wilhelm Tell actually shot that apple of little Walther’s head. Do you know what I am talking about at all?

Well there is this story, or a legend, about a guy named Wilhelm Tell, who was fighting the Austrian authorities, Habsburg and especially a guy named Gessler, a tyrannical reeve of Habsburg. And at one stage Gessler made him shoot an apple off little Walther’s head, who was Tell’s son!

Now you have to know that this of course was ages ago and they did not have high tech gear. Tell used his crossbow and had to shoot it off from quite a distance. Of course he managed to and in doing so safes little Walther’s life. He also then got rid (well… murdered) Gessler and became a central figure of Swiss patriotism.

Not only would I love to just watch a shot like this, but I would also love to find out if it really happened or not.

If you are interested in reading a little bit more about this apple shot, head over here.


If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?

In response to the Daily Post Daily Prompt – Fly On The Wall

13 thoughts on “Fly On The Wall

  1. It didn’t really happen. It’s a legend. How do I know? One of the strange things about me (I know you’re from Switzerland so this will make it even stranger) is that I am a Swiss medievalist historian. Check out this link: and this one… and

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  2. Now that’s a question that has me pondering….where would I go if I could go back anywhere in time? Will be thinking on that for quite a while, but my first instinct says, I’d go back and get the answer to one of the mysteries that has never been solved. Which one? Well, I’m still thinking.

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  3. What an innovative prompt… I would go to the beginning of it all to see how life started… and I know that is absurd because I couldn’t really be a fly, ladybug, firefly or anything at the time life actually began… 🙂

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