Spitting Image is a British television show which ran from 1984 to 1996.
It featured puppet caricatures of members of the British Royal Family, British politicians including Margaret Thatcher, Neil Kinnock and Edwina Currie, as well as various celebrities from the world of entertainment.
He attempted to initiate far-reaching reforms in the way Soviet government and society was structured, and used the collective terms perestroika and glasnost to describe the proposed changes. These terms may be loosely translated as restructuring and openness.
Punchinello, known as Pulcinella in Italian and Punch in English, is a stock figure in traditional southern Italian puppetry.
He has his origins in the 17th century Italian comedy theatre known as Commedia dell'Arte which involves three main classes of stereotypical characters: masters, servants (or clowns), and lovers.
Pulcinella falls into the clown class. He is always depicted with a white costume and black mask, a big hooked nose, and a sharp, rasping voice. His form is often short and fat, and his character, nasty and sly.
In other European traditions the character has been modified in various ways; for example, he has become Kasper in Germany, Jan Klaassen in the Netherlands, and Mr Punch in the English puppet show Punch and Judy.
In various Arthurian tales, she is depicted in different ways. For example, in the early romances of Chrétien de Troyes, she appears as a healer of the sick. She also takes on the role of healer in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Vita Merlini (c.1150) where she is one of 9 sorceresses who live on the Isle of Avalon. In later stories, however, she is depicted as one of the adversaries of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table.