Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Song Of The Weather: Flanders and Swann

January brings the snow Makes your feet and fingers glow. February’s ice and sleet Freeze the toes right off your feet. Welcome March with wint’ry wind Would thou wert not so unkind. April brings the sweet Spring showers On and … Continue reading

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I Am A Camera: Christopher Isherwood

I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording not thinking. Christopher Isherwood 1904-1986 Goodbye to Berlin, A Berlin Diary Autumn 1930 The illustration is copyright: Aliyev Alexei Sergeevich via Shutterstock

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Wagner: David Randolph

Parsifal is the kind of opera that starts at six o’clock. After it has been going three hours, you look at your watch and it says 6.20. David Randolph 1914-2010 ‘An Encyclopaedia of Quotations about Music’ (1978) ed. Nat Shapiro … Continue reading

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Chutzpah: Leo Rosten

There is a useful word in New York, understood by everyone, and that is chutzpah. The inhabitants of the Hampshire village where I live, on the other hand, look at you blankly if you use the word, although they certainly … Continue reading

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Good Examples: Mark Twain

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. Mark Twain 1835-1910 Pudd’nhead Wilson

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The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan: Marianne Faithfull

The morning sun touched lightly on the eyes of Lucy Jordan In a white suburban bedroom in a white suburban town As she lay there ‘neath the covers dreaming of a thousand lovers Till the world turned to orange and … Continue reading

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Spring Is Always Late: Anthony Trollope

The comic almanacs give us dreadful pictures of January and February; but, in truth, the months which should be made to look gloomy in England are March and April. Let no man boast himself that he has got through the … Continue reading

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Endymion: John Keats

A Thing of Beauty (Endymion) A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and … Continue reading

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GSOH: George Eliot

A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections. George Eliot 1819-1880 Daniel Deronda, Ch 15 I have often wondered about the people who advertise themselves as having a ‘Good Sense Of Humour’. I suppose we … Continue reading

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The Highwayman: Alfred Noyes

PART ONE I THE wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees, The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas, The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, And the highwayman came riding— … Continue reading

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