Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Childhood memory ...

... and back then I didn't know to associate it with Alfred Thomas Haggis, my trigamist great-great-uncle.

There was an old party of Lyme
Who married three wives at one time
When asked "why the third?"
He said "one's absurd
and bigamy, Sir, is a crime"
Things the next little palace, our own one, must have:

Cleo and Ruby

A dishwasher

A cooker with gas hob and two electric ovens, one fan-assisted

A blue-and-gold macaw

A pond with koi carp and water lilies

All our pictures and prints framed and on the walls

A proper dinner table and chairs

A book case for my Everyman P G Wodehouse Library collection

A book case for my Anchor Bible Commentaries

A library step-ladder

A study with space for my roll-top desk, an armchair, and the above

Surface space in the kitchen for all gadgets and a kitchen step-ladder

Lights in the fitted cupboards and wardrobes

Orchids on every window sill

A DVD player that reads films from all over the world

Proper curtains

A window in the bathroom - and every room

Persian (and possibly more modern) rugs

A poly-greenhouse

Off-street parking

A Manchester terrier

Hens

A radio, dictionary, and clock, a notebook and a pen, in every room

Caller display

Key hooks by the front door

A notebook by the telephones

Pens

Candles

A cellar

Icons

More than our own tomatoes

Lovebirds

Trees and shrubs planted in the garden

A visitors' bedroom

Wooden lavatory seats







Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Memory of a happy summer holiday in Ohio, August 1994:
My father's cousin Joyce's second husband, Rod; a great big fellow, high and mighty.

"Last time we had visitors was two guys from Europe. Stayed with our neighbours. Nice young men they were. Married, too. To each other....

(pause while born-again Cousin Joyce looks away)

... they seemed awful happy. Musta been the first year".

Saturday, 4 February 2017

"I believe ... in suffering"

Book of Common Prayer

Apostles' Creed

"suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried"

Nicene Creed
"and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried"

Athanasian Creed
"who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell ..."


Alternative Service Book

Apostles' Creed
"He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucifed, died, and was buried"

Nicene Creed
"For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death, and was buried"

Athanasian Creed
None


Common Worsip

Apostles' Creed
"suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucifed, died, and was buried"

Nicene Creed
"For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death, and was buried"

Athanasian Creed
Refers to book of Common Prayer

Friday, 3 February 2017

P. G. Wodehouse - The Everyman Wodehouse

Title First Published Acquired Read Themes

Love Among The Chickens 1906 2016 2017 Ukridge
The Prince And Betty 1912 2015 2015 unique
Leave It To Smith 1923 2016 Psmith
Summer Lightning 1929 2016 Blandings
Louder And Funnier 1932 2017 Essays
Uncle Fred In The Springtime 1939 2015 2016 Blandings & Ickenham
Mike And Psmith 1953 2017 Mike, Psmith & Cricket
Jeeves And The Feudal Spirit 1954 2016 2016 Jeeves & Wooster
French Leave (Herbert Jenkins) 1955 1986 (inherited) 1980s unique
Cocktail Time 1958 2017 Ickenham
Jeeves In The Offing 1960 2015 2015 Jeeves & Wooster
Ice In The Bedroom 1961 2016 Widgeon
Plum Pie 1966 2016 2016 Stories & Articles
A Pelican At Blandings 1969 2015 2015 Blandings
Aunts Aren't Gentlemen 1974 2015 2015 Jeeves & Wooster




Oscar Winners for Best Film (and whether we have a copy)

The year is when the film was released. The Oscar was awarded the next year.

Year Title In Collection or Seen

2015 - "Spotlight"
2014 - "Birdman"
2013 - "12 Years a Slave" Got
2012 - "Argo"
2011 - "The Artist"
2010 - "The King's Speech" Got
2009 - "The Hurt Locker"
2008 - "Slumdog Millionaire" Got
2007 - "No Country for Old Men"
2006 - "The Departed"
2005 - "Crash" Got
2004 - "Million Dollar Baby"
2003 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" Got
2002 - "Chicago" Got
2001 - "A Beautiful Mind" Got
2000 - "Gladiator"
1999 - "American Beauty" Got
1998 - "Shakespeare in Love" Got
1997 - "Titanic" Got
1996 - "The English Patient"
1995 - "Braveheart" Got
1994 - "Forrest Gump" Got
1993 - "Schindler’s List" Seen
1992 - "Unforgiven"
1991 - "The Silence of the Lambs" Seen
1990 - "Dances With Wolves"
1989 - "Driving Miss Daisy" Got
1988 - "Rain Man" Seen
1987 - "The Last Emperor" Got
1986 - "Platoon"
1985 - "Out of Africa" Got
1984 - "Amadeus" Seen
1983 - "Terms of Endearment"
1982 - "Gandhi" Got
1981 - "Chariots of Fire" Got
1980 - "Ordinary People
1979 - "Kramer vs. Kramer"
1978 - "The Deer Hunter"
1977 - "Annie Hall"
1976 - "Rocky"
1975 - "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" Got
1974 - "The Godfather Part II" Got
1973 - "The Sting"
1972 - "The Godfather" Got
1971 - "The French Connection"
1970 - "Patton"
1969 - "Midnight Cowboy"
1968 - "Oliver!" Got
1967 - "In the Heat of the Night"
1966 - "A Man for All Seasons" Got
1965 - "The Sound of Music" Got
1964 - "My Fair Lady"
1963 - "Tom Jones"
1962 - "Lawrence of Arabia" Got
1961 - "West Side Story"
1960 - "The Apartment"
1959 - "Ben-Hur"
1958 - "Gigi"
1957 - "The Bridge on the River Kwai"
1956 - "Around the World in 80 Days"
1955 - "Marty"
1954 - "On the Waterfront" Got
1953 - "From Here to Eternity"
1952 - "The Greatest Show on Earth"
1951 - "An American in Paris"
1950 - "All About Eve" Got
1949 - "All the Kings Men"
1948 - "Hamlet"
1947 - "Gentleman's Agreement"
1946 - "The Best Years of Our Lives"
1945 - "The Lost Weekend"
1944 - "Going My Way"
1943 - "Casablanca" Got
1942 - "Mrs. Miniver"
1941 - "How Green Was My Valley"
1940 - "Rebecca"
1939 - "Gone with the Wind" Got
1938 - "You Can't Take It with You"
1937 - "The Life of Emile Zola"
1936 - "The Great Ziegfeld"
1935 - "Mutiny on the Bounty"
1934 - "It Happened One Night"
1932/1933 - "Cavalcade"
1931/1932 - "Grand Hotel"
1930/1931 - "Cimarron"
1929/1930 - "All Quiet on the Western Front"
1928/1929 - "The Broadway Melody"
1927/1928 - "Wings"

Monday, 30 January 2017

WHEN YOU'VE BEEN STRONG FOR LONG ENOUGH: it fools no one, everyone sees the brittleness underneath.
Does it even help those you think you are being strong for?
But there is work to do, and the heart must wait until it's done.
I don't know any other way.