*Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hastdoves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead. *Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, whichcame up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them. *Thy l...Read more
"The origins of the word 'also' (all so) dates back to the 11th century and means 'wholly'." (Taken from the president's introduction to tthe ALSO Foundation's 2007 Directory).
Also comes to us from the old english ealswa. Background / why I chose this word: From June 2003 - February 2007 I was working for a student service organisation connected to a University. This organisation underwent a massive downsizing due to funding cuts at the end of last year / beg...Read more
I love this poem because the lines "I sought a theme and sought for it in vain, / I sought it daily for six weeks or so. / Maybe at last, being but a broken man (or woman in my case), / I must be satisfied with my heart" often sum up how I feel when I start on a creative project. The lines "Now that my ladder's gone, / I must lie down where all the ladders start / In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart" remain an inspiration to me.
The Circus Animals' Desertion
The following blog has been directly cut and pasted from my blog on 360 blog. We have a regular theme every Friday called Friday Five, where 5 questions are posed and bloggers respond:
You're walking along when suddenly . . . you accidently fall into an interdimensional portal that transports you into the electronic information streams zig zaging through the atmosphere . . .
Lord of the Rings. See answer 2.
**ruly \ROO-lee\ adjective : obedient, orderly
Concert organizers worried that rambunctious fans might get out of hand, but the crowd was surprisingly ruly.
Did you know?
You're probably familiar with “unruly,” meaning “not readily controlled or disciplined.” Have you ever wondered, “Is there a 'ruly' too?” If so, did it seem to you that such a word should exist? A little over 150 years ago, someone apparently followed that same thought process, creating “ruly” by dropping the prefix f...Read more
Monsieur Hulot is one of my very favourite characters in movies, and was a creation of Jacques Tati in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Monsieur Hulot is recognizable due to several traits that are consistent throughout his films. Tati seemed to be a tall man, and M. Hulot often towers over the other characters. This is underlined by the fact that M. Hulot always seems to be wearing what we in primary school used to call ankle freezers – that is, his trousers are just a little too short for the length of his leg. Generally, M. Hulot is always neatly dres...Read more
A poem with supernatural and celtic imagery in honour of Halloween:
W.B. Yeats (1865–1939).
The Wind Among the Reeds. 1899.
The Song of Wandering Aengus
Happy Halloween and welcome to this week's FRIDAY FIVE: SPOOKY. Friday Five is a regular weekly blogging tour that happens on 360 blog. I have posted my answers here for your reading pleasure. 1) Do you believe in ghosts/spirits and if so why? Or why not
I definitely believe in ghosts and spirits – I have seen, heard, smelt and felt them.
2) Have you ever had what you would consider a supernatural encounter or unexplained event in your life? What was it?
For your answer I refer you to the blog below...Read more
I do not have an actual story to tell about ghosts. In that I mean that my encounters with the supernatural have been a matter of a brief encounter here and there rather than a full blown sequence of events. The word ‘story’ suggests to me a narrative along the lines of ‘I was here, then I saw this, so my friend suggested that we do that, and then THIS happened, and then I hid there, and then we waved that, and we all said “Ah Ha!” and then we went home.’ My encounters have been a matter of a glimpse, a scre...Read more
For today’s word Thursday I thought I would go for something that links into the Halloween theme that everyone is currently enjoying spooking themselves with. The Merriam-Webster Word fo the Day email bulleting recently sent me the word aghast. I am sure that a lot of us would be familiar with this word’s modern definition:
aghast \uh-GAST\ adjective
: struck with terror, amazement, or horror : shocked
In an effort to impress his date, Adam ordered the most expensive items on the ...Read more
I am quite addicted to martial arts movies, which is odd when you consider that I hate violence. But when I declaim my love for these films my offline friends s