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vort fun dem tog

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 16 Nov 2023, 23:54

Yesterday i stumbled across this expressive word from Yiddish:

shmegegge

meaning baloney, nonsense, rubbish, as in "Don't give me all that shmegegge".

It's pronounced shmuhGEGee. according to the Oxford English Dictionary. 

Here's the Google ngram. It's quite a recent word it seems, and is a bit less frequent than in the past. But why those high peaks? Was the word in. a film or TV show around those times? I'd love to know.




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Change

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“Please always remember, the secret of survival is to embrace change, and to adapt.”

From A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

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Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

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George Orwell I think it was that said Macbeth is a play about ambition.In this famous speech near the end of the play, Macbeth, facing ruin and defeat, meditates on the ultimate folly of human ambition.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

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Macbeth was here

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Corny joke

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Met a woman claiming to be the Roman goddess of crops. I was like really? You can’t be Ceres.

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On the Night Train

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Picture Hanging

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Conundrum

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Autumn Haiku

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枯朶に烏のとまりけり秋の暮

on a withered branch
sits a crow
autumn nightfall

Matsuo Bashō 1644 – 1694

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Cheese Joke

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 4 Nov 2023, 23:43

Last night I broke into a cheese factory and made away with some curds.

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Mystery Fungus - Help Needed

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 4 Nov 2023, 23:33

I found this attractive fungus growing at the base of a small fig tree I have in a pot. It's about 4 cm in diameter.

What is it?

I've asked on a couple of forums but so far no definite identification. It might be a wax-cap of some kind but that is a far as I've got.

Can anyone help?



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There was an old man...

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There was an old man of the sea,
Who said, this is no life for me.
Fish nibble my nose,
My fingers and toes,
Can’t I just stay in and watch the TV?
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Inside out: where shadows dance and secrets twine

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Wind in the west

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A Devon village

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Goldfinch

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Here's a phot my brother took of a goldfinch

The name carduelis is Latin for something like "of the thistle" I think, because they are so fond of thistle-seeds but this one was amongst some forget-me-nots!

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Geometry joke

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Beautiful woodland

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A friend sent me this picture of a Cornish forest.

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Beach Art in Cornwall

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Clovelly

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Daffynition

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From the Uxbridge English dictionary: exuberant - ant who’s given up driving taxis.

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Devon sunset

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Cyclamens

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 4 Oct 2023, 00:11

Cyclamens at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire,30 September 2023.


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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 26 Sep 2023, 23:46

Someone asked “What’s that funny hair on your upper lip?” I was like “Not got time to explain right now. Must dash.”

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The Topiarist's Nightmare

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Last night photoed this rather attractive moth in my local. It's pretty, but it's an invasive and harmful species. 

By chance my brother snapped one of these the day before and sent me the pic and an ID. So I recognised it at once as a box tree moth.

They are native to China, Japan, East Russia, India and neighbouring regions, where there is biological control from, from example, hornets. But in the last few years they have spread, I imagine with human help, to Europe, then Britain, and now to the Cambridgeshire village where I live. And we have no natural controls.

The caterpillars live on box hedges or trees as the insect's name tells us, and they are hugely destructive; they may completely defoliate the bush, leaving just twigs. The moth may lay three sets of eggs in a season and so many people are losing their prize hedges, including many of my fellow villagers.

If you look at these old hedges at Audley End you can see what a huge legacy is under threat.


The RHS article about the moth is here; you might find it interesting reading, and, if you see the moth in your locality, report the sighting to the RHS.



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