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Caesar Joke

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 18 Apr 2021, 01:22

Q. Why did J. Caesar cross the Rubicon?

A. To get to the other side.

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Sonnet 71

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What a marvellous beginning this sonnet has:

No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell
Give warning to the world that I am fled
From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell...

And it’s echoed by a famous sonnet of Christina Rossetti:

Remember me when I am gone away, 
Gone far away into the silent land; 
When you can no more hold me by the hand, 
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.

I think the second is a thoughtful response to the first, and I think perhaps its standpoint is nobler. Read them both and see. What you think.


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Playground Joke

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Q. Where did the Golden Fleece come from.

A. Gold baaas!

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Old Saying

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A Roadside Verge in Spring

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 13 Apr 2021, 23:42

From my gate I can see this verge with its striking patches of spring flowers.


There are daisies (the Day’s Eye in Old English, because the flowers close at sunset and open at dawn); middle left, red dead-nettles (the botanical name Lamium purpureum more accurate about the colour); and celandines.

The name celandine is very poetic: Ancient Greek and Latin writers held that it flowered as the the swallows came in spring, and it was called χελιδόνιον, ‘ that of the swallow’.

From the OED:

1578    H. Lyte tr. R. Dodoens Niewe Herball  i. xx. 32   The small Celandyne was so called, bycause that it beginneth to spring and to floure, at the comming of the Swallowes.


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Unusual Garden Bird

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 12 Apr 2021, 01:30

Today a pheasant visited my garden.

I caught a glimpse a day or so back, but today she was there for a while and I was able to get this snap.






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It runs in the family...

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From my Grandson:

I can't take my dog to the park anymore, the ducks keep biting him. Should have know this was going to happen, he's pure bread.

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Garden News Flash

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In my garden today I found a fritillary blooming and another on the way. They are such magical flowers. I planted bulbs in the lawn two years ago, but nothing happened until now, I had almost lost hope, and was so charmed to see them.


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Is This A Record.

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More than 35 million UK jabs, what a vaxxy nation!

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My Career in the Police

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Not many people know this but I was for a short time in the Japanese police force. An unusual incident that sticks in my mind is interviewing a martial arts expert about his unruly cat. I had to see a Dan about a mog.

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Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 4 Apr 2021, 22:44

You said I had no soul.

But I do.

Just differently.

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Shopska

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 4 Apr 2021, 00:30

Here you see my Shopska Salad, tonight’s supper.


One of my top favourite starters. (Really there should be some grated cheese on top, but I didn’t have any suitable, and it was fine without.)

I was taught how to make it in Northern Greece, by friends whose parents or grandparents were ethnic Greeks who moved to Greece from Bulgaria in the mass exchange of populations after WW1. I also met the dish in Bulgaria.

From this I assumed it was a) Bulgarian and b) traditional.

Turns out the answer to a) is Yes but as for b) not really; according to Wikipedia it was invented in 1955 by the Bulgarian state tourism association. It’s been a runaway success though. Give it a try. I always put a bit of chilli pepper in mine as well as the other vegetables, but that is probably unusual.






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On Tiptoes

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Because I have ankle arthritis “I have of late, forgone all custom of exercises”, as Hamlet says. But this is a bad habit and I realised my circulation was suffering.

So I searched online for exercises that could be done sitting or with the support of a chair back. There are a lot of good videos and for about three weeks now I’ve been doing some of the exercises.

And it’s had an effect! I can now stand on tiptoe, without the support of a chair back. Not very high or for very long, but I can do it. I couldn’t before. One tall step.

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Mondegreen

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Here’s a Mondegreen I heard last night.

A. My daughter thinks I’m a taxidermist.

B. What like stuffed animals?

A. No, a taxi service.

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Work in progress

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My friend Michèle (photographer of the bee-flies) is helping me with my garden. Here is the result of today's work on one small area.


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Coffee Break Solution #1

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Squeamish

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Please don’t show me

Anything nasty

It might make me squeam.

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Dark-edged Bee-flies

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 1 Apr 2021, 01:38
My friend Michèle photographed these rather elegant insects sunning themselves.



They're Dark-edged Bee-flies; useful pollinators and harmless to humans, but brood parisites to true bees. They lay eggs in bees' nests and the hatched larvae consume the bee larvae. 'The universe is an ethically troubling place', as someone once said.
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Coffee Break Puzzle #2

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A Quote about the Robin

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 30 Mar 2021, 23:43

The sweet miraculous power of a Robin

Turning birdseed into song.

Anon 

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Coffee Break Puzzle #1

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Miracle iPhone

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You’ve heard of the silver cigarette case that stopped a bullet.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-50302592

In a modern twist on this, a local tradesman fell off a ladder, but luckily his iPhone fell out of his shirt pocket and reached the ground first. He landed with his head on the phone rather than the concrete, and was spared from head injury.

Rather a nice story I think. I haven’t made it up.


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Percy

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 24 Mar 2021, 23:44

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Epitaph for a Snob

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I turned up my nose.

Now I’ve turned up my toes.

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Mastermind

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Presenter: Your chosen subject?

Contestant: Physical geography.

Presenter: Time starts now. What name is given to a route over or through a mountainous region?

Contestant: Pass.

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