Britishness, History, Royalty

Queen for a Day Three-Quarters of a Century

Seventy-one years ago today, upon the death of her father, King George VI, Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary ascended to the throne of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and all her other Realms and Territories. She spent the next seventy years of her life cheerfully (to outward appearance) doing her duty and serving the people she… Continue reading Queen for a Day Three-Quarters of a Century

Culture, Plain Speaking, Rural Living, Womanly Feminism

The Headwaters of the Mississippi, and a Few Other Things

This post requires a bit of imagination.  It involves what used to be called a "poetic conceit," in the days when it was allowable to speak in simile and metaphor, or to employ metonomy or synecdoche, secure in the knowledge that your audience didn't have to know what any of those things actually was, or… Continue reading The Headwaters of the Mississippi, and a Few Other Things

Britishness, Culture, Music

Meme: YYY, Delilah!

As reported in several places: XX= Woman XY=Man YYY=Delilah In an effulgence of political correctness/cowardice, the Welsh Rugby Union  has announced that the Tom Jones hit song Delilah will no longer be played as part of its approved song list.  Because, you know, "misogyny." Thankfully, and as I had hoped, it's foolish and pointless to bet… Continue reading Meme: YYY, Delilah!

Culture, Feminism, Religion

Jordan Peterson On the Differences Between Men and Women, Not Quite in a Nutshell

I like Jordan Peterson.  I don't agree with everything he says, but I think he's generally on the side of the angels, and that the young men of the world would do far better to listen to and follow, Jordan Peterson than--say--Andrew Tate, especially when it comes to their understanding, and their treatment, of women.… Continue reading Jordan Peterson On the Differences Between Men and Women, Not Quite in a Nutshell

History, Music, Plain Speaking

The Day the Music Died

It was sixty-four years ago today, on February 3, 1959.  Rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed when their plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza, crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa, when the pilot lost control of the plane in bad winter weather, and crashed into a cornfield.  All… Continue reading The Day the Music Died

Culture, Religion

Groundhog Day? Love the Movie, but Otherwise, No Thank You

Today, February 2, 2023, I'm celebrating Candlemas Day, the one on which Christians marvel at the return of light, protection, and prosperity, that which wards off death, evil, and end times. Let us today bless candles in church for distribution to the congregation. Or, if that's a bridge too far, let us at least celebrate… Continue reading Groundhog Day? Love the Movie, but Otherwise, No Thank You

Biography, History, Language

Book Recommendation: The Professor and the Madman

It's a relatively short tome (about 250 pages), written by British journalist and author Simon Winchester. It tells, in extremely readable prose, the fascinating story of the two men most important to the publication of the world's greatest dictionary, whose first volume (A-ANT) was published 139 years ago today, on February 1, 1884. Two more… Continue reading Book Recommendation: The Professor and the Madman

Entertainment

Ab-so-bloomin-lutely Loverly: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Kathleen Ruston, who died thirty years ago this month, was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium, the daughter of a member of minor Dutch nobility and a peripatetic English financier father who later changed his name to the double-barrelled “Hepburn-Ruston” to show his connection (probably imagined) to one of the husbands of… Continue reading Ab-so-bloomin-lutely Loverly: Audrey Hepburn

Movies and TV, Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: “Precious Bodily Fluids”

https://youtu.be/N1KvgtEnABY Brigadier-General Ripper actually had a few intelligent things to say on other matters.  But what he's most remembered for are his very essential, obsessive, lunatical, misogynistic, rantings. Sad.  But funny. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, premiered 59 years ago today, on January 29, 1964.

Consumer Relations, Pets and Livestock

Semper Fi! Dog Tracker Extraordinaire

In a recent post, I expressed my dissatisfaction with the "Whistle" GPS pet trackers I've had on the collars of my Great Pyrenees dogs now for about a decade. When Whistle and I started out on our journey together, it was a wonderful product.  It did exactly what I wanted it to do: That is… Continue reading Semper Fi! Dog Tracker Extraordinaire