Animals, Culture, Farming, Plain Speaking

Quote of the Day: “America is Too Stupid to Live”

I don't believe that for a moment.  Although it's a frequently-expressed opinion from a man I used to respect. No more.  For I know that: He. Is. Wrong. Let me explain.  I live on a farm.  I'm a widow and on my own.  I'm almost 67 years old.  I'm increasingly dependent on friends and neighbors… Continue reading Quote of the Day: “America is Too Stupid to Live”

Culture, Music

As the Miller Told His Tale: From Chaucer to Procol Harum

The author of the song has denied the connection.  I'm not sure I believe him. https://youtu.be/St6jyEFe5WM (A performance from PH as geezers, which points up the classical references in the song, one of the seminal influences of rock music on my youth.  A youth in which rock music wasn't much of a seminal influence, but… Continue reading As the Miller Told His Tale: From Chaucer to Procol Harum

Culture, Plain Speaking, Travel

Photos, Or it Didn’t Happen: Part Two

I wrote recently about my visit to Thailand in 2018, and of a visit to Chiang Rai's spectacular White Temple. Competing for the role of "most famous Chiang Rai tourist attraction" (unless you're a golfer, in which case it's probably the Santiburi Country Club, which is also quite lovely--and the food is very good too--even… Continue reading Photos, Or it Didn’t Happen: Part Two

Culture, History, Medieval, Quote of the Day

Chivalry as “Art” Rather Than “Nature”

The medieval ideal brought together two things which have no natural tendency to gravitate towards one another.  It brought them together for that very reason.  It taught humility and forbearance to the great warrior because everyone knew by experience how much he usually needed that lesson.  It demanded valour of the urbane and modest man… Continue reading Chivalry as “Art” Rather Than “Nature”

Cooking, Culture, Food and Drink, Travel

Kap He Chom Khrueang Khao Wan–กาพย์เห่ชมเครื่องคาวหวาน

The title of today's post, Kap He Chom Khrueang Khao Wan, means, in English, "A Procession Poem Admiring Sweet and Savory Dishes," and refers to a poem written by Siam's (now known as Thailand) Prince Itsarasunthon--later King Rama II--in 1800. The opening stanza, translated by Heather Arndt Anderson, goes like this: Massaman, a curry made… Continue reading Kap He Chom Khrueang Khao Wan–กาพย์เห่ชมเครื่องคาวหวาน

Culture, Plain Speaking, Travel

Photos, Or It Didn’t Happen

That's a saying we have on Ricochet.  It may have been intitated by a former member known as Simon Templar; I'm not sure. In any event, it's become a popular phrase, and we generally try to oblige. One of the must-see sights in Chiang Rai, Thailand is Wat Rong Khun, or the White Temple.  It's… Continue reading Photos, Or It Didn’t Happen

Culture, History, Plain Speaking, Relationships

Martin Bashir Gets His Comeuppance, Courtesy of Lord Dyson

This is not a post about the merits (or otherwise) of the British monarchy. Nor about how glad the former colony on this side of the pond is, or should be, to have crawled out from under the yoke of it.  Nor about what fools these British be for keeping it around, even in its… Continue reading Martin Bashir Gets His Comeuppance, Courtesy of Lord Dyson

Culture, History

Getting a “Rise” Out of Oliver Cromwell

I usually associate puckish or somewhat risqué headlines with organs such as the Daily Mirror in the UK, and the New York Post in the United States.  Newspapers that no-one in my family would have been caught dead reading, at least in public.  (Excuse me for a moment; just clearing my Internet cache, LOL....) So… Continue reading Getting a “Rise” Out of Oliver Cromwell

Culture, Politics

WWE: Jimmy and Rosalynn vs Lunchbox Joe and Dr. Jill

A recent post on Ricochet drew attention to the photo currently making the Internet rounds of Joe and Jill and Jimmy and Rosalynn. Here's the photo: Crimenutely.  It look as if two Amazons (must they be women?) have invaded a dolls' house. Here's the comment I made on Ricochet (#42, when I finally got round… Continue reading WWE: Jimmy and Rosalynn vs Lunchbox Joe and Dr. Jill