Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What can One learn at Oxfort University of Laurie & Jan

Special thanks for Larrie and Jan for ' enlightening' us with such diverse knowledge of English language. Staying with them, at their ' castle' in the Forest of Dean was a genuine priviledge-good wine, good company and good stories were had in Glaucester....
These are ' crumbles' that I chose to immortalize.

England & America- two countries separated by a common language ( George Bernard Shaw)

Eccles cakes- eccles is a small town in Lancashire-
" Eccles cakes are very ' moorish' .
CARIAD- the Welsh for heart. Someone might say, " How are you today cariad?" especially to a young person.

" Would Aisha like another whiskey?"
" Does the Pope have a balcony?"

Glucosamine & chondroitin- one helps to repair the connective tissues in tendons, ligaments, the other helps to lubricate and repair the joints, therefore useful for athletes, dancers, older people with osteo-arthritis ( ear & tear arthritis)
You can buy glucosamine on its own, but it is much more effective when combines with chondroitin.

" Are you red-ing or white-ing?" ( red or white wine)


Gather 'round, all ye whorey!
Gather 'round and hear my story!
When a man grows old, and his balls grow cold,
And the tip of his prick turns blue,
Far from a life of
Yukon strife,
He can tell you a tale or two.
So pull up a seat, and buy me one neat
And a tale to you I will tell,
About Dead-Eye Dick and Mexican Pete,
And a
harlot named Eskimo Nell.

Other stanza:
And the women too his habits knew12
down on the Rio Grande,
And forty whores pulled down their drawers
at Deadeye Dick's command.

Other stanzas:
When Dead-Eye Dick and Mexican Pete
Go forth in search of fun,
It's Dead-Eye Dick that swings the prick,
And Mexican Pete the gun.
When Dead-Eye Dick and Mexican Pete
Are sore, depressed and sad,
It's always a cunt that bears the brunt,
But the shooting's not so bad
Now Dead-Eye Dick and Mexican Pete
Lived down by Dead Man's Creek,
And such was their luck that they'd had no fuck
For nigh on half a week.
Oh, a moose or two, and a caribou,
And a bison cow or so,
But for Dead-Eye Dick with his kingly prick,
This fucking was mighty slow.
Dick pound on his cock with a huge piece of rock
And said, "I want to play!"
It's been almost a week at this fucking creek,
With no cunt coming my way.
So, do or dare, this horny pair
Set off for the Rio Grand.
Dead-Eye Dick with his kingly prick,
And Pete with his gun in hand.
Then as they blazed their noisy trail,
No man, their path withstood.
Many a bride, her husband's pride,
A pregnant widow stood.

The closing stanza mimics the opening:
When a man grows old, and his balls grow cold,
And the tip of his prick turns blue,
And the hole in the middle refuses to piddle,
I'd say he was fucked, wouldn't you?

The Ballad of Eskimo Nell (round 10124) is a bawdy rhymed recitation or song that recounts the tale of Deadeye Dick, his accomplice Mexican Pete and a woman they meet on their travels, named Eskimo Nell. In the view of some, Eskimo Nell is in her own way an authentic heroine and, by the yardstick of the sentiments of the poem, gets the better of Dick in the end. It is certainly true that Dick's manhood is belittled in the end by Nell. Nevertheless, some critics see the poem as an example of sex-hate literature.The ballad makes frequent use of crude and (to some) offensive body-related terminology, with humorous consequences.

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.

From the musical revue "The Third Little Show" (1924)Noe Coward

In Tropical climes there are certain times of day
When all the citizens retire to take their clothes off and perspire
It's one of those rules the greatest fools obey
Because the Sun is far too sultry and one must avoid its ultry-violet rays

The natives grieve when the White Men leave their huts
Because they're obviously....definitely....Nuts!

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun
The Japanese don't care to, the Chinese wouldn't dare to
Hindus and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve till one
But Englishmen detest-a siesta

In the Philipines they have lovely screens to protect you from the glare
In the Malay States there are hats like plates which the Britishers won't wear
At twelve noon the natives swoon and no further work is done
But mad dogs and Englismen go out in the midday sun

It's such a surprise for the Eastern eyes to see
That though the English are effete, they're quite impervious to heat
When the White Man rides, every native hides in glee
Because the simple creatures hope he will impale his solar topi on a tree

It seems such a shame when the English claim the Earth
That they give rise to such hilarity and mirth

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun
The toughest Burmese bandit can never understand it
In Rangoon the heat of noon is just what the natives shun
They put their Scotch or Rye down and lie down

In a jungle town where the Sun beats down to the rage of man and beast
The English garb of the English Sahib merely gets a bit more creased
In Bangkok at twelve o'clock they foam at the mouth and run
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun

Mad dogs and Englshmen go out in the midday sun
The smallest Malay rabbit deplores this foolish habit
In Hong Kong they strike a gong and fire off a noonday gun
To reprimand each inmate, who's in late

In the mangorve swamps where the python romps there is peace from twelve till two
Even caribous lie around and snooze for there's nothing else to do
In Bengal to move at all is seldom if ever done
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday
Out in the middayOut in the middayOut in the midday
Out in the middayOut in the middayOut in the midday sun

Tout- to look for business
A ' ticket tout' buys up tickets for a popular show or say Wimbledon and then sells them or touts them.
They ticket touts are rather contemptuous of the people who pay their hugely inflated prices. They call them ' punters' .

Horses sweat, men perspire, ladies glow.

SUBLIMINAL-below the level of consiousness

FOOD in GLAUCESTER ( tipical)
-steak and ale pie
-Gloucester old spot susages ( Gloucester old spot is a traditional breed of pig. Most commercial pigs are just pink. This breed has a black blotch on each flank)
-gammon & pineapple ( cured pig meat)

In Britain we have apple tart, in America the same dish is apple pie - " as wholesome as mom and apple pie" .
In Britain a pie is made in a deep dish with a pastry . A tart is made on a shallow dish with pastry on the dish, then the fruit in the middle and more pastry on the top.

SWANSEA- Sven's Eye, the island of Sven
The Welsh name for the city is ABERTAWE: Aber- the moth of, Tawe-hte name of the river

" Aisha is a nice piece of crumpet ( but it is not polite!)

BELLS/BELLringing ( like in Glaucester)

A group of bells in a church is called a PEAL of BELLS.
The BELL RINGERS ring the bells in patterns called CHANGES.
There is a bell CAPTAIN who is in charge and tells the ringers to ring a new pattern which all have old names- like GRANSIRE TRIPLE, BOB TRIPLE- and so on.
This is called RINGING the CHANGES, or CHANGE RINGING. It is only done in Britain. From this we get the phrase ' ringing the changes' as in " It's time to ring the changes' = this is getting boring.

Red Leicester
Double Gloucester
Sage Derby
Somerset Brie

The tog value of a duvet is how warm it is. The warmest duvet is 14.5 TOGS- a summer weight duvet is 5 TOGS.

HIRAETH- homesickness/longing
HWYL- to do something with HWYL- with energy-putting your heart & sould into it. With singing-the emotion.

More about bells
" Do not send to see for whom the bell tolls " John Donne

A single bell, rung slowly, is said to toll-some churches ( most?) only have one bell. Before a service someone tolls the bell to warn people that is nearly time. For the last few minutes it is rung much more quickly-to warn people to hurry up. If a single bell tolls at any other time, it means a funeral is about to take place-that is the meaning of the line from Donne's poem- dont' send to find out whose funeral the bell is tolling for " no man is an island" ( the first line of the poem)-we are all connected to one another. " It tolls for thee" - the last line of the poem.

Someone who has danced all night with great energy can be said to have " danced her socks off"
dance is connected with social class and with customs.

FOLK DANCE/country dance- these were the dances of the ordinary people. Over the centuries the instruments changes. You can sometimes tell what instrument was used in a village-the same tune from two different places will be structured slightly differently.

Fair dance- in the country " HIRING FAIRS" were held in spring & autumn. Farmers hired labourors for the coming season. A chance to meet in large numbers made it possible to have a dance.
In the towns FAIRS were held on fest days- St. Bartholomew's fair, in London, for example. People came from all over the country to sell their wares. Most of these were stopped in the 19th -the Victorian's thought them too rowdy- too much crime & drunkeness ( too much casual sex?!)

Maypole dances-on May day- the start of spring. These were revived at the end of the 19th- but many had been lost when people moved away from the country and into the towns during the industrial revolution.

Clog dances-these were usually solo dances- a chance to show off. Found especially in Wales and the north -west of England. The clogs made a tapping moice which the dancer exploited. CLOGGING is the origen of TAP dancing.

Court dances- these were danced by the GENTRY-see costume films. Many came from FRANCE. They tended to be slow and stately, to contrast with the fast, exuberant dances of the people. By the time fo Jane Austen these had been codified and DANCING MASTERS tought them. They gentry would pay to build a room large enough for dancing in. These were called ASSEMBLY ROOMS and some still survive in small country towns.


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