The No Sex Game

BreakThis is quite a fun dinner party game. You have to identify the three most wonderful physical sensations you ever experienced. Apart from sex, of course. Otherwise, most people would include sex.

It is surprising how often the same things crop up: scuba diving on a coral reef, riding a decent motorbike through country roads and that sort of thing.

Of the sports, rugby crops Continue reading

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He was a Wyatt

WyattI was talking to a friend at lunch yesterday about why it is that I like so much Sir Thomas Wyatt as a poet. A little bit of it, of course, is that he was rather a cool dude. Apart from anything else, having had an affair with Anne Boleyn before Henry VIII got interested in her was quite stylish.

He has always been rather underestimated I think, partly because at the time he was overshadowed by Surrey, and partly because William Shakespeare came along in the next generation and outdid Continue reading

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Low Life

Some idiot stole my manuscript notebook of poems and songs the other day out of my car.  What possible value could it have to a thief?

I hold the socialists and anarchists to blame, for generally proposing that it is OK to steal as long as your victim has yet to prove that he/she is poorer than you,

Anyway, this song, happily, was on another piece of paper.

We might well play it next month, in Goodwood. It needs several players.

14 Lovers (c) Robert Fenwick Elliott 2015

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5                             6

A             /             /                   /

She had fourteen lovers in a room upstairs

7                                         8

E                   /                   /    /

That’s two for every day of the week. Continue reading

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Something fishy?

sturgeonHappily, the pollsters were all wrong, and the Socialists are not going to get into 10 Downing Street after all. That is a huge relief to many of us. Instead, there will be dozens of Scottish Nationalists sitting on the opposition benches, who will no doubt be making a lot of loud but irrelevant Scottish noises over the next few years.

Given that the previous leaders of the Scottish Nationalist party have been called Salmon and Sturgeon, I looked at the list of them to see if there were any more in the new crop, called Morag Pike or Hamish Whiting, or any such. It seems Continue reading

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The Left Side of the Brain Controls the Right…

BrownThe Scots seem to be seriously pissed off.

Cameron is a Scottish name, but the present Prime Minister does not seem to be particularly Scottish. The last time the Scots had a real Prime Minister from the Conservative party was Sir Alec Douglas Hume in the 1960s, who is a very good chap in an aristocratic sort of way, but an absolutely appalling Prime Minister.

More recently, the Scots had a Labour Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. He was a disaster too. People who know him say that he wasn’t quite as unpleasant as he seemed to be on the media, and that may well be true.

Anyway, the Scottish Nationalists, who used to be regarded as nutters, looks set to make this present election a complete disaster. They look like they are going to oust the Labour Party throughout Scotland. Present indicators, for what they are worth, suggest this will lead to another general election in the UK this year. Neither of the major parties are prepared to do any deals, they say, with the Scottish Elf Queen, Nicola Sturgeon.

A lot of this, I reckon, has got to do with Braveheart. It was a load of tripe, as a matter of historicity. But Continue reading

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Body imagery

body imageMy daughter Lucy has been busy making movies again, this time about body image. This short movie is on YouTube, and was picked up by the State Government, so that she was on a panel session yesterday with the Minister. Here is the 7 News clip – skip to 18 minutes in. If I were cleverer I would know how to copy these bits from my HDD recorder to my computer, so that I could add them. For that, I would need Continue reading

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Tricky

PuzzleAlthough a waste of time really, I do like doing The Times crossword puzzle, which is reproduced here in The Australian newspaper.

It took me ages to get 14 down in Thursday’s puzzle: “Took in popular law lord in last month’s rise (8)”

Eventually, it dawned on me that this puzzle must originally have appeared in January, and so of course the answer is Continue reading

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Nepal

ghurkasThe wall-to-wall news here in Oz today has been largely about two drug-traffickers who were Australian nationals and who have just been executed in Indonesia for their crimes.

Personally, I am more concerned for Nepal, which has lost maybe as many as 10,000 wholly innocent people to a devastating earthquake.  The dead are dead – but the living need help to reconstruct the huge damage done.

Nepal has provide great service the the Commonwealth through its Ghurkas. Quite rightly, Joanna Lumley has Continue reading

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L’ autour feint

goshawk

Leaning carefully forward

            in a sunlit corner

unbinding the frozen dew

            that clings like ivy Continue reading

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Late Developers

Gen DaveI looked at my old school magazine last week, which arrived in the mail. They have obituaries, so you can check up to see if you are dead. Not yet in my case.

My eye caught this, a review of the autobiography of Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, with whom I shared a prep room and with whom I played rugby. But not a classroom – although a little older than me, he was academically in the year behind.

He was always an enthusiast, and has obviously Continue reading

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