Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Frances stared at her daughter. 'Are you setting out – deliberately – to make yourself unhappy? Do you want to be one of those women who spend their lives hankering after some man they can't have because he's gone off with somebody else or never looked at them in the first place? Is that what you want?'
'No. I don't want that. I want James.'
Frances sighed. 'Are you going to see him?'
'Yes. We're going to meet up next week. We're going to have dinner.'
'And the approach came from him?'
Caroline hesitated. Her mother was watching her. 'Not exactly . . .'
Her mother smiled. 'I thought not.'
Caroline ignored the provocation. 'I phoned him. I said that we hadn't seen one another for a while and did he want to have dinner.'
'And he said he'd like that very much. He's coming to Corduroy Mansions next week. He's going to cook.'
'What's he going to cook?'
'Risotto. He makes lovely risotto.'
Do we deliberately make ourselves unhappy? Is it some pathological desire to hurt ourselves that causes us to pursue people who don't care or imagine situations which are never to be?
Came across a writer/poet called Amanda McKittrick Ros quite by chance. It has been an exciting discovery, not profound but of the ridiculous sort.
Born in 1860 in Ireland, Amanda (originally named Anna Margaret) was the Headmistress of a school by profession. Her claim to fame is from her famously florid and ridiculous purple prose (and verse). And yes, she was a pathological user of alliterations and hyperboles!
She wrote such classics as The Oasis of Futurity, Irene Iddesleigh, Helen Huddleston and Delina Delaney as well as published volumes of poetry called Poems of Puncture and Fumes of Formation. All in her inimitable style!
Critics of the period sarcastically called Irene Iddesliegh "the book of the century." Amanda of course imagined that the particular critic was hostile because he was secretly in love with her! She called them colourful names such as the "clay-crabs of corruption" and "evil minded snapshots of spleen".
Nick Page, author of In Search of the World's Worst Writers, says that "For Amanda, eyes are 'piercing orbs', legs are 'bony supports', people do not blush, they are 'touched by the hot hand of bewilderment.'"
Page says,"I first read this sentence nearly three years ago. Since then, I have read it once a week in an increasingly desperate search for meaning. But I still don't understand it." (The sentence approximately means, "Have you ever been to that part of Ireland which has been studied by the government, who have aimed to modernise its agriculture?")
The Inklings, a wellknown literary group at Oxford, whose members included C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, held regular competitions to see who could read Ros' work for the longest time without bursting into laughter.
Frank Ormsby, the editor of Thine in Storm and Cabin, an anthology of her work, says, "She alliterated obsessively."
He adds, "even if one has forgotten her work for a few years, you only have to read a few paragraphs and you find the smile broadening on your face. You begin to realise why her work had such an appeal."
Mark Twain elevated her to the same league as Julia A. Moore, the notoriously bad poetess known as the Sweet Singer of Michigan and the "Queen and Empress of the Hogwash Guild until now".
Flesh decayed in every nook!
Some rare bits of brain lie here,
Mortal loads of beef and beer,
Some of whom are turned to dust,
Every one bids lost to lust;
Royal flesh so tinged with 'blue'
Undergoes the same as you.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
This is a very light summery sort of dish and can be had with hot rotis or even rice.
Hope you enjoy it!!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Top 20 most common misheard lyrics:
1. REM - The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
Real lyric: ''Call me when you try to wake her
Misheard lyric: ''Calling Jamaica''
2. Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
Real Lyric: ''Excuse me while I kiss the sky''
Misheard Lyric: ''Excuse me while I kiss this guy''
3. Aerosmith - Dude Looks Like A Lady
Real Lyric: ''Dude looks like a lady''
Misheard Lyric: ''Do just like a lady''
4. The Foundations - Buttercup
Real Lyric: ''Build me up buttercup''
Misheard Lyric: ''Fill me up buttercup''
5. Adele - Chasing Pavements
Real lyric: ''Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing pavements''
Misheard lyric: ''Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing penguins''
6. Bon Jovi - Living On A Prayer
Real Lyric: ''It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not''
Misheard Lyric: ''It doesn't make a difference if we're naked or not''
7. ABBA - Dancing Queen
Real Lyric ''Dancing queen, Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah''
Misheard Lyrics: ''Dancing queen, Feel the beat from the tangerine, oh yeah''
8. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - One That I Want
Real Lyric: ''You're the one that I want''
Misheard Lyric: ''You're the wobbly one''
9. Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit
Real Lyric: ''Here we are now, entertain us''
Misheard Lyric: ''Here we are now, in containers''
10. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Real lyric: ''Spare him his life from this monstrosity''
Misheard lyric: ''Spare him his life for this one cup of tea''
11. Johnny Nash- I Can See Clearly Now
Real Lyric: ''I can see clearly now the rain has gone''
Misheard Lyric: ''I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone''
12. Madonna- Papa Don't Preach
Real Lyric: ''Papa don't preach''
Misheard Lyric: ''Poppadom Peach''
13. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Real Lyric - ''Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango''
Misheard lyric: ''Scallaboosh, Scallaboosh, will you to the banned tango''
14. Bee Gees- Stayin' Alive
Real Lyric: ''Stayin' alive, stayin' alive''
Misheard Lyric: ''Steak and a knife, steak and a knife''
15. Prodigy - Out of space
Real lyric: ''I'll take your brain to another dimension. Pay close attention''
Misheard lyric: ''I'll take your brain to another dimension. Hey close the kitchen''
16. ABBA - Dancing Queen
Real lyric: ''See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen''
Misheard lyric: ''See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen''
17. ABBA - Mamma Mia
Real lyric: ''How can I resist you''
Misheard lyric: ''Have I got a sister''
18. Take That - Babe
Real lyric: ''Babe''
Misheard lyric: ''Dave''
19. Blue Oyster Cult- Don't Fear The Reaper
Real Lyric: ''Seasons don't fear the reaper''
Misheard Lyric: ''Jesus don't fear the reaper''
20. Annie Lennox- There Must Be An Angel
Real Lyric: ''Must be talking to an angel''
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
1. What is the meaning of life?
2. Is there a God?
3. Do blondes have more fun?
4. What is the best diet?
5. Is there anybody out there?
6. Who is the most famous person in the world?
7. What is love?
8. What is the secret to happiness?
9. Did Tony Soprano die?
What is it that makes a culture unique? How are whites, blacks, Asians, or whoever different from everybody else? What tastes, interests, and concepts define an ethnic group? And is there any way to make fun of other races in public and get away with it?
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Not just the thrill of a flying house (rigged with thousands of helium filled colourful balloons!), UP as the story of the bonding between an old man (Carl) and a young boy (RUssell) was beautiful, absurd and ever so much fun! There was a talking dog (Dug) and a fantastical bird (the sort you name Kevin and then you find it's a she and has babies!!)
And then of course there was the poignant love story of Carl and Ellie that gave us some of the most beautiful moments in the film! And there was drama with the explorer turned villainous Muntz... and oh well! You just have to see it!
The animation was stunning... the dvd bonus features included 2 animation shorts, a director's cut and a short documentary on the kind of research they did for the movie.... i think i found all that painstaking detailing just amazing!
To get the backgrounds right, these guys travelled to the inaccessible South American Tepui tabletop mountains and trekked and sketched and shot photographs and studied the light and the rock formations and... phew! who would believe that all that effort went into creating an animated movie? Even the balloons were researched!! My new heroes are Pete Docter, Bob Peterson and the wonderful creative crew.... kudos!
Just fantastic! Planning another watch today...
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
my life it seems is now just mechanic
shiny, hard, metallic
no feeling - just a void.
no time to register an emotion
just a dulled sense of what's around
what would it take to feel alive again?
to stop and stare
and smell a flower?
but all i do is run
from the morning till i'm sleeping
while i'm talking and when i'm walking
all i do is run...
i sit in my cubicle
one cog among a million rusty ones
turning tortured grooves
to keep the machine running
what would it take to feel alive again?
and listen to an old favourite song?