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Nonsense daubers

Nonsense daubers

Folly, speaking from her light-hearted pulpit, lays into another bunch of self-serious fools, those who write books, or as she puts it, 'daub pure...

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Love bade me…

Love bade me…

One of the most beautiful English poems, of great simplicity and generosity, by George Herbert.  Much of his poetry is religious but his...

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A quote to note

Drawing on thousands of sparkling, moving and inspiring quotations amassed during decades of attentive reading. To delight your mind and spirit and improve your presentations beyond belief.

Two points of view

Two points of view

Very important to keep an open mind and allow yourself the possibility of having more than one view point. How better to do so than by having both a...

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Of humbug and hypocrisy

Of humbug and hypocrisy

George Eliot makes a bold statement about wealthy Mr. Glegg's goodness of heart, until you get to the closing clause.  She has many such subtle ways...

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Changed identity – II

Changed identity – II

Again, Rory Stewart's guide-bodyguard, Qasim, resorts to invention in presenting his ward to people they meet on their hike across Afghanistan. In...

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Changed identity – I

Changed identity – I

Rory Stewart's hike across remote areas of Afghanistan began with a couple of bodyguards assigned to him whether he wanted them or not. The senior...

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Metaphorically speaking

More marvelous metaphors on Mondays … Monday, metaphor day.

Wrung from the soul

Wrung from the soul

Maggie Tulliver is a deep-feeling woman of painful sincerity, and here words are wrung from her, with a wrenching simile. 'These words were rung...

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An unmapped river

An unmapped river

A marvelous image for human destinies, usually well hidden no matter the efforts we make to discern them. Since this engaging classic revolves...

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The garment of silence

The garment of silence

The hum of insects, bees buzzing about the flowers, can be one of the most soothing of sounds and George Eliot has a beautiful way to describe this...

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My head’s alive

My head’s alive

Like an old cheese ... a surprising and original way to describe a lively mind, writhing with ideas and plans. Hope you have moments like this, when...

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Triologisms

Bringing you pithy, evocative imagery in the form of three-legged microcosms of meaning. Updated on Tuesdays … Tuesday, triologism day!  You’ll never see this day of the week in the same way again.

Ash-covered Vulcan

Ash-covered Vulcan

Lady Folly blithely explains why it is better to be merry Bacchus (or Dionysius) than any of the more serious gods, including in her summary...

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Folly’s pedigree

Folly’s pedigree

Erasmus' timeless Praise of Folly has the foolish lady up in the pulpit, mocking all comers with humour and charm, and praising herself to the hilt....

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Foam-flecked sea

Foam-flecked sea

A fine rhythm to this triologism, and a vivid image.  This is Lady Folly speaking, in praise of herself and all the bountiful things she brings to...

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Wonder-working juice

Wonder-working juice

A Greek myth concerning a wonder-working juice which confers immortality. However, when asking that Tithonus be granted eternal life...

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Well-lubricated gods

Well-lubricated gods

Wise, merry Folly laughs off the boozy behaviour of tanked-up gods, treating them like so many party-animal adolescents. From Erasmus'...

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Seneca the Stoic

Seneca the Stoic

Erasmus' triologism to describe Seneca as a dyed in the wool Stoic.  I prefer the alliteration of 'double-dyed'. 'Seneca, that...

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Words

Sharing words that sparkle, appeal, intrigue or otherwise grab me, including those in other languages.  And adoring alliteration, new words will be added on Wednesdays… Wednesday, word day.   See you back here then.

Imp

Imp

Before reading Drury's splendid biography of the poet George Herbert, I knew 'imp' only as a small being of occasional mischievousness.But it is...

A threatening of …

A threatening of …

What would you associate with 'a threatening'? Clouds? Storms? Thugs loitering on street corners, or skulking in doorways and dark alleys?No,...

Cumbrian sheep counting

Cumbrian sheep counting

Rory Stewart came across these numerals, apparently still used to count sheep by Cumbrian farmers.  They trot off the tongue like spring...

Of farsang places

Of farsang places

A measure of distance which has an echo of 'farflung', though no direct connection.  It means one day's walk or journey, or a day's...

Dang useful

Dang useful

Dang handy for walkabout, this is a Punjabi word for 'walking stick or staff'. Rory Stewart carried one as he strode through India,...

Syzygy

Syzygy

This astronomical word has always fascinated me, not so much for its meaning as its consonants and repetition.  My handwriting includes...

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