Rum-sodden slumbers

Rum-sodden slumbers

How many slumbers are rum or other spirit-sodden, giving the sleeper refuge from the morning’s hangover?  Apologies to all sober Barbadians. ‘… jolting the rum-sodden slumbers of the Barbadians …’ Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani:...
Time-dimmed benevolence

Time-dimmed benevolence

This makes me think of grainy photos of harmless-looking old men whom you then discover are former Nazi or other butchers tracked down and flushed out of grandfatherly retirement somewhere in Ohio or Argentina. ‘A faded oleography of King Constantine and Queen...
Far-tinkling haze

Far-tinkling haze

I am trying to imagine, visually and aurally, a far-tinkling haze.  As a way to distance yourself from any kind of barking and jeering, this is unbeatable. The next time someone crowds my quiet, I will visualise them vanishing not in a puff of smoke, but swaddled...
Cloud-compelling Zeus

Cloud-compelling Zeus

Aha, I have been importuning the wrong gods.  It is Zeus who compels the clouds and gives us rain, which we need.  No more rain dances, in the spring, I will resort to barbecueing various offal offerings in a Zeusly direction. ‘… cloud-compelling Zeus...
Tempest-haunting birds

Tempest-haunting birds

I picture scurf-surfing cormorants and carrion birds buffeted by winds in anticipation of sailors’ corpses washing up on the wind-blasted coast. And I like the straight line of continuity connecting today’s mariners to those of Menelaus, contending with...
Sun-smitten wilderness

Sun-smitten wilderness

Few writers (Lawrence Durrell, for example) manage to convey the blinding heat and light of Greece as well as Leigh Fermor does.  In this case, I loved the vivid image of the nibbling nanny goat blithely finding the tenderest leaves despite the stream of invective...
Bird-loving Chinese

Bird-loving Chinese

Lovely poetic sound, and I wonder what prompted Leigh Fermor to describe the Chinese in such terms as I am not aware that they love birds any more than the British or others.  But I like the notion all the same. ‘Thanks to swarms of the far-wandering junks of...
Tongue-tied penguins

Tongue-tied penguins

Having seen a number of documentaries on penguins, who seem anything but tongue-tied, this is a baffling idea.  They seem garrulous and permanently participating in a cocktail party. ‘… as the northern call fell silent among the tongue-tied penguins of the...
Petunia-coloured horn

Petunia-coloured horn

I liked this description of an old-fashioned gramophone loud speaker, which I associate with the image of a Jack Russell sitting next to, listening to ‘His Master’s Voice’.  However, since petunias come in a rainbow of colours, I am wondering what...

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