Writing about things I love and things I didn't know - oh and things I want to eat and cook

Friday, 27 February 2015

But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling, like dew, upon a thought produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think

Henry IV was crowned King of France on this day in 1594. I utterly love Stratford Upon Avon. Great food at the Dirty Duck and the abundant joys of the RSC.

February the 27th saw Byron give his first address as a member of the House of Lords in defence of Luddite opposition to industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire. More here with as ever copious thanks to Wikipedia.

An interesting read on Byron's maiden speech here.

The British Labour Party was founded on this day in 1900. Some sources say 26th or 27th but I'll put it on today !

Elizabeth Taylor was born on this day in 1932.

The Saint Feast day for today is St Gabriel of our Lady of Sorrows.

Food. This is quite full on but I have a friend coming to stay who is a serious dessert supremo so I think we'll have a go.

A total aside but how superb is this - footage of the new arrival at one of my all time favourites, The Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge. I give you Clare.

Another aside. I love love love Mumford. I know they have the posh farmer with banjo thing going on but I think they are talented, unique and there is something very Gabriel Oak, fresh cut grass about them. Wholesome.

Is it a reaction to lots of female singers, and believe me I try not to look, wearing not an awful lot and being a bit mangy ? Probably .

Going back to the title of my post I think he / they are gifted lyricists. For those of us prone to overthinking and complication, I find this terribly pure and lovely, from Ghosts That We Knew.

"So give me hope in the darkness that we will see the light, 
because it gave me such a fright. 
I will hold on with all of my might, 
just promise we will be alright.' 

This from the astonishing Elizabeth Taylor:

"The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.” 

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