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Thursday, 29 September 2011

A BBC list of 100 books

A BBC meme asks how many of the 100 books of a list they published have you read.  Library Thing comments that "the BBC apparently believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books."  It's probably true to me. While I read two Harry Potter books and Da Vinci Code twice, I managed only parts of numbers 7-13 on my list: (Library Thing link has the complete list; see how many have you read)


1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
3. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
4. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
5. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
6. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
7. Adventures of Sherlocke Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
8. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
9. Anne Shirley of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery
10.  The Bible
11.  The Complete Works of Shakespeare
12.  Moby Dick - Herman Melville
13. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

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Monday, 26 September 2011

Autumn Leaves

Over here in the tropics there are only two seasons: rainy and dry, so that keeps me appreciating autumn. Who would not like distinct colors! Many beautiful stories, poetry, visual arts, lovely lyrics are inspired by this very charming season.  I grew up listening to Matt Monro (parents are fans), and I remember quite well the horrified look on my mother's face when she found out I listened to heavy metal (in my early youth). "Where has your taste for class and beauty gone, Hazel!" Well, now Ma, stop shaking your head because it's back, and it's your top-quality sweetheart Matt Monro!

The lovely images featured on this clip also remind me of that Sweden autumn picture on our living room wall. If I am forever bewitched then so be it.


This post is linked with:
XmasDolly of XmasDolly, Lori of Shewbridges of Central Florida, Larry of Cakeblast, and Callie of JAmerican Spice

Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Incunabulum

What is your connotation of these words? I wrote mine under each definition.

1. ictus - stress in poetry and verse
My college English professor

2. iamb - poetic foot consisting of short then a long syllable
A scene from Dead Poets Society

3. iconomatic - using pictures to represent sounds of words
My great aunt's flash cards

4. iconophilism - a taste for pictures and symbols
Robert Langdon of Da Vinci Code fame

5. idyll - short verse or prose describing a picturesque scene or incident
 Christopher Marlowe's The Passionate Shepherd

6. ideoglossia - private language developed between children
My kiddo with his playmates

7. ideolect - distinctive individual form of speech
Lady Jane Fellowes giving a short reading during Diana's funeral at Westminster Abbey  

8. immortelle - everlasting dried flower
Those itchy-on-the-neck garland given to graduates; trend in the Philippines way way back
 
9. imperscriptible - not recorded; unwritten
A student's unturned-in homework

10. imprimatur - license to print a book
Printing presses

11.incunabulum - early printed book; early version of a thing
Visit to an antiquarian library

12. imsonic - onomatopoetic
Lord Alfred Tennyson's Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, Now the White

13. illocution - an act which is performed by speaking words
Great Aunt Adelaide, Nanny McPhee: "If there's one thing I won't stand for, it's loose vowels!"



Interesting reference here
Megan and Janet host Thursday 13

Monday, 19 September 2011

If a picture paints

Music Monday: Song from your birth year
Monday Mayhem follows

As to what songs came out when I came out - I do not have any idea. It was fun recognizing titles as soon as I skimmed a hundred of them on Music Outfitters. 

Images resonate with femmes fatales. Or it's just me. Here's She's a Lady by Tom Jones
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And one that flashes Helen of Troy and awakens nostalgia, a fave - If by David Gates
 

This post is linked with:
XmasDolly of XmasDolly, Lori of Shewbridges of Central Florida, Larry of Cakeblast, and Callie of JAmerican Spice

Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop
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Monday Mayhem
What's the best way to get rich?
Write wacky blogs like why you were dumb to major in Literature or some obscure discipline in the Humanities. Market your creative juices.

Have you ever eaten anything that you once saw alive?
My plan was to make that brown hen a pet. She ended up on our dining table two days later.

What creeps you out the most about clowns?
The never-ending grin which makes their eyes look like they're saying, "I'm going to get you." It's probably just paranoia so don't believe what you just read.

Tell us your best or favorite garage sale or flea market find.
A fairy figurine which will adorn a birthday cake scheduled to be eaten at a later time.

Who should get slapped on the wrist today?
JC for not vanishing into oblivion yet. 

What do you need to accomplish this week?
Get seriously cracking with how to make up for the pay slash that blew my head off last week.

What's you best tip for online shopping?
Pass. I browse and browse but never really purchase anything.

This was pretty random. Can you tell us something really random to end this week's meme with? Shriveled banana, rise from the dead!

More mayhem at Harriet's Monday Mayhem

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Easy

I watch, I listen
it comes naturally
I get into the water
I kick and flip over
Dog paddle
and breast stroke
I gasp for air
and choke
When flutters the Butterfly
I might as well Crawl
and forget Freestyle
It sounds quite easy
But a stone sinks
very easily.

Easy on Sunday Scribblings
Poetry Pantry on Poets United

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Knock on wood


Today we ripped off a blogger and blog called Highway Girl. We will do the forty question in two parts. She states that she shamelessly stolen from Rappy. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!


 Cheers to all us thieves!

                   The Lower 40 Meme

1) Who is the last person you high-fived? Lorel

2) If you were drafted into a war, would you survive. I survived my ex and divorce. A war would be like eating shelled peanuts.

3) Do you sleep with the TV on? Sometimes

4) Have you ever drunk milk straight out of the carton? There was a straw

5) Have you ever won a spelling bee. Used to perfect spelling quizzes. Nowadays when I go blank, I go blank., eg. could not spell poeple.

6) Have you ever been stung by a bee? Many times when I was a kid

7) How fast can you type? Fast enough to finish thesis before I ran out of moolah to finance the rest of grad school 

8) Are you afraid of the dark? I'm curious of the dark.

9) Eye color: Black. Kevin says it's dark brown. Whatever.

10) Have you ever made out at a drive-in? Give me a nice comfy bed

11) When was the last time you chose a bath over a shower? When there were a thousand rose petals to sprinkle on the tub, Maneeya Ville days

12) Do you knock on wood? If it's someone I don't want to die or be harmed, yes.

13) Do you floss daily? I used to follow the cue of a dentist aunt....

15) Can you hula hoop? Yes.

16) Are you good at keeping secrets? Another yes.

17) What do you want for Christmas? Singapore

18) Do you know the Muffin Man? No idea

19) Do you talk in your sleep? When I was a kid I was told I did

20) Who wrote the book of love? Jane Austen who else?

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Thursday, 8 September 2011

H dreams and realities

Do your dreams and realities interlap?

1. Herbs. I vaguely recall being hazy on the indication that I "need to take a new approach toward some situation or relationship." Dream Moods Dictionary, which is my reference for today's T13 offers an alternative: "herbs are symbolic of healing and magic." I say AMEN.

2. Hero. Nope, didn't dream I was a hero but its significance on "innner strength and weaknesses; ability, determination and level of confidence" seems to be in the works for me. The power to "bravely face the secrets of my unconscious mind and confront life's challenges..." well, I need that power.

3. Hieroglyphics. I tend to drift with it whenever I visit art museums.

3. High Heels "represent femininity and glamour, you feel confident and self-assured." I am wearing Vivienne Westwood to a church concert, the Marinsky Ballet and a kick-ass meeting with university bigwigs tonight.

4. Hijack is "analogous to someone or something that has taken over an aspect of your life." Let me paraphrase this: I was hijacked by a shrivelled banana. It's true.

5. History. Art History, will you be my muse?

6. Hobby "suggests that you need to acknowledge your hidden talents or desires." If I ever have any talent it could be a desire fancying publication. Or vice versa.

7. Holidays. A long, big one and several quickies scattered every year.

8. Home is in most of my waking moments. I am building myself a charming little tropical cottage. Concrete makes me aware that it costs $*,***. Reality bites.

9. Honey "denotes that you need to be less meek and more honest in communicating with others" I have been brutal, baby! "Alternatively, seeing or eating honey in your dream represents gentleness, sweetness, compassion, wisdom, peace, longevity and joy." Now I'm not complaining.

10. Hazel is my name, an eye color, a Mac Software, a TV series, Harriet's dog, a tree....

11. Harmony. Chaos-causing heartaches, take a train to Timbuktu and begone!

12. Heaven. I mean Bryan Adams belting, "and baby you're all that I want when you're lying here in my arms, I'm finding it hard to believe we're in heaven..."

13. Happiness. 'Nuff said.

Megan and Janet hosts Thursday 13

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Hazel

H for Hazel

I went out to the hazelwood
because a fire was in my head.
The Song of Wandering Aengus
- W.B. Yeats


Well I went out to Kuala Lumpur
because I was such a crackling dormouse for two days
a nibbling nut
I so forgot
to take a shot
of the tower.

The hazel might be said to be the quintessential Celtic tree because of its legendary position at the heart of the Otherworld

Expansive during the Mesolithic
effects of its brew are said to be psychotropic
It endows Druids with powers prophetic, 
and now before I wax poetic
what I really mean is
it is as a tree
that I love my namesake
best.


This post is linked with ABC Wednesday.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

How did I get to be forty?

Things on my mind that begin with letter F:

1. fairs: country, book
2. fairies: flower and forest
3. faith: I have yet to witness the one that can move a mountain
4. flowers: arrangements of lilies, orchids and roses in weddings
5. forests: the ones in Sintra, Portugal. I read they are magical
6. friends: I appreciate those I heard from in Facebook on August 30th
7. forty: crap! how did I get to be that?
8. food: I went restaurant-hopping during my birthday - hors d' oeuvre at Vie Ha Lung, main course at It's Happened to be a Coffee Shop (if there is a next time I will analyze that "Satanic Majesty" on their menu before ordering their mediocre lamb steak in red wine sauce), dessert at Sweet Secret, and cocktails at The Landmark
9.  farms: upon my word, farms! the charming places that they are.
10. fairy tales: I have never stopped believing in them. At least not yet. Or maybe I never will.
11. fig: there is a sacred fig near the spirit house at work. Next to it is a pond inhabited by a somersaulting fish, lotuses whose budding leaves look like fairy boots, and an exasperating frog that goes ko-kak before it even 'looks rain'
12. fast internet: may it never halt
13. freedom: what else beats that?

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