Lunedi Lunacy

So Mathew tells us to “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s. clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” He didn’t mention pissed off squirrels – mind I’m not sure there are squirrels in the Holy Land.

The word for May 18th is:
Prophet /ˈpräfət/ /ˈprɑfət/: [noun]
1.1 A person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God.
1.2 A person who advocates or speaks in a visionary way about a new belief, cause, or theory.
1.3 A person who makes or claims to be able to make predictions.
When given the definite article the:
2.1 In Islam Mohammad
2.2 In Mormonism Joseph Smith or one of his successors
When given a definite article and in the plural:
3.1 In Christianity the Old Testament books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and the twelve minor prophets.
3.2 In Judaism one of the three canonical divisions of the Hebrew Bible, distinguished from the Law and the Hagiographa.
Middle English from Old French prophete, via Latin from Greek prophētēs ‘spokesman’, from pro ‘before’ + phētēs ‘speaker’ (from phēnai ‘speak’).
I prophesy that very few people will have read this through.

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We were talking about poetry at dinner the other evening as one does and the subject of Lord Byron and Shelley came up. (Damned if that isn’t one of the more pretentious sentence I’ve ever typed?) But honestly it did! Don’t ask me in what context – I mean who the hell puts anything in context these days. Let’s just say when you’re together 24/7 the conversational gambit does get a little thin.

Lord Byron shaking the dust of England from his shoes.
Max Beerbohm – 1904

Sorry, as I usual do, I digress. The question arose as to if anyone these days reads Lord Byron or Shelley. Or did anyone ever really other than freshmen English Literature students? Yes I know that my more erudite reader will heap scorn on this question and immediately wave a copy of his Hebrew Melodies under our noses and we shall hang our heads in deep contrition.

But in the meantime here’s a trailer for a Byronic bio proposed by the good folks at Horrible Histories.

The word for May 10th is:
Twit /twit/ /twɪt/: [1. noun 2. verb]
1.1 A reproach or taunt
1.2 A silly or foolish person (informal)
2.1 To reproach, blame or taunt
2.2 To ignore in computing
1520s, twite, shortened form of Middle English atwite, from Old English ætwitan “to blame, reproach.”
1. 2 British slang 1934, popular 1950s-60s, probably developed from twit (v.) in the sense of “reproach,” but it may be influenced by nitwit.

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I thought a little arts and culture would be a fine way to start the new week. Swan Lake is perhaps the first thing that pops into people’s minds when they hear the word “ballet”. It is the iconic classical ballet and the pas de quartre of the cygnets is a charming little interlude in the second act. Here it is given a unique performance by members of the Dortmund Ballet.

This clip reminded me of a story that appeared back in January of 2016. Some fan asserted that the Philadelphia Eagles – apparently a foot ball team??? – had “played like they were wearing tutus.” The Pennsylvania Ballet responded:

By tomorrow afternoon, the ballerinas that wear tutus at Pennsylvania Ballet will have performed The Nutcracker 27 times in 21 days. Some of those women have performed the Snow scene and the Waltz of the Flowers without an understudy or second cast. No ‘second string’ to come in and spell them when they needed a break. When they have been sick they have come to the theater, put on make up and costume, smiled and performed. When they have felt an injury in the middle of a show there have been no injury timeouts. They have kept smiling, finished their job, bowed, left the stage, and then dealt with what hurts. Some of these tutu wearers have been tossed into a new position with only a moments notice. That’s like a corner-back being told at halftime that they’re going to play wide receiver for the second half, but they need to make sure that no one can tell they’ve never played wide receiver before. They have done all of this with such artistry and grace that audience after audience has clapped and cheered (no Boo Birds at the Academy) and the Philadelphia Inquirer has said this production looks “better than ever.”

Pennsylvania Ballet Facebook page.

This post is specially for those crazy balletomanes Carol Ann, Cecilia and Simonetta but the rest of you can enjoy it too!

The word for May 4th is:
Balletomane /baˈledəˌmān/: [noun]
A ballet enthusiast.
First used in early 20th century: Ballet – mid 17th century from French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo ‘a dance’, from late Latin ballare ‘to dance’+Greek manēs ‘mad’. So basically “ballet mad”.


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Yes I know it’s Tuesday but at this point what the hell do days of the week actually mean?

Lately I’ve been watching a good deal of British comedian Hugo Boss – oops sorry he changed his name back to Joe Lycett just this week. As well as being a comedian he hosts Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back a Channel 4 programme devoted to taking the piss out of big companies with shady practices. That’s why he changed his name by deed poll to Hugo Boss. Apparently the fashion house sues any firm that uses the word “Boss” in any way, even a small family owned brewery in the darkest vales of Wales. But that’s another story.

Here’s Joe doing one of his routines at the Apollo. Now I must warn you that this is NSFW (unless you are working from home) and may considered to be un-PC so please no flames – they will be extinguished.

As well as big businesses Joe does like to take on internet scammers and he recounts one of his classics in this routine.

The word for April 28th is:
Taking the piss /ˈtākiNG //T͟Hē,T͟Hə/ /pis/: [idiom]
1. To deflate somebody, to disabuse them of their mistaken belief that they are special.
2. To take liberties at the expense of others, or to be joking, or to be unreasonable.
3. To tease, mock, ridicule or scoff
Derives from the term piss-proud. It’s first recorded, as so many such indecorous expressions are, in Francis Grose’s A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. As an idiom first appeared in the early 20th century.
And that is probably enough offense to give to my sensitive readers in one day.

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All sorts of people have been trying their hand at making protective masks during the present state of affairs. I don’t sew so I offered to roll bandages for the boys in the trenches but apparently I’m a century late!!! Howver I still wanted to do my bit so I thought I’d post this little DIY video.

The word for April 20th is:
Protective /prəˈtektiv/: [adjective]
1. Capable of or intended to protect someone or something.
2. Having or showing a strong wish to keep someone or something safe from harm.
3. Relating to the protection of domestic industries from foreign competition.
Middle English protect from Old French, from late Latin protectio, from protegere ‘cover in front’ + ive a suffix meaning serving to from old French -if or Latin -ivus.
It would appear some people are more concerned these days with the 3rd definition rather than the first two.