I realized that I hadn’t check in with my two friends over at Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre during the pandemic and thought it would be an good idea to see how they are handling the “new normal”. Well it looks like they are doing as well as can be expected for two socks on one pair of hands? (Not a phrase I’d ever thought of writing before!!)
For a pair of socks – sorry boys but facts are facts you can’t have opinions about facts – they have been doing pretty well with Zoom, video shows and keeping au courant with what is happening in the world. And it looks like they have come through the lock down with their sense of the ridiculous intact. (And when did I ever think I’d write that phrase about a pair of sock??)
The word for August 3rd is: Falsetto /fôlˈsedō/: [noun] 1.1 A method of voice production used by male singers, especially tenors, to sing notes higher than their normal range. 1.2 A voice or sound that is unusually or unnaturally high. 1.3 A singer using falsetto.* Circa 1774, from Italian falsetto, diminutive of falso “false,” from Latin falsus. Earlier in an English form as falset* (1707). *One who sings thus is a falsettist particularity in church music and not to be confused with castrati who were a cut above in the vocal hierarchy – or a cut below depending on your point of view.
I had planned on posting a favourite Two Ronnies sketch* but then while looking for the url to embed I came across a rather topical little item from my favourite Irish comedy team Foil Arms and Hog.
As we start blowing our Atlantic Bubbles in the Maritimes and things here on the Island have returned – rather frighteningly I might add (Social distancing? What’s that? Masks? Why is it Halloween?)- to “normal” I have a feeling there is more than one person who might take this as their theme song.
*I’ve now scheduled that for next week – something to look forward to!!!!
The word for June 29th is: Patriot /ˈpatrɪət/: [noun] 1. A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. 2. An automated surface-to-air missile designed for early detection and interception of incoming missiles or aircraft. (UK Trademark) Late 16th century from French patriote, from late Latin patriota ‘fellow countryman’, from Greek patriōtēs, from patrios ‘of one’s fathers’, from patris ‘fatherland’. According to Mark Twain being a patriot is: “supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”
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.
Well now I’m not sure if you’ve read the news this morning, or any other morning for that matter, but frankly I need something to put a smile on my face. And if there’s someone who can do that is has to be Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq.
Well tickle my chin and call me a dandy but that should keep me smiling for an hour or two.
The word for February 24 is: Jollity /ˈjälədē/: [noun] Lively and cheerful activity or celebration. The quality of being cheerful. Middle English from Old French jolite, from joli (pretty) though a second opinion suggest it’s from Old Norse jól which is also related to Yule. Wish they’d jolly well make up their minds!
During our tour of the island of Giske last September our guide mentioned that in Norway school children must spend at least an hour of their school day in an outdoor activity. And he added “that’s regardless of the weather.” So today – though it is bright sunshine it is still -13c – it was great to see two busloads of school kids being dropped off at the skating rink across the road from us.
The rink is in constant use – sometimes thirty or forty people, other time just three or four skaters and on a few occasions one lone soul practising their hockey or figure skating moves. As I mentioned before there was talk of building a five story condo on the property at one point but that has gone by the wayside. Our mayor was also pushing the idea of a National Hockey League style arena however given the amount of use that this small community rink has been getting this year he’d be better putting our tax dollars into more rinks to serve the whole community not just the hockey fans. But that’s another story.
You Can’t Make These Things Up
A few weeks ago our oven really went berserk – it was set at 400c and climbed to over 600c. This set off “ERR” messages, alarm bells and presented the gods with burnt offerings of two loaves of bread. This was the second internal thermometer that malfunctioned in three months. We are fortunate to have good landlords – mind we are good tenants – and within three days we had a spanking brand new stove.
The oven is a very attractive Prussian blue ceramic and they tell us is “Easy Clean”. So far so good. It has produced – with a little help from me – more than acceptable fish pie, roast potatoes, cheddar biscuits, and lasagne.
As I was leafing through the Owner’s Manual – yes faithful reader I actually read Owner’s Manuals – I came across the various warnings they give about use and misuse. Much would seem to me to be common sense but some struck me as just bizarre. To my mind the strangest was: Never attempt to dry a pet in the oven. WTF? Really? You have to be told that? I mean really? Sadly a quick check of the Internet revealed that there are people out there who have done exactly that! And then when I checked the Owner’s Manual for our clothes dryer: it includes the same sort of warning. There also seems to be the same admonition about infants and children! Blessed feet of our bleeding Savior!
Dear god and these people vote and have children. Could explain the state of the world, said he curmudgeonly. Hey you kids get out of my oven!
Meowzart’s the Name
There are music lovers and then there are meowsic lovers. And no I’m not sorry.
The word for February 18th is: Pavonize /päˈvo̞ːn̺-aɪz/: [obsolete verb] To behave as a peacock might. From Latin pāvōnem, accusative form of pāvō (“peacock”); modern Italian pavone. To flaunt one’s appearance in a vain manner; or maybe to peck at the ground in the hope of finding bits of left over food; or to clean one’s nether regions with one’s mouth. Take your pick.
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