Perhaps I had ambitions to be an MP - or an undertaker!

Monday, December 12, 2011


Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator. - Confucius



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I don't know when or where the following poem was written, but, when I was a small boy, there were so few motor vehicles in our town that it was perfectly safe to walk in the middle of the main street.

Edward Verrall Lucas (1868-1938)

Will there never come a season
Which shall rid us from the curse
Of a speed which knows no reason,
And the too contiguous hearse;
When no longer shall we tremble
As the motors leave their lair;
Meekly by the kerb assemble
While the klaxon rends the air -

When the gladsome news will nerve us
That the petrol-wells are dry
And the horse again must serve us,
Safe and sure and stepping high?
That will be a day for fiddling,
Fun and festival galore,
When the Armstrongs cease from siddling
And the Royces roll no more!

(The last two lines refer to the Rolls-Royce and Armstrong-Siddeley cars)


I wonder what you think of this painting.
Well, there's nothing wrong with a bit of sentiment occasionally

Off to School, by Charles Burton Barber (1845-1894)


Do you remember . . .


This married couple were very popular duettists in the 30s and 40s. Born in 1902, his vocal training began when he was a young chorister in Lincoln Cathedral. Later he joined the D'Oyle Carte Opera Company. She was born in 1910 and her successful career as a singer took her to Broadway. When they eventually joined forces, they were known as "Sweethearts in Song."
In 1948 they emigrated to Australia. He died in 1984, and her death was in 2003.
Uploaded by johnjamg this is "We'll gather Lilacs" from Ivor Novello's "Perchance to Dream."


Clip art thanks to



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