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KATABIM…a memory of Istanbul and childhood. Oh…those Turks!

26 Mar

Üsküdar’a gider iken
aldı da bir yağmur
Kâtibimin setresi uzun,
eteği çamur
Kâtip uykudan uyanmış,
gözleri mahmur
Kâtip benim, ben kâtibin,
el ne karışır?
Kâtibime kolalı da gömlek
ne güzel yaraşır

Üsküdar’a gider iken
bir mendil buldum
Mendilimin içine
lokum doldurdum
Ben yarimi arar iken
yanımda buldum
Kâtip benim, ben kâtibin,
el ne karışır?
Kâtibime kolalı da gömlek
ne güzel yaraşır

When going to Üsküdar, it began to rain

long is the coat of my scribe, its sleeves get muddy.

The scribe woke up, his eyes are still sleepy.

I am of my scribe and my scribe is mine, it’s nobody’s business.

How well the stiff shirt collar suits my scribe!

When going to Üsküdar, I found a kerchief

I filled it with lokum (Turkish sweet)

When looking for my helper, I found him on my side.

I am of my scribe and my scribe is mine, it’s nobody’s business.

How well the stiff shirt collar suits my scribe!

“This is the tune that drove us CRAZY as little children…

We went and discovered its source, sang what we remembered, then, identified…danced & danced as the Istanbul restaurant’s  musicians played for us…

In a childish trance of joy!!!”

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Baldrick Rocks the Royal Cradle…

18 Mar

Tony Robinsons’ documentary tracing the family history of our royals has established that our queen is NOT the rightful heir to the throne of England – nor is ANYONE within her family.
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/britains-rea­l-monarch

Balders

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Robin Wood recreates the wonderful bowls of George Lailey…

15 Feb

George Lailey’s bowls were so popular that Harrods sold them. One even toured the world in a show about English crafts.

Like his forebears, George Lailey operated out of a small workshop, Turner’s Green, Bucklebury  in rural Berkshire. An item made by him was collected by the British Council in the 1940s and toured the commonwealth. The bowl on the lathe in Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading is said to have been one he was making at the time of his death in 1958.

His grave in Bucklebury is appropriately marked with a wooden cross.

Lailey's Grave

Two Lailey bowls, the larger one well used…

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…and for & by Sandy Sue!

9 Feb

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Blah Blah Fry…

9 Feb

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Le Singe Qui Swing by Stevie Smith

7 Feb

Oh how I adore this poem by Stevie Smith.
Sing to the tune of Greensleeves & feel the fun & joy…Here is the great master Stéphane Grappelli on his violin, to add to your pleasure…

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ScFSn7D20JoC&pg=PT392&lpg=PT392&dq=Le+Singe+qui+swing&source=bl&ots=3nc45jLTXV&sig=JoOxzid1I6dz35gihKZvsGSfWtQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Cd4TUfa7EqOf0QX2mIHYDw&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAg

CLICK ON YOUTUBE THEN RACE BACK & CLICK ON THE RED LINK AND SING YOUR HEART OUT…Great party piece when slightly intoxicated?

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Beloved Highclere Estate…

7 Feb

I have been visiting Highclere castle & grounds since they opened to the public way back in the 1980’s. The Castle and grounds are very handsome, Carnarvon of Tutankhamun fame buried atop Beacon Hill, overlooking the estate.
The Chapel and grave yard are fascinating, especially Lady Evelyn’s memorial, that of Victorian Housekeeper and a 21 year old ‘King of the Gypsies’. There is a delightful wilderness walk around a lake where trees have fallen in and all is quiet…bringing one out at the Highclere Estate Cricket field…lovely place to sit and soak up England on a summer’s day. I LOVE HIGHCLERE xxx

I have a signed copy of the current Countess of Carnarvon’s book…

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