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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

S stands for Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare  1564-1616  

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. Warwickshire.

 He married Anne Hathaway and they had three children, Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith.

 A successful career ensues in London between 1585-1592 .

 He was a noted writer and actor, then  part owner of a playing company. Amongst his many famous and well known plays is The Taming of the Shrew.

As well as this being played on the stage many times there have been several movies made of it.

 My all time favourite has to be the version made in 1967 starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, they were well suited to the characters they played as, probably the whole world knew about their much publisized, volatile marriage;   as were the two protagonists in the play, Katerina and Petruchio.


Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor acting in one of their fabulous SCENES in The Taming of the SHREW.     

I won't write any more about this play as I have featured it before so, as I'm rather fond of logical quotations I thought I'd share a few of

  WILL SHAKESPEARE'S, with you.  

'SOME are born great,
  SOME achieve  greatness
 and SOME
have greatness
 thrust upon them'.
 (Twelfth Night).

To thine own SELF be true,
And it must follow as,
the night,
the day,
thou can'st be true.

Sonnet 18.

SHALL I compare thee to a summer's day? 
Thou art more lovely and more temperate,
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
And summer's lease hath all to short a date.

And so  as I complete my finish SLANT on the letter 'S'
I have to confess I am STRUGGLING to write at present,
SO much to cope with and feeling SO SHATTERED all
the time. I hope you all can bear with me until I get my 
Mojo back..
Thanks to the SUPERDOOPER Denise Nesbitt for devising 
ABCW and the SAGACIOUS Roger for doing what he does
 too! Also our thanks go out to the SPONTANEOUS team
 of helpers who assist Roger with the visits,
Best wishes to all.
Di. xx

Thursday, 12 May 2016

R is for Random

Darling daughter Ingrid.

Ingrid's..... RAISON D`ETRE......her two beautiful children...Olivia and Christian.... she missed them so much whilst she was RECOVERING in hospital.


My profound apologies to my fellow Abcw chums for being so late in posting and carrying out my visits.......
You see,our darling daughter Ingrid was RUSHED  into hospital with severe chest pains, she had all the symptoms of a heart attack, much to our shock horror!
However, I am pleased to REPORT that  after several tests over several days she was diagnosed with Pleurisy  and a Hiatus hernia... this is bad enough in itself but not a life threatening disorder.
 She REMAINED in hospital for six days and is now at home on a course of drugs and REST AND RECUPERATION
Arial view of the city facing down to the estuary
of the River which flows into the emerald green
waters of the Irish Sea.
 Today, much to our RELIEF she is almost pain free and looking forward to meeting her children from school and getting back to normal.

Random pictures of my home town Liverpool Which sits on the famous River Mersey.
Ferry 'cross the Mersey, 'cos this land's the land I love and here I'll stay


The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in the State Coach going to the State Opening of Parliament,

The ROYAL Barge sailing under Tower Bridge on the River Thames on the occasion of  The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 1915.


That's all folks.... on the last minute my err..... R contribution!

I'm REALLY sorry to be so late but so RELIEVED and thankful that our Darling Daughter, Ingrid,  is so much better.

Again my sincere thanks to the RADIANT  Denise for devising  ABCW  and the RATIONAL ROGER our most RELIABLE administrator........ also not forgetting our REGIME OF READERS who assist with the weekly visits.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Q stands for Queens

'The Queen of Hearts' was a poem  based on the characters found on playing cards, originally, thought to be by an anonymous author. 

 The Queen of Hearts,   

 She made some tarts,

 All on a summer's day;  

 The  Knave of Hearts

 He stole those tarts,

 And took them clean away.

The King of Hearts

 Called for the tarts,

 And beat the Knave full sore;      

 The Knave of Hearts

 Brought back the tarts

 And vowed he'd steal no more.

Several Poets have laid claim that they have written this amusing little poem including Charles Lamb, but I feel this has Lewis Carroll written all over it!  In Alice's adventures in Wonderland  'The Queen of Hearts' was depicted as a foul tempered, tyrant, ruler of Wonderland . Her solution to every problem is to order a beheading
 before the day is out, she would often be seen and heard shrieking all over Wonderland....'Off with their head' ! Fortunately for many The Griffin explains, that her orders never seem to be carried out, as the King, who sits quietly in the background, rescinds them.

The Kings confidante... The Griffin.. to the right of Alice.
King and Queen...The King looks rather genial whilst the Queen looks rather fierce!

An amazing story, when I read it as a child I found it rather scary, but  after seeing the Disney movie, I understood it a lot more , it really has hidden depths, sometimes a little sinister...Off with,their heads !

My sincere thanks to the Quick witted Denise who, without Question, in devising Abcw, has brought so much pleasure to so many bloggers worldwide.

 Also I must thank Roger our Quiet and Quick- witted 'admin man' works tirelessly week in-week out, to keep us all connected!

 Lastly, but not least, our thanks to the team of people who help with the visits and generally considered the Quintessence group of enthusiastic ABCW'ers.

Best wishes.


 ABCW team.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

O stands for Over the Water.

People who live in Liverpool refer to The Wirral Peninsular as 'Over the Water', which in fact,  geographically speaking,  it is 'Over the Water'. The 'Water' is indeed the famous River Mersey. 

You will see Liverpool on the map and directly opposite is The Wirral. It was often referred to as The Dormitory of Liverpool as the people who worked in the flourishing Shipping, Banking and  Stockbroking  Companies took up residence there and commuted by the famous Liverpool ferry boats that would carry them to their offices etc. 

In the foreground is a Mersey Ferry and in the background, the famous buildings 'The Three Graces' from left to right The Royal Liver Buildings,(complete with Liverbirds), The Cunnard Shipping Company, The Port of Liverpool Building, (where I worked for a stockbroking company). Too the far right is the Majestic Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, built from red sandstone which was extracted from a Liverpool quarry.
You will see the office buildings, behind the ferry boat, with the weary workers sailing 'Over the Water'  back to their homes, on The Wirral, after a busy day at the office.
India Buildings (Entrance)
Holts Arcade that ran through the centre of the building.
When I first married I lived in a little apartment 'Over the water' I really loved living there and every morning used to walk along the promenade on the edge of the river, then take the ferry 'Over the Water' to Lloyds Bank, in India Buildings Liverpool, where I started my career.
 After a busy day working in a hot office, it was a joy to take the ferry boat home 'Over the water' and blow off the cobwebs, to our little love nest on the edge of the river. I would take a bus home because I would feel too tired to walk along the promenade, after working so hard.

 Whereas the buses in Liverpool were always painted in corporation green, the Wirral buses were painted blue and cream. Whenever I boarded one, a wave of nostalgia enveloped me because as a child we used to take a ferry across the river, then the bus to a seaside town called New Brighton which was a favourite holiday, or day out place for Merseysiders.
The promenade with Liverpool' in the background ' over the water'. We would walk the other way to get to New Brighton..

 Our little flat was just up the road from New Brighton, so each weekend we would spend a lot of time there just meeting friends and going to a lovely 'Olde Worlde Pub' called The Magazines, which many years ago was a popular haunt for smugglers... but there lies another yarn for me to spin! 

New Brighton Lighthouse at the mouth of The River Mersey

'Ahaarr me 'earties' (Pirate talk, meaning 'hello my friends'.) 

The Magazines as it looks today.

Well folks that's me done with  'Over the Water'....

My thanks to the Obliging Denise for devising ABCW also to Roger our Omniscient Overseer for doing what he does with such devotion. Thanks too, to all the helpers who assist Roger by visiting and commenting on assigned sites.

Best wishes,
ABCW team.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

N stands for Ogden NASH (part two).

Ogden Nash 1902 - 1971.

Ogden Nash was renown for his light verse;  At the time of his death in 1971 the New York Times said his"droll verse with it's unconventional rhymes made him the country's best known writer of  humorous poetry". Some of his prose indicated that he was 'anti establishment'.

This feeling reflected in one of his sardonic verses;

Common Sense.
Why did the Lord give us agility,
 If not to evade responsibility! 

In 1934 he moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he stayed until his death. He always thought of Baltimore as home. After his return from a brief move to New York he wrote;
"I could have loved New York had I not loved Balti - more."

Some more of his amusing anecdotes....

The Cow. The cow is of boring ilk;
 One end is moo, the other is milk !

The Dog. the truth I do not stretch or shove, When I say the dog is full of love,
I've also found by actual test, A wet dog is the lovingest!


The Ant.
The ant has made himself illustrious, industry, industrious,
So what ?
Would you be calm and placid,
 if you were full of  formic acid.

After writing about Ogden Nash I realised I had written about him a while ago. On checking the previous contribution I was able to heave a sigh of relief for I hadn't repeated myself!

My sincere thanks to  Denise who NOTABLY devised ABCW and also to the NOBLE  Roger who does what he does in keeping us all in order. Finally the team of helpers who assist Roger in the NICETIES of  abcw by making weekly visits to other sites. 

Best wishes , Di.

 ABCW team.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

M stands for Maya, MAYA Angelou.

Maya Angelou.

Maya is one of my favourite American writers.

 To label her 'just a writer'  really does her an injustice;  whilst, indeed it is admirable in  being a renown author , Maya Angelou is even more than 'just a writer', she was a playwright, performer, actress and composer. 

She has written and appeared in many plays and films being nominated an Emmy for her role in the 1977 movie Roots.

Maya Angelou was active in The Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King and was widely respected as a spokesperson for black people.

 In 1993 she was invited by President Bill Clinton to write and read the first inaugural poem. Americans all across the country watched as she read;

 On The Pulse of Morning.

A rock, A river,  A Tree

 Hosts to species long since departed,

 Marked the mastodon,

 The dinosaur, who left dried tokens

 On their sojourn here On our planet floor,

 Any broad alarm of their hastening doom

 Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.

But today,  the Rock cries out to us, clearly,  forcefully,

Come, you stand upon my Back and face your distant destiny,

 But seek no haven in my shadow,

 I will give you no hiding place down here.

 You created only a little lower than

 The angels, have crouched too long in

 The bruising darkness

 Have lain too long Face down in ignorance,

 Your mouths spilling words

 Armed for slaughter. The Rock cries out to us today

 You may stand upon me But do not hide your face :

AS this oration is rather long for me to quote here please just Google  Maya Angelou, 'On the Pulse of Morning' .There is also an recording on U tube of the actual inauguration and  the moving speech by Maya Angelou.

She concluded her address in this last verse saying:

"Here on the pulse of this new day 

 You may have the grace to look up and out

 And into your sister's eyes, and into

 Your brother's face, Your country and say simply

very simply

 With hope - Good Morning".

. In this last verse I feel she was challenging the new administration and all Americans to work together for progress.

My sincere thanks to the Marvellous Mrs Nesbitt, Denise..for devisising ABCW and also to the Munificent Roger for doing what he does in such a Malleable Manner .Also the team of Matchless assistants who help with the weekly visit to all the other ABCW' s sites.

Best wishes.
ABCW team.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

K stands for Kitten Cat and Kebabs

This my Kitten Cat Chloe, although she is nearly fourteen year of age she still behaves like a Kitten. Her daily workout consists of galloping or rather, springing around the house, she manages to leap from the back of armchairs and settees without touching the floor she then gallops up the stairs, dashing from room to room, even scrambling up the side of the wardrobes, then performing 'Kamikaze' style dives on to the beds. When the work out is complete she usually plonks herself upon my lap or a comfortable chair and settles down for a Kip...(English slang expression for having a sleep).



Friday night in our home used to be a special family night, we would all snuggle up on the sofa and watch family shows on TV.. An all time favourite for our supper often was barbecued chicken and lamb Kebabs which Papa Ian would griddle on the barbecue, if it was raining they would be griddled indoors. We would have an assortment of crisp salads and baked potatoes.

This was a treat for the end of the school week or our working week  and the only time meals weren't taken at the dinner table.

If it is OK now folks i shall sign off now, my brain is K O'd trying to KINDLE my thoughts for the letter K...

My thanks to Denise, such a KINDLY lady for devising ABCW and to Roger for KEENLY watching over us whilst we impart our   KNOWLEDGE each week with our KINDRED spirits. Also not forgetting the rest of the team for helping with the visits,

Best wishes to all,
ABCW team.