Showing posts from 2016

Y stands for Yogi,

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, (Yogi means great Seer)was a great Seer and travelled the world teaching Transendental meditation.

 'Transendental meditation'.....has been described as both religious and non-religious and mainly rooted in Hinduism. The meditation practice involves the use of a Mantra (especially in Buddhism and Hinduism). It is a word or sound that is believed to have a special spiritual power. A personal Mantra is sometimes repeated as an aid to meditation or prayer. 

   Association with the Beatles.
 The Beatles went to study with him in Bangor North Wales, before travelling to Rishikesh in India (1968) to devote themselves fully to his instructions. Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen left after ten days, Paul and his girlfriend Jane Asher left after five weeks and John and Cynthia Lennon, George Harrison and Patti Boyd, left sixteen days later . During their stay they were led to believe that the Marahishi Yogi had made unwanted advances to the actress Mia Farrow it is w…


Kubla Khan  by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

In Xanadu did Kubla KhanA stately pleasure -drome decree; Where Alph the sacred river ran  Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. So twice five miles of  fertile ground With walls and towers were girded round;  And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills, Where blossomed many an incense- bearing tree And here were forests ancient as the hills, Enfolding sunny spots of greenery. But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
 Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover! A savage place! as holy and enchanted As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
 By woman wailing for her demon - lover! And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething. As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing, A mighty fountain was momently was forced: Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail, Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail:  And mid these dancing dancing rocks at once and ever It …

V for

Visions of Christmas of Times Gone By. When I think of Christmas my thoughts invariably venture back to my childhood in the 1950's. One of my Visions of Christmas takes me back to one Christmas Eve when my brother and I trudged through the snow to sing Christmas carols in ou local church choir. I can always remember the magical atmosphere that enveloped us as we merrily sang 'Ding Dong Merrily on High' and other favourites.
On this particular Christmas when the carol service had finished our dad was waiting at the church door to escort us home because it was snowing heavily, We arrived home to a welcoming  mug of  hot chocolate and delicious warm mince pies, which our elder sister Norma made. (Sadly Norma died at the end of December 2015). Then, it was off to bed to sleep and perhaps, dream of the gifts we hoped Father Christmas would bring us. Visions of Christmas Day brings my brother, me and big sis Norma, sitting in front of a roaring log fire opening our presents, whils…

Q for

A little silliness using  the letter Q that I have hastily put together, having just returned from holiday.

Questions.  Do Querulous Quabs Quack and if they do would they drive you Quackers ?Q was a Quince that hung upon a garden tree; Papa, he brought it with him home And ate it with his tea. (Edward Lear). The quince. Quince, is generally grown in central and southern Europe and Asia. Also parts of the US, including Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Newbury, Massachusetts.
 Round about 1275 Edward 1 had Quince planted at the Tower of London,  They have a tough outer skin which makes it difficult to peel so are better- baked whole.  They can be used in jellies and jams, and are delicious served with roasted ham and cheese.

M for Manx .The Isle of Man.

In the middle of the Irish Sea between England and Eire (Island) is a beautiful verdant Island called The Isle of Man; people born on the Island are known as 'Manxmen/woman'. The island is 52kilometers long and 22 kilometres wide; with an area of 572 square kilometers. At the last census, there were approximately 30,000 residents, about 2000 of them claimed to be able to speak or have a sound knowledge of the Manx language.

L for LOVE

I have been in 'Love' so many times (or so I thought) that a friend of mine told me that 'I wore my heart on my sleeve'. She was probably right although, I didn't agree with her at the time! My first teenage love was a boy called Tony, we used to meet most nights and ride our bikes around the neighbourhood, generally Laughing and doing the things teenagers did in the sixties. Sadly my parents and his totally disapproved of this romance because we were of different religions. I was Church of England and he was Roman Catholic, the more they protested the more determined I was to see him.
  One day, we were sitting by the lake in a local park, my beau turned to me and told me he loved me and wanted to marry me but also, that day, he had enlisted in the British Army. He wanted to build a career by going through the ranks and hopefully, gain a commission. Then, when the time came we would marry and I would become an army wife. I didn't think  much about marriage then…

K for Rudyard Kipling

Last week, 
 I wrote the introduction for ABCW about the Jungle Book stories written by Rudyard KIPLING the English writer and poet,
I thought it only fitting that I should to tell you a  little more about him. One of his most poignant writings was called ......

      .... ....IF.......

If you can keep your head when all about you
are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when others doubt you,
But make allowances for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired of waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal  in lies-
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;
If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up w…

I means ' In all Honesty'.

Propositions by Stephen Dunn.Anyone who begins a sentence with  "In all honesty"........ Is about to tell a lie. Anyone who says "This is how I feel" had better love form more than disclosure. Same for anyone who thinks he thinks well because he had a thought.

H stands for HUMPTY DUMPTY

HUMPTY DUMPTY.......sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpy had a great fall,  All the king's horses and all the kings men, couldn't put HUMPTY together again.

HUMPTY DUMPTY ......Is really a character and literary allusion,  Hehas appeared,  or been referred to  in many works, including Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking Glass'.  He is typically portrayed as an 'anthropomorphic' egg.
(Anthropomorphic:  Having human characteristics or ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman things.)
In 1996 the Colchester Tourist  Board's website revealed, after years of research that  HUMPTY DUMPTY  was in fact a giant cannon which was colloquially known as HUMPTY DUMPTY.

Colchester was a walled town with a castle and several churches and was protected by a city wall.HUMPTY DUMPTY  (the giant cannon) was strategically placed on the wall to protect the town from the enemy. However a shot from a Parliamentary cannon succeeded in damaging the wall beneath HUMPTY DUMPTY,  causing the…

E-for Equestrian.

I love horses and all that is involved in the Equine world. I have been sitting in my favourite reclining chair just wracking my brains for a suitable subject, then...... Lo and behold.... Before my very eyes....on TV the coverage of the Equestrian Events in the 2016 Olympics Games.......Inspiration at last! Horses have been used through the ages for many purposes. When I was a child we used to have our freshly baked bread delivered daily by a large covered cart drawn by a huge shire horse called Bob we used to give him a large juicy apple off one of our Grandpa's trees. When the Cart horse had finished his deliveries Grandpa would diligently follow in the horse's big clodding shoe steps and shovel the loads of steaming horse manure into a bucket, he then would spread it around the garden on his various fruit and vegetable plants and particularly on his prize winning rhubarb. Needless to say my brother and I would not eat the lovely rhubarb pies our granny used to produce.

A stands for Abou Ben Adhem,

Abou Ben Adhem ( may his tribe increase)!Awoke one night from a deep dream of Peace,  And saw within the moonlight in his room,  Making it rich, like a lily in bloom,
 An Angel writing in a book of gold:-  Exceeding peace had made  Ben Adhem bold, And to the presence in the room he said, 'What writest thou'?:- The vision raised it's head, And with a look made of all sweet accord,Answered,'The names of those who love the lord.' And is mine one?' said Abou. 'Nay not so,' Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low, But cheerily still; and said, 'I pray thee, then, Write me as one who loves his fellow men.' The Angel wrote , and vanished. 
 The next night, It came again with a great wakening light, And showed the names whom love of God had blest,  And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.
ABOU BEN ADHEM was a Muslim mystic  (Suffi) from Persia and was venerated as a saint, his father was a prince of Khurasan. One day when ABOU BEN ADHEM was out hunting …

Y stands for ?

Ya Boo ! Can You believe it ? I've wracked my brain and thought and thought, then Yawned and Yawned, Yet, I still can't think of a suitable subject starting with the letter Y ..... I thought of the lovely poem, Lochinvar by Sir Walter Scott which I learned to recite, when I was quite Young.....Having checked, it seems that ballad is eight verses long, on reflection I really can't believe that I actually learned and recited all eight verses.

Lochinvar. Lo! Young Lochinvar is come out of the West. Through all the wide border his steed was the best. And save his good broadsword he weapons had none.He rode all unarmed and he rode alone. So faithful in love and so dauntless in war. There never was a knight like Young Lochinvar.
As the poem is rather long I shall give you a short synopsis of this delightful prose.Lochinvar was a gallant young knight who had asked for the hand in marriage of the Fair Ellen. Her father, however, disapproved of Young Lochinvar and refused. In the mea…