As you will by now have realised this is going to be one of those posts covering even more subjects than normal … but if I note things here – they remain forever blogged about for me and by me.
I’m going to add in in S for Stroke, C for Cuisine, B for Birds … ah ha – what a mix even worse than Four and Twenty Blackbirds Baked in a Pie …
|Tilly's (aged 9) winning design for|
Waitrose's supermarket - the cake they
will be selling - raising funds for charity
Where shall we start – you can’t have not realised Her Majesty turned 90 on 21st April … an incredible record ... and seeing her on Friday (22nd) organising the Obamas into the car and then walking resoundingly around the back of the Range Rover and getting in beside Michelle – you’d think she was Sixty … not Ninety …
|Part of the stamp section for the|
Queen's birthday - here she is with
her great grandson Prince George
… as you might guess – I will at some stage do one of my usual ABCs of celebration of her birthdays – yes … she has two – one private and one official … that comes the weekend the Duke of Edinburgh turns 95 (as sprightly as ever too) … 10th – 12th June.
S for Strokes next … when my mother had her strokes back in February 2007 … I had no idea about them, or how people could heal and continue living: I absorbed knowledge as time went on …
I read two books which came to prominence – Jill Bolte Taylor, the brain specialist, “My Stroke ofInsight” on her own stroke … then Robert McCrum “Discovering Life after a Stroke” and his wife’s play about thesubject … they were recently married – his wife is American, while he was a senior editor with Faber and Faber. Both very well worth reading, as too listening to the play.
|The Shakespeare Festival at Southmoreland Park|
in Kansas City, Missouri
My mention of McCrum brings me to Shakespeare … as he recently travelled America looking at Shakespeare and the American Dream …
... and how Shakespeare has always been in the American psyche – since the Colonists came to settle in the 1600s.
The talk is on BBC radio 4 – but there’s an article in The Guardian detailing his talk “WilliamShakespeare: a quintessentially American author” … which I found fascinating and led to me wanting to listen again, or read up on …
|A descendant of that starling|
… that law of unintended consequences and Shakespeare’s birds – which have overrun the States … Eugene Schieffelin is the culprit here … ‘twas he who introduced the invasive starlings … and wanted to introduce all of Shakespeare’s birds to the States …
… Schieffelin belonged to the American Acclimatization Society – a group that aimed to help exchange plants and animals from one part of the world to another … a fashionable idea in the 19th century: as we know today – not a good idea.
I have a book here on Shakespeare’s Birds describing all the British birds referred to in Shakespeare’s poems and plays … providing a fascinating and unusual insight into the world of the Elizabethans.
by Pauline and Michael Black
But with Shakespeare’s Unravelling (per my book as briefly noted in my previous post) … was he a writer, did he live in the Shakespearean era, did he even exist … ? All questions we’ll never get fully answered …
|Shakespeare glomped ...|
c/o the Art of the Ez.com
… from all angles they came to glomp him … even vicariously … on this the 400th year since he died … he is all over the place – everywhere … we can’t get away from Shakespeare quotes and references …
This week someone on the BBC was reminiscing about how many famous/celebrity figures have died (early) recently – it was after Victoria Wood, one of our most iconic comedic actresses lost her fight with cancer. The comment was ‘our generation’ had reached that age – the late 50s to 90s … when a human being is moving inexorably towards a higher plane.
|Bowie and Mercury|
Bowie, Rickman, now Prince … all too early – and how many others … we never know whether we will go young, or having had a good life, or the lucky few who can continue on for an extra decade or two …
Then there’s I for the Internet or YouTube … with a link tothe Big Think Blog … which had an eye catching title – “The Science Behind Why Freddie Mercury’s Voice Was So Damned Compelling” … fascinating and I’m sure you’ll find it so …
Bowie is smoking as he sings ... but the bit to listen to is at two minutes - when the post remarks that 'man, the dude had some pipes ... '
Now to C for Cuisine … I have a Shakespeare Cookbook – which brings to light the early days of how our meals developed … Chaldron of Swan – a sauce or soup that has the edible chopped parts of the bird in it … where our Chowder of today comes from …
… the witches’ brew from Macbeth – bears a striking resemblance to Chaldron … I give no recipe! There are a lot of roasts, of spit-roasted animals … spinach was coming in, sorrel sauce was used for fish … gooseberries were newly introduced and quince was the fruit for marmalades …
It’s interesting how foods were cooked together and it’s only in the centuries following that separate dishes were created … meat with fruits as Chewets … combined whatever food was around. Baked meats means pies and fancied baked goods …
|The ghost of Banquo by Theodore|
The Globe Theatre Players have toured the world with his 37 plays … it is still apparent that Shakespeare rules the world … as the monologue from “As You Like It” quotes ….
All the World’s a Stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant …
|Knife and Fork form the|
1600s - Waddesdon Bequest
by the Rothschilds
So to celebrate the last week of the A-Z … a quote from Macbeth Act 3, scene 4:
‘Now, good digestion wait on appetite,
and health on both!’ …
No change this end of the world … my next post will be after the A-Z … and the next two will be easier reads!
PS - I'm sure there's a quote by Shakespeare about being a ForgetMeKnot ... I've mislaid two Shakespearean cuisine items I was going to put in ... they are amusing - so coming up another day!!
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