SCRABBLE
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9M ago
Playing the "12-Tile" variant of the game(*), I drew (in alphabetical order)  E I K L M N O O R S T V (*) Using the longer 'rack' invented by Montgomery Spoonbill, and applying the 3-words per turn rule which is the norm in countries with 27 or more (sometimes many, many more) letters in their alphabets.  Worth a visit. They are all south of the Equator as you would expect. I was playing against myself (Harbinger's 'Solo' Rules).  As soon as I saw these letters, three words sprang to mind but, as often happens under Harbinger, were instantly forgotten. So, working from ..read more
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FETISH
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10M ago
Give me a girl with garlic on her breath! Fragrance of warmer air and jugs of wine. Oh, such a one I'd love half way to death! Not all the way, I could not spare the time from thinking of her mediterranean hair, falling about her shoulders and the wood- en chopping board, the cloves of garlic there blithe to be squidged to make her lips taste good. Sometimes she'll munch mouthfuls of allium raw – pungent disulphides plating pearly teeth, promising scented lungfuls and much more. Ah now I live and breathe, while underneath the cooker-hood the pasta rolls and boils as drops of garlic es ..read more
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How Do They Do It? -
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10M ago
- the virtuoso pianists, violinists and other  -ists who take the stage, bow, glance at the conductor and launch into 30 or 40 minutes worth of  concerto, with no printed music in sight.  Beethoven's 5th piano concerto  - the 'Emperor' - keeps the soloist busy for 38 minutes - about par for the course.  It's an astonishing feat of memory. But memory of what, exactly?  Partly 'muscle memory,' where your arms/hands/fingers know where to go next;  partly 'score memory,' where you 'see' the printed music unrolling in your imagination; partly 'sound memory,' wh ..read more
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YOU DON'T KNOW WHETHER -
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11M ago
To Laugh or Cry. The world is on fire, and if not in fire it's under 2 metres of water, and if it's had the good fortune to avoid fire and flood it's being blown away by hurricane force winds, tornados and typhoons.   Climate scientists tell us that these extreme weather events are at least in part caused by Mankind - individually brilliant, collectively stupid - abusing planet Earth, our one and only PERSONAL LIFE SUPPORT SYTEM. Read that bit again. Climate sceptics - exemplified by USA's favourite half-wit (you know who I mean) deny humankind's role in global warming, maintaining that c ..read more
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ANYONE NOTICED . . .
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11M ago
 . . .  how many 'psychological thrillers with a gut wrenching twist' (*)  feature a female character, usually a police person, who has been blessed with 'red hair and green eyes.'  So many that, IMHO, the red-haired, green-eyed heroine has become a cliché. With this in mind I did some research and discovered that . . .  Less(**) than 2% of the world's population have 'green eyes,' with aren't green anyway.  They are brown eyes deficient in melatonin. There is no 'green' pigment.  The 'green' tint is produced by internal reflection in the cornea.   Just ..read more
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MISSING -
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11M ago
 - from their home in Abergele, N.Wales, Mrs. Ada Trellis and her husband Caddoc. Neighbours say they were a quiet - well, normally, though from time to time the sounds of extreme marital concord interrupted the clash of cooking utensils were heard late into the North Wales night (noson gogledd Cymru) - couple who kept themselves to themselves, Mrs.Trellis in her kitchen and Caddoc in his garden shed, where he would spend many happy hours potting out Ladies Mantle or playing his saxophone.  Despite a massive police presence and a finger-tip search of their house and grounds (an ..read more
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FANCY DRESS
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3y ago
 "Yes.  We understand that, Herbert.  And a chauffeur is a great costume.  Really great. Inventive. Imaginative. And the black glasses make you look really, really spooky." "So" "t's just that . . . well . . . we didn't expect you'd bring the car." "Everyone else has." "True. But their cars are to get them home afterwards.  Yours is part of your costume." "I'll leave it on the drive.  Or what about the porch?  I could park it on the porch and just stand beside it. More authentic, a chauffeur with a car, holding the rear door open for Madam." "But there ..read more
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ADVICE FOR DUCKLINGS
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3y ago
 ' Now listen, you three . . . If it looks like a Beatle and walks like a Beatle and sings like a Beatle IT'S A BEATLE,  Geddit? A response to Carrie's Sunday Muse #159 ..read more
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HEIGHTS
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3y ago
"This isn't Bronté country!!  I think I'm lost."  "I can hear someone coming - Is that you, Heathcliffe?" Posted in response to Carrie's picture for Sunday Muse #158  ..read more
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JUST MY LUCK!
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3y ago
First day of Spring.  I think it's OK to stick my head above the parapet and say 'Hallo trees. Hallo sky' -     and what's the first thing I see? A road-roller Heading this way! Post prompted by Carrie's picture for Sunday Muse #157 ..read more
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