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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , H.G. Wells, , I Could Have Danced All Night, , , My Fair Lady, , , , socialism   

    I COULD HAVE ROMANCED ALL NIGHT…. 

    I could have….that is, if I were fifty years younger. But why bemoan it if Mother Nature no longer shores up the animal in me? Still, she’s no spring chicken herself, so you’d think she’d cut old geezers like me some slack.

    Moving on from my love life of fond memory: Wouldn’t it be loverly if I instead celebrated the 164th birthday of my near-contemporary George Bernard Shaw with a selection of songs from MY FAIR LADY (based on his play PYGMALION), followed by a bit of biography, a serving of Shaw quotes, and a nightcap of Shavian brew-haha.

    From “Wouldn’t It Be” to “I Could Have”….

    In this scene, Stanley Holloway is seen lifting his spirits on his last night of ‘freedom’:

    Next in line, the bit of bio:

    https://www.biography.com/writer/george-bernard-shaw

    Now sink your teeth into the quotes:

    I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.

    Lack of money is the root of all evil.

    Beware of the man whose god is in the skies.

    The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.

    You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.

    There is only one sort of genuine Socialism, the democratic sort, by which I mean the organization of society for the benefit of the whole people.

    We should have had socialism already, but for the socialists.

    ….which leads us to the brew-haha / brouhaha between Shaw and fellow socialist H.G. Wells (click on the title below the cartoon caricature):

    ….which takes us at a social difference to

    THE END

     
    • calmkate 3:43 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      those quotes have incredible insight, thanks for the share!

      Could play those songs as they ring in my head just hearing the name MFL … was traumatised by my parents torturing us with constant replays until we finally left home!

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      • mistermuse 7:53 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Obviously, your parents had better taste in music than you and your siblings, Kate! 😉

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        • calmkate 4:35 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink

          hey a few times would have been enjoyable but an overdose of anything = torture 😉

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    • Rivergirl 7:47 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      We just watched My Fair Lady the other day. I believe it rained in Spain…

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    • magickmermaid 10:29 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My parents also played the My Fair Lady LP frequently so I knew many of the songs before I saw the film.
      I wonder what Shaw and Wells would think of the current world situations.

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      • mistermuse 11:19 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think both Shaw and Wells would be even more appalled than they were in their lifetimes. If socialism was a dirty word to conservatives then, it’s no less so now. As the old saying goes: The more things change, the more they remain the same.

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    • magickmermaid 11:50 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So true!

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    • arekhill1 1:20 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m down with the socialist hellhole, Sr. Muse. Sign me up.

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    • masercot 9:04 am on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m more of a George Orwell socialist…

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      • mistermuse 2:47 pm on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m probably a ‘practical socialist,’ in that I want what Bernie Sanders wants, but not in a “my way or the highway” sense. I believe in take what you can get now and live to fight another day, rather than all or nothing at all. When the other side has the power and the votes, half a loaf is better than none (if that doesn’t work, then screw everything I just said).

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    • waywardsparkles 3:53 pm on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      MM,
      I love all of the references to movies and their quotes. I’m making a list of movies I’ve never seen that you’ve showcased on your site so that when I have the time, I can look them up on Netflix and catch up. My Fair Lady is one. Finnigan’s Rainbow, another. 🙂 Mona

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      • mistermuse 11:05 pm on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mona. I expect that I’ll be adding more movies (especially musicals) to your list in upcoming posts. Enjoy!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 7:37 pm on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My Fair Lady is one of my favorite musicals. Amazing the way the capitalists have demonized the word ‘socialism.’

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    • thewanderingempath 10:10 pm on July 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This was so much fun to read. It was like a meander through someone’s brain. Loved it. Thanks!

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      • mistermuse 11:24 pm on July 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hope your comment which appreciates someone’s brainpower doesn’t go to my head….if, by “someone’s,” you mean mine. In any case, I thank you very much! 😉

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    • Kally 1:10 pm on July 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh this is so fun for me to read. Cheer me up tremendously !

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    • Silver Screenings 10:02 pm on August 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Bahaha! Your “near contemporary” George Bernard Shaw!

      I’m not a huge fan of My Fair Lady, but I do love the music, and it was lovely to listen to these pieces again.

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      • mistermuse 8:24 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I especially enjoyed the rendition of I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT from Lincoln Center, which I’d not heard before. The vocalist has a lovely voice and put a lot of emotion into her performance without overdoing it.

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: affluenza, dialect, , DUI, English, etymology, , My Fair Lady, Pluto, , truthiness, Word of the Year,   

    SO, WHAT’S THE GOOD WORD? 

    Good question — and one we rarely hear nowadays. According to wordorigins.org, the title question “was popular back in the 40s and 50s but, like so many other things, it was obliterated by the 60s.” I bring this up now because, as it happens, the annual conference (Jan 7-10) of the American Dialect Society is shutting down (and up) today, and is announcing the 2015 Word of the Year. Here are the winners for the past decade:

    2005 – truthiness  2010 – app
    2006 – plutoed       2011 – occupy
    2007 – subprime    2012 – hashtag
    2008 – bailout        2013 – because
    2009 – tweet           2014 – #blacklivesmatter

    Speaking of American Dialect (or any other English language dialect) reminds me of what eminent Professor Henry Higgins had to say about it:

    Looking over those past Word of the Year winners, the one that, for me, caused pause was 2006’s “plutoed” — until I remembered that Pluto was down-graded by astronomers from a planet to a dwarf planet, or plutoid. Prediction: the 2016 Word of the Year winner will be “trumpoed,” in the expectation that planet Trump will be found to be little more than a gaseous bag of hot air, or trumpoid.

    But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. My nomination for 2015 Word of the Year is “affluenza,” the social disease (diagnosed as such by eminent shrinkologist, Dr. Don Frankel) which results from being spoiled by affluent parents who raise their kids in a values-vacuum….as in the case of the 16-year old who killed four people while DUI and was put on probation instead of being spanked….and then left the country with the help of his momma. I know — it’s not funny. It’s serious business….as if humor has no business being serious, even if it makes one think.

    If you (or some other brilliant person) were to ask me, I think I’d propose a sub-category for Humorous Word of the Year (not that some previous Word of the Year winners lacked humor, like 2005’s truthiness). Surely, my fellow nasal gazers, you don’t doubt that such words as booger would have been worthy contenders in the past….not to mention weenie, kumquat and odiferous.

    Speaking of reeking of serious humor, I nominate the class noun “etymology” for the proverbial last word :

    Online Etymology Dictionary – humor

     

     

     
    • ladysighs 9:43 am on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m still stuck in the 1900s. 😦 Don’t even recognize English anymore.

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      • mistermuse 11:26 am on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise. I’m still stuck in the 1900s too (the mid-1900s). 🙂

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        • ladysighs 11:36 am on January 10, 2016 Permalink

          I know I’ll never see mid 2000.
          I have begun scheduling my posts …. just in case…. 😦
          I think I’ll schedule a few for Aug. 8, 2040. 🙂

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    • arekhill1 11:02 am on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Affluenza it is, Sr. Muse, especially since “trump” was already a word long before the Donald arose to plague us.

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    • mistermuse 11:47 am on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If Republicans don’t come to their senses before giving America their choice for next President, the 2016 Word of the Year may be “DONkey-konged.” 😦

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    • mistermuse 12:14 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Ladysighs, I’m beginning to doubt that the WORLD will see mid 2000….but if it does, I hope it appreciates what you’re scheduling. 🙂

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    • Cynthia Jobin 12:24 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Is “awesome” dead yet?

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      • rielyn 1:16 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome is totally not dead! In fact, if you think something is really awesome you can call it “awesomesauce”. I thought I was more qualified to answer this than my dad (mistermuse) since he does not speak 80’s or internet speak. 🙂

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      • literaryeyes 4:53 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome is still in vogue, as are cool and dope.

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    • mistermuse 3:54 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for coming to my rescue, My Fair Lady (& daughter) — after all, if Sir Galahad could save maidens in distress, why shouldn’t a fair maiden save a latter-day Sir Galahad (mistermuse)?
      Awesomesauce! 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 9:45 am on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well I vote for affluenza as well since Dr. Don is a close personal friend of mine.

      I do believe that Mr. Higgins would figure out where I was from in about 3 words or less.

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    • mistermuse 10:46 am on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to see Higgins figure out where Helen Keller was from! (Harpo Marx too, though he could speak – just not on film.) 🙂

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    • literaryeyes 4:55 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Because? Was I “totally” asleep in 2013? Whatever happened to “whatever”?

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      • mistermuse 5:51 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Beats me. I don’t recall the word “because” being cool in 2013….maybe “because” I’ve been too old to know what’s cool since about 1960. Whatever.

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    • moorezart 5:34 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • mistermuse 5:55 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you very much. I should do some re-blogging myself, but I’m not cool enough technology-wise to know how to do it.

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    • Don Frankel 8:55 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If my feeble memory serves me right, I do believe that Harpo said a word once. It was at the end of a scene or the whole movie. I could be wrong.

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    • mistermuse 10:26 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      According to Wikipedia, Harpo only “spoke” once on film, and that was in a silent movie in 1925 in which the audience saw his lips move and saw the words on a title card.

      I’m glad you made me curious enough to check it out, Don, because I didn’t know that.

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    • scifihammy 8:22 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love words – and like Affluenza! 🙂
      But I do have a bit of a problem with American English – because, as Henry Higgins says, “In America they haven’t used it (English) in years!” 🙂

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    • mistermuse 9:08 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love that scene in MY FAIR LADY – in fact, the whole movie is great (though I haven’t seen it in years)! 🙂

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    • hooklineandinkwell 6:03 pm on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is grade A writing…okay, it’s A++..one of the benefits of living in a remote fishing village in Newfoundland, is that we still use words and phrases that were brought here some four hundred years ago, though we’ve managed to learn a few new ones 🙂 I love the words you have selected and I hope for America’s (and the world’s) sake, that Trumpoed will come to refer to any politician who is run out off the planet – perhaps used in place of monkeys they senftinto space during test flights. Do they still do that?

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    • mistermuse 10:56 pm on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, F. T. American politics has gotten so screwed up that it’s like the proverbial inmates running the asylum, and too many voters want simplistic answers to intractable problems of which they themselves are often the cause. We’ve been down this road before with “My way or the highway” attitudes, but not this far down in a long time.

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      • hooklineandinkwell 4:01 am on January 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You are welcome, mistermuse. Ain’t this the truth!

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    • RMW 12:19 pm on January 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting that “bailout” followed “subprime”…. we never learn from our mistakes… at least the financial institutions don’t. I have a rather mixed accent which seems to change with the time of day… and watching the video clip reminded me of the time a self-described linguist was adamant that I was from Brooklyn… he would not believe the origin of my accent was England! Most people guess Boston or Australia… don’t ask!!!!

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    • mistermuse 2:45 pm on January 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      RWW, I’m sure you’re lovable in any language….or accent! 🙂

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    • Outlier Babe 11:06 am on February 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Peachy post!

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    • mistermuse 8:55 pm on February 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Kumquaty too! 🙂

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  • mistermuse 3:40 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , By George!, Honesty is the best policy, , , My Fair Lady, , Rex Harrison,   

    GEORGE (STILL) ON MY MIND 

    I wonder how many readers of my previous post realized that its title was an old expression dating back over 300 years. According to grammarphobia.com, BY GEORGE dates from a 1694 translation of a comedy by Platus: “By George, you shan’t be a Sowce the better for what’s in it”….but “George” was used in an expression even earlier, as here (from a 1598 Ben Johnson play): “Well! he knowes what to trust to, for George.” Here is a more recent (1964) example of “By George!” by Rex Harrison in the above-average film MY FAIR LADY, starring Harrison and Audrey Hepburn:

    My larger point: the small percentage of people who know old adages and expressions  — at least, that is my impression from watching game shows like JEOPARDY!, where supposed broadly-knowledgeable players almost invariably don’t know a familiar (to me) old saying when the question arises. You may say That’s easy for me to say, an old codger who was probably around before most old sayings started. Very funny. I resemble that remark — and I’m not the only one:

    So much for idle rumors. If you’re so smart, let’s see how many of these old sayings you know at your tender age. No cheating. Remember, honesty is the best policy (why give insurance companies a legitimate excuse not to pay — they’ll give you a hard enough time on general principles). But just to keep you on your tokus, I’ll throw in several dishonest — I mean made-up — old aphorisms to see if you can separate the wheat from the shaft:

    A fool and his money are soon parted.

    A day late and a dollar early.

    A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.

    Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.

    All work and no play makes Jack an ass.

    Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.

    Better late than never.

    Blood is thicker than tomato soup.

    Close but no cigar.

    Close only counts in horseshit.

    Curiosity killed the cat.

    Do unto others before they do unto you.

    The rest is yet to come….

    ….if I do a Part Two.

     
    • arekhill1 3:47 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You forgot “virtue is its own remorse.”

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    • mistermuse 4:05 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I soitenly did (but I didn’t forget that Curly often said “soitenly”).

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    • Don Frankel 5:40 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      1 P.T. Barnum 2 Fraud Alert 3 Clarence Darrow 4 Fraud Alert 5 Fraud Alert 6 W.C. Fields 7 Anonymous 8 Fraud Alert 9 Fidel Castro 10 Fraud Alert 11 Lassie 12 Julius Caesar then he said Et tu Brute 13 Fraud Alert.

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      • mistermuse 7:11 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Don, I know you got the Fraud Alerts and Lassie right. I’ll take your word for the rest.

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    • ladysighs 5:43 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite in your list is: Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.
      It also makes the heart to wander yonder. 😦

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      • mistermuse 7:19 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Having been happily married to the same woman for only 46 years, I’ll have to take your word for it, ladysighs. 🙂

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 5:51 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am not as “old” as some people I know but I do recall those adages, mistermuse. You did not fool me with those fake ones either, by George!

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    • mistermuse 7:28 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Curses! Foiled again! 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 2:29 pm on January 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Do I win anything? I mean I just took this 12 question world history test on Facebook and got them all right and I asked did I win anything? And, well I got no answer.

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    • mistermuse 5:44 pm on January 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I got to thinking that Lassie, being a dog, couldn’t be the right answer to #11 – it had to be a horse. So even if you got the rest right, the answer to your question is literally #11.

      However, I won’t let that be the end of it – here’s some info that’s straight from the horse’s mouth, and even better than a prize: I checked Wikipedia’s “List of historical horses” and found that a horse named FRANKEL is listed as the “Highest rated horse in history” (undefeated in 14 career starts). So now, if anyone ever calls you a horse’s ass (not that anyone ever would), you can tell them to kiss your rear just like all the other losers wound up doing.

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    • carmen 5:16 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You might be interested to know that NOEL Harrison had a 300-acre farm not far from where I live, in the early 70’s; he was a well-known figure in these parts. I believe he was here for about 10 years.

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    • mistermuse 7:33 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the info. I didn’t know that, so I checked Wikipedia for the details. Turns out he bought a farmhouse & moved to Mt. Hanley, Nova Scotia, in 1972. The house burned down in the winter of 1974, but he built a new one (without electricity, would you believe) and didn’t return to England until the late 1990s. His photo shows a distinct resemblance to his father (Rex).

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      • carmen 10:34 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I graduated High School in 1975. The parties over there were lengendary by that time; many teenagers were attracted to him and the ‘characters’ he befriended. At that time, I had no idea what the big deal was about the guy. . .interested in other things, I guess. It wasn’t until years later that I finally figured out, “OH! THAT’s who he is” 🙂

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  • mistermuse 12:00 pm on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Book of Kells, , , , Importance of Being Earnest, , , , My Fair Lady, , , , satiric masterpieces, St. Patrick, ,   

    DON’T BLAME ME — I’M IRISH (PART FOUR) 

    I contemplated concluding this four-part series with thoughts and reminisences on my tour of the Emerald Isle some thirty years ago, but I have so many fond memories that I lack the time, and perhaps the words, to do them justice. Besides, recounting personal vacation trips is a dubious proposition of boring potential at best, so I’ll spare you (and me) the task, and go instead with a few swigs of St. Patrick’s Day trivia and a wee bit of Irish Lit, writ and wit.

    Let’s start with St. Patrick himself. One might assume that St. Patricks Day is celebrated on March 17 because that’s his birthday, but in fact, his exact birth date is unknown. March 17 is the day he died (in the year 461).

    The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in NYC on March 17, 1762. For more on this and other things Irish, click on these short video clips:

    http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day/videos/nyc

    As for Irish Lit, one of the earliest surviving manuscripts is the painstakingly crafted and astonishingly beautiful Book of Kells (circa 800), which I had the pleasure of viewing at Dublin’s Trinity College Library. See for yourself at:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Kells

    Ireland, of course, has produced some of the greatest satirists and masterpieces of wit in history, including Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest), George Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion, on which My Fair Lady is based), and John Millington Synge (The Playboy of the Western World). Excellent movies (and some not-so-excellent re-makes) have been made of all, and I close with a quote or a clip from each:

    The tiny Lilliputians surmise that Gulliver’s watch may be his God, because it is that which, he admits, he seldom does anything without consulting.  –Gulliver’s Travels (1939)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eymdx4xomM  –The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EADz07k_wXU  –Pygmalion (1938)

    …if it’s a poor thing to be lonesome, it’s worse maybe to go mixing with the fools of earth.  –The Playboy of the Western World (1962)

    May this St. Patrick’s Day find you neither lonesome nor with the fools of earth.

     
    • arekhill1 1:45 pm on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Been years since I read the Playboy of the Western World. thanks for reminding me of it.

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    • mistermuse 4:07 pm on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I own a two-record (33 1/3 rpm) box set of the play recorded by Cyril Cusack (who played the playboy) Productions of Dublin in 1955. The accompanying booklet relates how the play’s first performance in Dublin in 1907 caused a riot because, as the Irish Times wrote, “the majority of theatregoers are not accustomed to remoreless truth.” The 1911 American premiere caused “one of the noisiest rows ever seen in a New York theatre.”

      I find it extremely interesting that one of the play’s champions was none other than ex-President Teddy Roosevelt, who wrote that “The little crowd of denaturalized Irishmen who tried to prevent the performance of The Playboy of the Western World by the Irish players in New York City have succeeded in doing precisely what was needed to bring the play to public attention.”

      How much, and yet how little, people and times have changed since then.

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