Shakespeare’s omnipresence is  fun.  At least I think he’s everywhere, then and now, and I love that about him.  It’s amazing how he seems to have something to say about everything and everyone.

Old as wine yet fresh as a spring morning, this year marks the 450th anniversary of his birth.  The Shakespeare World is alive with celebrations.

shakespear 6~ Stratford ~

Truth is I used to resist Shakespeare in school until I went crazy about anything Jane Austen. Suddenly I chant Sonnet 116 ala Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken….

shakespear 4~ the wife’s abode ~

And for a thorough helping of insult, try this one from Henry IV. Nothing beats what Shakespeare fancies tickling. These are words only a Shakespeare can pull off.  Is the Bard cheeky or what?

“Away, you scullion! you rampallion! you fustilarian!
I’ll tickle your catastrophe.”
–Falstaff from “2 Henry IV” (2.1.68)

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Railway Man

Recently I watched The Railway Man, a film about a former British Army officer who was tormented as a prisoner of war during World War 2.  He discovers that the man responsible for much of the ill treatment he received at a Japanese labor camp is still alive. He then sets out to confront him.

Reasons for watching the film I may have a few:

  1. It stars Mr Darcy alias Colin Firth
  2. It is nice to recall trips I made to filming locations in Thailand

Right next to me in the tour van on a latest tour of the Death Railway in Kanchanaburi was a Japanese guy in his early twenties.  Our chat went like this:

“So you studied in London?”

“I had to… Dad’s assignment was there – banking and finance… How did you find London?”

“Cold. Expensive. Perfect for the history lover in me.”

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In grad school I took a course in International Negotiation where I learned this bit of advice on dealing with the Japanese: do not talk about World War II.  I had a Japanese classmate who kept on chuckling when we smilingly turned to her as this point in the lecture came up.

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Railway Man Eric Lomax got into trouble for building a radio. As I remember from the film he also loved trains. My favorite part is of course resolution: getting over a “lifetime of bitterness and hate.”  Forgiveness. Peace.

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From the Mango Rights Corporation, here’s part of a poem titled If You Were a Mango

…  I’ve seen a pumpkin turn into a coach
and rats turn into coachmen
So I see no reason why
You can’t turn into a mango

‘cos the 1st deadly sin
I’d gladly commit for you

Your gluttonous concubine
I’m obsessed with you

Raid every fruit store from Brixton to Lewisham
to stock up on you

Chutney, salad, smoothie
Get gastronomically sensual with you

Turn Buckingham Palace into a mango plantation
I dare her to defy you

I know
is just having its own fantasy
Mentally playing me
with thoughts of you

and though it was fun while it lasted
now I think it’s time
to think of a different fruit

or veggie if you like!

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Staying alive

It was past nine p.m on the fifth floor.  I dragged myself to the lift while dreaming of hitting the sack as soon as I got out of the university gates.  Another lecturer looked as bored as I was but he smiled, “how’s it going…?”

“Almost dead,” I wanted to respond as I touched play on my galaxy note and the Bee Gees came staying alive in my ears. Ok, back to the game. 🙂


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Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy. ~ (Sonnet VIII) William Shakespeare

butterfly pea, yellow potCommentaries on Shakespeare’s sonnet 8 (here and here) suggest a theme of joy in a family which is similar to harmony in music.

This photo captures several sources of joy for me. Most notably after the obvious is that post card from a bloggity friend  whom I am planning to take a European literary tour with in five years. We would of course begin the tour in England.

Just thinking about that is joy that keeps me looking at life positively.

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Sometimes I laugh at recalling how, not very long ago, I thought British Invasion was something like fighter jets and battleships, handsome generals and gorgeous ammo. How did I end up picking a James Bond soundtrack…? It must have been an association with The Beatles, one group at the forefront of the BI phenomenon. Thanks to the internet it didn’t take me long to find out that the film series from Ian Fleming’s works began about the same time The Beatles released their Love Me Do record.


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hiraeth (n.) a homesickness for a home to which you can not return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past

Hiraeth is a Welsh word and pronounced ‘hEr-rIth;  HEER-eyeth, with a fast heer and a soft th (other-worldly.tumbler.com)

hathaway's cottageHathaway’s Home

church in the moors 1a little church in the North York Moors

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