On approaching 80
This week of Facebook: Is pure self-indulgence — a birthday present to myself if you will — I was born on Sunday 21 May 1939 and today I became 78 years old. I shall be 84 and then 89 the next time my birthday falls on a Sunday, which looks about as far ahead as I have planned the crop rotation in my garden.
As a change I have indulged myself with an advance of my own articles (reprises) that didn’t have a social media, political or economic theme. Finding them turned out to be quite difficult but 20012 was a good year for this. Since then I have (perhaps) become increasingly curmudgeonly. I was surprised — although I shouldn’t have been — at the influence of rhyming verse!
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.
I’m not sure that applies to me but the following poem by William Blake might:
Thy summer’s play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush’d away.
Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?
For I dance
And drink & sing;
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.
If thought is life
And strength & breath;
And the want
Of thought is death;
Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die.
I started blogging sometime around 2008 (I think), eventually settling for the now defunct My Telegraph blog site. I entered the social media world with the intention of using it to write a fictional story but soon gave that notion up and instead became an ardent blogger. Very early on in my blogging-persona I wrote the following piece. I’m sure that you will recognise The Very Model of a Blogger Very General as a parody of The Major-General’s Song by Gilbert and Sullivan and if the sing along is too fast for you then here are the lyrics to the G&S version.
Moonglow (22/1/2012): I did fall in love at this moment with Kim Novak and the musical theme Moonglow.
Machismo and the modern man (8/3/2012): Language being one of the many subversive elements used to change society… .
Hubris (5/8/2012): Whatever the medium, it seems that it must service vicarious pleasures and in that our own hubris.
A musical interlude (25/8/2012): I doubt if many people, including myself, can name Ivor Novello as being the composer of many pieces of music that we instantly recognise.
Chick Flicks (3/12/2012): My wife was surprised that I enjoyed the film so much, but perhaps not as surprised as I was.
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