Love is pleasing

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
I wish I was a youth again
But a youth again I can never be
Till apples grow on an ivy tree

I left me father, I left me mother
I left all my sisters and brothers too
I left all my friends and me own religion
I left them all for to follow you

But the sweetest apple is the soonest rotten
And the hottest love is the soonest cold
And what can’t be cured love has to be endured love
And now I am bound for America

Oh love is pleasin’ and love is teasin’
And love is a pleasure when first it’s new
But as it grows older sure the love grows colder
And it fades away like the morning dew

And love and porter makes a young man older
And love and whiskey makes him old and grey
And what can’t be cured love has to be endured love
And now I am bound for America

Clare Bannerman in Kilrush, County Clare


Robert Hardy and Shakespeare | The Shakespeare blog

Rogues & Vagabonds

Coriolanus, 1959, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Directed by Peter Hall. Menenius (Harry Andrews), Valeria (Vanessa Redgrave) and Virgilia (Mary Ure) witness Volumnia (Edith Evans) raging at the tribunes, Sicinius Brutus (Robert Hardy) and Junius Brutus (Peter Woodthorpe). Photo by Angus McBean. (c) RSC

On Thursday 3 August 2017 one of the UK’s best-loved actors, Robert Hardy, died. His family described him as “Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified” and most of his admirers would agree. I remember him best as Robert Dudley in the 1971 TV series Elizabeth R to Glenda Jackson’s Queen, just one of his many roles. Late in life he found an entirely new audience through…

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Guess the German Word Game

Genausländers: Ich bin neu hier.

The German language is famous for stringing short words together to make long words, sometimes really long words.  Even Germans find it occasionally ridiculous.  But it does make it a bit easier for someone just learning the language to puzzle out the meanings of unknown words.  Unfortunately, as in English, sometimes it’s not so obvious.  Here is a list of my favorite compound German words, along with a literal translation of each part.  See if you can guess what they mean.

German Word……………..Literal Translation

Meerschweinchen …………..ocean + pig + diminutive ending

Schnurrbart…………………..purr or line/cord + beard

Schneebesen…………………..snow + broom

Wackelpudding……………….. bounce/jiggle + pudding

Hörnchen……………………….horn + diminutive ending

Eichhörnchen…………………red + horn + diminutive ending

Wasserstoff …………………….water + material/matter/stuff

Trinkgeld……………………….drink + money

Glühbirne………………………glow + pear

Have you made your best guesses?  Click hereto see the answers.

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A Dangerous Method (2011)

Sabina Spielrein@s life was very interessting indeed and would reward further study. See also


D: David Cronenberg / 99m

Cast: Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon

A movie examining the intellectual and professional battle between Carl Jung (Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Mortensen) may not be the most obvious choice for David Cronenberg to direct, but there’s long been a psycho-sexual element to his movies that fits in quite easily with Jung and Freud’s combative attitudes about notions of sexual repression (though even they may have balked at some of the ideas Cronenberg came up with during his Seventies output). What emerges though is a movie that concentrates as much on the machinations of the mind as it does on the pleasures of the flesh.

The movie opens in 1902, with the arrival of Sabina Spielrein (Knightley) at the Burghölzli, a psychiatric hospital in Zurich. Sabina displays extreme manic behaviour and contorts her body into uncomfortable positions as an expression of…

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Paris Favourites: Passages

Bonjour Peach

Two weeks ago we spent a rainy weekend exploring some of the passages in the Grands Boulevards area of the city. I find that Grands Boulevards can be a bit overwhelming with loads of touristy shops and restaurants, but once you enter into the passages the crowds fall away and you’re in a different world. I think that they’re a great bit of ‘hidden Paris’ and I love the antique storefronts and intricate designs.

Il y a deux semaines, nous avons passé un week-end pluvieux par explorer cdes passages dans la quartier de Grand Boulevards. Je trouve que Grands Boulevards est parfois un peu “trop” avec toutes ses magasins et restaurants touristiques, mais quandvous entrez dans les passages, c’est comme vous êtes dans un monde différent. Je pense qu’ils sont un peu insolite et j’adore les magasins anciens et les designs complexes.

Galerie Vivienne (my favourite).

Galerie Vivienne (mon…

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