Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 is now history.

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
― Omar Khayyám

Or, as we say in America, "you are lost and gone forever, dreadful sorry, Clementine."

Well, we don't say it, but I do.


It's part of my charm.

As Petula Clark used to sing, "When you're alone, and life is making you lonely you can always go d'antan".

Except you can't.

Now go out there and win one for the Gipper.


  1. Easy does it. After all you only live once. All we are saying is give peace a chance.

  2. You have charm?

    A very happy new year to you, Mr Brague!

  3. 'Clementine' was in a Community Song book from my childhood and we used to sing it round the piano.

  4. For your information - when you think that Petula Clark is singing "d'antan", she is in reality singing "down town". Glad to be of service.

  5. Emma, I suppose if I can quote Omar Khayyam you can quote John Lennon.

    kylie, of course I have charm. I’m almost sure of it.

    Graham, we had a book like that too!

    Yorkshire Pudding, I’m fairly certain Francois Villon did not write “Where are the snows of downtown?’

  6. The holidays are over, you simply must lay off the eggnog! Love all the wonderful family photos. You and Mrs RWP are fabulously photogenic! Happy New Year to you...I simply must check in more often to see what you're up to (I'm pretty sure you're always up to something!)

  7. Hilltophomesteader/Pam, I’ll have you know the 2017-2018 holiday season has been completely eggnog-free in our household, and in previous celebrations that were not eggnog-free, the eggnog consisted of egg and nog only, plus either nutmeg or cinnamon (I forget which) and nothing alcoholic. I did take some cough medicine this week but it was non-alcoholic too. What I am trying to say is that my posts always come from a completely clear head, which somehow is getting clearer and clearer as it empties out.

  8. And Petula Clark also sang, "I know a place where the music is fine and the lights are always low. I know a place where we can go.."

    I have no idea, but all of a sudden I'm thinking of Howard Cosell.

    Yep and yay, 2017 is now history. Here's to a better future history happening in 2018, y'all and cheerio for now.


  9. Happy Blue Ears! (altered bearing in mind where I am x)

    I like Mr Gipper's pants, they're cracking.

    Onwards and upwards sir! X

  10. klahanie/Gary, I know I can be thick at times, but I don’t understand why Petula Clark’s song made you think of Howard Costello — someone please enlighten me!

    I was hoping someone would click on the Gipper link, so thank you making my day!

    1. The last part of that comment was supposed to have All Consuming’s name attached to it but Apple phones don’t always work as advertised.

  11. Okay, let me sort of clarify what I meant. The connection, rather loosely, was to do with, The Gipper and being that both the Gipper and Howard Cosell, relates to the NFL. I was attempting to show my knowledge of North American stuff even though I'm now living in the UK.

    I have no idea who Howard Costello is :)

    Sorry for any confusion, my esteemed friend.


  12. Gary, got it. The connection was not Petula Clark to you to Howard Cosell, it was from the Gipper to you to Howard Cosell— which reminds me of another famous North American connection (in baseball, not football), Tinker to Evers to Chance, which also reminds me that I have no idea who Howard Costello is either (yours truly was not paying enough attention to the wonderful smartphone feature known as predictive text) but I do know who Lou Costello is/was, half of the famous Abbott and Costello comedy team who gave the world the classic routine about baseball players, “Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know’s on third base.” And if you can follow all that, your North American credentials are still valid and in working order!

    P.S. - Thanks for the clarification; it cleared up my addled brain immediately.