I killed a bee with this egregious New Yorker


More Celia Johnson

tubechopped her speech from Noel Coward’s “In Which We Serve” (1942).

Fact (?) I learned in college: Goebbels was constantly infuriated and impressed by how much better and subtler American and English propaganda films were.

[Celia Johnson] later recalled her choice of an acting career with the comment, “I thought I’d rather like it. It was the only thing I was good at. And I thought it might be rather wicked.”

She was married to Peter Fleming, brother of Ian.  He held his own in the adventuring department:

In April 1932 Fleming replied to an advertisement in the personal columns of The Times: “Exploring and sporting expedition, under experienced guidance, leaving England June to explore rivers central Brazil, if possible ascertain fate Colonel Percy Fawcett; abundant game, big and small; exceptional fishing; ROOM TWO MORE GUNS; highest references expected and given.”

The expedition, organised by Richard Churchyard, travelled to São Paulo, then overland to the rivers Araguaia and Tapirapé, heading towards the likely last-known position of the Fawcett expedition. During the inward journey, the expedition was riven by increasing internal disagreements as to its objectives and plans, centred particularly on its local leader, ‘Major Pingle’ (a pseudonym).

Here is a picture of him from this intriguing blog:


Sometimes you learn a fact from history that gives perspective

Ho Chi Minh’s brother, according to wikipedia, was a geomancer.

Geomancy ( Greek: γεωμαντεία, “earth divination”) is a method of divination that interprets markings on the ground or the patterns formed by tossed handfuls ofsoil, rocks, or sand. The most prevalent form of divinatory geomancy involves interpreting a series of 16 figures formed by a randomized process that involves recursion followed by analyzing them, often augmented with astrological interpretations.


Celia Johnson

is cool:


North Shore Homesick?

Sometimes my friends from the North Shore of Massachusetts who live in New York get homesick and call me up, desperate for a solution.  Always I tell them the same thing!  “Go to the 760 galleries on the second floor of the Met!”

There you can see Childe Hassam’s “The Church at Gloucester”:

Then you can see Winslow Homer’s “Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide):

Then you can see “Stage Fort Across Gloucester Harbor” by our boy FHL:

“Thanks Hely!” they say.


VACATION!

ht the great FK for the photo, from the wikipedia entry for “Shorts”


Paloma Faith

Gotta admit, like what she’s up to.  Who can make an introduction?  Coming in just ahead of this blog’s firm three minute rule: