Sunday 18 March 2018

Miranda: pin art

Quite a few years ago, Miranda got given a "pin art" penguin as a birthday present from either Nancy (Nanxing) or Sophie. ANd she enjoyed it, and did some more. And proudly displayed them in her room. But now she is 16 and they are left behind. I think she is right to bin them, as she did. But I can't quite bear to lose all trace of them, hence these pictures. These are the raw photos, uncropped and not colour balanced.






Friday 9 March 2018

Film review: Black Panther

In my defence, Miriam took us to it. As a film, it was fun. Read more about it at wiki. There's a kind of plot, there are action scenes, there are fight scenes, and there is some moralising. Though the moralisation is shallow: don't do bad things; and people with good lives should help people with bad lives if they can.

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Fortune is bald behind

And so must be seized by the forelock. Which is to say... it is easy to see things in retrospect. A proverb I first met in the form in one of Patrick O'Brian's book; I think in the mouth of Captain Aubrey (no! It was the governor).

To my delight, I find it in Carmina Burana:

Verum est, quod legitur,
fronte capillata,
sed plerumque sequitur
Occasio calvata.
It is written in truth,
that she [Fortuna] has a fine head of hair,
but, when it comes to seizing an opportunity
she is bald.