Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Friday, 26 July 2013

the great picnic...

Kiln Cottage | Diptford | Devon | TQ9

Where evacuees spent time during the Second World War - resonant with the start of a piece about war: a beautiful week of reading, writing, reminiscing, sleeping and Woody Allen...

Sunday, 21 July 2013

'the great warrior' begins...


A British Soldier - World War I
A German Soldier - World War II
A Soldier - The War in Afghanistan

The Nurse
The Mother
The Girlfriend

The Child

Saturday, 20 July 2013

cartoon strip...

  • 1930's
  • cartoon
  • orphanage
  • the white house
  • mansion
  • capitalism
  • musical
  • 86 years publication
  • action adventure
  • adoption
  • a radio show

"Little Orphant Annie"
by James Whitromb Riley

Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other children, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
Ef you
Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,--
An' when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wuzn't there at all!
An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,
An' seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'-wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an' roundabout:--
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you
An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
An' make fun of ever' one, an' all her blood-an'-kin;
An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there,
She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you
An' little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
An' the lightnin'-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
You better mind yer parunts, an' yer teachurs fond an' dear,
An' churish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you

Friday, 19 July 2013

bantham beach and bigbury island

1974 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979 | 1983 | 1993 | 2000 | 2013
8 yrs | 9 yrs | 10 yrs | 11 yrs | 12 yrs | 16 yrs | 27 yrs | 34 yrs | 47!

How is it that time can have stood still for 39 years?
There was just a little bit more natural flotsam and jetsam...
But the sand dunes were there - the same.
And the sand banks materialised with the tides.
There were kids running and jumping in the deep and fast-flowing Avon - as we used to: the excitement and fear!
There were more rocks - it seemed.
The sand was as fine as remembered.
There were barb-b-q's but no sandwiches and apple pies!
There were more wet-suits.
Men carried the ice- boxes: the kids the buckets and spades (in their wet-suits).
I don't remember so many swooping seagulls but I suppose the burgers were tempting...
Then to Dartington, Totnes, Parkland et al.

Monday, 1 July 2013

take a look at my tan...

by David Wood

The Wilde Theatre
South Hill Park Arts Centre
December 1991

Aged 25: I lost a stone in weight in that costume!
Review: 'Handsome Hunk of Biscuit' - Bracknell News