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i went to 'good' prep and public boarding schools in s. england and was 'asked to leave' from both, early...

so at 16 i went to a crammer, asked to leave from that, had a private tutor, who was an eccentric genius, but we had too much fun to pass a-levels, so i went to another day-crammer and got 3 a-levels, in english, german and french.

happily shook off academics as a waste of time, and launched off into the experiential, hitching around morocco for 6 months, coming back to london, earning a bit of money doing shit jobs, then bailed to india overland, through yugoslavia, bulgaria, greece, turkey, iran, afghanistan down to tamil nadu, where i studied yoga at an ashram.

got tired of being asked to give pseudo-adulation to a conman, so took off walking and hitching round s. india for three more months.

went back to england, found no avenues open, so got a job working in vineyards, raised the money to go the states, worked shit jobs there, and in my late thirties went to massage school, obtained my state license with a 100% exam score, and went on to further studies in thai massage in bangkok, craniosacral in switzerland and california, and various other healing disciplines here and there.

by then i had regained the joy in owning an intellect, and had discovered public television in the usa, opening a passion for public affairs and history/politics which has never left, leading me here!

i studied choir music in summer school, and had the privilege of singing with big choirs at salisbury and st albans, which had a bigger effect on me than i realised at the time, exposing me to extraordinary acoustics and mystical architecture.

i studied one term's piano when i was 9, which also had a much deeper effect than i realised.

swept up in the brilliant musical waves that rolled across england during my teen years, i got into folk and blues guitar, and performed at little clubs in london like the troubadour, in earl's court.

got into songwriting while in the usa, and this has become my main avenue of self-expression, along with instrumental piano pieces.

now i'm studying organic farming and land management.

have been a voracious reader since the age of 4, had a psychic orgasm when the whole earth catalogue came out, and love learning about almost anything my mind can grasp.

so i know very little indeed about quite a lot of things, and would adore a university environment at this point in my life, if i could decide what to study there...

architecture, ceramics, computer music recording, music composition, electronics, amp modding, solar plumbing?

aspiration?

to be as much of a 'sodding polymath' (lol!) as i can be!

i always liked hanging out with folks smarter than me, and i sure lucked out here at ET!!

i guess you all must need a token dropout to give the views of a brain untramelled from too much academia...

helen,  i love your diaries!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 01:07:29 AM EST
helen,  i love your diaries!

Crumbs, thanks and to everyone else who's said that. I really don't quite know what you see in them cos everybody else's diaries are about politics and serious stuff while I just write about beer, cheese and bellydancing. Plus I bellyache a lot in response to other's diaries.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 07:10:04 AM EST
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No one sane gives a shit about politics and serious stuff if they don't have to. Beer, cheese and dancing are, on the other hand, always important.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 07:17:35 AM EST
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Thanks for reminding me about 'crumbs' - hardly anyone uses it any more. But I've always liked it. My father's favourite was 'Blimey, O'Reilly'. I used 'cripes' a lot when I read comics.

I was most pleased to hear one of my daughter's use 'It looks a bit black over Bill's mother's' the other day, in connection with some nasty clouds. Bill's mother, of course, lives in whatever direction you define. It is a Leicester expression, now living on in Swedish-Finnish culture ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 07:58:18 AM EST
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My mother and Grandmother both used to use Bills mother being from Kettering and Rothwell, although my Girlfriend thinks some of my sayings are a bit odd (but what would she know, she's a cockney)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 11:47:02 AM EST
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I am sure a PhD could be derived from a study of the spread of such memes. In fact, didn't Iona and Peter Opie do a book about it?


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 11:55:35 AM EST
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Polly put the kettle on, the childrens nursery rhyme is a Northamptonshire story about the murder of a woman in a domestic violence situation. Unfortunately the place that it originates from is now a supermarket car park.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 12:05:11 PM EST
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Now you've reminded me of 'Who let Polly out of prison?' as a polite request for the origin of anonymous flatulence.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 12:09:55 PM EST
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Oh dear - I forgot the diary title....

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 12:11:31 PM EST
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If you google "polly put the kettle on" you'll find several pages claiming
"Polly put the kettle on" was published in 1797. The origin of "Polly put the kettle on"  was based on the author having five children - two boys and three girls. There were constant arguments as the boys wanted to play soldiers and the girls wanted to play house! When the girls wanted to play without their brothers they would pretend to start a game of tea party "Polly put the kettle on" and the daughter, called Polly, would put the toy kettle on! As soon as the brothers left Sukey (or Susan) would take it off again! Their father was so amused by this ploy that he set it to words and added the music which were subsequently published.
or something to that effect. What gives?

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 12:10:32 PM EST
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There is folklore, but no folk law.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 12:13:30 PM EST
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Was at a presentation by an eminent Historian talking about local history who produced  a pile of documents perporting to be the history of said nursery rhyme. the story she presented was that it was the story of an argument at a hose next door to a local pub. the landlady of the pub was asked to put the kettle on to calm the argument down however before the kettle had boiled the husband had killed the wife, and so the landlady asked one of her members of staff to take the kettle off as the wife was dead and it was all too late.  She showed how local documentation could illustrate details of local history in unexpected ways, the other part of the lecture  showed that the towns royal hotel, had never had queen Victoria stay there, and that Charles Dickens had hidden several miles away when he visited to cover a local election because the local kids were all robbers and the women were all prostitutes. So all of the good Burghers of the town who were present were less than impressed.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 12:21:01 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 05:02:41 PM EST
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you call that bellyaching?

superior snark dispenser, i'd say.

your grasp of the histoy of the labour party i found highly illuminating, and your experience at the bbc gave you a lot of insights into britpol and the media.

whenever you say you're off for a while, i sigh, then you come back and lay another golden egg!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 02:26:06 AM EST
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