Archive for July, 2010

From Twitter 07-30-2010

Saturday, July 31st, 2010
  • 10:35:56: Morning, all. Partly cloudy today. I go to meet my friend Dr David for lunch later, assuming that Nursie turns up to administer the IV…
  • 11:54:38: How to become the oldest man in Tokyo: die and let your family keep your body for 30 years & pretend you’re still alive.
  • 13:50:29: @Sgboy01 should have squeezed out a nutt in the gym shower instead.
  • 17:28:44: Back from lunch with Dr David; Balans for the first time in a long time. Great burger. Great conversation.
  • 17:29:25: #FF @islurpp — because he’s an interesting guy and it was his birthday yesterday so who could resist following him!
  • 20:29:58: @pacificgalaxy Don’t feel u have to read Twitter. What kind of things r u interested in? We might be able to direct u to good tweets for u.
  • 23:08:05: #FF love to @PlayboyAdonis who is a prince among Tweeters and a great looking man…
  • 23:09:20: #ff to @mariocruzxxx whose blog is rich with pics that please (lots of us, anyway)
  • 23:14:37: RT @bbcnews: A N London grocery store is committing “wildlife massacre” by selling squirrel meat, an animal welfare..
  • 23:17:39: @TylerMorgyn Thanx for the RT–got a bit behind in my work, as the butcher said when he backed into the meat grinder.
  • 23:23:51: My #ff philosophy is to highlight 1 or 2 of the best each week & say what I enjoy in their tweets. They’ll get quality follows that way!
  • 23:26:55: #ff @jonk @soveren & @seismic007 All funny, met one in meatspace, almost met another, not met the third. Great pic and link love, all 3.
  • 23:30:31: #ff @shelbycub Tweeter, blogger, podcast maker, standup comedian (ask about Apple Brown Betty) and tweets/blog/podcast worth intense attn.
  • 23:34:23: Oh, and I can’t forget #ff @ltdanchoi who is a hero of the LGBT movement & a prince of a man who got a raw deal from the US Army, & handsome
  • 23:39:45: #ff @atomicskunk who is a great composer. I enjoyed his music immensely and HOS uses it in its mixes as well–high praise for his music.
  • 23:41:25: #ff @episcopalcafe Always tweets the latest skinny about the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Lots o’ links back to the blog.
  • 23:44:39: That’s enuf in-depth #ff love for this wk. Don’t worry, I’ll be telling my tweeps why I & you should follow people next wk. If I remember…
  • 23:46:25: So, tweeps and peeps, I’m off to the land of Nod. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do, now. Play nice. Put toys away after playing. CYA!
  • 23:47:44: @jonk @seismic007 Looks like a certain chalk man of my acquaintance
  • 23:49:50: @mariocruzxxx I loved Thursday’s blog entry. Were the pics taken on Talk Like A Pirate Day? 😉 xxx and keep smiling!
  • 23:55:27: Thad’s crime: 1 ear sticking out more than the other? RT DentonPolice: 07/30/2010 17:42 | 26 yo |

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From Twitter 07-29-2010

Friday, July 30th, 2010
  • 07:32:00: @icezworld Maybe you hang out with older colleagues because they have more to teach you?
  • 16:25:59: Back from the quack: I have Stenotrophomonas maltophilin on the side ulcer. Goody.
  • 17:47:26: @internetsdairy Possibly so that they can aim the X-ray accurately. Hard to tell where your nipples (for example) are under a loose shirt.
  • 17:52:28: No shoes, no shirt, no license RT DentonPolice: 07/29/2010 09:34 | 26 yo | Bond: $300 | NO DRIVER’S LICENSE
  • 17:53:28: You might try the local Eagle… RT DentonPolice: 07/29/2010 09:20 | 25 yo | SOLICIT/SOLICITATION BY PEDESTRIAN
  • 17:55:01: Blackadder’s kid Mike Blackadder… RT DentonPolice: 07/29/2010 09:10 | 27 yo | DPD WARRANT
  • 17:55:39: Driving while Goofy… RT DentonPolice: 07/29/2010 03:20 | 23 years old | DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED
  • 17:57:20: Loving Cup Tim… RT DentonPolice: 07/29/2010 01:49 | 25 yo | CRIM MISCH >$50
  • 17:59:29: @internetsdairy For a happy ending, perhaps?
  • 19:05:01: Most Radio4 comedy is crap these days: Secret World this week is quite funny: Rowan Williams send up! for 1 wk only!
  • 19:06:43: RT @TheBlackoutBlog: RT @WilsonJeffrey: creative toppings, but not the best cupcake. // best description of a boy I’ve heard this summer!
  • 22:40:00: @Fox_Mullder No, you don’t depress me. I always like reading your tweets and looking at the occasional picture…keep it up.
  • 23:51:31: @islurpp Happy birthday to youuuuuu…..and many happy returns of the day!

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Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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Today’s Slang URL

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Not being from rural England, and not being up on the latest slang, I was amused by this article from the Register that referred to jam rags. If you follow the link, you’ll find a helpful picture, which I will even more helpfully produce below:

I think that the production people were playing a prank on the actors. Unfortunately, when it went out, some people were annoyed about having to see such things on a shopping list chalked on a board on the wall.

However, I presume the makers of feminine hygiene products and Preparation H were delighted at the unusual advertising opportunity.

Nota bene: Emmerdale is a UK TV soap opera set in some unspecified rural area of England.

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Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 07-27-2010

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
  • 00:10:36: Well, tweeps & peeps, time for bed. I just discovered that I can post to LJ & my WordPress blog at the same time. Will investigate 2morrow.
  • 09:29:51: @IvyBean104 Much love and many prayers for Ivy coming from me.
  • 09:31:18: Yes, we want a Twitpic! RT @BentoSet: @alexgohdd wahahaah big? seeing is believing LOL
  • 10:35:06: @IvyBean104 Sydney is 10 h ahead of us, Perth is 8 h ahead. New Zealand is, I believe, 12 h ahead.
  • 10:46:00: Morning, tweeps and peeps. Waiting for workman and for nurse. My flat is a “waiting room”.
  • 14:43:05: workmen are gone, tiling done in loo and plumbling anchored to the floor.
  • 16:40:19: @JoexEd Sorry about that. I’ve been boning up on my Masonic memorisation and just got back. Waiting for a thunderstorm in London.
  • 16:56:56: @danvesma Will put that on the agenda next time we go to Wales.
  • 16:57:40: @BrianHeys Constantly feeling drunk is OK unless you’re a glass of water (thanks and a tip of the hat to Douglas Adams). Hope it’s OK.
  • 17:00:59: Effing police helicopter hovering over the Elephant and Castle. What a pain.
  • 17:02:13: RT @bbcnews: Nearly 2 mil counterfeit £1 coins were returned 2 the Royal Mint in the last financial year, figures show.
  • 23:25:46: @JoexEd Yeah, I’m Master of my Lodge ( ) this year and we must memorise all the ceremony. Very good discipline!
  • 23:27:17: @IvyBean104 Much love and prayers for Ivy.
  • 23:29:08: Well, tweeps and peeps, time for bed. Spare a thought for @IvyBean104 the 104-y-o Tweeter. She is not feeling well and needs good thoughts.

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From Twitter 07-26-2010

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
  • 08:55:02: Morning, all. Pretty grey day in London today. Great article in the Economist this week about excessive incarceration in the United States.
  • 15:18:11: Time for studying over muffins and coffee! Yay!
  • 19:49:05: @danvesma tnx. i thought it was a bit earlier but seems to be a bit of folk art.

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Monday, July 26th, 2010

A BBC broadcast tonight called Material World (a regular BBC Radio 4 feature on science) had a section on earworms, a subject that’s come up in this blog before. Well, there is a research project going on here in the UK about it and, if you’re quick, you can get in on a drawing for

From Twitter 07-25-2010

Monday, July 26th, 2010
  • 08:02:08: Twink alert in Denton! RT DentonPolice: 07/25/2010 00:29 | 21 yo | INOPERABLE BRAKE LAMPS,TAIL LAMPS OR HEADLAMPS
  • 08:04:53: Stop that, deputy! I’ll come quietly. RT DentonPolice: 07/24/2010 01:55 | 23 yo | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOX
  • 15:10:22: Blueberry cornmeal muffins are in the oven, I’m just waiting…
  • 15:11:45: @Shelbycub Strange; I just put some muffins in the oven…no frosting, tho… 🙁
  • 15:21:55: @tug You know anything about the Mole Jazz shop and when and why it closed? This blogger would love to know.
  • 15:55:48: @tug OK, just a shot in the dark.
  • 17:29:53: @soveren i suppose if you have no one around to hug u u could hug urself…
  • 17:37:50: @soveren made a great excuse for a tweet tho
  • 18:36:19: @danvesma that’s the beginning of a blessing…hard to depict in 2 dimensions. perhaps his arm should have been bent a bit.
  • 18:36:56: @GaySkyHooker you’re back! and as randy as evah! welcome home, darling! mwah!
  • 18:56:35: Forgot to say, the blueberry almond corn muffins were very good. 8 left now out of 12.
  • 19:01:51: @soveren nigahiga is always funny. he pings my ‘dar, by the way.
  • 19:03:02: @soveren but does he ping? that’s the question. unrequited lust is terrible…
  • 23:16:42: @infernoxv If you feel like a curmudgeon where on Earth would you find one at 6 am??
  • 23:19:41: Well, tweeps and peeps, time for beddy-bye. Foot feel better now than usual at night…need to keep my straps loose for maximum comfort…

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From Twitter 07-23-2010

Saturday, July 24th, 2010
  • 09:55:20: @soveren i wake up to Today on BBC Radio 4. What are you waking up to?
  • 10:16:12: Morning, all. Had a very bad night’s sleep last night. Can’t tell why tho. Sleep is a mystery.
  • 13:03:55: @soveren a new mattress…or a new bedroom? 😉
  • 13:05:54: #FF @JabalWaskito @soveren @TylerMorgyn @Huntermoore @JoexEd @Perfect_Aries @LegalMoose @NixonAzukiT @thoburn @Naoji @tug all fine tweeters!
  • 13:07:01: @soveren I’ve considered buying a new one but I’m married to a Singaporean! They squeeze a penny so tight the Queen screams for mercy!
  • 13:09:38: @soveren I’ll bring it up again and since he’s also having sleep problems maybe I can get approval to begin shopping for a new one…
  • 19:12:30: @BubblePOPPA Soapy nuts are my fave…
  • 20:28:36: #listeningto “Harry Christophers: The Sixteen, Spem in alium”

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From Twitter 07-22-2010

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
  • 10:17:49: Morning, tweeps and peeps. Foot on Microsoft Natural Keyboard almost broke this morning. Now recuperating with Crazy Glue.
  • 12:34:02: @LegalMoose I can’t move my toes anymore. No, of course, you KNOW what I means…
  • 12:36:13: @LegalMoose You may even know what I MEAN…
  • 18:29:04: why the flying-F don’t Microsoft make the plastic feet of their natural keyboards more durable? I’ve broken loads of them now… MS #FAIL
  • 18:33:51: @JoexEd A bit of a headache is what’s onda’ing… 😉 how r u??
  • 18:35:36: I’d pay 4 him.. RT DentonPolice: 07/22/2010 10:57 | 20 yo | Bond: $569 | FAIL TO MAINTAIN FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
  • 18:38:46: @Perfect_Aries GWIP material man…
  • 18:50:43: @Perfect_Aries guys with iphones take a look i’m sure you’ll like it…
  • 19:44:08: @Perfect_Aries Oh dear! Wasn’t me. I’ve never posted anything there.
  • 22:57:08: @Huntermoore I’m really sorry. Shaving a cat is probably even harder than herding several. I hope your cat is OK.
  • 23:22:34: OK, tweeps, fabeeps, and peeps, time to retire. I’m pooped. Be good, and if you can’t be good, be careful.

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From Twitter 07-21-2010

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
  • 23:17:56: Well, tweeps & peeps, I took a Twitterbreak today & didn’t post at all. Regular service may be resumed tomorrow. Good night all…
  • 23:18:35: @NixonAzukiT There is no difference. I just had to wake up to give myself my pills & injection then go to sleep again.

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From Twitter 07-20-2010

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
  • 08:13:39: Morning, all. Grey day in London. I feel better this morning. Let’s see how the day progresses.
  • 09:09:14: @Naoij Thot of u last night as I watched a program on Eden about ants and they explained about the flying ants and their mating habits.
  • 09:09:34: @NixonAzukiT Can I drink bourbon instead?
  • 16:49:31: @riazat_butt sorry about that…cultural problem with caucasians. if you’re name isn’t caucasian/christian it is confusing.
  • 16:49:56: @riazat_butt and it also brings on grocer’s apostrophe too…
  • 17:44:26: @soveren moooooooooooo
  • 18:20:35: I’m sorry. Wish I could help you. Bleak. RT @soveren: I’m at Nuneaton Railway Station (Bond St, Bond St, Nuneaton).
  • 18:28:34: RT @therealgokwan: Tweeties… can you please RT the link? Sign up of my fashion newsletter and goodies! Thanks, Aunty Gok x
  • 21:00:49: Well, tweeps and peeps. I am wiped out. Will take a nap before going to bed. See you tomorrowz.
  • 23:47:15: OK, all, back to bed for the night. Sleep tight, all!

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Unfortunate marketing database goofs

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Extra points at World Duty Free this summer ( Male_Non_Buying )

This was the subject line of a marketing email I got from the people who run the duty-free at BAA airports in London. They have a card scheme that I signed up for but haven’t yet used as I didn’t have the card with me the last time I flew (more than a year ago now).

So the subject line seems to have included a characterisation of the kind of customer I am. They are just lucky that they didn’t refer to it as “Male_Deadbeat”, like some banks refer to the people who pay off their credit card balances each month.

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Monday, July 19th, 2010

I am not fond of children. But this one’s face will be seared in my memory forever. Thanks to for this one.

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Monday, July 19th, 2010

From towleroad comes today’s dose of surrealism…

I know what nightmares I’m going to have tonight…

From Twitter 07-18-2010

Monday, July 19th, 2010
  • 00:16:59: I will see this in my nightmares tonight… RT @planetjedward: SLEEP
  • 08:26:02: Morning, all. Another day of recuperation dawns. Off to church, then to wait for lunch with derek, which may be here and may be at the Well.
  • 17:11:23: RT @edricliew: When people hand you flyers on the street they are really saying,”My life sux enough. Please throw this away for me.”
  • 17:13:04: The Nigerian Pentacostals in St. Matthew’s next door are screaming and shouting. I suspect they’ll be rolling on the floor next. Very noisy!
  • 18:02:22: @jonk Lots of padding in the box, I guess…
  • 18:04:42: @LegalMoose Was it one biiiiiiig Mimosa, or many many little ones?
  • 22:23:57: @ltdanchoi Bp Robinson is one of the best preachers around. I was at his consecration in 2003 and it was so inspiring.
  • 22:26:24: Two inspirations, Bp. Gene Robinson and @ltdanchoi
  • 22:38:19: @nickjeffery You should do England. Start with Dover-Dover Castle is great. Best preserved castle here. Tunnels are good too. Day trip.
  • 22:47:01: @thoburn Thanks for the retweet of my retweet…cheers, mate!
  • 23:06:23: Well, tweeps & peeps, off to bed now. Hope I can sleep well. Nothing except rest and recuperation tomorrow.

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From Twitter 07-17-2010

Sunday, July 18th, 2010
  • 00:10:30: @soveren Thanks for the #ff . I was wondering where Denton’s been lately?? Have I missed something??
  • 00:12:45: Well, tweeps and peeps. Finally time to retire (to bed). I hope that next week isn’t as sucky as this one was. #nolove4lastweek
  • 00:18:24: @urbanbohemian You pan-seared the thermometer? High temperature, I guess-pronoun antecedents! said Miss Walsh, my terror of an Eng. teacher.
  • 08:11:58: Morning, all. Slept well, now another day of relative inactivity. I might try to get out once but don’t know where…
  • 08:13:23: @Perfect_Aries oooooh! Surprise!!! great icon…
  • 09:47:00: You didn’t give his pal Jim Beam a chance? Or his Old Granddad? RT @mariocruzxxx: I ended up hanging with an old friend: Jack Daniels #fb
  • 09:50:42: Interesting that bourbons are often named after their creators, whereas Scotches are named after their place (except for Johnny Walker)…
  • 17:43:44: Dunno. One of life’s little mysteries, I guess… RT @Shelbycub: I wonder how accurate this is. Is this true?
  • 17:46:44: @jonk collard greens are good with ham. I always look up recipes on the ‘net so go to it!
  • 18:00:55: @jonk Old joke: I gave up sex, alcohol, and late nights. It was the worst hour of my life!
  • 18:14:34: @jmspool They’d be pronounced “mimissing” and “panissing” without the “k”. it hardens the “c”.
  • 19:57:32: @Perfect_Aries Very nice tanline…hope the next picture is tanner and bigger…
  • 19:59:19: Can’t we have a happy gay love story for a change?RT @BentoSet: another sad gay love story ??? ??
  • 20:09:13: So they want you to download something, I gather… RT @DesignerDepot: (Me too!) I Hate When Websites Do This:
  • 20:11:16: @PlayboyAdonis Thanx for the cone…this kind is calorie-less, which suits me fine…
  • 20:15:13: @jmspool because “c” before “a”, “o”, or “u” is a hard “c”, “c” before “e” or “i” is a soft “c”. I learned that in grade school at age 7/8..
  • 20:40:37: @Randazzoj What a great Montréal food tip that would be, if you told us which hotel you’re staying at…
  • 23:59:19: Tweeps and peeps, I’m off to bed now. Not only am I knackered, but I have to lay down the law to the nurse tomorrow about padding my foot.

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From Twitter 07-16-2010

Saturday, July 17th, 2010
  • 09:09:29: Morning, all. After the sucky day yesterday, I hope that today is a bit better. HWMBO is leaving for work late because of an off-site mtg.
  • 09:18:49: @thoburn Strawberry Port? Surely you jest? I just threw up a bit in the back of my mouth…
  • 11:49:53: Well, as long as they were small green ones no problem, dude! RT @therealgokwan: Is it wrong I’m still burping gherkins from last night? X
  • 18:39:18: @jonk welcome home…
  • 18:44:23: @PlayboyAdonis giving everyone a free case until redesign.
  • 18:53:09: @Traphik u better add some of your own before you leave in case the next occupant is lonely…
  • 20:54:37: #ff @thoburn @j980 @soveren @latinoboy628 @davidhoang @jonk @JoexEd This week’s great tweeters…
  • 20:55:55: @JoexEd and double muacks to you as well…
  • 21:05:49: #ff @mariocruzxxx tweeter on the wild side. @TheBlackoutBlog 4 crazy #TWEETS , @PlayboyAdonis 4 the playboy touch. @PatrikIanPolk 4 Noah!
  • 21:06:02: @soveren What’s the RAH??
  • 21:06:24: @soveren Stupid me, Royal Albert Hall. I must wake up.

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Friday, July 16th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day! Get back in touch, blog again! We miss you!

Today’s other video

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Many of you have Nokia phones, I guess, and probably everyone has friends or acquaintances or office mates who have one. If you don’t change it, the default Nokia ringtone is pretty annoying after a while.

Well, Vincent Lo has made it into an enchanting fugue:

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Friday, July 16th, 2010

…is called The Windmill Farmer, by Joaquin Baldwin, and thanks to BoingBoing for drawing my attention to it. It’s very cute and poignant and will raise a smile, I hope. Follow the BoingBoing link above for a fuller story about the video.

My week and welcome to it

Friday, July 16th, 2010

I actually don’t want to dwell on the low points. Suffice it to say that I will be returning to the retinal clinic at St. Thomas’s Hospital in 6 months rather than a year. They are not concerned enough to do laser surgery, but as I have just begun insulin therapy for my diabetes, that fact can have an adverse effect on retinal health and they did see several new pinpoint hemorrhages. The ophthalmologist, very helpful guy that he was, also remarked, “Oh, you have the beginnings of a cataract there in your right eye. We don’t have to worry about it now, but in ten or twenty years we can deal with it. Diabetics often begin growing cataracts earlier.” Thanks a whole bunch. Even adding, “Your eyesight is excellent.” doesn’t make up for any of that.

The good part is that I was dilated (by a very pleasant student nurse) relatively early as I arrived at around 1:15 pm for a 1:50 pm appointment. Thus, I was one of the first of the afternoon cattle-call to get asked in for examination. Normally, if you arrive close to your appointment time you end up waiting forever because the illuminati arrived early and got dilated first.

The foot clinic on Wednesday was interesting. They told me to report to X-ray when I arrived for a foot x-ray to ensure that I did not have osteomyelitis (bone infection). With the amount of antibiotic they’ve been pumping into me, and the fact that my foot bones don’t feel infected (I now know very well what a bone infection in my feet feels like…), I was dubious that any infection would be found, but I dutifully showed up at X-ray at 10 am and told their reception who I was. “No, there’s no appointment for you today.” “Oh,” said I, “I guess I’ll toddle down the hall to the foot clinic and give ’em hell. She told me to wait a moment, checked her computer (“Computer says ‘Nooooooo…'”) and said, “They’ve made you an appointment for next week. We can take you now; have a seat.”

So I got my x-ray (the young male eye-candy in the waiting area comes from the fact that lots of young men have bone injuries that require x-rays), then walked down to the Diabetic Foot Clinic. They unwrapped my foot and I gave them a bit of heck not for the x-ray mixup but for the fact that their fax to the District Nurses had specified one type of dressing (that the District Nurses had difficulty getting) and forbade substitutions unless they checked back with the Clinic. I established on Monday that they had checked back and approved a substitution, but this all happened on Friday and the nurse who visited hadn’t said it was approved. She just allowed me to refuse to have my foot re-dressed. Luckily, there was no lasting damage and it’s been sorted out, but I do wish that when they use form faxes they cross out parts that do not apply to the particular patient.

The podiatrist then wrapped up my foot well in padding, but unfortunately, not well enough. I was in agony all evening Wednesday until Thursday morning when the District Nurses arrived—a team of two, one of whom is a Souf Lunnoner of a certain age and really witty and very able. She wrapped it up correctly and I could actually stand and walk without pain again. I wish that whatever she has could be bottled and administered to the podiatrists at the Foot Clinic. As most of their patients don’t feel anything in their feet, they are rather cavalier about pain and I believe tend to discount it when a patient actually does feel something in their feet.

Then came time for my antibiotic. They administered four boli: saline, antibiotic, saline, and hepsal (which stands in the line and prevents clots). Last time the second saline was not administered. I asked them why so much and they said they just were told to do it that way. They gave me so much fluid that I joked that I had at least an extra pint in me after I left. They are supposed to replace the port (the end of the line into which the syringes go) once weekly but the replacement port they found screwed onto the line but the cover couldn’t be removed. I told them to put the old one back (after a very good wipedown with alcohol wipes) and speak to the IV nurse about getting the right supplies.

Today the District Nurse team came again and helpfully had forgotten to bring alcohol wipes for the line. I went into the kitchen and brought out a handful of Lens Wipes that I bought in the US a while back and which I use to clean my computer screen. They are exactly the same as the ones the nurses use so we were again in business. I hope they’ll bring more tomorrow as I wouldn’t like them to run through my entire supply of screen cleaners. They did bring an empty archive box into which they’ve put all my dressing material. I’ll have enough of this stuff to open a pharmacy when I’m through, I think. It has tidied up the living room a bit.

HWMBO went to work late as he had an offsite meeting. So when he came back he was a bit tired, so we went out to Nando’s for dinner. I dealt with some correspondence afterward, and now to bed.

From Twitter 07-15-2010

Friday, July 16th, 2010
  • 00:09:48: Missed out wishing my French friends “Happy Bastille Day” by 9 minutes….
  • 00:13:52: @robmarais I’ve had bar pizza in New Bedford…
  • 00:23:40: @soveren You have to be willing to work all hours, drink yourself silly after hours, and sleep 1 hour. Did I mention “work all hours”?
  • 00:25:03: Anyway, tweeps & peeps, an odd day. I just want to relax but can’t. Will try to sleep. See y’all later on this morning…
  • 10:05:19: Now I am. RT @Wilsurn: Photo: Are you?
  • 10:19:00: @soveren Believe me, you will be too exhausted to avail yourself of rent boiz. You will fall asleep and they will steal your wallet and go.
  • 20:30:35: @sexydeadstar happy birthday to you * 2, happy birthday dear @sexydeadstar, happy birthday to you! Many happy returns of the day!
  • 23:16:57: Have been having broadband problems all day. Had to get down on hands & knees to unscrew faceplace and put filter in test socket. O2 #meh
  • 23:17:52: OK, tweeps & peeps; it’s time for bed. Real bummer of a day all ’round. I want to crawl into a hole and pull the lid closed. Cya tomorrow…

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From Twitter 07-14-2010

Thursday, July 15th, 2010
  • 07:10:01: @latinoboy628 Good night! Sleep well. I’ll keep the consciousness stream going here for a while…
  • 17:57:47: Back from foot clinic. Swab didn’t grow any germs, I convinced them to pad extensively, feel a lot better. Meatloaf in the oven, too!

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From Twitter 07-13-2010

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
  • 09:09:16: @DanielJUK “The hills are alive/And it’s really frightening…”
  • 09:25:38: @JoexEd Yes, yes, yes, YOU!!!
  • 09:27:03: Morning, tweeps and peeps. Foot is slightly less sore today, but that will change when the dressing is changed. Clinic tomorrow.
  • 10:31:26: #listeningto “American Public Media, APM: A Prairie Home Companion’s News from Lake Wobegon”
  • 12:33:43: Nurses just left–they sent two today, and one padded my foot enough so that it is not sore. Hooray!
  • 14:27:14: @soveren @jonk one cupcake, two guys…
  • 15:44:08: @urbanbohemian When someone follows me, I look at their timeline. If they’re a shill, I block them then. Thus, no disappointment for them.
  • 15:46:15: @urbanbohemian Blocking Finger of Fate!
  • 15:47:42: @latinoboy628 That’s funny, it’s afternoon coffee break time here. Cheers! (clinks cup on monitor)
  • 18:22:21: @riazat_butt The bishops were all in First Class, of course.
  • 21:34:13: @charlesarthur You’re lucky it doesn’t contain Rohypnol so that you end up dazed and confused and possibly violated tomorrow…
  • 21:59:13: @davidhoang Bash the Bishop, of course…
  • 22:59:11: @soveren 2L??
  • 23:01:20: Well, all, time to retire. Busy day tomorrow, x-ray and foot clinic. Sleep tight.
  • 23:04:09: @davidhoang Break a leg, man!

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Today’s Religious Joke&#8230;

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

&#8230courtesy of Paul Woodrum (oldie, but goodie)[I mean the joke, not Paul]:

Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy . There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal. He’d have a religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy ; if the Pope won, they’d have to convert or leave.

The Jewish people met and picked an aged and wise rabbi to represent them in the debate. However, as the rabbi spoke no Italian, and the Pope spoke no Yiddish, they agreed that it would be a ‘silent’ debate.

On the chosen day the Pope and rabbi sat opposite each other

The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.

The rabbi looked back and raised one finger.

Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head.

The rabbi pointed to the ground where he sat.

The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine.

The rabbi pulled out an apple.

With that, the Pope stood up and declared himself beaten and said that the rabbi was too clever. The Jews could stay in Italy.

Later the cardinals met with the Pope and asked him what had happened.

The Pope said, “First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up a single finger to remind me there is still only one God common to both our beliefs.

“Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us.

“I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us of all our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin.

“He bested me at every move and I could not continue.”

Meanwhile, the Jewish community gathered to ask the rabbi how he’d won.

“I haven’t a clue” the rabbi said. “First, he told me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I gave him the finger.

“Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Jews and I told him that we were staying right here.’

“And then what?” asked a woman.

“Who knows?’ said the rabbi. ‘He took out his lunch so I took out mine.’

From Twitter 07-12-2010

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
  • 09:49:06: @IvyBean104 Thank you for the info. Will say a prayer.
  • 10:29:39: Morning, tweeps and peeps. Foot clinic just called and a substitution of material for my dressing is fine. Why didn’t they say that in fax?
  • 14:37:18: @soveren Crunch ’em improperly then!
  • 16:50:10: Harvey Pekar, RIP. RT @CBCNews: Comics writer Harvey Pekar dies at 70
  • 22:06:38: @angelxxxcruz On size, “Sometimes, more than a mouthful is wasted…”
  • 22:07:50: @ianvisits There is a herd of cows on the Underground everyday. They do their nails, makeup, and hair sitting in the priority seat.
  • 22:24:36: @sexydeadstar You look fine, sweetie. Go out and knock ’em dead..
  • 22:26:05: @JoexEd Hey, tnx for the picture show…much appreciated. When are YOU going to appear in it?!! xxx

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From Twitter 07-11-2010

Monday, July 12th, 2010
  • 07:37:22: @BrianHeys This migration, is it blogs from WP to standalone? What software would the standalone blog use? Just wondering.
  • 07:42:06: @mhisham Yes, but “octopi” is wrongwrongwrong! That is Latin, and the ending is Greek for foot–“pous” Octopodes forever!
  • 07:42:25: @mhisham Remember, I have a degree in Latin and Greek! Listen to your uncle Chris!
  • 07:49:15: Troglodyte moaning & whining on the Sunday program about woman bishops.They’ve threatened to leave for years now they must put up or shut up
  • 15:05:28: MP says he was “too drunk to vote” in the House of Commons. Funny, that never stopped any MPs before…
  • 17:06:23: @sexydeadstar I suspect the spider didn’t realise you were wanking so I wouldn’t worry about that.
  • 18:41:22: @seismic007 Don’t procrastinate today–put it off for a few days and try again! 😉
  • 19:54:09: I suppose Twitter will be so congested with tweets about some sports event that the rest of us won’t be able to tweet about other stuff…
  • 19:55:03: What a beautiful smile and lovely eyes. She will make someone very very happy! (@FocusElMoe)
  • 19:57:32: @soveren hm…smellytweets. I’ll be right up there, don’t shower yet! 😉
  • 19:58:50: @soveren come down to London for it…
  • 21:12:51: Was there sausage in it?RT @jayehmsee: Thinking about ingredients for this pasta salad and my nipples got hard. So wrong.
  • 21:13:51: @FocusElMoe Just the truth…please ensure she knows it too! Compliments are always good!
  • 22:58:28: @lynneguist pants/trousers, avoid the word “chuffed”, don’t used “pissed”…UK in the US suggestions. You knew all these tho… 🙁
  • 22:59:55: @PlayboyAdonis NOT a freak. I’d do the same…
  • 23:06:08: @lynneguist In Chinese restaurants in the US you always get rice automatically–in UK, you have to order it. Also bill vs. check & 15% tip!

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Sunday, July 11th, 2010

A nun walked into Mother Superior

From Twitter 07-10-2010

Sunday, July 11th, 2010
  • 18:00:29: @therealgokwan Oh, of course, the juicy bits (kind of like orange juice).
  • 18:58:51: From your lips to God’s ears! RT @sammymcloughlin: Bored of hearing about Paul the Psychic Octopus. Release him and let him be free.
  • 18:59:44: @Shelbycub I had a Subway BMT yesterday. Heaven except for the dry mouth later on (too much salt) 🙁 Enjoy!
  • 19:03:59: I’m about to block someone who’s spamming his followers w messages saying he’s unfollowing people who’ve unfollowed him. You know who u r!
  • 20:34:37: @Dlink [Speed] #router #dlink
  • 20:42:04: @BigRichB I have a friend who’s from Panama but who is now in London via San Diego. I can put u in touch if you DM your email…
  • 20:46:47: Sorry to hear it. Maybe you should picket it on opening night! RT @PlayboyAdonis: Ugh they cut my character out of the play 8((
  • 20:47:37: @JoexEd I’m fine. Just had dinner and listening to an old Hearts of Space summer electronica. Everything’s good. You?
  • 20:51:15: Have you been reading Ulysses again? ;-)RT @jonk: Umm yes. Yes yes.
  • 20:53:20: @JoexEd Have a good moving day. I hate moving. I now have so much stuff that I’d cut off my left nut rather than move.
  • 20:53:58: @sexydeadstar Shirt looks good!
  • 21:07:00: @BigRichB Oh, he’s American. His dad worked in the Canal Zone when the US had it.
  • 21:15:50: @ricky_martin Happy 26th anniversary, dude! Many happy returns of the day!
  • 23:58:38: Well, tweeps and peeps. Time for bed, I think. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. Not a long list, of course.

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From Twitter 07-09-2010

Saturday, July 10th, 2010
  • 19:05:57: @mkrigsman i have to skip the #tweetup tomorrow, doctor’s orders…sorry!
  • 23:29:28: Well, tweeps and peeps, I need to try to sleep tonight. Have fun, and sorry I’ve been mostly absent today. Will try to do better tmorrow.

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Pedal Mobility System vs. “feet”

Friday, July 9th, 2010

I went to the Diabetic Foot Clinic yesterday.

Some background: Over the last week, HWMBO was complaining that my foot-in-a-cast smelled. I am sensitive to that, but I could not smell anything when I tried, so discounted it. On Wednesday I had asked the District (=US “visiting”) nurse to come early as I had a meeting at the Diocese at noon. I was getting dressed after bathing and had my shirt and briefs on, but not my trousers. I had taken my “cast shoe” (rubber “sandal” that the cast fits into which protects it from being pounded on the floor or pavement) off in order to put on my trousers. The doorbell rang, and it was the nurse. I had to clomp downstairs without the cast shoe to let her in and then return upstairs to finish dressing after apologising for my state of d

More on the selection of the next Bishop of Southwark

Friday, July 9th, 2010

There is an article in the Grauniad, er, Guardian today on this subject which was co-written by Stephen Bates, the Guardian‘s former religion correspondent, and which is well-written, well-sourced, makes sense, and is sensitive to the feelings of Dr. John and the Diocese.

The fact that the pastoral needs of the Diocese of Southwark took a back seat to church politics is something that we have all been annoyed about but no one else has highlighted it in any of the many thousands of words that have been written and spoken about this matter.

I suspect that there has now been a leak from someone who was actually at the selection meeting (how else would Bates know that 5 of the 6 Southwark representatives voted for John?). Whatever I think about the Archbishop of Canterbury, I think that it is right and proper that, given the normal secrecy about the process of selecting bishops for the Church of England, anyone who violates their oath of confidentiality about the process should be unmasked and deprived of their responsibilities in episcopal selection. Whether the secrecy and the process itself is good is another question. Both open election (as is practiced in the US, Canada, and some other provinces) and secret selection as practiced here can throw up exceptionally good bishops and exceptionally bad bishops, and proponents on each side can point to elected bishops and secretly-chosen bishops who turned out not to be very good bishops.

As a native-born American but an adopted Brit, I am on the whole in favour of open selection processes and elections. I do not believe that this is in the cards for the Church of England, either on a parochial level (the process for selecting an incumbent for a parish is broadly in line with the process for selecting a bishop) or on an episcopal level. Whenever I have brought the question up in appropriate fora (such as the Bishops’ Council or at various Synod meetings) the very idea of an open process has been greeted with the same horror that maggots on that American Airlines plane produced in the passengers. “We can’t do THAT here!” is the usual response, although some, who think of “our American cousins” and refer to “across the pond” with the same genial superiority that was once assumed for “our black brothers and sisters” and for “darkest Africa”, just laugh and say, “Well, that might be appropriate for America, but it just wouldn’t work here.” These latter people will never say exactly why it wouldn’t work here, though, and if pressed, will just chuckle a bit at my na

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Friday, July 9th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 07-08-2010

Friday, July 9th, 2010
  • 02:31:11: @infernoxv Oh, well, next time! Have one for me!
  • 10:53:33: Good morning, all. Insomnia ruled the night yet again. Foot clinic later–very apprehensive. Send good thoughts!
  • 18:30:20: Back from the quack. Right foot has deteriorated because of sore on the side, not the original ulcer. More antibiotics & xray next week 🙁
  • 18:30:56: Only good thing: they’ve given me a pillow cast rather than full calf cast. Bad thing: my calves are sore from non-use for a few months.

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

…when he encounters someone who is really annoying, dangerous, or just doesn’t deserve to contribute any more genes to the gene pool than s/he has already. I would like to thank him for identifying himself so that great credit can go where credit is due.

Anyway, I think that I have a picture of Stabby below. I would like to propose to Stabby that he visit the person (not one of my blog friends but someone writing a syndicated site) who included an auto-starting video-clip with sound on his blog page. I would hope that Stabby would agree that such people need some&#8230correction and that Stabby would agree to make a house-call. Thanks in advance!

From Twitter 07-06-2010

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
  • 10:01:38: Morning, all. Bright day in London today. Diocesan Synod tonight, with lots of gossip about our next Bishop on the agenda, I’ll bet.
  • 11:50:57: Article on LGBT judges in Grauniad: Reminds me of old joke: “Heard of the two gay judges who tried each other?”
  • 22:57:21: Well, tweeps & peeps, Diocesan Synod over ’til Nov. No one thinks Jeffrey John will be our next bishop. Pooped so ready for bed. Night, all!

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From Twitter 07-05-2010

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
  • 10:41:46: Good morning, all. Feel better this morning but must spend some time with my feet up today to avoid a repeat of yesterday. Hope you’re well!
  • 18:35:18: @NixonAzukiT i’m a bit behind. Body heat…sounds like an urgent request. Be right over… 😉
  • 23:24:21: Well, tweeps and peeps, back from Kenton nd a good Board meeting. Now for bed. Hope everyone plays safe tonight and sleeps tight.

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Apologies to David Cameron

Monday, July 5th, 2010

In my entry on the possibility of the Very Rev’d Jeffrey John being appointed the next Bishop of Southwark, I wrongly reported that Prime Minister David Cameron was a Roman Catholic. I have been misinformed; David Cameron is a member of the Church of England,

I apologise unreservedly, and have placed a note in the original entry correcting the misinformation.

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Monday, July 5th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day! I hope you will give us all a birthday present this evening!

From Twitter 07-04-2010

Monday, July 5th, 2010
  • 07:28:06: @JoexEd Oh, absolutely! Sorry I didn’t #ff you on Friday but here you are! Follow @JoexEd , please. One of my favourite Tweeters!
  • 14:25:20: @tug Just read it. No new information. I think it’s all smoke, really. Don’t believe anything in it except that the meeting is Mon/Tue.
  • 14:26:45: @NixonAzukiT I actually had to fairly peaceful sleep last night. Hope yours is getting better.
  • 14:28:20: @JoexEd I’m OK today, thanks for asking. Glad to see you back tweeting.
  • 14:33:47: @infernoxv Don’t believe it (in re John as Bp). My blog has my reasoning:
  • 16:27:20: @PuppyWadd And the same to you!
  • 21:24:08: Well, all, must go to bed as my leg is uncomfortable in my cast. Hope you’re all enjoying your day/Independence Day!

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Sunday, July 4th, 2010

This is a very clever “fireworks” show, which shows some of your favourite comestibles being blown up as part of it.

Today’s Double Patriotic Video

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

As a dual US/UK citizen, I have almost forgotten the lyrics to the US patriotic hymn “America” (“My country ’tis of thee/Sweet land of liberty/To thee we sing”) as the lyrics I now normally sing to this tune are “God save our gracious Queen/Long live our noble Queen/God save the Queen!”

However, at the end of the 19th Century the American composer Charles Ives, as an 18-year-old organ prodigy, wrote Variations on America, which took the old tune as an inspiration for a tango, among other musical genres.

In honour of both my citizenships then, I found this video which presents various American images to the music of Charles Ives. Enjoy, and Happy Independence Day to all the USans among you.

Gay cleric in line to become bishop in Church of England

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

When my alarm goes off at 7 am, Radio 4 gives the news, and then a look at the Sunday newspapers. I was startled at hearing that the Telegraph is reporting that The Very Rev’d Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans is on the shortlist to become the next Bishop of Southwark.

Here is the article. My commentary is at the end.

An openly-homosexual cleric has been nominated to become a senior bishop, in a move that threatens to provoke a damaging split in the Church of England.

By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Religious Affairs Correspondent
Published: 9:00PM BST 03 Jul 2010

The nomination of Dr Jeffrey John, the Dean of St Albans, threatens to provoke a damaging split in the Church of England

A confidential meeting, chaired by Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has approved Dr Jeffrey John, the Dean of St Albans, to be on the shortlist to be the next Bishop of Southwark.

He is understood to be the favoured candidate.

Dr John is a hugely divisive figure in the church after he was forced to stand down from becoming the Bishop of Reading in 2003 after it emerged he was in a homosexual, but celibate, relationship.

Promoting him to one of the most senior offices in the Church would trigger a civil war between liberals and conservatives and exacerbate existing divisions within the Anglican Communion.

Members of the Crown Nominations Commission, the body responsible for selecting bishops, will vote this week on whether Dr John’s name should now be put forward to the Prime Minister for final approval.

David Cameron has been made aware that Dr John is on the shortlist for the post and is understood to be supportive of such an appointment. Once the preferred candidate is rubber-stamped by Mr Cameron it is passed to the Queen for final approval.

In 2003, evangelical parishes warned they would withhold payments to central Church coffers if Dr John was consecrated as Bishop of Reading, before Dr Williams ultimately forced him to resign.

It is known that the Queen was “deeply concerned” by the rift.

Dr Williams and Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, who also sits on the commission, will face fierce criticism from the conservative wing of the Church if they allow Dr John to become a bishop.

Yet, at the commission’s last meeting, where Dr John was put on the initial shortlist of candidates for the Southwark job, neither archbishop blocked his name.

Liberals make up a majority of the commission and he is considered by many to be the outstanding candidate after a successful period in charge of St Albans cathedral.

The appointment of Dr John, who entered a civil partnership with his long term partner the Rev Grant Holmes in 2006, would mark a major victory for the pro-gay lobby in the Church of England, which has been disappointed at the lack of progress under Dr Williams.

Conservatives, on the other hand, would be incensed at the promotion of a cleric who has strongly argued for a more liberal attitude towards sexuality and is in a long-standing, though celibate, homosexual relationship.

Senior bishops led the opposition to his appointment in 2003, while African archbishops claimed that it would tear apart the Anglican Communion if an openly gay cleric was made bishop in the Church of England, considered to be the mother church.

The Communion has already begun to unravel following the appointment of openly gay and openly lesbian bishops in the US Episcopal Church.
This could shatter Dr Williams’ hopes of maintaining the fragile unity which currently exists in the Church.

While it would also upset evangelicals in the diocese of Southwark, the overwhelming majority of clergy in the diocese are believed to be very keen to have Dr John as their bishop.

He is well known in the diocese from his time serving as a canon at the cathedral before he moved to St Albans.

Regarded as an outstanding preacher and a champion of a more liberal reading of the Bible, he is considered to have enhanced his reputation at St Albans cathedral, which has seen its congregation grow under his leadership.

David Cameron is also expected to be favourable to the appointment as it would reflect the Conservative Party’s drive to shake off its “nasty party” image.

In an interview last year with Attitude, a gay magazine, the prime minister criticised the Church of England over failing to be more accepting in its attitudes to homosexuality.

“But I think the Church has to do some of the things that the Conservative Party has been through

From Twitter 07-03-2010

Sunday, July 4th, 2010
  • 03:40:24: Attn: Twitter! Insomnia sucks. That is all.
  • 05:02:01: @tsinkoy congratulations!!! hope it was good.
  • 09:19:06: Oopsie! Did my robbery aggravate you? RT DentonPolice: 07/03/2010 03:06:55 | 22 years old | AGG ROBBERY
  • 09:19:59: @jerricklim Perhaps he’s picking pockets on the way in and the way out?
  • 10:31:24: @KingofShaves I believe that razor blades and batteries are the most shoplifted items in supermarkets.
  • 10:33:20: @tobitoyama Well, no chance of deformed offspring, so perhaps you should go for it…
  • 11:10:53: @tobitoyama Happy birthday to you!
  • 15:28:26: Unique alarm clock! RT @jayehmsee: I think my upstairs neighbor threw up out her bedroom window again. Guess its time to get out of bed.
  • 20:57:12: The story of Marblehead, Mass’s official Town Anthem in my blog: Happy Fourth of July to you all!
  • 20:58:27: @tsinkoy Hot as in weather, or…?

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The Anthem&#8230;

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

…but not the National one. My home town, Marblehead, Massachusetts, is the Birthplace of the American Navy and the Yachting Capital of the World. The first is due to the fact that the first American Naval ship, the U.S.S. Hannah, was commissioned and set out to sea from Marblehead at the beginning of the Revolutionary war. The second is due to the fact that Marblehead has the best natural harbour on the East Coast of North America. The following few paragraphs are taken from the website, a link to which is found under the title.

Marblehead Forever

Marblehead is one of only a few communities that can claim title to an Official Town Anthem: Marblehead Forever. Popular with Marbleheaders since its composition in 1887, Marblehead Forever has been decreed by the Board of Selectmen as the town’s official anthem.

Marblehead Forever was written by Marcia Martin Selman. Born in 1856, Selman was an active member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. She graduated from the State Normal School at Salem (now Salem State College) and taught at the Orne Street School in Marblehead. Longing to become a minister, she studied at Tufts Theological School and graduated in 1896. The Reverend Selman took preaching assignments in several locations, eventually returning to Marblehead as pastor of the Universalist Church.

Because of her involvement with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, her original composition included the line, “and from whiskey bondage we will keep her free.” This was later changed to, “and from all dishonor we will keep her free.”

The Reverend Selman set the words of Marblehead Forever to the music of the hymn tune The Lily of the Valley, from a melody by J. R. Murray, “Songs of Rejoicing,” 1888. The Reverend Selman died in 1932.

Note: I have tried to find an online version of the music that is as fast as Marblehead Forever should be played. I have failed miserably, as all online versions of the music sound like dirges. Marblehead Forever is to be sung quickly, sprightly, like the wind was at your back. Here are the words:

Marblehead Forever
Original lyrics by Marcia Martin Selman
Music by J. R. Murray

The men of old were heroes, who fought by land and sea,
to preserve their homes from tyranny and shame,
And enrolled among the bravest writ high in history,
Stands Old Marblehead, beloved and honored name.

Then Marblehead forever! God bless the good old town.
May she never shame her noble ancestry.
She was first in Revolution, was first in ’61.
And from whiskey bondage we will keep her free

The men of old were heroes but they are in their graves,
and ’tis ours, their sons, the battle now to fight.
For our homes and altars tremble, before the greed of knaves,
who assail the cause of God and home and right.


Then up and do your duty! Too long ingloriously,
did we sleep while Rum held undisputed sway.
Now, rally with your ballots, and let his hirelings see
that when first we drove him out he went to stay.


Now to be perfectly honest with you, not only has Marblehead remained a pretty wet sort of town, alcoholically speaking, but she wasn’t kept free from whiskey bondage for very long. There was a bit of smuggling from Canada to Marblehead by sea during Prohibition, and by the time I was born, less than 20 years after Prohibition ended, there were package stores (New Englandese for “liquor stores”) in town and a couple of bars, perhaps even more than a couple. We had a Town Drunk (almost an official title) who had a sad tale but who, when incarcerated in a TV sanatorium later on in life, met and married one of the nurses, moved out of town, and disappeared from our lives.

Now tomorrow is July 4th. There will be fireworks and an illumination of the harbour in honour of the Declaration of Independence. As a Brit now, I don’t suppose I ought to be celebrating. However, a Marbleheader, Elbridge Gerry, signed the Declaration of Independence and became the fifth Vice President of the United States, and the first one to die in office. Marbleheaders rowed Washington and his army across the Delaware. Even though I am now only tangentially and historically American, I am still happy to be a Marbleheader. Whip!

From Twitter 07-02-2010

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
  • 22:17:23: Twitter, I’ve neglected you today. I forgot to click on you when I rebooted. So sorry. Forgive me. See you tomorrow?? Love and kisses, Chris
  • 22:27:15: @angelxxxcruz Thanks for the RT! Everyone, #ff @angelxxxcruz (NSFW sometimes, but always good!)
  • 22:28:51: #FF @superdupershark @soveren @TheRealRyanHiga @kevjumba @pierregoh and, of course, @jonk & @mariocruzxxx
  • 22:41:29: Oh, gosh. I don’t think I would sell very well… RT @angelxxxcruz: @chrishansenhome sir I am VERY sage for work. If u are a whore lol
  • 22:42:56: @tug u forgot @kathyclugston RT @sleat @tug Ha! Thank you.Very happy to belong to that job lot 🙂 @carriequinlan @corfmeister @Schafernaker
  • 22:55:18: Goodnight, all! Play nice until tomorrow. Remember, Mother Superior is watching… 0-0
  • 22:55:48: @jonk I suppose it’ll be easy to identify them if they approach you…

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Friday, July 2nd, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!