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  1. I were right about that saddle

    I'm considering a Scots translation of Queneau's Le chardon. Help will be needed. Anyone up for it?

    The first line might be;

    For aw that fan on the butcher's steen I shall lie

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. Rosie


    Good King Wenceslas looked out,
    On the feast of Stephen,
    Where the tarmac lay about
    Potholed and uneven,
    Brightly shone the glass around,
    On the infrastructure,
    When a cyclist hit the ground,
    Suffering a pu- u- -uncture.

    “Hither, page and stand by me,
    Why’s that cyclist falling?
    Yonder transport policy,
    Looks like it’s appalling.”
    “Sire that is without an end,
    Trunk roads get full budget,
    When it comes to cycling spend,
    They will always fu- u – dge -it.

    “Bring me plans and bring me powers
    Bring me active travel
    Thou and I will ride some hours,
    In the mud and gravel.”
    Page and monarch forth they rode,
    Motorists were brisker,
    In the weather nothing slowed.
    Passed them by a whi – i -isker.

    “Sire this path’s as slick as grease,
    Leaf mush makes it slippery,
    Undermined by roots from trees,
    Hazardous and cripply.”
    “Yes my page, this is insane,
    Drainage badly fitted,
    Bend your way through this chicane
    Back to where it’s gri-i -ted.”

    In his master’s tracks he rolled,
    Tortuous and gated,
    Nothing breaks the motors’ mould,
    Lanes unsegregated.
    Cyclists pray to all the saints,
    One day they’ll deliver,
    Routes instead of signs and paints,
    This year next year ne -e -ver.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. unhurt

    @Rosie bravo, and also now have nice image of King W out on a fat bike in the snow in his winter robes... (once the weather changes, of course).

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. I were right about that saddle

    I didn't read much for pleasure last year, so have a stash of books built up. I held on to Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf as a treat to get back in the habit.

    Apart from the total disregard for modern gender norms* in late Iron Age heroic poetry it is a thing of great beauty.

    My vocabulary is reasonable but I needed a dictionary to read the introduction. This made me feel special, not stupid or irritated, so well is it written.

    *All female characters in Beowulf are silent douce maidens or silent hideous harridans. That's not modern, is it?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. unhurt

    Have you got John Gardner's Grendel on the pile? Is a good follow on (can lend) (not the German edition). Though I'd like to read Grendel's ma's PoV some time.
    (Related: I loved this.)

    All female characters in Beowulf are silent douce maidens or silent hideous harridans. That's not modern, is it?

    Cue hollow laughter. If only those tropes were restricted to Anglo-Saxon epics...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. urchaidh

    Blue Toboggans

    scarves for the apaches
    wet gloves for snowballs
    whoops for white clouds
    and blue toboggans

    stamping for a tingle
    lamps for four o'clock
    steamed glass for buses
    and blue toboggans

    tuning-forks for Wenceslas
    white fogs for Prestwick
    mince pies for eventide
    and blue toboggans

    TV for the lonely
    a long haul to Heaven
    a shilling for the gas
    and blue toboggans

    Posted 1 month ago #
  7. unhurt


    The time will come
    when, with elation,
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror,
    and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
    and say, sit here. Eat.
    You will love again the stranger who was your self.
    Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
    to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

    all your life, whom you ignored
    for another, who knows you by heart.
    Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

    the photographs, the desperate notes,
    peel your own image from the mirror.
    Sit. Feast on your life.

    - Derek Walcott

    Posted 1 month ago #
  8. I were right about that saddle

    You'll have seen this gem by 'Nael' aged but 6;

    The tiger
    He destroyed his cage
    The tiger is out

    Can't wait to see what she comes up with when she's 7.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  9. unhurt

    I have seen now, and I am happier for it!

    Posted 1 month ago #
  10. gembo

    @iwrats, I can swap you on the aqueduct your famous Seamus for the best book I have read in ages Karoo by Steve Tesich. Steve won Oscar for his screenplay Breaking Away the cycling movie we are putting on for Edfoc. Is Edfoc happening this year?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  11. jdanielp

    @gembo I believe so - I received an email about EdFoC from the Heriot-Watt cycling mailing list just the other day. I don't remember the details, but it will spread out over three full weekends this year.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  12. I were right about that saddle


    Up for that mate. Timings? Or will I just set up camp on the verge?

    EdFoC very much on the go I hear.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  13. gembo

    @iwrats any day really, mom to fri on the aqueduct, otherwise you can pop in. No brambles picked this year alas due to events.

    Quick turnaround appreciated as others will want to read, it is pricey in hard copy but cheaper on kindle. Kindle I do not do.

    Posted 1 month ago #

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