Category: Literature & performing arts

writing, film, TV, radio, theatre

If 50s values cause death threats, then I’m out of here

If the 06:00 post was optimistic, it doesn’t take long, does it, to read something to bring us back down again. This gave me pause Sunday evening:

Two singers withdraw from Trump inaugural after accepting invitations to perform

In the case of the woman, I don’t care – she’s into this LGHeeBeeJeeby thing, plus she was threatened with violence.  More disappointing was Andrea Bocelli who received death threats.

One commenter put a brave face on it:

That’s OK. We can just add these performers to the list of disgraced musicians and HollyWeirdos to boycott. I have already removed Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney and others from my listening preferences and play lists. Now, as for Boccelli, I slightly agree that contending with death threats (real or perceived) can be rather intimidating. Again this goes to demonstrate just how radical and unhinged the left has become.

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The colour in black and white

This post goes into the Streep:

By opening her carefully trained mouth to preen before her peers Streep has poured gasoline over her reputation, flicked her Bic lips, and burnt her reputation to the ground. From this point on most people will have a lingering question mark when it comes to deciding whether or not to see any of her films.

… and pretty well all that can be said has been said. I suspect that many of you are not all that interested in the old black and white What’s My Line either but for me, it’s a fascinating insight into the times – though not always what we are expected to see.

What’s been of interest of late is the way comments have changed below the youtubes – where once there was a mix of eulogy and trolling, now there is a feeling among many that the sacred cows are sacred no longer.… More here ...

While or whilst

Whilst this is shamelessly stolen from Oxford Dictionaries online, all the while there is a point here:

So should you be using while or whilst? First, some history: the word while was first recorded in Old English and it can be used as a noun, a verb, a relative adverb, a conjunction, or a preposition. Whilst is a later form and was first evidenced in the late 14th century.

Whilst is more limited in scope than while, and can only be used as a conjunction and relative adverb, so if you know the word you want is a noun, verb, or preposition, then while is the only possible option. As conjunctions and relative adverbs, while and whilst mean exactly the same:

  • during the time when something is happening; at the same time as something else is happening:

I recommend not watching this movie while eating.
Anna kept us all entertained whilst we were waiting.More here ...

The Bard

Yes indeed:

Yield not thy neck
To fortune’s yoke, but let thy dauntless mind
Still ride in triumph over all mischance.

(King Henry the Sixth Part 3. Act 3. Scene 3. King of France speaking.)

Where you are liberal of your loves and counsels
Be sure you be not loose; for those you make friends
And give your hearts to, when they once perceive
The least rub in your fortunes, fall away
Like water from ye, never found again
But where they mean to sink ye.

(King Henry the Eighth. Act 2. Scene 1. Buckingham speaking.)… More here ...

Of Sedna, Magyar chieftains, fair ladies and sirens

antalAt the risk of being tiresome, this is most certainly the last of Sedna, those things which could be incorporated were, the bits needing beefing up and slowing down were, if there are any typos, they’ll be minor.

Pity Distant Relative who was kind enough to read the story because it has substantially altered now in the second half.

And naturally, if one finds a pic of a Hungarian girl, and one has monsters who are Sirens, and if Hungarian legend has just such creatures who have sex with young men till they die, plus seven chieftains who lead their people through all that into the Carpathian basin – w-e-e-l-l-l, you gotta put it in near the end, don’t you?

So I did.

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