As a lifelong lover of musicals I thoroughly enjoyed Noelle Granger’s post on Pygmalion that morphed into My Fair Lady both on the stage and on film.
Most of you know that the musical My Fair Lady is based on a play by George Bernard Shaw called Pygmalion, first performed in 1914. Pygmalion is, of course, the story told by the Roman poet Ovid of a celibate sculptor who creates and falls in love with a statue of Galatea. Galatea is brought to life by Venus, and Ovid created a love-conquers-all sentimental finish.
A lifelong champion of progressive causes and a reformist crusader on a host of fronts, Shaw used the stage to engage and confront the world, a venue for a clash of ideas. My Fair Lady is the story of an increasingly combustible relationship between a humorless, goal driven teacher (Pygmalion) and a lively, intelligent female pupil of the lowest class (Galatea), a pointed critique of the class system in England. In1912, Shaw was experiencing the decline of Victorian moralities, the rise of women in society as embodied by suffragists, shifts in politics that led to the destabilization of Europe and ultimately WWI.
Enjoy the rest of the post: https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/i-could-have-danced-all-night/
There are some words that are overused, and in the wrong context, that can become very irritating.. as pointed out in this post about the word ‘literally’ from Saucebox Site.
Literally: adverb. In a literal manner or sense; exactly. Used to emphasize the truth and accuracy of a statement or description.
That is the definition if the word “literally” from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. That is what I’ve been led to believe is the true meaning of the word, and that is how I’ve used the word my entire life. However, there is also another definition now.
Literally: adverb. Used in an exaggerated way to emphasize a statement or description that is not literally true or possible.
Dude, seriously? They use the word correctly in the totally incorrect definition. How confusing is that. So if it’s “not literally true”, does that mean it’s not true, or that it’s actually kind of true? Doesn’t this defeat the whole purpose of the word “literally”? I don’t even know what I’m saying. My head hurts. This is literally like a literal Inception, literally.
Read the rest of the post: https://sauceboxsite.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/literally-literal
It was World Book Day this last week and Balroop Singh celebrates its significance and also the benefits and emotional elements of books and reading.
World Book Day – a day that celebrates reading, a day that always inspires me to renew my love for books and share it, a day that reminds me how meaningless life would be without books!
Reading has not only given me pleasure, added brilliance to my gloomy hours but has also enriched my life in various ways. It has made me wiser, healthier, resilient and emotionally balanced. It helps me converse with the greatest thinkers and dreamers.
“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.” – Rene Descartes
Reading inspiring stories reassures me that inspiration could be found anywhere, even in the tears of detachment. Fictional characters too have the potential to enthuse new energy into us.
Read the rest of this post about the love of books: https://balroop2013.wordpress.com/
Instead of me doing the moaning about the weather I thought I would leave it to Beetley Pete who lives in Norfolk.. the UK Norfolk.. Where they have been experiencing the same changeable weather as we have..
Water, water, everywhere, Nor… With apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Regular readers will be aware that it has been a long time since one of my weather ‘moans’.
Not only am I determined to stay ‘more positive, in 2017’ I must also confess that we have had a record lack of rainfall over the last couple of months. In fact, the local TV news reporters have been out and about featuring drought issues. They have told us that we have not had such a dry Spring since 1905. Farmers are worrying about crops, water companies are concerned over reservoir levels, and gardeners are concerned about planting. Before you know it, we will have a hosepipe ban!
Read the rest of the weather woes and sympathise with Pete: https://beetleypete.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/water-water-everywhere-nor/
I hope that you have enjoyed this small selection.. thanks for dropping by. Sally