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Eddie Mair | 13:05 UK time, Tuesday, 3 October 2006

Our latest postcards include this work of Gerard Hoffnung, sent by Lesley Boulton who writes: "who says women can't have it all?"


Then there is Anna Christensen and her dead mice (1994 since you ask)


And we're indebted to Hilary Aikman in Colchester with a vintage scene from Cumnock.



  1. At 01:31 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    All I can say is that I'm glad I've finished my lunch before checking to see what the Edmeister had blogged for us today. I wouldn't have wanted to see Anna's p/c in the middle of eating my sarnie!


  2. At 01:52 PM on 03 Oct 2006, anne wrote:

    s/be 1 but I'm not getting suckered again.

    I really don't care whether the dead mice are art or not (my feeling is NOT, but then I like British 19C painting, so what do I know) but even if they are art I don't want to look at dead rodents. Please, Lissa with an A take them , off.

  3. At 01:55 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Colin Chuckles wrote:

    I don't mind the mice, but how do other people feel about the word "sarnie"? Personally I can't stand it! Seems rather Eton slash Henley. I could be wrong, of course. Often am.

  4. At 01:55 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Oh dear - I was just about to go and have my lunch. As they say on "Friends" - eewww!

  5. At 02:52 PM on 03 Oct 2006, John H. wrote:

    Eeeww, indeed. However, I'm surprised that nobody has yet asked how the mice came to be dead. The image also opens up the possibility of Eisenstein-inspired juxtaposition wonderings. Think: image of dead mice followed by image of cat licking lips and you have a mini-story that (sadly) we have with our cat on a fairly regular basis. But think: image of man with tin with skull and crossbones on it followed by image of dead mice and you have a different story altogether.

    You see, I read back over that and realise that it's the most pathetic attempt yet to avoid the work I need to do.

    And what's wrong with the word "sarnie" for goodness sake?

  6. At 03:05 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Roberto Carlos Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR wrote:

    Great Blog and Great Post Cards.

  7. At 03:26 PM on 03 Oct 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Rather like the word sarnie - conjures up Enid Blytonesque scenes with hard-boiled eggs, fruit cake and lashings of ginger pop. I'm sure Just William took sarnies out with him too, when he and the Outlaws went a-roamin'.

    Actually Fearless, I do picture you in a rather JW way, you don't have a dog named Jumble do you?and a sister named Ethel? I had a mother called Ethel. (Just thought I'd share that with you, she didn't like it at all, but she thought her sister's name was worse - Ariel)


  8. At 04:02 PM on 03 Oct 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Is it me, or did the postcards stop waltzing earlier and now they've started again??

  9. At 04:05 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Sarnie? Eton? I shouldn't have thought so.

    John H., keep it up - it makes me feel better. I shouldn't be looking here at all. But it is coffee break time: There's only me here to dictate in this dictatorship.

    I think Ariel is a lovely name. I've never met an Ariel but I did know a "Lenor" for a while. I kid you not.

  10. At 04:24 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    No dog, but I do have a sister (not called Ethel) who has a dog called Ruari (that's Rory to the rest of us)...

    Lenor, eh? I bet she was a softie!! (there will now be a colledction for victims of that pun...)

  11. At 04:26 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Rufus T. Firefly wrote:

    Hey Aperitif (8)

    I met an Ariel once... it was a lovely reception.

  12. At 04:28 PM on 03 Oct 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Lenor - really? Ariel in itself is ok, but it was actually short for what she was christened - which was Archibaldina. Of an era, don't you think?

  13. At 04:30 PM on 03 Oct 2006, John H. wrote:

    Drinks, 8, I bet she was all soft and fluffy. With a really fresh smell.

    Hate to be so agreeable, but I also think that Ariel sounds rather lovely. Would be outrageously rude to suggest that Val P's mum got the bum end of that deal?

  14. At 04:40 PM on 03 Oct 2006, John H. wrote:

    No, really, I did know somebody called "Bounce"...

  15. At 05:06 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    I swear. She was quite gentle - she was my beauty therapist - facials, leg waxing that kind of thing. Nice lady. She had a colleague called Barbara who was a lot more forceful and rough.

    Archibaldina? Never, ever, heard that one before. I think I would call myself Ariel too if I were her.

  16. At 05:15 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    btw, John H.,

    Why do you hate to be agreeable? Does it not fit with your self image?

  17. At 05:29 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Spoons wrote:

    I have to share this with you all.

    I have been doing really smelly pumps all day today.

  18. At 05:35 PM on 03 Oct 2006, andycraAPDC wrote:

    My middle names are Percil Daz, honest.

  19. At 05:42 PM on 03 Oct 2006, John H. wrote:

    Oh dear.

    OK, I take that back, Val P's mum: lucky, lucky, lucky.

    Incidentally, I did post the missing "it" but it doesn't seem to have appeared.

  20. At 05:52 PM on 03 Oct 2006, John H. wrote:

    As a matter of course, I don't mind being agreeable, but it starts to look like such a "love-in", don't you think?

    I wouldn't have believed andycraFNB if he'd claimed... No, that's just silly.

  21. At 06:03 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Really AndyCragg?

    I had you down as a "Charles Linden". Or "Philip Arthur". Or ""Wedgwood".

    Thankfully I don't know the middle names of any more famous people - or if I do they don't spring to mind.

  22. At 06:25 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    FNB John? (20) explain yourself?

    re 18 - that'll be the french spelling, is it AndyCretc. ?

    re 17 - Dear me! I'd rather you didn't!

  23. At 06:41 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    And anyway, why do you care what it looks like?

    I leave it open to fellow bloggers to decide to which post I refer.

  24. At 06:51 PM on 03 Oct 2006, andycraçLPAWC wrote:

    Perry : yes, the French, or more properly : "Perçil Daz"

    FNB John? (20) explain yourself! And I thought this was a love-in. If it wasn't I'd have to go somewhere else.

    I think I'll be Andrew Charles Linden Philip Arthur Wedgwood Cragg, for a while. Very posh.

  25. At 07:15 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    well, Andrew Charles Linden Philip Arthur Wedgwood Cragg, I think whatever you name yourself is up to you, of course. I just have one comment to make:

    Do you really want to have to type that all in again if the blog forgets you tomorrow?

  26. At 08:02 PM on 03 Oct 2006, John H. wrote:

    On the subject of forgetting names, I'm pretty sure my browser used to remember me. This latest Firefox upgrade seems to forget me whenever I start afresh. Hey ho.

    FNB - Furry Non-Bio (obviously...)

    I don't really. Just thought it would frame the comment.

    Can you believe that my "it" got skootered? It was an "it" - that was it - nothing more. How can it, as in "it", offend anybody?

  27. At 08:16 PM on 03 Oct 2006, anne wrote:

    I can quite believe Archibaldina as the Victorians had a nasty habit of wishing such names on children who turned out to be the 'wrong' gender. There was a Kennethina lived in Elizabeth House in Sydney, and you occcasionally come across things like Robina (now sounds like a slightly mis-pronounced fruit frink) and Donalda which I think is horrid. However I do think Archibaldina is the worst I have ever heard. Commiserations all round I feel.

  28. At 08:32 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    re 26 - a likely story.

  29. At 08:42 PM on 03 Oct 2006, jim wrote:

    How might we name a mouse sarnie ?

  30. At 08:43 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    I know a Robina! It never occurred to me that it was Robin that had "been Georgina-d" (I like the name Georgina, actually).

    I also used to know someone whose name was spelled "RIBENA", but, not quite so amusing, it was pronounced R'beena, rather than in line with the popular tooth-rotting drink.

    Do I win a prize for knowing so many people with odd names? I bet you all think I'm making them up - I'm really not.

  31. At 10:04 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Chris the Pickle wrote:

    Aw, you're all on this thread today, that's why no-one's replied to my quiz question on "Brown"...


  32. At 10:05 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Chris the Pickle wrote:

    That should have said "Win Gordon Brown"...

  33. At 11:26 PM on 03 Oct 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Yes, well, she must have quite liked it herself, because she called her daughter the same!

    Good grief so you think my aunt was a Victorian do you Anne? Hmm, not too far off actually, gee that's frightening!

    Now I come to think of it the grandmother with the wildly named children was called Alexanderina (don't forget the "e"), no wonder she felt obliged to carry on the tradition. She called her son George though, no joke there that I can see.

    Blogmeister just forgot me, but I had my name in as usual. Weird.

    I think I may post a card in tomorrow, just to see if I can jostle the Skulls out of the way, in that kind of way the machines at the fairgrounds do, know what I mean?

  34. At 11:46 PM on 03 Oct 2006, andycraÇLPAWgg wrote:

    The Blogmistress might forget me (she does, often, which is a bit rude, though she does have many clients) but my trusty Firefox doesn't.

    Except Firefox gives me a list to choose from and I'm worried one of my passwords might appear on this, very public, blog one day.

    So if you want to raid my PayPal account, keep watching ...

    FNB - Furry Non-Bio? Nice ring to it.

    Andrew Charles Linden Philip Arthur Furry Non Bio Wedgwood Cragg

  35. At 09:06 AM on 04 Oct 2006, anne wrote:

    Valery - sorry, it would be a stretch for your aunt to be a Victorian, but that's not to say that her parents weren't brought up with Victorian attitudes. Some things linger on in general life long after the age that spawned them is gone. But apologies iof you felt I was implying you were ancient, when the chances are even that you are younger than me.

  36. At 10:56 AM on 04 Oct 2006, John H. wrote:

    LOL (esp the sig block) andycraÇLPAFNBWgg (34).

    anne (35) I keep telling you, Valery is 3. It's gonna be impressive if her aunt was Victorian. Maybe she's repro.

  37. At 12:29 PM on 04 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    John H (36)

    Three as in "Three times a lady"?

    Yep, definitely a love-in here.

    Andy, I think I missed a "George" out of the names ('Philip Arthur George' is correct, I believe). Want that one too?

    Or you could just call yourself 'AndyHarry' and take up Bingo.

  38. At 12:44 PM on 04 Oct 2006, Charles Hatton wrote:

    My youngest daughter's middle name is Bunny. Some people love it and others think it's odd. She's too young to have an opinion as yet. What do you all think?

  39. At 12:55 PM on 04 Oct 2006, andycraÇLPAGFNBWBgg wrote:

    Perry : Bingo sounds great, even posher.

    Here goes then :

    Andrew Charles Linden Philip Arthur George Furry Non Bio Wedgwood Bingo Cragg

  40. At 01:03 PM on 04 Oct 2006, andycraÇLPAGFNBWBgg wrote:

    Chas H : I expect she'll drop the name in her teens and twenties, then take it up again in later life.

    Like someone I know who's middle name is Beaumont.

    Andrew Charles Linden Philip Arthur George Furry Non Bio Wedgwood Bingo Cragg

  41. At 01:07 PM on 04 Oct 2006, anne wrote:

    well Charles 38 my elder son's middle name is Edmind which he loathes so I hate to think what his reaction would have been if we'd called him something like bullfrog or hamster instead.

    I assume you had some seriously good reason for inflicting this moniker on a defenceless child, but my bet would be that by the time she's old enough to care, she certainly will.

    Just back frm tai Chi after the summer break and I ACHE.

  42. At 01:38 PM on 04 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:


    You do know that I meant take up playing bingo a la Wills and not calling yourself 'bingo', and are clearly just being even sillier now.

    Great - silliness is my favourite thing.

    Re "Bunny" - just make sure she loves standing out and she'll be fine. I've always loved my name and wouldn't have liked to have had something ordinary. It's all about ones attitude.

  43. At 02:33 PM on 04 Oct 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Bunny is fine, no worse than being given the queen as your middle name (Elizabeth, not The Queen, that is). It's (Bunny) used freely as an affectionate term of address in our house.

    I gave my two children reasonably sensible first names but slightly deviously spelt middle names. Just to give them something to be pedantic about!
    Fortunately they don't seem to bother. Harrumph.

  44. At 03:55 PM on 04 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Valery, slightly deviously spelt middle names

    Like what?




    Er, what else might deviants do?... (Not their work, obviously).


  45. At 04:19 PM on 04 Oct 2006, John H. wrote:



  46. At 10:12 PM on 04 Oct 2006, Charles Hatton wrote:

    Thank you all for your thoughtful comments.

    Anne (41) – We have definitely taken a chance here in having Bunny as a middle name. My two elder daughters (14 & 11) initially thought it odd, but have come around to it. I’m not sure we had a “seriously good reason”. Convoluted would best describe it. Keep up the tai chi – very good stuff!

    Aperitif (42) – How right you are! I think your name is lovely!

    Valery Pedant (43) – Definitely a term of affection, which is the last piece of the convoluted reason. But, I’m sensing that you really mean “ … unfortunately they don’t seem to bother.” It made me smile though. There’s nothing wrong in wanting things to be right.

  47. At 10:48 PM on 04 Oct 2006, whisht wrote:

    - sob -

    I don't have a middle name....

  48. At 11:33 PM on 04 Oct 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    You could well be right, Charles. Give them time though.
    Backfires on me however, because, re holiday preparations/passport fiasco/non functioning local fax machine etc, I checked Teenage Daughter's plastic E111 card, and, yes, they've spelled her middle name with only 1 L. I must put it on record on this frog however, that they were perfectly charming about it when I phoned up (perhaps they do it a lot), and a new one is winging its way up north. Now if only they issued the Passports too, not possible to make human contact with that lot.

    While I'm having a rant, what's all this about TV licences being no longer available at the Post Office? They mither you to death to get one for the Student Son, then don't tell you where you get them from now. Post Office gave me a very helpful leaflet several pages long, I read it when I got home, and it said "you can no longer get your tv licence from a Post Office". Well, duh!

    SB 48

    Ah Whisht - we'll give you one. What would you like and we can concoct an online ceremony for you?

  49. At 12:07 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Charles Hatton wrote:

    Whisht - hug -

    As Valery says, if you would like to choose one, we could have a naming ceremony here. Just make sure it has lots of additional ls and ts in the and perhaps the odd z.

  50. At 04:24 PM on 05 Oct 2006, whisht wrote:

    People - I'm feeling the love.
    I'm touched.
    (actually that was something else they said about me...)

    I'll start thinking of something...


  51. At 10:03 PM on 05 Oct 2006, whisht wrote:

    hmm... its a few hours later and this idea of a middle name...

    with "Whisht" being only a single name where the heck is a middle one gonna go??

    and thinking of what Charles said... I think "Aloyicious" is just going to make people spit too much if they say Aloyicious Whisht. or make it sound like the radio being poorly tuned in...

    (is it a tad sad that this hissing is going away now we're all digital... or a good thing?)

  52. At 10:29 PM on 05 Oct 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Ah - would that we were indeed all digital, Whisht. One of these days we too shall be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century...until then, we enjoy interference with everything.

  53. At 09:21 AM on 06 Oct 2006, ontheledge wrote:

    to Whisht on 57 - Can I suggest the following as a solution to your dilemma?


    In this instance the OP is a form of address, or award, a la Dip, OM, or whatever (Personally, I think it stands for Ordinary Person - a most noble form of address for the average blogger)

  54. At 11:46 AM on 06 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Valery (52)

    Oo-er! (Sorry, I came over all John H there).

    There's no digital coverage where I live yet: It's olde worlde or t'internet. I will care eventually, I'm sure.

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