memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

Archive for September, 2016

Going begging

Mozart could knock out a new piece of music in a couple of minutes. Once, when he was walking along the street, a beggar asked him for some money. Mozart was, as usual, a bit short of the readies a…

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Psst or Shuss

S The letter S represents the voiceless alveolar sibilant /s/ in most languages and the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). It also commonly represents the voiced alveolar fricative /z/, as in t…

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Babel (2)

Once again I take up the old heavy green-bound book from 1860 called THE BIBLE OF EVERY LAND which is a history of the Sacred Scriptures in every language and dialect into which translations have b…

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The mysterious case of the uneatable pears

An  inspirational book (for my generation at least) was CATCH 22 by Joseph Heller. Wicked and hilarious this book with brilliant wordplay brings paradox to an inevitable  Zeno-like absurdity. Publi…

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Wordlessly searching

Where would we be without speech? We’d get by thanks.   Where would we be with only few words? As a fallen leaf In the autumn wind Flabbergasted Dancing and swaying In the equinox With no direction…

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My Nonesuch Shakespeare

THE NONESUCH PRESS. SHAKESPEARE, William. Of all my beloved books my best-favoured is perhaps my Nonesuch Shakespeare. My father bought the seven elegant leather-bound volumes in 1940 for one hundr…

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Anglo-Saxon rocks

I fell in love with my own language When I was in my mid-thirties You know how it is First I noticed it Then I felt drawn to it Lastly I fell for it Hook, line and sinker.   Those old tribesmen Rou…

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Extinct meat

Lunch today was roast dinosaur Primordial chunks of meat Inexpertly hacked from Some monstrous haunch   I guess that such creatures (Miniature pterodactyls) Thought to be extinct Are still reared f…

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The Angel of Death

… We got as far south as Ouargla that day, a white shimmering vision rising out of sand. The sky was an impossible blue but the south-east wind was oppressive, a precursor to a sirocco? I wan…

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The salt of the earth

Salt, also known as table salt, or rock salt, is a crystalline mineral that is composed primarily of sodium chloride NaCl, a chemical compound belonging to the larger class of ionic salts. The time…

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