Eeyorish – pessimistic or gloomy; down-in-the-dumps.
You might have deduced from this morning’s quotes that I’m a fan of A.A. Milne.
A well-worn copy of When We Were Very Young is evidence that his poetry was part of my childhood but I was at university before I read, and appreciated, Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.
When I first went to England, one of my literary pilgrimages was to Ashdown Forest, near Hartfield in East Sussex, part of which is the 100 Acre (or Aker) wood in which Pooh and his friends played.
I’ve been back there two more times to play Pooh Sticks on the bridge which E.H Shephard drew and have read and re-read the books to my own and others’ children.
Today I’m grateful for A.A. Milne and other authors who give pleasure to readers and read-to of all ages.
Summer holidays provide what many regard as a merciful break from day to day politics in the news.
That in turn provides an opportunity for an opposition leader who wants to get into the hearts and minds of voters to get noticed.
I came across a couple of news items in which Labour leader Andrew Little was quoted but neither was positive. In one he was petty and in the other he was prevaricating.
In the first he criticised Paula Rebstock’s New Year’s honour as political favouritism:
Ms Rebstock has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the state. . .
He’s trying to make a political point and criticise the government and in doing so is making a slur on a woman who has years of work in and for the public service.
This was both petty and personal.
The second story repeated his assertion that Labour would defy the Trans pacific Partnership.
In the interview he is questioned about how he would do this and repeats what he’s said before about any government he leads picking and choosing which bits of the agreement it would keep.
That sounds definite but it is prevaricating because he knows that once an agreement is signed parties to it can’t decide which bits of it they will honour and which they won’t.
Kiwiblog’s poll of polls show National finished the year polling about 5% higher than it was three years ago and Labour is about 5% lower.
One reason for this is that National’s leader John Key is usually positive which trumps petty and prevaricating which is how Little often appears.
[A] quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business. – A.A. Milne who was born on this day in 1882.
He also said:
The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.
(one of my favourites because my spelling has a tendency to wobble too).
Pay attention to where you are going because without meaning you might get nowhere.
. . . Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.
Organization is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it’s not all mixed up.
A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.
We can’t all, and some of us don’t.
When you do the things that you can do, you will find a way.
No doubt Jack the Ripper excused himself on the grounds that it was human nature.
Good judgment comes from experience, and experience – well, that comes from poor judgment.
Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.
If a statement is untrue, it is not the more respectable because it has been said in Latin.
It is a terrible thing for an author to have a lot of people running about his book without any invitation from him at all.
The truth is that Fate does not go out of its way to be dramatic. If you or I had the power of life and death in our hands, we should no doubt arrange some remarkably bright and telling effects. A man who spilt the salt callously would be drowned next week in the Dead Sea, and a couple who married in May would expire simultaneously in the May following. But Fate cannot worry to think out all the clever things that we should think out. It goes about its business solidly and unromantically, and by the ordinary laws of chance it achieves every now and then something startling and romantic. Superstition thrives on the fact that only the accidental dramas are reported.
The things that make me different are the things that make me ME.
In the language of the day it is customary to describe a certain sort of book as “escapist” literature. As I understand it, the adjective implies, a little condescendingly, that the life therein depicted cannot be identified with the real life which the critic knows so well in W.C.1: and may even have the disastrous effect on the reader of taking him happily for a few hours out of his own real life in N.W.8. Why this should be a matter for regret I do not know; nor why realism in a novel is so much admired when realism in a picture is condemned as mere photography; nor, I might add, why drink and fornication should seem to bring the realist closer to real life than, say, golf and gardening.
The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief—call it what you will—than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course.
One advantage of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
The other day I met a man who didn’t know where Tripoli was. Tripoli happened to come into the conversation, and he was evidently at a loss. “Let’s see,” he said. “Tripoli is just down by the – er – you know. What’s the name of that place?” “That’s right,” I answered, “just opposite, Thingumabob. I could show you in a minute on a map. It’s near – what do they call it?” At this moment the train stopped, and I got out and went straight home to look at my atlas.
Weeds are Flowers too, once you get to know them.
“Pooh, how do you spell love?’ ‘You don’t spell love Piglet, you feel it”
One of the difficulties of thinking clearly about anything is that it is almost impossible not to form our ideas in words which have some previous association for us; with the result that our thought is already shaped along certain lines before we have begun to follow it out. Again, a word may have various meanings, and our use of it in one sense may deceive our readers (or even ourselves) into supposing that we were using it in some other sense.
If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name.
No sensible author wants anything but praise.
Bores can be divided into two classes; those who have their own particular subject, and those who do not need a subject.
I suppose that every one of us hopes secretly for immortality; to leave, I mean, a name behind him which will live forever in this world, whatever he may be doing, himself, in the next. . .
532 – Nika riots in Constantinople failed.
1126 – Emperor Huizong abdicated the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong.
1486 – King Henry VII of England married Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV.
1520 – King Christian II of Denmark and Norway defeated the Swedes at Lake Åsunden.
1670 Henry Morgan captured Panama.
1779 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer, was born (d. 1869).
1813 Joseph Glidden, American farmer who patented barbed wire, was born (d. 1906).
1849 Sir Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1920).
1854 Thomas Watson, American telephone pioneer, was born (d. 1934).
1871 – Wilhelm I of Germany was proclaimed the first German Emperor in the ‘Hall of Mirrors’ of the Palace of Versailles.
1882 A. A. Milne, English author, was born (d. 1956).
1884 Dr. William Price attempted to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.
1886 – Modern field hockey was born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.
1889 Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer, was born (d. 1989).
1892 Oliver Hardy, American comedian and actor, was born (d. 1957).
1896 The X-ray machine was exhibited for the first time.
1903 President Theodore Roosevelt sent a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.
1904 Cary Grant, English actor, was born (d. 1986).
1913 Danny Kaye, American actor, was born (d. 1987).
1916 A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite struck a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
1919 The Paris Peace Conference opened in Versailles.
1919 Ignacy Jan Paderewski became Prime Minister of the newly independent Poland.
1919 Bentley Motors Limited was founded.
1933 Ray Dolby, American inventor (Dolby noise reduction system), was born .
1944 Paul Keating, 24th Prime Minister of Australia, was born.
1944 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosted a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.
1944 – Soviet forces liberated Leningrad, effectively ending a three year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad.
1945 Liberation of the Budapest ghetto by the Red Army.
1954 Tom Bailey, English musician (Thompson Twins), was born.
1955 Battle of Yijiangshan.
1958 – Willie O’Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, made his NHL debut.
1969 United Airlines Flight 266 crashed into Santa Monica Bay resulting in the loss of all 32 passengers and six crew members.
1974 A Disengagement of Forces agreement was signed between the Israeli and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War.
1977 Scientists identified a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease.
1977 – Australia’s worst rail disaster at Granville, Sydney killed 83.
1978 The European Court of Human Rights found the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture.
1980 Upper Hutt’s Jon Stevens made it back-to-back No.1 singles when ‘Montego Bay’ bumped ‘Jezebel’ from the top of the New Zealand charts.
1994 The Cando event, a possible bolide impact in Cando, Spain. Witnesses claimed to have seen a fireball in the sky lasting for almost one minute.
1997 Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
2000 The Tagish Lake meteorite hit the Earth.
2002 Sierra Leone Civil War declared over.
2003 A bushfire killed 4 people and destroyed more than 500 homes in Canberra.
2005 The Airbus A380,, the world’s largest commercial jet, was unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse.
2007 The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years killed 14 people, Germany’s worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. HurricaneKyrill, caused at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses included the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon.
2009 – Gaza War: Hamas announced they will accept Israeli Defense Forces’s offer of a ceasefire.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia