Was Pooh Bear a romantic?

February 15, 2011

Discussion with Noelle McCarthy on Critical Mass began with the Last Post on Stoatspring in which Anne Else, his widow, gave the news of his death.

In response to that she is now using her blog, Elsewoman, to write about learning to live by herself for the first time in her life.

Still on the subject of love we looked at the 10 most romantic lines in English Literature.

Emily Bronte penned the winning words: ” Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same” in Wuthering Heights.

A.A. Milne’s Pooh Bear (or was it Christopher Robin to Pooh?) was voted second with:  “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you” .

If you find this to sugary, pop across to Today Is My Birthday for Ally’s amusing reaction to the romance.


Death of a poet and blogger

January 4, 2011

Stoatspring was a relatively recent addition to my list of regular blog reads (thanks to a recommendation from Deborah).

I enjoyed the mix of poetry, philosophy and general ruminations on many topics including gardening,  food, current affairs and life.

 He started blogging because he had inclusion body myositis, a rare muscular degenerative disease which made him increasingly disabled but still able to type.

He was open about the condition, it’s impact and frustrations but never self-pitying.

I was very sorry to read the last post, written by his wife Anne Else, follow Harvey’s death on Christmas Day.

A couple of weeks ago I bought his last book, These I Have Loved, my favourite New Zealand poems. It is a fitting legacy for a man with such a fine appreciation for good writing who wrote so well himself.


Critical mass on cleaning and cooking

September 7, 2010

Ha-Joon Chang’s theory that the washing machine did more for productivity than the internet (see two posts back) was the starting point for my chat with Jim Mora on Critical Mass  this afternoon.

While on matters domestic we moved from cleaning to cooking and had a look at Something Else to Eat the blog of writer, feminist and keen cook Anne Else.

Her love of words and food is obvious in her posts which are a delight to read and, thanks to the photographs, look at.

I was part way through her post on making pancakes when I realised she’s married to Harvey McQueen and I’d read the post he wrote on eating the pancakes.

The contrast between her description of following his directions And his matter of fact account of the same incident amused me.

She said:

 First I asked where the recipe was. “I just use the Edmond’s one”, he said. So I got it out and showed it to him, because I’ve learnt from long experience that he doesn’t often follow a recipe exactly. . . 

He said:

Anne made pancakes for our brunch this morning. One of life’s pleasures, a simple dish yet tasty.

Deborah at In A Strange Land suggested I look at food blogs, not professional ones but home cooking enthusiasts (thank you).

In doing some very quick research this morning I came across some other gems but ran out of time to discuss them. They’ll keep for another time.

Other suggestions for themes, blogs or websites which might be suitable for future Critical Mass spots are welcomed.


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