A Knightly Exchange

The Green Knight:

“Now grasp that gruesome axe
and show your striking style.”

Sir Gawain:

“Since you ask,”
and touched the tempered steel.

(Just flying through this!)

There is a certain rhythm achieved by the alternating of short with long lines. Now follows a very GRUESOME section, so self must put a

TRIGGER WARNING: Graphic Depiction of Violence

The cleanness of the strike cleaved the spinal cord
and parted the fat and the flesh so far
that the bright steel blade took a bite from the floor.

(Self is wondering if the medieval author would have used precisely those terms — i.e. “spinal cord” — nevertheless the specificity does hold the attention)

The Challenge

The knighthood then unites
and each knight says the same:
their king can stand aside
and give Gawain this game.

So the sovereign instructed his knight to stand.

Ooh! Self loves this! She’s practically flying through the text!

from the Introduction to A Woman in Berlin

The lack of electricity and gas has reduced modern conveniences like lights and stores and hot water boilers to useless objects. “We’re marching backwards in time,” she writes, “cave dwellers.”

Introduction by Antony Beevor to A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 17: Dublin, December 2017

Still playing catch-up with this wonderful challenge, co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao!

One December, Dublin:

Oh, it was cold.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Six Word Saturday: Philo, Last Night Before the Storm

A big one’s coming in tonight. Good thing self did her excursion to Philo last night, when the skies were still clear.

Thank you to Travel with Intent for hosting the Six Word Saturday Challenge.

Oh, the Cheekiness of It All

SPOILER ALERT

Call to Martin Lomax, The Man Who Died Twice, p. 83:

  • Does he know an Andrew Hastings? He does. Does Andrew Hastings work for him? He does, no use lying, this is MI5 and they know already. Was Mr. Hastings working for him this evening? No, he was not. We regret to inform you that Mr. Hastings has been shot dead while trying to murder a member of the British Security Services, condolences for your loss, but I wonder if you would have any comment on that.

Is there a #3 installment of The Thursday Murder Club in the works? Because self wanted it, like, yesterday.

Stay tuned.

CBWC: MATCHING THINGS 2

Second post for Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Matching Things.

TWO poles sticking out of the water of one of self’s favorite lakes: Annaghmakerrig, in Ireland.

Cee’s Black and White Photo (CBWC) Challenge: Matching Things

Cee Neuner: This week our topic is Matching Things. You can enter a single photo that has matching things in it or have a theme with matching things.

Self found this neat portrait of the writer Aldous Huxley in the National Portrait Gallery in London. His glasses/spectacles are pretty fab! Oh, and the lens match.

Is it just self or does anyone else find the author of Brave New World smoking hot? Like Benedict Cumberbatch, only with glasses?

Aldous Huxley, 1894 – 1963

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) #11: Murals

YAY! Self went out this morning with her camera, determined to find something for the Photographing Public Art Challenge. She had a particular destination in mind: a clump of murals facing a downtown parking lot which is usually crammed with cars and people, impeding her access to the art.

This morning, there were a few cars, but she was able to keep them to a small part of the photograph.

Each mural represents the business the building houses: Crouching Tiger is a Chinese restaurant; the black mural building houses City Pub; Pickled is a women’s clothing store, and so forth.

Life in Colour: Fall Blaze

Travel Words hosts Life in Colour, and the colour for October is orange.

This morning, self went on a walk around the neighborhood. Gosh, the colors! The colours!

Look! Look! Look!

Summer used to be self’s favorite season. Not any longer. Her favorite season now is fall.

Stay tuned.

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