When I was a doctor, in general practice, I was a little intrigued by the large number of young women who didn’t wear panties. A fair number of young men did likewise, but not as many, it seemed, and the implications regarding modesty and propriety seem somehow not to apply so much to boys. It […]
I find it fascinating that people seem to find it irresistible to take indecent liberties with statues, which they would hesitate to take with a living person. Perhaps it’s the illicit thrill of symbolically breaking a taboo or the ritual enactment of a primitive urge. I guess, mostly they just think it’s funny, and of […]
I teach English to foreign doctors and nurses, many of whom are Japanese. Yesterday the word “blubber” came up in a reading passage. I pointed out that only marine mammals, such as whales, have blubber, particularly under their skins. Shortly after, the topic of obesity came up, and the conversation drifted to sumo wrestlers. I […]
The mermaid’s a curious dish; A strange creature, half woman, half fish. From her tail to her hips, You could eat her with chips; From there up, you can do what you wish!
When I was in Bologna I was a bit awestruck by the Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune), particularly by the four figures at the corners, voluptuous feminine creatures, like mermaids, but with two legs (scaly of course!) They are sitting astride dolphin-like animals, with a fortunately placed dorsal fin. Most fascinating, though, is that […]
At my wife’s third cousin’s first birthday party yesterday, there was a young mother, part Chinese, who looked a lot like my grandmother, Grace, also part Chinese. Remarkably enough, her baby’s name was Monty, the same as my grandfather’s. Just by the way, another young mother sported an elaborate tattoo, running from her shoulder tips […]
I loved this sign I saw when I stopped for a coffee at the ferry wharf the other day. It sort of puts the whole coffee thing in perspective.