Today I’d like to bring to your attention some note-worthy and rather random news:
1. After my last post about weird and wonderful book titles, the author of Crazy Buttocks contacted me to complain that I had poked fun at her gluteus maximus. “My book is a thoughtful insight into something that really matters: our seat of learning. I was most upset to find out that you had been arse-ing around and making me look like an ass. Please take your tongue out of your cheek – or at least out of my cheek.”
Sorry – I guess I was aiming a bit low…
2. Cutting-edge technology has made it possible for a radical new online tanning service to start up in the USA. After opening for business only two months ago, the new tanning company Browned Off had already had a mega two million hits. “It’s amazing!” an enthusiastic new member declared. “I can blog and tan at the same time.”
3. This 125-year old Yogi is a hermit living in the ice-capped mountains of Tibet. When asked the secret of his longevity and good health, he said that he owes it all to cigarettes, whisky and wild women. “Clean living is overrated,” quipped this perky old hermit.
4. It is traditional in Sweden to run around calling everyone a ‘silly herring’ at the beginning of the month of April. Commuters on the trains greet each other pleasantly with cheery comments like, “You smell like an old fishwife’s armpit!” and “Not only are you a silly herring, but you smell like a rotten one, too!” If you do not exchange fishy pleasantries with your fellow human beings, then you are fined. The money goes to the Baltic Red Herring Fund.
By the way, here in Sweden you go round saying, “April, April! You silly herring!” instead of April Fool!
Have a good April Fool’s Day!
… but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
After yesterday’s disturbing plunge into something that I know nothing – nor care two figs – about: the world of fashion – I’m back onto safer ground in the form of a cup of spicy tea. This time, it’s the wonderful Black Chai tea, with black tea, Roiboos, fragrant cinnamon and a bit of spicy ginger pick-me-up.
Photo courtesy of jedzer
The words of wisdom from the back of the box come from the teachings of Ganesha:
“Wisdom and faith can remove all obstacles and bestow both worldly and spiritual success and happiness.”
Be wise, be happy … and try not to stumble over too many obstacles in your path this weekend!
Not only is spicy Yogi tea delicious, it’s also very wise. After an early autumnal walk through lovely leafiness with Oscar, the dog, I turn to the tea bag of Yogidom and discover these words of wisdom:
Now, I’m not really sure what that is supposed to mean, but I think it’s expressing what the English poet William Blake said so beautifully about two hundred years ago:
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
Or, to put it in a nutshell …
… as Yogi Bear once said:
“I’m smarter than the average bear.”