Monthly Archives: September 2010

John Wayne and Robert Mitchum

I admit it. Today’s clerihew is just an excuse to circulate a drawing I did the other day of the actor Robert Mitchum (based on an original photo by Terry O’Neill). Wikipedia has quite a bit to say about these two … Continue reading

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George Sand

Aurore Dupin (better known as George Sand) was born in July 1804 (some say on July 1, others July 5). A novelist and early feminist, she is best known these days for her affair with Frédéric Chopin, although romances with … Continue reading

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Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev

One of the finest ballerinas of the 20th century, Margaret Hookham (known as Margot Fonteyn) had professional partnerships with Robert Helpmann and Rudolf Nureyev. Of the second of these, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography says: “Their immediate rapport, the … Continue reading

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Pliny the Elder and the Big Smoke

In 79 AD — most probably on August 24 or 25 — the Mount Vesuvius volcano erupted, destroying (among other things) the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Among its victims was Gaius Plinius Cecilius Secundus, known as Pliny the Elder, Roman scholar, encyclopedist, … Continue reading

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Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley

Today it’s two for the price of one. Leonard Cohen released the often-covered song Hallelujah in 1984; in 1994 Jeff Buckley performed what is probably the best-known version of that song. In 2010, Leonard Cohen is still with us; Buckley died at … Continue reading

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John Buchan and Johnny Depp

   Today’s clerihew is an hommage to E.C. Bentley, who penned the following:    The novels of Jane Austen Are the ones to get lost in. I wonder if Labby Has read Northanger Abbey?  But who, you ask, is “Labby”? Henry … Continue reading

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