It’s all gibberish to me!

Lewis Carroll’s poem “The Jabberwocky” in Alice in Wonderland is a well known example of gibberish. But no one is quite sure where the word gibberish comes from. Continue reading It’s all gibberish to me!

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Rabbits! And thereby hangs a tale (almost)

The Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit is the world’s smallest breed, and one of the rarest. Fully grown these little creatures weigh in at less than a pound. Some years ago, it was feared that the breed had vanished, but a few were found and rescued. Continue reading Rabbits! And thereby hangs a tale (almost)

Mahabalipuram and the Yonghy-Bonghy Bo

South India is known for its wonderful vegetarian cuisine, but it has other cultural attractions too. Contemporary with the classical period of the Maya civilization in Central America, the temple complex at Mahabalipuram reflects the aspirations of the late Pallava dynasty. Continue reading Mahabalipuram and the Yonghy-Bonghy Bo

Barker and Lear: A posthumous double act

British artist and writer Edward Lear (1812-88) – whose bicentenary nonsensical people are celebrating – wrote limericks for children. British comedian Ronnie Barker (1929-2005) thought the endings dull and rewrote them. Continue reading Barker and Lear: A posthumous double act

Three cheers for Edward Lear!

Edward Lear, genius of nonsensical writing, was born 200 years ago. Best known for his children’s poems and stories, he was also a graphic artist and landscape painter. English-speakers are celebrating his quirkiness and verbal dexterity. Continue reading Three cheers for Edward Lear!