Friday, March 26, 2004

HCA2005 - H.C. Andersen:
"The idealised Hans Christian Andersen should give way to a full human portrait of the writer.

He was a storyteller for children of all ages, but he was more than that.

He was a critical journalist with great enthusiasm for science, an existential thinker, an observant travel book writer, a passionate novelist, a deft paper cut-out artist, a neurotic hypochondriac and a sex-fixated eccentric.

He was a man with demons, dreams, yearnings and visions. He was a man of flesh and blood. "

Thursday, March 18, 2004

had a silly dream in the night

I was at at a dysfuncional British embassy

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Berks FHS Family Historian) Mar 2000 Bastardy in Berkshire: "Rates of illegitimacy were apparently rising throughout the early modern period. It has been calculated that only one birth in 144 was outside marriage in the first half of the seventeenth century, rising to one in 33 in the first half of the eighteenth1 and increas�ing rapidly from the mid 18th century,2 with as many as one birth in ten in the years 1810-1812.3 These calculations are based on entries in parish registers, and may underestimate levels of illegitimacy, as it seems that some clergy were reluctant to baptise such children.

An example of missing bastards from parish registers can be seen in eighteenth century Aldermaston, where the complaints of curate Zacharias Whiting to the archdeacon illustrate the point. He said that the local almshouses had been 'made little better than Houses of common Prostitution'. The 'Morals of the Parish' were sternly criticised as 'In General excessively corrupt and depraved; Prostitution connived at and encouraged - Several Women being suffered to bring Bastard after Bastard, without ever being punished, and in some Instances without being called upon to swear to the Father'. The obsession with 'lewd Women and Prostitutes unpunished' continued with a list of what Whiting saw as the worst offenders: Elisabeth Pike, Anne and Martha Hitchcock, Mary Gunler, Elisabeth Read and Margaret Webb,"

RootsWeb: CARMARTHENSHIRE-L [Cmn-L] Fw: lobotomized lugworm: "'lobotomized lugworm'"

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Something for Calum (sorry all): "One day
later I had word from Derek Colby to tell me that the original was written
in 1994 by the Swansea poet Nigel Jenkins who, like so many Welsh people,
had enjoyed watching then Welsh secretary John Redwood singing the anthem
on TV 'like a pixillated carp'. He sent it to the Welsh office as a sort of
favour, and heard no more about it until he read how Ffion, then a civil
servant, had deployed it to train her man.

The full version, entitled: 'Some Words for English Viceroys, Rugby Players
and Others, in Abuser-Friendly English, To Help Them Con Televiewers That
They Can Sing the Welsh National Anthem'
appears in Mr Jenkins's book of
poems, Ambush (Gomer Press, Llandysul). It is slightly different from
Ffion's version (and infinitely better than my bodged attempt last week).
As a poem in its own right, it has a splendid Edward Lear feel:

My hen laid a haddock, one hand oiled a flea,
Glad farts and centurions threw dogs in the sea
I could stew a hare here and brandish Dan's flan,
Don's ruddy bog's blocked up with sand.
Dad! Dad! Why don't you oil Auntie Glad?
Can't whores appear in beer bottle pies?
O butter the hens as they fly!

Other readers have offered other versions, and it's amazing how different
they are. Take the last line: 'Better henny-eyed, bar-high'(Will Parker);
'Oh boy, my dear hen is so high'(Valerie Lewis), 'Oh bother it, hen he hath
bar high'(Michael and Katherine Lewis, Valerie's husband and daughter) and
from David Lloyd of Bushey, what sounds like a despairing surrender: 'Oh,
buddy, please find me a bar!'"

and the Danish ?

Hugh W

Friday, March 05, 2004

H.C. Andersens drømme 9/4/1869: "

4. September 1869

I dreamed twice last night of a dog which bit my hand and my foot, and that I could not find my dentures.
after all I found them and saved my leg by letting the dog keep my boot. At the last the dog appeared as a person dressd in a grey-green long overcoat.

Note: HCA is in Copenhagen and celebrating that it was 50 years to the day since he left Odense.

H.C. Andersens drømme 11/27/1869

27. November 1869
Dreamed that the maid had thrown away my dentures. I was in despair and crying. Dreamed later I was in Portugal and that the O'Neill family were reserved and cold towards me. They reed and Jonas Collin too, I got wet feet. My fantasy was sick and dreadful.

HCA was in Marseilles.

11/11/1870     His last novel published Hans Christian Andersen: Lykke-Peer [Danish title]
25 July 1871    Travels via Sweden on the train ferry Helsingør-Helsingborg
and then to Jönköping and Göteborg by train to Norway and to Olso then called Christiania.
His publisher gave a reception for him at the Botanical gardens.
back to Copenhagen on 31st August
26 December Bournonville-ballet premiere of Et Eventyr i Billeder

1872     Serious illness and the last fairy-tales including Aunty Toothache
1873     toured Germany and Switzerland from April to July
1874     Awarded the Danish title: Konferensraad - possibly equivalent to privy councillor?

Det Kongelige Bibliotek - Elektroniske ressourcer - ELEKTRA - menu: "ELEKTRA - e-ressourcer fra Det Kongelige Bibliotek "

the Danish national is republishing electronically many valuable works

The Royal Library - Image Database - H.C. Andersen Portraits:

"Hans Christian Andersen, the famous Danish author of fairy tales, is represented among the many portraits in the Department of Prints and Photographs of the Royal Library with close to 300 portraits.

250 have been scanned and catalogued for searching via WWW.
Thus access to the images has been made available all over the world, and selection from among them is possible without any wear and tear on the originals.

This site is a sample of the collection of drawings, engravings and photographs of the beloved poet.

The Timetable Year By Year 1874 r
H.C. Andersens drømme :: :: H.C. Andersen Centret: "29. August 1874

That nasty dream I often dream about a child singing by my breast which becomes just a wet cloth. plagued me.
But in the morning I had a lovely dream which I have only had once before.
I had an unusually beautiful singing voice and could joyfully express my every thought in song.

Source his diary Saturday 29. August 1874.

HCA was at Rolighed, the summer villa of the Melchoirs outside Copenhagen

The Timetable Year By Year 1875

He wrote in his diary for the last time 19th June 1875
he continued to dictate his diary,
and one last poem, between bouts of unconsciousness

and died of liver cancer 4 August 1875

HCA on his deathbed pdf

Hans Christian Andersen's grave is in Assistentens Kirkegård (churchyard) just outside Copenhagen to the north. The cemetery is gradually becoming a park, where children play, and I think he would have liked that.