Archive for February, 2010

WHY I DRINK PORTER

February 21, 2010

Times have changed,
And we’ve often rewound the clock,
Since the Puritans got a shock,
When they landed on Plymouth Rock.
If today,
Any shock they should try to stem,
‘Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock,
Plymouth Rock would land on them.

In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, God knows,
Anything goes.

Good authors too who once knew better words,
Now only use four letter words
Writing prose, anything goes.

The world has gone mad today
And good’s bad today,
And black’s white today,
And day’s night today,
When most guys today
That women prize today
Are just silly gigolos
And though I’m not a great romancer
I know that I’m bound to answer
When you propose,
Anything goes

When grandmama whose age is eighty
In night clubs is getting matey with gigolos,
Anything goes.

When mothers pack and leave poor father
Because they decide they’d rather be tennis pros,
Anything goes.

If driving fast cars you like,
If low bars you like,
If old hymns you like,
If bare limbs you like,
If Mae West you like
Or me undressed you like,
Why, nobody will oppose!
When every night,
The set that’s smart
Is intruding in nudist parties in studios,
Anything goes.

If saying your prayers you like,
If green pears you like
If old chairs you like,
If back stairs you like,
If love affairs you like
With young bears you like,
Why nobody will oppose!

And though I’m not a great romancer
I know that I’m bound to answer
When you propose,
Anything goes!

[And you thought your great grandma led a boring life back in 1934!]

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GETTING A KICK OUT OF THEM

February 21, 2010

Cole Porter’s legs were crushed by a horse in a riding accident in 1937. He named his injured legs “Josephine” (left) and “Geraldine” (right), and for the rest of his life got around with canes and braces. His right leg, Geraldine, was amputated in 1958.

35 years later, Ella Fitzgerald had both legs amputated below the knee due to complications from diabetes. A complete collection of her songbooks, including her Cole Porter songbook from 1956, were reissued on CD the same year.

ASASHORYU AKINORI

February 21, 2010

Dolgorsürengiin Dagvadorj is one of the most successful yokozuna ever, third on the all-time list and first man to win all six honbasho. He is better known under the shikona of Asashōryū, literally “morning blue dragon”, Asa being a regular prefix in his stable.

In July 2007 Asashōryū decided to skip the regional summer tour of Tōhoku and Hokkaidō beginning on 3 August because of injury. However, he was then seen on television participating in a soccer match for charity in his homeland of Mongolia. Media storm ensued. The Sumo Association suspended the rikishi for the upcoming September tournament as well as the next one in November, the first time in the sport’s history that an active yokozuna has been suspended from a main tournament. Moreover, his salaries were cut by 30% for the next four months and he was also instructed to restrict his movements to his home, his stable, and the hospital. It was the most severe punishment ever imposed on a yokozuna since the Grand Tournament system was adopted over 80 years ago.

On March 26, 2009, the Tokyo District Court ordered Kodansha to pay the wrestler ¥42.90 million in damages, believed to be the highest award for libel damages against a magazine in Japanese history

Criticised for not upholding the standards of behaviour required of a yokozuna, Asashōryū retired from sumo in February 2010 after allegations that he assaulted a man outside a Tokyo nightclub.

He stated: “I feel heavy responsibility as a yokozuna that I have caused trouble to so many people. I am the only person who can put an end to it all. I think it’s my destiny that I retire like this.”

He was 29.

[adapted from Wiki]