Oranges and Lemons, The Bells of St. Clements

Oranges and Lemons

“Various theories have been advanced to account for the rhyme, including: that it deals with child sacrifice; that it describes public executions; that it describes Henry VIII‘s marital difficulties.”

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement’s.

You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin’s.

When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey.

When I grow rich,
Say the bells of Shoreditch.

When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.

I do not know,
Says the great bell of Bow.

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!

Not sure if I’m still hungry for that pie . . .


What Does Eating Dog Meat Have To Do With Roger B. Smith and General Motors?

This is the back of the postcard shown yesterday, of a dog hanging by its neck waiting for slaughter in South Korea.

There is room for a personalized message, but no room left for sending the card to anyone but Roger B. Smith, the CEO of General Motors whose illustrious (sic) career was described in a screenplay made into a well-known film by Michael Moore.

The card appears to have been manufactured by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).

The path of politics and food grows denser, yet wider here – enveloping even more cultural attenuations.

Any ideas on the purpose of this card, and the meaning?

A Man-Eat-Dog World

“Picnic of Death” – South Korean dog hanged . . .  then eaten.

This photo postcard with the terse description printed on its back is from more recent times than most of the postcards on this blog. It is meant, obviously, to make a rhetorical point in an ‘in-your-face’ sort of way, with a reliance on pathos – more than on logos or ethos.

People do eat dogs in various places around the world, of course. People pretty much eat everything in various places around the world. The parts of the puzzle which make us want to eat something, or rather, refuse it with disgust – or even horror! – are numerous.

For an explanation of the reasons various cultures have for eating – or for not eating – dog, this article at wiki is a great place to start.

I won’t end this piece with saying ‘bon appetit’ – you will each decide this for yourself. You may even think you should decide it for others, too! Food is a powerful mover and shaker in the area of morality.

Dorothy and Toto in Kansas With a Combine, 1948

Hello, Bobbie We are at the fair now resting so will send you a picture of a combine. All are well. Freda is here too + also Loss. Love from Grandma + Grandpa Bashus. All are well. I hope you are also.

And what a combine it was! Cuts, threshes, cleans and loads! Grain, sorghum, bean, legume and grass seed crops. I really want one. All I need after that is a farm, some crops, a bit of knowledge, and maybe a ladder to climb up onto the thing.