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 Posted: Thu Jan 10th, 2008 09:41 pm
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Unfortunately the King of Hearts was missing from my deck. It was cello wrapped and in a plastic box so I assume the error happened at the printer. I've written to Mr. Somerville to see if he can find a King for me so I can have a complete deck. Rats.

This is such an odd deck I had to order it. The length is similar to a regular playing card 94 mm but the width is only 44mm, like a Patience deck. I like the Berlin pattern--quite charming courts.

I see that König of Spades is making a move on the Damen of Hearts, just because her husband has gone missing. Would that the König of Hearts would show up somewhere over in Europe and speed his way to the colonies before all is lost!!

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 Posted: Fri Jan 11th, 2008 03:45 pm
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I should have known this was a Flanders and Swann song. I couldn't remember who wrote it--I saw talented actor Vincent Price doing it on TV a few years before his death, and never forgot it.

So, just to clarify lyrics as we wait for our King of Hearts:

ARTIST: Flanders and Swann
TITLE: Have Some Madeira, M'Dear


She was young, she was pure, she was new, she was nice
She was fair, she was sweet seventeen
He was old, he was vile, and no stranger to vice
He was base, he was bad, he was mean
He had slyly inveigled her up to his flat
To view his collection of stamps
And he said as he hastened to put out the cat
The wine, his cigar and the lamps

Have some madeira, m'dear
You really have nothing to fear
I'm not trying to tempt you, that wouldn't be right
You shouldn't drink spirits at this time of night
Have some madeira, m'dear
It's really much nicer than beer
I don't care for sherry, one cannot drink stout
And port is a wine I can well do without
It's simply a case of [i]chacun a son gout[/i]
Have some madeira, m'dear

Unaware of the wiles of the snake-in-the-grass
And the fate of the maiden who topes
She lowered her standards by raising her glass
Her courage, her eyes and his hopes
She sipped it, she drank it, she drained it, she did
He promptly refilled it again
And he said as he secretly carved one more notch
On the butt of his gold-headed cane

Have some madeira, m'dear, I've got a small cask of it here
And once it's been opened, you know it won't keep
Do finish it up, it will help you to sleep
Have some madeira, m'dear, it's really an excellent year
Now if it were gin, you'd be wrong to say yes
The evil gin does would be hard to assess
Besides it's inclined to affect me prowess
Have some madeira, m'dear

Then there flashed through her mind what her mother had said
With her antepenultimate breath
"Oh my child, should you look on the wine that is red
Be prepared for a fate worse than death"
She let go her glass with a shrill little cry
Crash! tinkle! it fell to the floor
When he asked, "What in Heaven?" she made no reply
Up her mind, and a dash for the door

Have some madeira, m'dear, rang out down the hall loud and clear
A tremulous cry that was filled with despair
As she fought to take breath in the cool midnight air
Have some madeira, m'dear, the words seemed to ring in her ear
Until the next morning, she woke up in bed
With a smile on her lips and an ache in her head
And a beard in her ear 'ole that tickled and said
Have some madeira, m'dear

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 Posted: Sat Jan 12th, 2008 08:31 am
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Good old Flanders & Swan... Who else could have written a line like:

When he asked, "What in Heaven?" she made no reply
Up her mind, and a dash for the door


?   :) 

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 Posted: Sat Jan 12th, 2008 03:39 pm
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This is what I hate about the Internet when looking up lyrics or poetry: without an actual textual reference in hand, one has to go by what's posted, which may or may not be correct, and the incorrect version might proliferate due to rampant copying from one site to another.

Run-on sentences are so annoying!

I have no idea unless it's a poetic contraction for "made up her mind" or the word is missing.

Not to worry, have some Madeira, m'dear.




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 Posted: Sat Jan 12th, 2008 03:52 pm
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Quid, I'm sure it's a run-on line (I love them!) - the meaning being understood and neat/clever when you see it after the question mark that raises its head in the brain.  

Not to worry, have some Madeira, m'dear.


 
:D

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 Posted: Sat Jan 12th, 2008 05:48 pm
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It's all in the parsing:

She made:
    No reply
    Up her mind
and
    A dash for the door

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 Posted: Sat Jan 12th, 2008 05:53 pm
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Brilliant, isn't it...:)

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 Posted: Sat Jan 12th, 2008 06:31 pm
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Yes, it's really clever--you don't see plays on words like that much any more. All that good old humour seems to be dying off.

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