At Barrie England's blog today
>, he has
published a quotation from the classicist Maurice Bowra (/ˈbaʊrə/,
who knew?), who has been mentioned a few times at the Hat, mostly in
the comments. When asked why he got engaged to a very plain woman
(Audrey Beecham, niece of the conductor), Bowra supposedly replied
"Buggers can't be choosers."
According to the Wikipedia article, it seems Bowra's main influence has
been through his teaching and conversation rather than his books: his
friend John Sparrow said that his "prose was unreadable and his verse was
unprintable." The unprintable verse, mostly sharp satires on his friends
and enemies, was printed posthumously as _New Bats in Old Belfries_.
However, two poems satirizing Patrick Leigh Fermor, who *has* been
mentioned at the Hat <http://www.languagehat.com/archives/004275.php
for his Catalogue not of Ships but of Greeks, were omitted,
as Fermor was still alive. They are now available on line at
>. In my
opinion, the second (a parody of Kipling's "Road to Mandalay") is better.
And now seems to be the moment to reveal the hidden motivation behind
this mailing list for me. When occasionally I find something that
looks to me to be of Hattic interest, and it just seemed too much of a
stretch to post it as an OT comment, I would send Hat a brief email in
hopes that he would turn it into a post in his inimitable Hattic way.
Usually he didn't, of course, and a Good Thing Too -- as it is, LH is
the only blog that posts daily and with comments that I can keep up
with -- the vast majority of the blogs I read are far more like mine,
with strictly occasional (in both senses) contributions.
And then, of course, that was the end of that. But now I can post such
things here instead, and then all thirty-odd of you get to see them.
Very gratifying for me, and if you're annoyed by them, the Delete key
is only centimeters away.
The Imperials are decadent, 300 pound John Cowan <co...@ccil.org
free-range chickens (except they have http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
teeth, arms instead of wings, and
dinosaurlike tails). --Elyse Grasso