Monthly Archives: January 2010

the good-morrow

THE GOOD-MORROW
John Donne

I wonder, by my truth, what thou and I
Did till we loved? Were we not weaned till then,
But sucked on country pleasures, childishly?
Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ den?
‘Twas so; but this, all pleasures fancies be.
If ever any beauty I did see,
Which I desired, and got, ‘twas but a dream of thee.

And now good morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear;
For love all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone;
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown;
Let us possess one world; each hath one, and is one.

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;
Where can we find two better hemispheres
Without sharp north, without declining west?
Whatever dies was not mixed equally;
If our two loves be one, or thou and I
Love so alike that none do slacken, none can die.


I love that line “snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ Den?”.  Legend has it that long ago seven young men were shut up in a cave by the Roman emperor Decius, on account of refusing to recant their Christian faith.  Having no way of escape, the seven men soon fell into a deep slumber which seems to have lasted for over two hundred years! During this time, emperor Decius was replaced with Theodosius and the persecution of the Christian faith had morphed into the entire empire embracing it. However, when the seven men finally awoke they imagined they had slept for only one day, and were laughed at when they tried to pay the nearby villagers with old “Decius” coins.

Poem by the ever-eloquent John Donne. Images from the film Tristan & Isolde.

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the edge of love

“The Edge of Love” is a visually stunning film released in 2009. It tells the tale of the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, and the two loves of his life, Vera Phillips and Caitlin MacNamara. Dylan and his first love, Vera, grew up together in Wales but have since drifted apart. (Vera to singing in London and Dylan to writing propaganda films for the war effort.) Vera and Dylan remember their past romance when they meet in London in 1940, but at this point Dylan is married to the beautiful, adventurous Caitlin and Vera is being pursued by the handsome Officer William Killick.

Despite an obvious tie towards Dylan, Vera marries William and soon becomes pregnant. An unlikely friendship forms between Caitlin and Vera, and when William is sent off to war, Vera moves to Wales with her and Dylan.

Upon William’s return, he finds his wife much changed and is enraged by neighbourhood gossip as well as Dylan’s mockery of soldier-heroes. The film reaches its climax when William stages an aggressive attack on Dylan, bringing the foursome’s tumultuous relationships to an intense splitting point.


Starring Keira Knightley as Vera Phillips, Sienna Miller as Caitlin MacNamara, Matthew Ryhs as Dylan Thomas, and Cilian Murphy as William Killick.

Watch the trailer below:

Images from here. Click to enlarge.

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saltwater

One of my favourite clothing stores of all time is Saltwater.  Their clothes are beautiful and classy (and – you guessed it – British).  I love their relaxed, yet elegant look and their use of tweeds and silks.  But like most beautiful things, Saltwater is also way above my price range (not to mention their stores are oceans away from where I live).  So I must be content to drool over the catalogue pictures and then pass them on to you. Please tell me, are you an avid admirer too?





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freedom!

Today, this is what I felt like doing. I was finally finished with exams, work, and the seemingly never-ending stress of the past month. However, instead of embarrassingly leaping into the air with celebration,  I calmly came home and sipped a cup tea. But my reserved composure couldn’t last……a song kept running through my head. Akon’s annoyingly catchy song “Freedom” refused to go away and soon I was humming and singing aloud. (Not my usual choice of music, but perfect for a day like today.)

If you are willing to risk the continual mental playback, listen below:

Thanks to my brother for introducing me to this Akon guy.

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the marriage of true minds

LET ME NOT TO THE MARRIAGE OF TRUE MINDS

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove;
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error, and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

William Shakespeare – Sonnet 116

For those Sense & Sensibility (Jane Austen) fans out there, this is the poem Edward Ferrars attempts to read, but not to the satisfaction of passionate Marianne, who presses him to read it again “with greater feeling”.

Image from here.

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meatball sub recipe

Meatball Sub Recipe:

Ingredients:
-bagette
-spaghetti sauce
-homemade/pre-made meatballs
-mozerella cheese
-herb & garlic cream cheese
-feta cheese
-parmesean cheese

  1. Set oven to 350˚F
  2. Warm sauce in pan
  3. Heat meatballs in microwave
  4. Cut & toast bread
  5. Slice cheeses thinly & place on bread
  6. Melt cheeses on bread in oven for 5 min.
  7. Put meatballs & sauce on taosted bread
  8. Sprinkle parmesean cheese on top & serve

Image from here.

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useless beauty

“Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.”
John Ruskin

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