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I came across this in Brewer's Famous Quotations yesterday and haven't stopped chuckling since - so thought I'd share it with you all.

What a wonderful bird the frog are!
When he walk, he fly almost;
When he sing, he cry almost;
He ain’t got no tail hardly, neither.
He sit on what he ain’t got almost.

Whilst I'm here: I thought we'd got the ball rolling nicely yesterday with donations being made to make CF viable (via the 'Donate' button above) but it seems the ball has become stuck - if any of you feel you could stretch to making a small donation you would be helping enormously in enabling this superb site to continue thriving. Please see Gav's post 'Should CF continue'.

All the best,

Stephen Lines

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Hi Stephen,

That brought to mind a Limerick I happened on the other day in an old poetry anthology my daughter received years ago. The Limericks are all "clean" of course but the one that raised my smile was by WS Gilbert of all people, deliberately written not to rhyme:

There was an old man from St, Bees,

Who said he got stung by a wasp.

When asked did it hurt

he said, "No it didn't 

But I'm damned glad it wasn't a hornet."

Yes, let's hope more contributions come in. I haven't been here long but the site, some of its members, have fanned the flames of my enthusiasm, among other things a diversion from difficult times recently. I don't go in search of sites but useful composing sites at my level of participation are rare. This one seems to cover the whole range. The price of a few coffees was hardly a sacrifice, not that I'd ever suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous prices at...um (better be careful here)... "astra- dollars" coffee houses....but still. 

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Dane,

I love wordplay and your limerick (well, WSG's) is very clever.

It would appear you have been unwell so I sincerely wish you a speedy recovery from whatever it is.

Talk about Costa Coffee - or should that be 'The cost o' coffee!'

ATB.

Stephen

Thank you, Stephen - yes, recovering nicely! I'll soon have another splodge of sound to plaster on the site assuming Gav pulls in enough to keep it going.

It does seem to have gone a little quiet of late.

I wonder why.........

Stephen Lines said:

Dane,

I love wordplay and your limerick (well, WSG's) is very clever.

It would appear you have been unwell so I sincerely wish you a speedy recovery from whatever it is.

Talk about Costa Coffee - or should that be 'The cost o' coffee!'

ATB.

Stephen

Pleased to hear you're recovering and may the process be a short one. I for one am looking forward to hearing more of your splodges of sound - the more the better.

Yes, the site does appear to be a bit quiet - my situation is too much work with not much time in which to do it - this has resulted in my having insufficient hours to spend on making sensible comments on others' work. There does seem lately to be a mountain of people asking for critiques with only a few taking time out to actually do the job, a pity.

Incidentally, on 2nd September I move home to a place in Chelsea - going to become a 'Sloane Ranger' I guess. Part of that move includes taking up the French horn again as a player - it's going to take me a long time to get back in harness as it's 42 years since I last performed seriously!!!

Life's small challenges eh!

All the best,

Stephen

Dane Aubrun said:

Thank you, Stephen - yes, recovering nicely! I'll soon have another splodge of sound to plaster on the site assuming Gav pulls in enough to keep it going.

It does seem to have gone a little quiet of late.

I wonder why.........

Stephen Lines said:

Dane,

I love wordplay and your limerick (well, WSG's) is very clever.

It would appear you have been unwell so I sincerely wish you a speedy recovery from whatever it is.

Talk about Costa Coffee - or should that be 'The cost o' coffee!'

ATB.

Stephen

Ah, Stephen.... this one almost slipped off the page.

Well, some very nice news (aside always from the upheaval of the actual move to a new home)!

Chelsea! Well, great news also that you'll be returning to playing. I did once attempt the French Horn but it didn't last. My limit was a high G which was always touch and go. If I could have afforded one of those triple horns things might have been easier. I recall the teacher I had for just  those few lessons making me rest the instrument on top of the (upright) piano lid and aiming for that G without holding the instrument. Oh deary me.

Chelsea was enough of a challenge...at least I well remember the Kings Road. There were jokes from friends living there about teaching me the proper accent and vocabulary....simply wahhhnderful. Unlike common practice these days one always used absolutely with something utterly banal; and simply with something wonderful. "Last night's concert was absolutely boring but the party was simply fabulous..." Times I remember. I live in Sussex now and played in our town orchestra until the politicians withdrew facilities and funding. There's another in an adjacent town which I'm at the bottom end of "just about good enough" for! 

Anyway, enough of me... here's hoping you settle in quickly and enjoy playing.

All good wishes.

PS, my reference to things being a bit quiet related to Gavin's request for contributions! It seemed to act as a brake for a couple of days. I'm not normally a cynic! 

 
Stephen Lines said:

Pleased to hear you're recovering and may the process be a short one. I for one am looking forward to hearing more of your splodges of sound - the more the better.

Yes, the site does appear to be a bit quiet - my situation is too much work with not much time in which to do it - this has resulted in my having insufficient hours to spend on making sensible comments on others' work. There does seem lately to be a mountain of people asking for critiques with only a few taking time out to actually do the job, a pity.

Incidentally, on 2nd September I move home to a place in Chelsea - going to become a 'Sloane Ranger' I guess. Part of that move includes taking up the French horn again as a player - it's going to take me a long time to get back in harness as it's 42 years since I last performed seriously!!!

Life's small challenges eh!

All the best,

Stephen

Dane Aubrun said:

Thank you, Stephen - yes, recovering nicely! I'll soon have another splodge of sound to plaster on the site assuming Gav pulls in enough to keep it going.

It does seem to have gone a little quiet of late.

I wonder why.........

Stephen Lines said:

Dane,

I love wordplay and your limerick (well, WSG's) is very clever.

It would appear you have been unwell so I sincerely wish you a speedy recovery from whatever it is.

Talk about Costa Coffee - or should that be 'The cost o' coffee!'

ATB.

Stephen

Hi Dane,

Playing in the upper register with minimum pressure is certainly what 

I’ll be aiming for during my rebirth as a horn player - I used to get very tired years ago

due to using far too much pressure due to a faulty technique - ending up with swollen

lips that became unable to vibrate (by the time I got Alf Cursue as a tutor it was too late

to change).

Life would be pretty boring without challenges so I’m very much looking forward to it.

Stephen

Dane Aubrun said:

Ah, Stephen.... this one almost slipped off the page.

Well, some very nice news (aside always from the upheaval of the actual move to a new home)!

Chelsea! Well, great news also that you'll be returning to playing. I did once attempt the French Horn but it didn't last. My limit was a high G which was always touch and go. If I could have afforded one of those triple horns things might have been easier. I recall the teacher I had for just  those few lessons making me rest the instrument on top of the (upright) piano lid and aiming for that G without holding the instrument. Oh deary me.

Chelsea was enough of a challenge...at least I well remember the Kings Road. There were jokes from friends living there about teaching me the proper accent and vocabulary....simply wahhhnderful. Unlike common practice these days one always used absolutely with something utterly banal; and simply with something wonderful. "Last night's concert was absolutely boring but the party was simply fabulous..." Times I remember. I live in Sussex now and played in our town orchestra until the politicians withdrew facilities and funding. There's another in an adjacent town which I'm at the bottom end of "just about good enough" for! 

Anyway, enough of me... here's hoping you settle in quickly and enjoy playing.

All good wishes.

PS, my reference to things being a bit quiet related to Gavin's request for contributions! It seemed to act as a brake for a couple of days. I'm not normally a cynic! 

 
Stephen Lines said:

Pleased to hear you're recovering and may the process be a short one. I for one am looking forward to hearing more of your splodges of sound - the more the better.

Yes, the site does appear to be a bit quiet - my situation is too much work with not much time in which to do it - this has resulted in my having insufficient hours to spend on making sensible comments on others' work. There does seem lately to be a mountain of people asking for critiques with only a few taking time out to actually do the job, a pity.

Incidentally, on 2nd September I move home to a place in Chelsea - going to become a 'Sloane Ranger' I guess. Part of that move includes taking up the French horn again as a player - it's going to take me a long time to get back in harness as it's 42 years since I last performed seriously!!!

Life's small challenges eh!

All the best,

Stephen

Dane Aubrun said:

Thank you, Stephen - yes, recovering nicely! I'll soon have another splodge of sound to plaster on the site assuming Gav pulls in enough to keep it going.

It does seem to have gone a little quiet of late.

I wonder why.........

Stephen Lines said:

Dane,

I love wordplay and your limerick (well, WSG's) is very clever.

It would appear you have been unwell so I sincerely wish you a speedy recovery from whatever it is.

Talk about Costa Coffee - or should that be 'The cost o' coffee!'

ATB.

Stephen

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