Paddling.….Interesting Symbolism…..The Ghost and Mrs. Muir….

by Bernie Bell - 09:39 on 07 April 2023


Ankle-deep at Hinderayre

I stand in all the oceans of the world

Sea snakes abound

And Tethys laps the shore.

McB – April ‘23


Interesting Symbolism…

The invitation to the Coronation of Charles the Third includes an image of The Green Man.  Mostly seen as a pagan symbol of LIFE,  yet incorporated in carvings in many churches - including  Westminster Abbey which features a Green Man surrounded by leaf decorations on the Quire Screen.

And he’s on the invitation to the next Coronation – interesting.

Also, I notice that there are pictures of a Bluebell and a Wren – both words which, at one time, were deemed to be so much out of use that they were to be removed from dictionaries – until Jackie Morris &  Robert Macfarlane came along with their ‘Lost Words’ book…


Now,  they’re on the invitation to the next Coronation – interesting.

And, the Stone of Destiny is to be taken and placed under the Coronation throne – with all that symbolises of the relative positions of Scotland and England.



The Ghost and Mrs. Muir….

We watched a film on the television, called ‘The Ghost and Mrs. Muir’  with Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney, and it was very satisfactory.

That might sound like damning with faint praise, but I don’t mean it that way.  It simply was – a very satisfactory film.  It has a good story, characters you can actually take an interest in,  plus humour and an understanding attitude to ‘dead’ folk. 

What if a ‘dead’ person and a ‘live‘ person grew to love each other?

And – it was in black and white, which was relaxing to watch.  Years ago I remember David Hockney being asked his opinion of television, and he answered that the colour is terrible.  I agreed with him,  and it’s got worse. 

The softness of a film which is black, white and all the subtle shades in between, was a welcome change for our tired eyes.

It’s a film of which it can be truly be said that ‘they don’t make ‘em like that anymore’.  Unfortunately.

It very much fitted with the peaceful evening we were having, and when it finished we didn’t feel inclined to watch  ‘modern’ telly programmes – too shouty and lurid in every way.  So we turned the box off.  Which was A GOOD THING.



Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/08/03/poetry-corner-bull/




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