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I can’t quite believe it. I posted Made for Walking yesterday morning and by midday I’d sold a Redbubble scarf!

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah



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Sarah


Originally posted on Theory Of Irony.

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The real life exploits of famed author Miguel de Cervantes (1547 – 1616) outdid any character of fiction.  Though he was surely born near Madrid, about his youth we know only murky rumors of a duel which forced him to flee the country.  Cervantes turned up in Italy to join a Christian naval alliance against the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto (1571), where the Turks sort of bought the farm as a maritime threat to Europe.  He served with uncommon valor in battle, took a series of gunshot wounds that nearly killed him, confined him to the hospital for months and permanently crippled his left hand.  The author survived though and remained a soldier in a Spanish legion, fighting across the Eastern Mediterranean to Northern Africa.

When sailing home he was captured by pirates, imprisoned and sold into slavery in Algeria for several years.  Miguel de Cervantes made several daring escape attempts – all unsuccessful – and in 1580 he was ransomed by his family and repatriated to Spain.  There, Cervantes failed miserably as a playwright, fathered a daughter out-of-wedlock and later married a woman with whom he had a tempestuous relationship.  For many years, he worked as a government tax collector and purchasing agent for the soon-to-be-doomed “Invincible Armada,” but, could never balance his ledgers.  So, the author was again thrown into a dungeon (by his own King), twice, where he lurked among a rogue’s gallery ranging from jaywalkers to murderers.  And there, he began to scratch out a book – some would say the most insightful ever written (as noted before, the worst book ever, Mein Kampf, was also curiously penned from behind bars).

That book, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, remembered simply as Don Quixote, broke out of prison and straight onto the bestseller list in 1605.  As if to rub salt in a wound, it led to…

via Best Book Ever: Don Quixote | Theory Of Irony.


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Absinthe is likely to become all the rage again now that Pernod has reintroduced the drink using its original 1805 formula.  Should you have been in company with the likes of Charles Baudelaire, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec or Oscar Wilde, it would have been de rigeur. Many European countries have banned it at one time or another  because the enticing green liquid is highly intoxicating and considered hallucinogenic. The one exception where banning was concerned is Spain.  Spain has never banned the spirit. Yes, it’s a spirit, not a liqueur, as I learned today.

The French coined the term la fée verte (‘the green lady’ or ‘green fairy’), and, while its known associations have most often been with the likes of Wilde and Lautrec, it is described on the Absinthe 101 site as ‘especially democratic. In the 1840s…

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Absinthe is likely to become all the rage again now that Pernod has reintroduced the drink using its original 1805 formula.  Should you have been in company with the likes of Charles Baudelaire, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec or Oscar Wilde, it would have been de rigeur. Many European countries have banned it at one time or another  because the enticing green liquid is highly intoxicating and considered hallucinogenic. The one exception where banning was concerned is Spain.  Spain has never banned the spirit. Yes, it’s a spirit, not a liqueur, as I learned today.

The French coined the term la fée verte (‘the green lady’ or ‘green fairy’), and, while its known associations have most often been with the likes of Wilde and Lautrec, it is described on the Absinthe 101 site as ‘especially democratic. In the 1840s, French soldiers were given absinthe as a field treatment for malaria’.  The medicinal and mind-altering aspects are said to come from the inclusion of the herb Wormwood. Latterly, it became associated with appallingly drunken behaviour and scandal, hence the reason for it being banned.

For more on the history of Absinthe, it is well worth visiting Absinthe 101.

I ask you, who could resist a drink that can entail such beautiful trappings as the fontaine pictured below?

Absinthe fontaine in a classic design [Wikimedia]

Absinthe fontaine in a classic design [Wikimedia]

I leave you with one thought and that is that Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder.  I assumed this was an ‘old chestnut’ but the only reference I can find is to a line spoken in an episode of Californication that was thus entitled.  It does sound rather like Oscar.  Does anyone know of an earlier use?

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

P.S. I’ve just realised that today in 1900, Oscar Wilde died. He was a stripling of 46.

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