Archive for September, 2010

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America’s Cup, the Glory Years

Gentlemen, after all, do not pit their mistresses like Mexican flyweights in Madison Square Garden or deal off the TV rights to the contest.

Except now they do, of course. Or maybe ‘gentlemen’ describes an extinct breed, like ‘BN’.

This amusing piece appeared in the September edition of the National Lampoon.   After around 1980 or thereabouts NL lost many of its best writers to Hollywood and went downhill.    But this piece is from the end of the Golden Age of both the NL and the AC.    Funny reference to the IBNA (now the IBJA) near the end.   Thanks to Latitude for the heads-up.


Today’s mermaid

Today’s mermaid

Today’s mermaid

Today’s mermaid

Today’s mermaid

Today’s mermaid

Today’s mermaid

Today’s mermaid

Today’s mermaid

Today’s mermaid

A Restoration mermaid with a literary connection

Chris Partridge of the Rowing for Pleasure blog writes

Hi – this mermaid is carved on the bow of Charles II’s Royal Barge, built in about 1670 and now preserved at the Royal Navy Museum in Portsmouth. The boat was also used to take Nelson’s body from Greenwich to London for his state funeral in St Paul’s Cathedral in 1806.

Nautical literature fans will immediately make the connection that the mission to deliver Nelson’s body to the funeral employing this very barge was commanded by none other than the young Lt. H. Hornblower, RN, as described in the opening chapters of Hornblower and the Atropos [the paperback cover art and the plot synopsis on Amazon are both in error, though.]


For more, see http://rowingforpleasure.blogspot.com/2010/07/royal-barge.html.   Thanks, Chris!

Caroline Blackburn’s Mermaid

NSL reader and photographer Caroline Blackburn has alerted us to this artful pic… thanks!

THE MERMAID

Another ubiquitous figure, the mermaid is part of the folklore of any country with a shoreline. There are different types of sea-dwelling shape-shifters around the country, including the Kelpie, who turned into tame horses, but if they enticed someone to ride on their backs would dash of into the water and drown the rider, and the Selkie who wore the skins of seals in the water. They can either be good or bad, and this picture again has an ecological bias, since she had been trapped in a fisherman’s net, and is dying on the beach. She has the traditional paraphernalia of the Mermaid in the shape of her mirror, but it is turned face down, as her own face is turned away – in capture her identity is lost.

http://www.leopardskin.co.uk/mythology/themermaid.html

Today’s mermaid