#AtoZChallenge: R

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R is for RM.

Not Malaysia’s currency, but a member of the Korean pop group BTS.

Noooo, I am not a fan, but my daughter is, and so, I’ve had a earworm of their latest single Boy With Luv for the last few days.

Well, my Ma used to listen to my favourite bands with me and I’m paying it forward, I guess. I’m trying to memorise the names of all the members of the group. My daughter said: ‘There are only seven names to remember: You’re lucky there aren’t twenty of them!’ Indeed!

BTS

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#AtoZChallenge: P

pomelo1P is for Pomelo.

It’s been a while since I had pomelo. A whole fruit is waiting for me at a friend’s place and I am actually excited!

When I was little, the highlight of having pomelo was the hat my father made out of the skin. I would wear it for maybe one minute, but the fun was anticipating the hat!

 

Like the Clearing of the Sky

TO WHOM SHALL I SPEAK TODAY?

To whom shall I speak today?

I am laden with misery

Through lack of an intimate …

Death is in my sight today

Like the clearing of the sky

Like a man attracted thereby to

What he knows not.

 

Death is in my sight today,

like the longing of a man to see home

when he has spent many years held in

captivity.

~ Anon

(A dispute over suicide, Egypt, before 2000 BC.)

 

Happy International Women’s Day

Below, just some of the many women whose words have inspired and entertained me …

Caturday: Felix the Cat

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I have no idea why but I woke up this morning thinking of Felix the Cat. I was not, as a child, particularly fond of Felix and even now he seems unremarkable. A real-life Felix might be an improvement … but I have never seen a white-faced cat with a totally black body and head. Tuxedo cats usually have a white bib and paws, which Felix does not.

He’s also quite a thin cat. I am not into the lean and hungry look as far as cats go. That cocky grin is also annoying.

I didn’t know til a few minutes ago that he was created (in 1919!) by an Australian cartoonist called Pat Sullivan (I was addicted to the Australian series The Sullivans, but that’s another story), and looked quite different in the 1920s …

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He appeared in animated silent cartoons from 1924 and looking like the cat above, and didn’t transition to the Felix we are more familiar with until the 50s, when his show started airing on American TV.