Vale remora….

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of remora.

remora was a founding member of Punjapit & a great friend to all at the shed.

With sincere sympathy,

robin

Shed Read of the Week…. Bitter Brew

Bitter Brew

There’s a deeper story behind the Budweiser you’re cracking open than what you might expect. Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings of Beer  is an in-depth look at the story of the Busch family, covering over a century of history. Business, baseball, and beer are intermingled in this engrossing tale of one of America’s most powerful families, from the business’ humble beginnings in St. Louis through its sale to InBev. A must-read for beer-lovers and teetotalers alike.

by Arthur Furrowfield

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Closed for a End of Summer Holiday

Management has asked us to take End of Summer vacation….

So Punjapit is going to be closed & will reopen mid October.

(Arf will be guarding “the SHED”)

Arthur’s Daily Prayer (by Elizabeth)

Arthur fishing with Arf the Dog and Pip G.

So give to me, I only beg,
A little roof to call my own,
A little cider in the keg,
A little meat upon the bone;
A little garden by the sea,
A little boat that dips and swings . . .
Take wealth, take fame, but leave to me,
O Lord of Life, just Little Things.

from a poem by Robert Service

posted by Elizabeth (suggested by Verve & Elan)

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Japan-EU English Haiku Contest (2012)

Peter MacMillan hails from ireland. He lives in Tokyo.

As your stars come out
our sun begins to shine,
and dawn visits both in turn.

The haiku celebrates the cordial relationship between Japan and Europe and their sharing of the dawn, the symbol of hope.

via: http://www.facebook.com/haikucontest

and for interest: http://shamrockhaiku.webs.com/

by remora + aniie

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Circumnavigation by Iris A. Law

Circumnavigation

The way we sat at dinner
over a dish of rank mussels
and talked about food,
one would have thought
we had always been hungry.

We recalled the conquest
of shellfish: bivalves, arthropods
deprived of calcite and scale,
of quivering jellyfish, sliced fresh
on a bed of pickles.

But when we came to the one
delicate variety of creature
trawled from the waters that lap
up against your hometown, its name
escaped you —

language, elusive, slipped
up between us like the sea,
all salt and somnolence,

the way I imagine Magellan
must have seen the tide rising
in the space before the spear hit home
and knew, but could not articulate

that the ocean is a seamless sphere,
binding one broken horizon to the next
under a sky that rarely ever
guides us back to where we began.

– Iris A. Law (from Cha: An Asian Literary Journal)

Iris A. Law is an emerging poet and the editor of the online literary magazine and blog Lantern Review. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as Phoebe, Lumina, qarrtsiluni, Kartika Review, and The Stanford Journal of Asian American Studies, and is featured in the anthology A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (ed. Stacey Lynn Brown and Oliver de la Paz, U of Akron Press, 2012). A current Kundiman Fellow, she holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame (2010) and obtained her B.A. in English from Stanford University in 2008. ♦

via: http://www.irisalaw.com/

 by aniie + remora

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Tue 17th April, 2012 will be… Ford Mustang Day

April 17th is Ford Mustang Day – the commemoration of the day the Mustang was first introduced to the public in 1964. Most new cars are released in fall of the year titled for the next year, so the first Mustang was titled a ’64 1/2.

by Arthur Furrowfield + robin

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Great Moments in Poetry #4: John Donne

“..in rank itchy lust, desire and love, the nakedness and bareness to enjoy, of thy plump muddy whore or prostitute boy”.

In 16th century London sex outside marriage was widespread. Young men of well to do families were sent off to Italy to receive their “education” and bring back a variety of pornographic books. One of the most famous ones is one by the poet Aretino, who wrote a series of pornographic sonnets. To stimulate further the reader’s imagination, the book was illustrated showing various sexual positions. There were plenty of English books with advice on the subject, such as Turner’s Herbal, which contained many tips on the use of certain herbs for the purposes of evoking the lustful urges of man and woman. Talking of artichokes he says, “…this herb provoketh lust in women so it abateththe same in men”, while saffron boiled in wine , except for repelling moths “keeps a man from drunkenness, but also encourageth into procreation of life” and leeks and onions were also said to stimulate the sexual appetite.
Shakespeare’s plays are filled with cryptic references to sex. For example, in Henry V, while Katharine is doing her English lesson, she pronounces the word ‘neck’ as ‘nick’, which in those days held a very obscene meaning to it.

Prostitution of course was also very popular and as men have always been prepared to pay extra for having a virgin, the Elizabethans came up with a liquid, which once applied would draw the muscles / tissue very closely together and stiffen them up, thus giving the ‘client’ the impression of virginity. Henry VIII had closed all brothels in 1546 but his son Edward VI later had them re-opened. The South Bank was the most popular place for brothels, but they could also be found in poverty-stricken areas of Westminster and Shoreditch – even to this day parts of Shoreditch carry on this legacy.

Homosexuality however, was punished by death as it was thought to violate all natural laws. Those expected to be involved in this kind of activity were the Catholic priests,(take note remora!!) actors and performers of all kinds and of course the local Satanist, who would also profess to having achieved this act with a number of evil spirits…

via: http://fascinatinghistory.blogspot.com.au/2005/04/sex-in-elizabethan-london.html

by Arthur Furrowfield

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Tue 27th March, 2012 will be… Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

If you’re rocking out to classics such such as “I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim’s Gettin’ Better” or “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly”, then chances are you’re already well on the way to celebrating Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day.

by The Punjapit Alliance

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mother’s long skirt – a poem by lili han

suggested by aniie & remora

in the season of the rainbow©papa osmubal

mother used a pair of scissors
to cut a long skirt
abandoned by her daughter
she was making it for herself
the waist line was cut lower
the skirt’s hem was loosened an inch
before the mirror
still a long skirt for her
she complained about fat around the waist
busy looking for a coat to go with it
her daughter suggested a plain shirt
to match the skirt
she didn’t accept couldn’t understand
why the girls at the age of flowers
would like black, grey, white – plain tones
she had to wear
when she was young
because at that time
there were no other choices

finally, she chose a pink shirt
turned a full circle before the mirror
in the skirt with small blue-white flowers
as if her youth were back

via: http://macaupoetics.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/mothers-long-skirt/

posted by Elizabeth

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