Happy Birthday Lyra!
|Our gorgeous grand-daughter is one today.|
Alfred Hickling of The Guardian wrote:
For the past 19 years, The Shed, near the market town of Malton, has been responsible for some of the smallest and most inspired art events in the country.
It was a fantastic night, in fact one of the best Hank gigs I can remember and we go back a long way, to when the band used to play every week at the Pegasus pub in Islington. Got myself a new CD and I'm getting my daily dose of misery right now.
Can't finish without mentioning the knit connection. In 2006 The Shed, in co-operation with the poet, Ian McMillan and Sirdar, hosted a performance of words, music and... knitting called Hat.
Here's Ian McMillan's brilliant poem Wool Facts.
1 God threw a ball in the air. 3-ply.
2 Eve tempted Adam with the ball of wool,
rammed the needle down the serpent's throat.
3 'My wool pyramid will last ten thousand
years! said the Pharaoh.
4 The Three Kings brought wool, wool, and
5 'Is this The Renaissance?' they asked, as
needles were invented
6 'Watch out for the woolberg!' cried the
Captain of the Titanic.
7 Sign this. Just here. It's 12.15, it's
Runnymede, the needles are dipped in
the best ink.
8 The Wright Brothers knitted furiously in
9 'Mass produced patterns, Now!' yelled
10 'I may be some time' said Captain Oates,
'I've left my needles in the glacier'.
11 Columbus turned back, excited, pulling
out the continent as he went.
12 Hold this wool, said Eva Braun, as Hitler
and Goebbels did the salute together.
13 That's one small stitch for man, one giant
stitch for mankind.
14 Evolution advanced as the caveperson
invented the wool.
15 'Come in here a minute' said Alexander
Graham Bell down his wool phone.
'Pardon?' said his assistant from the next
16 The dinosaurs died out slowly, failing to
knit thermals fast enough as the ice age
17 Isaac Newton felt nothing as the wool
apple bounced off his head. Gravity
remained undiscovered for another two
hundred years and people flew around
18 They found Custer and all his men
wrapped in wool. Dead, but cosy.
19 Henry V111 knitted wives seven and eight.
It gave him a feeling of power.
20 Noah's wool ark floated. No I tell a lie.
21 Kitchener was waiting to pose for his
poster. 'Hurry up with that moustache' he
shouted to his wife.
22 Jesus turned the water into wool. 'I'm new
at this' he said.
23 The Mona Lisa was just about to laugh.
Those wool vests really tickled.
24 The Sixth Beatle: the one made of wool
who didn't get to the first rehearsal
because, being made of wool, he couldn't
open the door to get out of the house.
25 The scientists nodded in triumph. This
was the sound of The Big Bang: needles
© Ian McMillan