Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Two-finger typing is back

I thought I'd celebrate the fact that I have now regained the use of my left arm, after the failed murder attempt by the mixer shower in room 34 of the Shakespeare Beach Hotel (and there's a quiz question for you: how many Shakespeare plays feature beaches?  I haven't a clue, so do please feel free to make up any answer you like), by typing some words.  And what better source than good old Chambers?  You've possibly heard some of these already, but that's not the point, which is to give me something to type.  So here goes.

'Paneity - the state of being bread.'
'Eclair - a cake long in shape but short in duration.'
'Fish - to catch or try to catch or obtain fish or anything that may be likened to a fish - such as seals, sponges, corals, compliments, information or husbands.'
'Middle-aged - between youth and old age, variously reckoned to suit the reckoner.'
'Sea serpent - an enormous marine animal of serpent-like form frequently seen and described by credulous sailors, imaginative landsmen and common liars.'
'Musique concrete - a kind of music, made up of odds and ends of sound variously handled.'


  1. Was that instead of single or three + finger typing?

    As for the murder attempt,this presents a whole new opportunity in Cluedo:
    Whilst mean Mr (stripped of his Colonel rank when dishonourably discharged) Mustard is languishing in Gaol without even passing Go, it was, of course polythene Pam who came in through the bathroom window & happily failed in this dastardly murder bid with the shower.
    Motive? Probably a case of mistaken identity, thinking it was Billy Shears. Word had got out there was an old rocker in town.
    In next week's episode.....

  2. Oh, almost forgot, beaches in Shakespeare:

    Seven altogether, but the quiz is in which plays do these feature?

    "Then let the pibbles on the hungry beach
    Fillip the stars; then let the mutinous winds
    Strike the proud cedars 'gainst the fiery sun;"

    "Behold, the English beach
    Pales in the flood with men, with wives and boys,
    Whose shouts and claps out-voice the deep mouth'd sea,"

    "The fishermen that walk upon the beach
    Appear like mice;"

    "You may as well go stand upon the beach"

    "What, are men mad? Hath nature given them eyes
    To see this vaulted arch, and the rich crop
    Of sea and land, which can distinguish 'twixt
    The fiery orbs above and the twinn'd stones
    Upon the number'd beach and can we not
    Partition make with spectacles so precious
    'Twixt fair and foul?"

    The other 2 just refer to being beached.

    And of course not only these, but also, though not in the original: Verona Beach in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet.


  3. OK, my answers, without any cheating:
    1. The Tempest
    2. Henry V
    3. King Lear
    4. Henry IV part 2
    5. Macbeth
    My follow-up question:
    Which one of these is NOT a total scatter-gun out-of-the-blue guess?

  4. 1. Close. Coriolanus 5
    2. Henry V 4 that's the one
    3. King Lear 4 or that one
    4. Merchant of Venice 4
    5. Cymbeline 1