Don't Eat With Your Mouth Full

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Bleary in Bristol
I fell asleep reading a book about Japanese grammar, and dreamed that I was at school and late for German class - a class that my own daughter was also attending (though a little embarrassed to be seen associating with me). Also present was someone known only as Trolley - who I realised even in my dream must actually be Sir Walter Ralegh, since Wat Ralegh (pron. Rawley) --> 'Trawley --> Trolley. Why pay psychoanalysts to unpick the kind of verbal legerdemain that you can decode in your sleep?

The thrills of conjugating Japanese adjectives aside - though they truly are awesome, that's no jest - I put this dream down to my being about to go to York for a couple of days to visit my old doctoral supervisor and his wife. He's the man who commissioned me to write an article on "Colin Clouts Come Home Againe" recently - Spenser's poem about travelling to England with Ralegh. Not only that, soon after I left his care he and his family went to Japan for a year, whence they returned much impressed with the culture. All roads lead to Whipmawhopmagate (by way of Kyoto).

Moral: I must buy an omiyage.

My friends told me before I visited them that the best omiyage is high grade Australian beef, grain fed, with marbling. Now you know. Mind you, that was 25 years ago. And when I got to Japan, people gave exquisitely wrapped musk melons.

I'm thinking that some Bristol blue glass might be appropriate.

It looks delicious. That is the equivalent of edible, I think.

There is a logic to dreams, just not daylight logic. Now I am imagining Walter Ralegh X-over with Thomas the Tank Engine. Someone should write it..

He could circumnavigate Sodor, I suppose?

Adjective conjugations are indeed awesome. So is the fact that there are, in effect, four classes of adverbs. Who fortunately do not decline (but some are adjectival declensions).

---L.

I'm looking forward to those mysteries. I bought a grammar yesterday, and every page yields new treasures!

The mysteries will continue to evolve from an ever-spiraling source.

---L.

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