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lunababymoonchild



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:01 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

miranda wrote:
Well done Sandra!

I only got the Umberto Eco!


Me too.  And well done Sandra.

Aw tell us, tell us.

Luna


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More Clues!

With apologies for the dodgy limericks... (Blame the Baron!)

1.
He had an old namesake who went
And got himself mugged down in Kent.
With his shorter work here,
(though no poems, I fear)
One's time might be pleasantly spent.

2. (Author: Italo Calvino)
La via to get to St John
Is a road well worth lingering on.
With five memoirs of youth,
Of his father, hard truth,
And of taking the fascisti on.

3.
Here is a green-fingered John
Whose rep. relies mostly upon
This monster's eye view
Of a story we knew
For 'twas told long ago by Anon.

4.
This Yank lives in London, best known
For his riddling walker, but shown
Here to dream of releases
From zoo of some species
Of reptilian nature, well-grown!

5.
Reversing its name draws a blank.
He'd a surname for servants of rank.
In this place, do not sneeze;
Any trace of disease
Will land you up jailed as a crank!

6.
A lover of June and her bloke,
Of Parisian affairs she oft spoke.
Here's a tale of a poser,
By one who well knows her
Ability, lusts to provoke!

7.
This Birmingham prof. earned success
With a work-exchange tale, but I stress
This one here's about brains
And machines, and their aims
And creative adulterousness.

8. (Author: Umberto Eco)
The tale of a fellow whose head
Is devoid of all, save what he's read.
From the fog of Milan
He retreats with a plan
To recover the past that he's shed.

9.
Back again from number four,
A time beneath time here's the draw,
With these essays and shorts
And libretto, the thoughts
Of this writer are here to explore.

10.
A Bruce down in Oz is not odd
But this English one dreamed as he trod
Aboriginal trails,
Then returned with his tales
Of retracing the footsteps of God.



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, fun! Your diligence is to be praised.

Well, I think 4 must be Russell Hoban's Turtle Diary and 10 Bruce Chatwin's Songlines. Will think about others, but don't want to risk working out another and spoiling things for others.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't get any further on even with all these 'clues' but is 'Bruce' really not a common name in Britain?  I know it has a reputation for being used in Australasia a lot - certainly it is very common in NZ for men of about 50 or so; not used at the present time though.  Bruce Willis didn't seem to bring an increase in its popularity.  

I have a little jokey book called Favourite Names for Girls and Boys and its page on Bruce starts:  "Oh dear.  Man civilisations have wrestled with the Bruce problem.  Selected origins include the Norman Bruxcelles meaning 'a small cabbage', the Russian Brotz implying 'droop of the brewers' making', the New Zealand Bruss meaning 'one who insists he can drive', and the Australian Bruce widely understood as 'do you think we should get him a taxi'.  It goes on to consider Robert the Bruce who lost the battle of 'Bollockburn' and 'rested in a cave for several months waiting to hear a spider fart'.  
It ends, "Their destiny will depend on their location since many differences will separate a NZ live bull skinner of that name, and a San Fransiscan waiter."  

Some of this post I see has been less than tasteful, sorry.  And many apologies if your name is Bruce.  (I could mention the one on Michael - talk of the Disney rodent and "Michaels are solemn infants, handy at jacks and five hundred.  Their surly silences and random bursts of irritaton with items of furniture often lead to careers in the more declamatory Shakespearian roles." )

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's very rare that a British man is called Bruce.....and I don't think it's ever been a popular name here.   Not sure why though....



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well that's two to Gareth. Keep 'em coming! I'm afraid some of them are rather obscure.

Caro, 'Bruce' is not that uncommon over here - I even knew one at school - but for some reason the name is often associated with Ozzy blokes. I think Monty Python did a sketch involving a lot of Aussies, all called Bruce, as a sort of prelude to their legendary "Bruce's Philosophers Song".

That book on names sounds fun. The bit about Michaels being solemn infants certainly applies to me. Apparently my Dad nicknamed me 'MLB'. The ML bit stood for 'miserable little', and I'm sure you can guess the rest!  Very Happy



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really?  I've never met anyone called Bruce!



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See, off the top of my head I can think of five Bruces that I know living in or near my little town. (I began that sentence with three and then remembered two more quite easily.

My book is becoming a bit concerning with its accuracy.  I see Caroline (not that's quite me but nearly) says, "As children, their quiet, nervous natures lead to them being tormented by tapioca.  They overcompensate as adults by asking penetrating rhetorical questions and gravitate naturally to journalism and anthropology."  (I never did get to anthropology but tended to regret that for a while.)

I don't mind tapioca.

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is No. 7 David Lodge and "Nice Work"?

Like Not - Smart-Just -Lucky , I thought it was "Dune".  There seems to have been a lot of "great minds think alike " going on here.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Lodge, but not 'Nice Work' (though that's the book alluded to in line 2). This was a more recent one - clearly with some familiar Lodge themes. The bit about brains and machines is a clue...




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