Thursday, May 04, 2017

We’ve had some relief from politics today. Local elections are in progress, and the BBC has refrained from talking about the General Election until today’s polls close.

That means that we have had a lot of room for news about the Duke of Edinburgh who is planning to step back a bit from public duties at the age of 95.  Famous moments from his career have been mentioned, including the time he referred to the Chinese as “slitty-eyed” during his wife’s state visit to China.

That was James’ story. Perhaps even his scoop. He (James) was a young reporter with the United Press, based in Beijing, therefore covering the state visit. The Duke’s remarks were made to British students, in private, so to speak – no reporters there. James got wind of it, sought out and interviewed students who had been there, and put it top of his report on the day.
Maybe other reporters did, too; I don’t know.  But not all. James used to tell a good story of a Great Man who had already filed his story, due to having superior technology. He came walking through the press room – there was something here in James’ account about a roll of paper around which the Great Man was authoritatively snapping a rubber band – while James was still laboriously producing his copy.

“What are you leading with, Sonny?” he said.


We’ve had a better day today on the health front.

And knitting has gone well, too. I’ve finished another round of lozenges on the swatch-scarf – everything the same as before, except that (a) they are different lozenges and (b) they are offset and (c) the colours change places with each other. It makes a remarkable difference. I’ll show you soon – I want to finish off with another round of the peerie pattern. I wish I had begun with one.

And then it is certainly time to stop having fun and start plotting the vest.

The new needles arrived today, so the Polliwog will now be resumed as Number One WIP, once that peerie pattern is done. And I have become a patron of Andrew and Andrea, at least for the time being, and am enjoying catching up. I haven’t seen the interview with Oliver Henry yet – looking forward to that one.


  1. Looking forward to the new arrangement. Of Fair Isle, that is!

  2. Prince Philip came to open a centre for the disabled that I was working in. I wasn't officially introduced but a young indigenous boy ran off during the ceremony and, when he was brought back, I kept firm hold of him. Years later HRH was opening a conference in another place and he saw my tricycle on the way into the venue. He wanted to know about it so someone hauled me out of the law library and took me down to meet him. Before anyone could say a word he looked at me and said, "Gave up trying to chase the little devil did you?" How he could recognise someone he had only seen briefly, not been introduced to, and years apart is still something that stuns me. He would probably still know your James!

    1. Anonymous4:13 PM

      Wow, indeed. Jaw-dropping.
      -- Gretchen (aka stashdragon)

  3. =Tamar2:24 PM

    It is amazing how much difference the color arrangement can make in even a simple design. I'm looking forward to seeing the next photos.

  4. Anonymous4:08 PM

    Hurrah for James!
    -- Gretchen (aka stashdragon)

  5. Anonymous4:24 PM

    Have a lovely weekend enjoying the Polliwog and scarf knitting!