Friday, October 29, 2004

I enjoy surfing the census and the picture of rural life it calls up
For example I pictured the freelance slaughterer Lunn visiting cottages and butchering the store pig which lives at the bottom of the garden and which the family's children had petted and scratched its back and talked too. He would be paid in kind. (refers to a thread in news:soc.genealogy.britain )

A friend's mother in Stourbridge became a life time vegetarian when as a child at the table she realised they were eating her old friend.
In the Faroes (literally Sheep-islands) this means binding the legs of the animal, laying it on a table, in the cellar there, and cutting its throat and collecting the blood in a bowl with the younger children helping by stirring the blood to prevent it getting lumpy - before the gut has been washed in order to make the blood sausages. It is mixed with fat, salt and pepper as the basic recipe or with sugar, also a preservative, and raisons - originally dried black currants from the garden - for a sweet version.
Bleeding the animal increases the storage life of the meat..
These days you are meant to use a stunning pistol, a bolt gun, to knock it out first but an old man described to me the old way as not being particularly cruel - "if you cut its throat the animal just falls asleep".
Meanwhile a lot of water is being boiled and the pig's carcase is hung from the cottage eves by its hind legs and scalded and the bristles scraped off.
The meat must be stored for the whole winter or at last at least to Lent, so there is salting and smoking, or thin cut air drying in cold dry places like Swiss mountain valleys.
The vikings had vats of wey for storing food in, and the faeroese get their sheep down from the common grazing of the mountains, sort them by the ear marks, and butcher the sheep at this time of year and hang then hang the specially thin cut and spread carcase in a slatted outhouse to cure and air dry in the sea breezes.
In a house with a central hearth and no chimney the liiving room gets very smoky so you hang the meat up by the smoke hole << href="">
>> Before the 15th century houses had an open hearth in the centre of main living room. Logs were burnt resting on the bar between two “fire dogs”. The introduction of canopies to guide the smoke away led to fireplaces being moved to the wall where the canopies were easier to support.

The fireplaces in medieval [hall] kitchens were extremely wide to accommodate large logs and cooking spits. The opening was spanned by an oak beam or mantel and there was room to sit by the fire, the ingle-nook (from the scots word aingeal meaning fire and nook meaning a corner)

The early 16th Century saw the introduction of the enclosed wall fireplace with the chimneystack containing the flue running up from the hearth. Most hearth openings were rectangular and spanned by a stone or wood lintel. The fireplace was treated as part of the wall but soon became a dominant feature of most rooms with the development of the fire surround or mantelpiece.<<
You eat the sheepheads as a party food - the eyes are a delicacy for favoured guests and the adults tell the children that if they eat the ears they will hear specially well, in fact they are full of gristle and take a long time to chew so meanwhile the adults eat the best parts like the cheeks and tongue. They don't store very well so are often ripe and strong smelling. Drink schnaps and expect 3 days on the toilet afterwards if you have a delicate stomach.
There is an excellent Danish documentary film in black and white of this kind of out of doors home slaughtering and butchering.
An old farmer (Hans Bondr of Klaksvik) said to me one sheep per person (per year) is enough meat - "people eat too much meat and it is unhealthy" - his family tend to live to their nineties - tall, thin and active.
Afterwards band members asked "did you get the rhubarb wine?" which was a sign of social acceptance in the village. I had had two glasses with a slice of cake after my faroese language lesson, we used the bible as a text known to me and a child's abc - there was no dictionary in print at that time. (1978 ish)

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889- 1951)

When I was getting ready for being old, I took courses at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen in english literature, ethnicity studies, and philosophy.

I remain fascinated by Derrida and Kirkegaard and Wittgenstein, whom I regard as three everests of philosphy

Therefore I bought all the Wittgenstein works and started to hang out with Yahoo! Groups : wittgenstein-dialognet

Desmond Lee was headmaster at Clifton College from 1948 to 1954, I was there from 1949 to 1953 SH - a boarder in School House - and I was shocked to find he knew my name even though I had never met him before.

Later I fell over his work as a translator with the Penguin UK translations : of Timaeus and Critias and The Republic by PLATO by Desmond Lee. (with an introduction, by H. D. P. Lee. which initials led to his nickname Dippy Lee)

This week a beautiful magazine Old Cliftonian published by Old Cliftonian Society of Clifton-College fell through my letter box.
The article by Mark Lowe (OH . Oakley's House 1947 to 1952) for the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Desmond Lee's reighn ant Clifton.

and quoting Wittgenstein's Lectures: Cambridge, 1930-1932
By: Ludwig Josef Johan Wittgenstein

From the notes of John King and Desmond Lee

Oxford : Blackwell, 1980.

new format: Paperback
noted by Book Wormer - Cheap Book Search: Desmond Lee

The brand new British Library Integrated Catalogue - Welcometells me via Integrated Catalogue - Search Results Desmond Lee that they have two copies and I have ordered one copy on Inter Library Loan to Chelmsley Wood Library, Solihull.

LEE, Henry Desmond Pritchard, Sir. is his full catalgue entry as an author and translator.

Few of us knew that he had been a student of Wittgenstein until we read his obituary in The Times

more on LW :-

Yahoo! Search Results for wittgenstein

Google Search: "hugh watkins" wittgenstein

lots more discussion Google Search: blogspot wittgenstein

The Wittgenstein Archives 2000: "The Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen (WAB) were established in 1990 with the aim of producing a complete machine-readable version version of Wittgenstein's Nachlaß." but copyright and the owners lust for money restricts free access to the texts on the net.

Google Search: wittgenstein "desmond lee"
However Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus Hypertext of the Ogden bilingual edition shows what can be done.

This site is about the influential book Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, published in 1922 by the Anglo-Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951).

The book is written in 526 numbered paragraphs which are structured as notes about notes on wide-ranging topics; much of it is about formal logic and its limits. These web pages present the entire standard English translation by C.K. Ogden next to the original German, in a form which encourages understanding the text's structure. The pages are complete with the formulas, diagrams, and tables of the original, along with the introduction by Bertrand Russell.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Life during World War II: "The blackout began two days before the war began"

We were scared that the least light would attract the bombers.

but the best time was May 8, 1945 when the lamplighter came down Widney Lane, Solihull, on his bicycle on VE day when the war with Germany was over because the black out had ended.
He had a long pole with a hook to turn on the gas and a taper to light it.

Later he had a ladder to climb up to wind up the clockwork timer or to replace gas mantles.

The black curtains were taken down and put away.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Welcome to Clifton College my school SH 1949 to 1953 SCHOOL HOUSE

Bristol - CliftonJust off Pembroke Road is Clifton College. This was founded for the education of 60 boys in 1862.

The first headmaster was the Reverend John Percival.

The Luftwaffe over the Bristol area - Luftwaffe bombing operations and after the bombing of Bristol got serious

On the outbreak of WWII the school was evacuated to Bude in Cornwall.

the British Army swapped some requisitioned hotels for the school - about 30 boys remaind - day boys?

Between 1943 and 1945 the buildings became the headquarters of the US 1st Army under the command of General Omar Bradley. He presented the College with his own three star general's banner and an American flag that is still flown on the American Independance Day (4th July).

before my time and after me came -- Perhaps the most famous Old Boy is John Cleese of Monty Python fame.

Old Cliftonian Society with real old english "roast beef" complexions

Old Cliftonian Society of Clifton-College our own website

The Clifton College Foundation: "Since its inception in 1862, Clifton has enjoyed a great tradition of benefaction, from its original founding fathers to current parents, staff and governors. Members of the Old Cliftonian Society and other associations have all been at the forefront of support for the College and everything it stands for.

In 2002, the College Council launched an initiative to bring together all of these philanthropic acts, to enshrine the tradition of benefaction by creating The Clifton College Foundation."

Thursday, October 07, 2004

George Pollen Biography was a gifted member of the Royal Engineers Staff Band Aldershot from 1958 and played violin and clarinet for 22 years.