Monthly Archives: November 2014

A gift

Sometimes the universe offers a gift too generous to be ignored. A few weeks ago The Guardian weekend magazine printed a photograph of the maids of honour at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. One of the maids of honour was Lady Glenconner. That’s half a clerihew to start with. I has to finish it: […]

New Word Order

So. I’ve been reading Stephen Sondheim’s Finishing the hat and Look, I made a hat, two big thick book of song lyrics interspersed with explanations, annotations, comments and criticisms. In both books Sondheim points out failings in his own lyrics, and in those of other lyricists. For example, here’s a verse from ‘How long has […]