Friday, 4 May 2007

May the fourth be with you

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, May 04, 2007 with 5 comments
Today is significant for the fact that May the fourth is the date in which "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" takes place, being also the date of birth of Alice Liddell, to whom the author Charles Dodgson ("Lewis Carroll") told the story, and is also the date of the birth of speedymoi, whose middle name is by coincidence, Lewis.

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.
- JABBERWOCKY (Lewis Carroll)

Only one year before I join the M60s
And when I am sixty! As speedy as Trevor!
And I think I'll stay speedier then for ever and ever!
- a really bad rewrite of "Now I am Six" by A A Milne

Why are you standing around in uffish thought?


  1. Happy Birthday Speedygeoff!!!!

    You don't look a day over 59 :)

  2. hah! That's because I'm not. Not until tomorrow, anyway.

    I may have tricked some readers with the "When I am sixty" attempt at humour.

  3. I thought today had something to do with Star Wars . May the forth be with you. (May 4th 2007) - (Travy)

  4. hey, happy birthday! I hope you have fun old goose!

  5. Don't wiffle, gyre, gimble or galumph and you'll stay speedy for ever and ever!

    Hope you had a frabjous day. After eating all that cake, have a rest by the Tumtum tree.