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Saturday, 31 January 2009

Memoir Meme

Please, if you have not already done so, go and check out Scriptor Senex's blog from yesterday, for - Bless him - He was kind enough to pick up the Meme I set on choosing the 4th photo from your fourth album... etc.

I love Scriptor's daily rambles on a variety of subjects, stemming from years of experience and marking life's moments to treasure; His photographs have inspired me to do more to capture my own life's moments in the near future... when I am fully fit again and can tout a camera about!

~ For your perusal today, I have pinched, er selected, another Meme from the pages of Lynne Ede.

The idea being to select only six words that will encapsulate your memoir!

I thought this would be a shorter piece to do, some hope for me, eh?...

I was led to Lynne Ede's Things UK blogspot, by the Maestro, David McMahon via Friday's post of the day nominations and awards. Bless you!

Lynne has some interesting paintings and accounts on her site, and she kindly offers all up for viewing and I hope borrowing, rather than stealing, so I hope this is okay!

If you were to write your memoir, how might you describe your life in so few words?

How would you want to be remembered?

Should you wish to tag along, mes bloggeurs, the Meme instructions are as follows:

1. Write your own six word memoir.

2. Post it on your blog; include a visual illustration if you'd like.

3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post, and to the original post if possible.

4. Tag at least five more blogs with links.

5. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!

And, ta-da... The six word memoir I came up with is:

Photobucket Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know...... Photobucket but I know that already 'kind of' belongs to the Byronic Lord Byron, as he was famously described by his one-time paramour, Lady Caroline Lamb.


Lord Byron famously wrote of one of his many lovers,

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that 's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes



In this early scandal, which in Byron's life was but one of many, he embarked on a well-publicized affair with the married Lady Caroline Lamb, which shocked the British public. And from la Goddess Wiki: "Byron eventually broke off the relationship, but Lamb never entirely recovered, pursuing him even after he tired of her. She was emotionally disturbed and lost so much weight that Byron cruelly commented to her mother-in-law, his friend Lady Melbourne, that he was "haunted by a skeleton".

I sometimes think David Beckham might one day say the same thing...victoria beckham Pictures, Images and Photos Ahem!

"She began to call on him at home, sometimes dressed in disguise as a page boy, at a time when such an act could ruin both of them socially. One day, during such a visit, she wrote on a book at his desk, "Remember me!". As a retort, Byron wrote a poem entitled Remember Thee! Remember Thee! which concludes with the line, "Thou false to him, thou fiend to me".

As a child, Byron had seen little of his half-sister Augusta Leigh; in adulthood, he formed a close relationship with her that has been interpreted by some as incestuous".

Byron went on in life to scatter loves and offspring, illegitimate and adopted, throughout Europe, but not before, he courted Lady Caroline's cousin Annabella Milbanke, who refused his first proposal of marriage but later accepted. They married at Seaham Hall, County Durham, on 2 January 1815.

This is a picture of Byron's home, I think, in Venice...


but the hall where they married is not far from my home, and is once more a venue for weddings and conferences - It's a lovely Georgian house, now a hotel, part of some international conglomerate group, Von Essen, which includes Cliveden House, which you might have heard of, where "Guests have included every British monarch since George I as well as Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan, President Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, John Profumo and Christine Keeler, and many other well-known names from the past and present", but not Lord Byron apparently!

Seaham Hall:


And so as to try (in a really futile way) to out-Braja Braja, here is a pic of the wonderfully tranquil (and hideously expensive!) spa at Seaham Hall:


I might return to Byron's life on another day, for I find that period of literature and art fascinating, and what a way to be remembered as, 'Mad, bad and dangerous to know...' but today I am supposed to be thinking about mine own memoirs from an altogether different era!

eighties Pictures, Images and Photos

£11 [INCLUDING P&P] Pictures, Images and Photos

The Eighties - A decade of ra-ra and unwearable puffball skirts, footballer's perms Keven Keegan Pictures, Images and Photos

Real shoulder pads Pictures, Images and Photos and outrageous shoulder pads!

My early thoughts on this are:

And In Her Mouth An Amethyst...amethyst Pictures, Images and Photos

which was inspired by lyrics in a song by the eighties band, Wang Chung. From the band's own website,

"... the most common explanation of the band's name is that it meant 'perfect pitch', which neatly summarized the tie-in to a Chinese musical philosophy.

It's also sometimes explained as being the sound a guitar makes when you hit the strings down then up, with 'Wang' being the sound on the down stroke, and 'CHUNG' being the sound on the up stroke". Simples...!



Romantically, the vision of being held tightly and swished across a crowded dance floor, for the song from which the lyrics come is called, "Dance Hall Days", was enchanting to me in my youth, and particularly in the summer I spent in France, in Normandy in fact, as au pair to an aristocratic family, who could trace their humble origins back to the Norman Conquests... So, "And in her mouth an amethyst..."

Back to Wiki, this time on amethysts: "The Greeks believed that whoever wore an amethyst or drank from an amethyst cup would not become intoxicated. The word amethyst is derived from the Greek word "amethystos," meaning sober. The gemstone was associated with the god of wine, and it was common to serve wine in Amethyst goblets to prevent overindulgence.

It was also claimed that amethyst had a sobering effect on those "drunk" on love’s passions..."

In crystal therapy, amethyst is considered a stabilizing crystal, has a calming and tranquil influence symbolizing peace. Amethysts can bring on pleasant dreams, and allow you to channel positive universal energy. As a result many people place an amethyst under their pillow before going to sleep at night to enjoy sweet dreams throughout the night".

Dress Front Pictures, Images and Photos


Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

Gawd bless your wand chung...80's soul...I have some great eighties pieces you would die for...
dance halls days still make sthe grade in my book, but then so does Barry Blue,from the early 70's ... but then I'm a saddo...

great idea, I will try and follow on with this in the next few days...I shall be working in a huge gallery tomorrow, which makes for great 'thinking time' which is crucial for a deep thinker such as moi!! duh not...but l will try and compose 6 words..holy shit!!

great post Fhi!!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

btw...who is THAT in the family pic..IS IT YOU GUYS!???/ tee hee..??

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Saz, hello Sweetie! Where have you been? I'm glad you like the Meme - I have been bizz today, but will defo try to send you the 5 Question Meme tomorrow or Monday - I know there's no rush!

BTW, that is not us en famille in that fabulous Eighties photo, heaven forfend! But you should see our wedding photies - GJ had the Keegan-style footballer's perm - He had hair then! And I wore a short white ballerina style dress with a white straw boater - Very Bananarama!!! Bless you, thank you, take care - Good luck with The Memoirs of Fabulous Saz xxx

Scriptor Senex said...

If I had to do a six word memoir for you it would along the lines of "What happens when the mind wanders!"

I love the way you amble from one subject to another without losing your starting thread.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Scriptor, did you know I was Eddie Izzard's long-lost sister - He wears all my clothes on his tranny days! (I like the title you proffer - I resemble that remark!)

Cynthia said...

Wow, this is my first blog visit! You cover a wide space, time, thought...so detailed too. Love the detail, hair, Lord Byron stuff (I have a bit of a crush on him really!-I think he's my college literature professor-)and crystal comment! I have two amethyst geodes on my bedroom dresser. I hope you can visit my Oasis blog. Why are you of no importance? Is there some background to the blog name that I don't know. (Feel completely free to ignore the question. I'm to curious for my own good.) I've had such a nice visit! :-) <3

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Cynthia, Welcome along - See if you can check out one of my earlier blogs, where I take steps to explain the monicker - I am Fhina -

A Woman Of No Importance is one of dear Oscar Wilde's lesser known plays, and I love him more than I love Lord Byron, but not as much as I love Mr Keats!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for coming over to Oasis! I've added you to my blog roll so I can keep in touch more easily! How fun...I love making new friends. Your name makes the connection in my brain now! Thanks! (I'm a fan of Keats, too!)

Clippy Mat said...

another amazing meander through your posts. love the pic of the 80's hairdos. i did pause for a second (just a second) to wonder if it was your good self ha ha. thankfully you cleared that one up. love the pic of KK when he was in his heyday.
good background on byron too. most interesting.

Chairman Bill said...

Tried the 6th folder and 6th image thingy - ended up with a picture of a piece of machinery that was offending me that I'd taken a snap of to send to a mate for advice. Not the most edifying of subjects.

Tried 7th and 7th, with equally spectacular failure; a bunch of old blokes at a dinner.

French Fancy said...

I have serious Byron love, especially after studying him during last year's OU course. In fact I'm about to do part of Childe Harold - He is my favourite poet - so witty and funny and touching and sad. The man was a god.

lakeviewer said...

Funny and cool, even educational in an entertaining way: this post and its companion history of Byron and friends.

I dropped in from French Fancy, and was charmed.

I can't wait to pick up the Memoir



jinksy said...

I enjoy the way the start of one of your posts does not necessarily give an indication at to where the end will leave us! Like a mystery tour in words...

Anonymous said...

This really seems like an interesting activity! I'll tell the others about this. Cheers!


Michelle said...

Hi Fhina!!! I did the photo meme you tagged at me!!! Not as elaborate as yours or others but i made it my own. Please come check it out OK?? It's not the post about lurkers although i'd love your thoughts on that one too!!!

Great post here!!! I think the way you approach a post is similar to the way i do. Well i've been told my way is ADD ramblings and i like that a lot!!!

Your posts are more thought out and connected but still.....

Love ya girlie!!!

High Desert Diva said...

Wow...you do tangents so well.

Loved reading all about Lord Byron.

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