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Ernest Vincent Wright

26 Nov

I came across an article on Wikipedia about this gentleman.

Ernest Vincent Wright

Ernest Vincent Wright

He wrote a novel with over 50,000 words without using the letter “E”

This is called a lipogram,  a form of constrained writing, deliberately omitting a certain letter of the alphabet.

Gadsby (novel)

Gadsby (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though E being the most used letter, it seems like a crazy task to set about.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t get anybody to publish it, so had to use a vanity press.

He had already written other works:

The Wonderful Fairies of the Sun (1896)

The Fairies That Run the World and How They Do It (1903)

Thoughts and Reveries of an American Bluejacket (1918).

Gadsby (novel)

Ernest Vincent Wright

Gadsby, the whole novel on Wikisource

He also wrote a comic poem. It was set to music by Nelson Jackson.

When Father Carves the Duck
By Ernest Vincent Wright

We all look on with anxious eyes
When Father carves the duck,
And Mother almost always sighs
When Father carves the duck.
Then all of us prepare to rise
and hold our bibs before our eyes
And be prepared for some surprise
When Father carves a duck.

He braces up and grabs a fork
Whene’er he carves a duck,
And won’t allow a soul to talk
Until he’s carved the duck.
The fork is jabbed into the sides,
Across the breast the knife he slides
While every careful person hides
From flying chips of duck.

The platter’s always sure to slip
When Father carves the duck,
And how it makes the dishes skip!
Potatoes fly amuck!
The squash and cabbage leap in space,
We get some gravy in our face,
And Father mutters Hindu grace
Whene’er carves a duck.

We then have learned to walk around
The dining room and pluck
From off the window sills and walls
Our share of Father’s duck.
While Father growls and blows and jaws
And swears the knife was full of flaws,
And Mother laughs at him because
He couldn’t carve a duck.


In 1969 French author  George Perec also wrote a lipogrammatic  novel “La Disparition” (The disappearance).

This was amazingly translated into English in the same fashion by Gilbert Adair as “A Void“. For this he won the Scott Moncrieff Prize in 1995.


Other forms of constrained writing.

For Grumpy

20 Nov

This post is particularly for Grumpy Old Git. Blog here

Alan has his own brilliant cartoons on the blog which I look forward to every morning! Take a look.

He was asking if I had any photos of “Your famous or “infamous” local football team”.

Not being a footy fan at all I have no photos of my own, so I’ve gathered a few links and photos off the web.

The Beautiful History/Accrington Stanley

Accrington Stanley site

Accrington Stanley Wikipedia

Below, Accrington Stanley milk advert 1988

Accrington Stanley

Image By Robert Wade

Robert Wade



Ha ha, Clayton Park Pies! Taste better than another local firm’s produce in my opinion..(Holland’s)

Accy stanley

Lost Boyos

Platt’s Lodge

16 Nov

I’m showing a few pictures of a nice area in Accrington.


Platt’s Lodge. That’s what it’s known as these days. Platt’s had a large factory in that area, spread over several nearby sites. Before that though, it was owned by Howard and Bullough who some may have heard of. They were a manufacture of Textile machinery at one time, before the decline of the cotton industry in the UK.

Howard & Bullough on Wikipedia

The area has been turned into a nice place for walkers, anglers, dog walking etc.


If you are wondering what the red columns are, they are the stanchions which supported the railway (Going to Manchester) which went across the area many moons ago.


The sculpture of the lizard on one of them was done by Clare Bigger, and was chosen by local schoolchildren. It has no special significance to the area, just that it represents nature. It’s over two metres long and made of stainless steel.

Below is the area before it was redeveloped. From Accrington Web


Below, another more recent picture from Lawrence Peregrine – Trouser’s Photostream at Flckr

Lodge 2


Brian Dettmer – Book Art

1 Nov

Some amazing stuff by Brian Dettmer.

Book sculpture – absolutely fantastic things done with old books. The detail is unbelievable.

Only trouble is, it’s not like paintings in that you could buy  a copy, more’s the pity. Would have to be content with viewing online or in galleries.

More of his work in the links.

Brian Dettmer



Book Art

The Volume Library – 2010

Stravinsky Was So Rock & Roll

13 Oct

Strange to think that his premiere of “The Rite Of Spring” actually caused a riot in the Paris theatre where it was being performed. Ahead of his time it seems.

One wonders what we will accept as the norm in another hundred years. What will we regard as classical music then, or at least add to what is regarded as classical?

Stravinsky Wikipedia

Stravinsky on All Music

‘Music is given to us specifically to make order of things, to move from an anarchic, individualistic state to a regulated, perfectly conscious one, which alone ensures vitality and durability.’ — Igor Stravinsky

Post-mortem Photography

17 Sep

Post-mortem photography – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Blimey, you learn something every day. Post-mortem photography in the Victorian era.  Something I picked up on due to a snippet on Facebook. Apparently they would prop the eyes open or paint eyeballs onto the lids. If the corpse was photographed standing it would be supported by a prop.

I wonder if any countries still do this?

Post Mortem

The one standing is the corpse. Notice the hands.

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