Tuesday, 21 January 2020

MAGICAL GEOGRAPHICAL PALINDROMES (BEYOND CANALS)

WORDPLAY POST #205

A concoction originally intended for the date Feb 10, 2020.

With all this mental energy focusing backwards and forwards on palindromes, it has been hard to avoid the subject of canals. A project close to our hearts was to take the standard palindromes about canals, (e.g. the well-known, A man a plan, a canal, Panama), and extend the adulation to a series of other canal sites. 
 - MAGICAL CANAL VERSES and PALINDROMES: the application of the magical palindrome construct to wordplay of geographic interest, specifically dealing with artificial waterways. Paris, Riga and Toronto (a surrogate for the Trent-Severn waterway) are honored here in both verse and wordplay.
 - UNPLANNED CANALS: More Magical Palindromes: This followup post expanded the involvement to 8 other world sites. For a few of these cities, e.g. Reno (Nevada), the existence of canals is apocryphal, but the relevant administrations were co-opted in the interest of wordplay. 
  The aim of the current blog is to extend these concepts beyond the constraint imposed by canal themes to more general features of world destinations; however the meticulous reader might notice the persistence of some elements of our canal hangup. And if you need help with the concept of magical palindromes, see the slide at the bottom of the post; it shows simple examples of magical palindromes which are unrelated to the geographical theme.


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A man, a potato - Paris. Sir, a potato - Panama.


A cakery - Napa. A pan - Yreka CA.
A 'garden folly' at
Chateau de Bagatelle,
Paris, France


A man, a plan, if final - pagoda. A dog, a plan, if final - Panama.





Dr. of tarts - Oxford. Dr. of 'X' - O, Stratford!


A man, a plan, if final, Pat - Paros. So rapt a plan, if final - Panama.


No 'D'; no 'L' - Boston. Not (sob!) - London.


A man, a plan, if final, Pa - Lagos. So, gal! A plan, if final - Panama.


A rep. of Omaha. A ham of opera.


A man, a plan, if final, Pa - Niagara F. Far again, a plan, if final - Panama.


A girl, a panama. A man, a pal - Riga.


Wonders in Italy - Latin is asset. Tessa's in Italy - Latin is red now.


 A pan, a dog, a pal - LA. Pagoda - Napa.


A man, a pâté , feta, Parma ham. Rap! Ate feta - Panama.


 Zeus pees on a Toyota. A Toyota? No seep - Suez.


 A dog, a paw, a pan, a panama. A man, a pan, a paw, a pagoda.


A man, a plan, if final - Pristina. A nit, sir; plan if final - Panama.


 If I mouse - Canada CA. A cad, an ace - Suomi FI.


A girl, a Pa - Mar-a-lago. O gal, a ram, a pal - Riga. 


No 'D'; no 'L' - onion. No 'I'? - No London.











Check out the 'FIRST SET' of examples (#1-5) here
Check out the 'SECOND SET' of examples (#6-10) here.


SONGLINK: "A man, a plan, a canal - Panama"
Readers who are particularly interested in musical wordplay might also enjoy a fantastical discussion on the development of this famous palindrome by Leigh Mercer, in this blogpost of our lyrics blog (SILLY SONGS and SATIRE)  ...
"Leigh Mercer's Palindrome Workshop" .
EDITOR'S NOTE: By popular demand, the song-lyrics blog has been changed to a private-reader function. If your email is on Giorgio's list of selected glitterati, you can sign in using your Google password, and enjoy the experience as in the past. ALL OTHERS are welcome to join in, but you will first have to leave me a comment here including your email address, and a request to be included so I can 'sign you up'.  


If you still need a fix of more palindromic fun, go to "Gratingly American: THIRTY-ODD POLITICALLY-TAINTED PALINDROMES". 



NURSE-VERSE: Limericks about PATIENTS and their MALADIES

WORDPLAY post #204   
Sneak preview of a blogpost intended for publication on Feb 5, 2020.

SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio and Dr. GH, September 2018 (original posting February 2019). This group of terse verses has been published at OEDILF.com.  The Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form is an online humor dictionary that has accumulated and published 103,000 carefully edited short poems. Giorgio is proud to have contributed over 250 submissions to this project. The number code at the bottom of each slide here can help you find the OEDILF postings should you decide to visit that site.
Click here to review an earlier poetic collection by Giorgio --Limericks about Doctors and Patients (post #148, December 2018).

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys, and other singable oddities on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post. See the bottom of this page for hotlinks to songs about medical issues.

By the way, to find more limericks, or any other search target on either of these 2 blogs, use the SEARCH-FUNCTION found at the top of the right-hand margin.


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GIORGIO'S SONGS ABOUT DOCTORS and PATIENTS (on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE")


HOTLINKS TO MEDICAL-THEMED SONG-POSTS
...AND A FEW LIMERICK MEDLEYS
Singable Limerick-Medley #17: Nuclear Cardiology
Singable Limerick-Medley #20: Medical Imaging 



Further verses: anosmia, bee stings, claudicant.

Monday, 20 January 2020

SINGABLE SATIRE: RELIC SUBMARINES, as might be sung by the Beatles

WORDPLAY POST #203


ORIGINAL SONG:  "Yellow Submarine", The Beatles 1966, with lead vocals by Ringo Starr.
BACKGROUND: Giorgio's substitute lyrics draw on his personal experience as an occasional denizen of South Carolina. With prominent tourist sites for the display of submarines from the Civil War, World War II and the Cold War, Charleston SC and the adjacent suburb of Mt Pleasant seem like a grim version of the Beatles' fantasy "land of submarines" - see the photo collages and explanatory details below.
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio and Dr. GH, December 2018.

SONGLINKS: The parody-lyrics with accompanying chords for guitar or ukulele players are found on our lyrics blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE" here. And should you need to be reminded of the lyrics of the original, written as a simple children's song, find them in ukulele-friendly format at the bottom of that post. Giorgio's other satire lyrics substituted to Beatles' songs include "Vonnegut" (Imagine); "Saturday Night" (Yesterday); "Brennan's Tweet" (Let It Be); "Jake" (While My Guitar Gently Weeps).


RELIC SUBMARINES

(to the tune of "Yellow Submarine")


In the town where I’ve retired
A Memorial’s awfully near.
And it tells us of the time
When the Cold War engendered fear.

Sailors sailed, to keep us ‘safe’ --
Secret missions ‘neath the waves.
Soviet strike? Well we’d respond.
They could never make us slaves.

Nuclear power transformed the submarine --
Submerged months in between, with missile launch unseen.
Trident warheads, a payload that’s obscene,
A missile-launch machine, nuclear submarine.

No recourse, all mankind’s caught
In the path of the juggernaut.
So give Gor-bachev our thanks,
(nautical tune)

We all live near a nuclear submarine,
Missile-launch machine; we’re all trapped in between.
We all live with nuclear submarines.
Missile-launch machines blow Earth to smithereens.

Cold War’s thawed – a time of peace.
From a gruesome fate, we’re now released.
A Memorial down the street --
Tourists gripe about the summer heat.

We all live near a nuclear submarine,
Missile-launch machine; we’re all trapped in between.
Live or die with nuclear submarines.
Missile-launch machines blow Earth to smithereens.



















HOLD THE FORT for an IMPORTANT NOTICE. Our two blogs are now being joined by a third member, a dream for those who want a source of poignant humour tinged with eco-sensitivity and photographic ingenuity delivered to their email queue daily. 
"DAILY ILLUSTRATED NONSENSEdraws much of its source material from the collections of illustrated verses which are inspired by the world around us on the current blog;  admittedly, those posts can get rather long and ponderous as more material presents itself. On the new blog, each daily posting will have a single focus illustrated by blog-editor Giorgio Coniglio's iphone-camera revelations, by terse original poetry, and by references to impeccable and awesome internet sources. Best of all, they can be appreciated within two minutes at most, don't involve solving puzzles or dismantling  words, and it's easy to unsuscribe.
If you want to access these essential bits-of-fluff daily, the best approach is to subscribe by entering your email (harmlessly, it's protected!!!) into the 'gadget' at the top-right hand of one of the new blogposts.
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