Sunday, 15 June 2014

Evidence that dog hair, football and Daphne du Maurier have more in common than they thought

A strange man offered me a handful of his dog's fur this morning while I was walking to church.  Am I right in thinking you can't say the same happened to you?

I'd been watching him while I approached.  He was standing with his two young children, and had bent down to groom his big hairy dog with the palm of his hand.  I heard him saying, 'Look at all this moulting fur, boys.  Look at this.'  As I walked past the group, the dad obviously thought I was his wife (who was in fact walking behind me), so he stood up suddenly and thrust a large clump of fur right into my face, saying, 'Will you look at all that?'

It's only after the event, isn't it, that you think of all the things you could have said in reply?  I wished I'd said, 'I will, if you like, because I haven't had such a kind offer in ages' or 'No, thanks.  I've already had my dog fur fix for the day' or 'Only if you promise I can show you my treasury tag collection in return'.

But of course I said none of these.  Embarrassed, I did one of those very silly laughs that you make you feel ashamed afterwards for even daring to exist, and walked on.

The only redeeming factor was that, as I continued down the path, I could hear his wife and kids laughing like drains at his mistake and taking the mickey out of him good and proper.

For yet another year, Fido had won the 'Dog That Would Look Silliest with a Bald Patch' prize at the Dog Show


While we're talking about dogs, which have legs, let me, in a seamless link, mention last night's World Cup football, which was played by men, with legs.

Did any of you see the England v Italy match?  It didn't start until 11pm, so I sat up in bed, with my laptop on a chair beside me tuned to BBC1, and a pile of urgent marking on my lap.  I turned the sound down low on the game, started marking, and every time I heard the intonation of the commentator go up a notch ('He's running down the wing, and he's just passed it to Rooney, and Rooney's just passed it to Sturridge ...') then I glanced at the screen, and caught the good bits.

The good bit.

While we're talking about football, which has two Ls in it, let me, in a seamless link, tell you that you must read Daphne du Maurier's chilling story called 'The Lordly Ones' (the title of which also has two Ls in it).  It is haunting me, since I read it a few days ago, and stories that haunt you need to be recommended.  It's in a collection called 'The Breaking Point' which was apparently written when she was going through mental anguish.  And it shows.  The stories are harrowing but brilliant.

Let me know if you've read it.  What did you think?





12 comments:

  1. No, I haven't read it, but you've inspired me to find a copy.

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    1. Come back and let me know what you think, Stephen.

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  2. Great post! Perfect for my butterfly mind on a Sunday evening. That is definitely the way to watch the football too. And will defo remember the tip about the Daphne du Maurier.

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    1. Yay! Anything I can do to make a teacher's Sunday evening better is a bonus!

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  3. I shall now always endeavour to carry a handful of dog hair around in my pocket so should I ever be on the receiving end of such a bizarre event I can say, "No thanks, mate, I've already got some." Call me sad but that would give me much satisfaction.

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    1. I'm completely with you there. It would give me satisfaction too.

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  4. I've read two of Daphne's novels, but never a short story. At one time one of my sisters and her husband tried to buy a hotel on an island. They were going to turn it into a B&B. I begged to be the housekeeper. I would be called Mrs. Danvers. The sale fell through. Another dream not realized.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Your comments always make me smile. You have such a dry wit and do pessimism in real style.

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    2. Thank you. The pessimism is authentic.

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  5. Can't be too bothered with England's World Cup efforts, but will seek out The Breaking Point. By the way, when we lived Cornwall, one of my colleagues often bumped into Daphne du Maurier, walking her dogs on the beach, close to where he lived.

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    1. Let me know what you think of it. It's made me want to re-read Rebecca etc.

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  6. Dog hair ( I don't think it's fur but I may be wrong - do dogs have fur ? ) I know about... especially Golden Retriever hair.
    People knit with it you know !

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