Right Ho, Gaukrodger

Originally posted on The Traveller:
I was basking in the autumn sunshine, mellowing fruitlessly, when an unbidden thought drifted into my cerebellum: what if Jeeves had not been called Jeeves? What if another cricketer’s name had caught P.G. Wodehouse’s ear and the gentleman’s personal gentleman who made his entrance on 18 September 1915 had been called something else? Would Jeeves now be a metaphor for members of the butlerine genus everywhere, or for sources of infallible information on any topic, but most especially in matters of correct dress for all occasions? I mean to say, what? These be deep waters… Continue reading Right Ho, Gaukrodger

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Plumsville and the soft power of Napoleon

Originally posted on ashokbhatia:
Napoleon, had he been around in our times, would have been amused upon discovering the high level of influence he exerts over the residents of Plumsville. Much like a spiritual sun which shines with equal benevolence on all, his leadership traits and planning skills provide inspiration to almost all the characters we come across in the narratives dished out by Plum. Even in defeat and disorderly retreat, he does not fail to provide succour to a tormented soul. His soft power extends to a wide variety of situations and continues to enthuse many amongst us. When… Continue reading Plumsville and the soft power of Napoleon

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A musical tribute to P G Wodehouse

Originally posted on Mark Psmith:
A previous post told of my writing this song especially for the February 2016 meeting of the P G Wodehouse Society. You can hear the song on Soundcloud, thus: https://soundcloud.com/markpsmith/mark-psmith-thats-why-i-love-plum?in=markpsmith/sets/leave-it-to-me-1 Or on YouTube, thus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AAg3uDUVjE Or you can buy it from Amazon or Google. Here are the words, with added hyperlinks: That’s Why I Love Plum [His first name was Pelham! Fondly mangled to “Plum”]  Mr Mulliner tells me tales of dazzling derring-do They banish all of my woes and so, whenever I’m in trouble I just call on PGW – You might find you’re… Continue reading A musical tribute to P G Wodehouse

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Wodehouse to the rescue again

Originally posted on The Traveller:
I presented the following talk to the Ferkytoodlers group of serious thinkers over lunch at the Melbourne Savage Club on Wednesday, 11 November 2015. I intended to post it here with suitable modifications and credits the following weekend but, when I awoke that Saturday morning to news of the dreadful events in Paris overnight, somehow the works of a long dead author and the peaceful world of his imagination seemed less important. It seemed in bad taste to be prattling on about trivial entertainment when people were being murdered. Of course, the Paris massacre is… Continue reading Wodehouse to the rescue again

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When rozzers in Plumsville fall in love

Originally posted on ashokbhatia:
Denizens of Plumsville are well aware of the unique traits of their guardians of peace. While tracking down criminals, they spare no effort. It is their upright and proper conduct which upholds the might of the Law. They are invariably meticulous in their approach. When it comes to enforcing the rule of law, it does not matter to them whether the criminal is a human or a canine being. Generally, what they lack in height is more than compensated by their rotundity. A stern gaze and an authoritative demeanor is their hallmark. Their ‘Ho!’s, ‘Ha!’s and… Continue reading When rozzers in Plumsville fall in love

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Overcoming Boggarts, Dementors & Roderick Spode: The Transformation of Emotion as a Coping Strategy

Originally posted on Zanyzigzag's Blog:
I have been meaning to write a new blogpost for months now, but due to the demands of my clinical psychology course I have been struggling to find the time. The evidence for my plea that this course seems to have taken over my life is clearly illustrated by the fact that even this blogpost has a psychology-related theme to it. It also, however, mentions Harry Potter and Wodehouse, so all is not lost just yet. In case any of you have eyed the title of this post with scepticism and are concerned that… Continue reading Overcoming Boggarts, Dementors & Roderick Spode: The Transformation of Emotion as a Coping Strategy

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De-codifying the Code of the Woosters

Originally posted on ashokbhatia:
Most of us love Bertram Wilberforce ‘Bertie’ Wooster. Unlike some goofy female characters who would not mind taking ‘a whack at the Wooster millions’, we do not love him for his money. We love him for his self-less attitude and simplicity. Some of us pity him for being ‘mentally negligible’. His tendency to keep getting into one soup or the other often makes us feel superior to him. Whenever he gets stuck, Jeeves rallies around. He keeps pulling him and his pals out of the kind of predicaments they keep facing from time to time. If… Continue reading De-codifying the Code of the Woosters

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Eating like P. G. Wodehouse – the ultimate Anatole menu from The Code of the Woosters

Originally posted on Moulders Lane:
After an amusing discussion at Baker’s Daughter blog on food in books and eating the Enid Blyton way, and a prompt from that witty Wodehouse fan the Old Reliable Ashokbhatia, I have polished up my A level French and scoured the internet to bring you this Wodehousian feast. Aficianados will recall it is the menu put together by Bertie in The Code of the Woosters after he anticipates being jugged in lieu of Aunt Dahlia: ‘Bertie! Do you mean this?’ ‘I should say so. What’s a mere thirty days in the second division? A bagatelle.… Continue reading Eating like P. G. Wodehouse – the ultimate Anatole menu from The Code of the Woosters

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Invitation to a swearing-in ceremony at Blandings Castle

Originally posted on ashokbhatia:
Denizens of the Republic of Plumsville are cordially invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new cabinet of its Federal Government.Hon’ble President, Lord Emsworth (Clarence Threepwood, 9th Earl of Emsworth), would preside over the function. The Vice President, Mr. Chichester Clam, shall also grace the occasion. The ceremony shall begin with the Hon’ble President raising the National Flag, to the accompaniment of a rendering of the National Anthem ‘Sonny Boy’ by Ms. Cora Bellinger. The Hon’ble President, the Vice President and the incumbent Prime Minister shall thereafter garland the statue of Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse,… Continue reading Invitation to a swearing-in ceremony at Blandings Castle

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