[lit-ideas] Re: Hey, did you happen to see (the most beautiful country in the world)?
- From: david ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 11:08:42 -0700
On Sep 6, 2017, at 5:45 AM, Donal McEvoy (Redacted sender "donalmcevoyuk" for
DMARC) <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
how the same Chelsea players who became so spiritless under Mourinho were
eventually restored by Conte after the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last year.
I mention that last fact because it is perhaps important to end this
thought-provoking post by noting that Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 last year and
then again in the FA Cup Final and then again in the Community Shield (though
someone needs to tell Ozil, or whoever runs his twitter-feed, that the Shield
does not count as a proper trophy).
I think these few words are the ones to excerpt. In our goal-oriented
universe, important results bear repeating.
What to say in response to Arsenal’s situation except, as Frankie Howard used
to, “woe, woe and thrice woe?”
Well, a word of two more. It strikes me that Barney Ronay’s similies are key
to his writing, that his customary move is to exaggerate a similie, to
compare—as he did in an earlier piece-- the English coach to a Geography
teacher whose car broke down on the motorway. In the Guardian’s latest
analysis of Arsenal’s personnel problems, we return to a more standard move in
sports writing, conflicting metaphors. Hard to torch a place if it’s covered
"Furthermore, selling Sánchez and not bringing in a replacement would have been
akin to tossing a match on the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are on thin ice if
they want praise for choosing not to torch the place."
The piece is by David Hytner. I wondered if he was related to Nicholas Hytner,
the director. Couldn't find a link, but I did find Benet Hytner, who is
probably known to you, former Judge of Appeal of the Isle of Man. Quite a lot
of “ofs.” His children are Nicholas—see above—Jenny, director of the Paw
Seasons which, the web says, is a luxury hotel for dogs featuring Cath
Kidson-designed beds, James (about whom nothing is said) and Richard who works
for Saatchi and Saatchi. Benet's wife Joyce raises funds and sits on the board
of several famous theatres, including the Old Vic, a fact that led me to
discover that the Old Vic has been revived or re-branded.
> How little I know.
I found I could not ignore the fact that Wiki has a banner ad for a page
Lawrence might like, “Wiki Loves Monuments.” It features a photo of the Hotel
Meade…which was not for dogs…but which turns up in the Montana Haunted index:
We seem to have drifted, almost ectoplasmically, from the subject of how
beautiful Scotland is. Strange, that.
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