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2010-06, 365, 366, Richard Blair

December 2009 Show and Tell meeting in Sydney

WE HAD A SMALLER than usual attendance at our second end-of-year Show & Tell meeting at Summer Hill Community Centre (Saturday 5 December 2009), however it was no less interesting than in previous years. In the absence of our president the meeting was chaired by Richard Blair and after the votes were counted, the winner of the celebratory wine, by a narrow margin, was Michael Hough.

Michael Hough:

showed a copy of the rarely seen Panoramic View of Old London AD 1647, published by Walker May & Company of Melbourne in 1879. This is a photo-lithographic reproduction of Wenceslaus Hollar‘s huge panorama of London in 1647, also called The Long View of London. The folio-sized hardback consists of a 16-page introduction by Gracius J. Browne (pseudonym for Gracius J Broinowski, a Polish-born artist and ornithologist whose works include Birds of Australia).

The foldout lithograph is at the back, and opens out to a remarkable 231 cm (c. 7 feet 6 inches) in length, by 52 cm (c. 1 foot 8 inches). The lithograph is by Hamel & Ferguson, Queen Street, Melbourne. The binding is by Corbett Practical Book Binder, Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

Doug McKenzie:

presented the latest editions of the Macquarie Dictionary: 4th ed. (2005) Eds Colin Yallop et al, 1694 pp., $120; and 5th ed. (2009) Ed. Susan Butler, 1952 pp, $129.95. It is actually a combination of dictionary and encyclopedia, including events, places and people (eg., Crimean War 1853-56 Great Britain, France, Turkey, Sardinia versus Russia; Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) who developed the stream-of-consciousness technique in works such as To the lighthouse (1927); Cape Barren Island whose lagoons form a Ramsar wetland site which is a site protected by an international treaty on the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources (from Ramsar, a city in Iran, where the treaty was signed in 1971) and Flinders Island in Bass Strait which is 2072 square km.

There is no avoidance of words, even those some would think are rude or improper. Related to religion are ‘jihad’; ‘burn/stake’: both have burning at the stake and ‘Spanish Inquisition’ (1483-1835) which involved cruel interrogations and wholesale executions, usually by burning at the stake, especially from the 15th to the 17th centuries.

Sex is here to stay: ‘well-hung’, (adj., colloquial), (of a man) having large genitals; ‘well-endowed’ has three meanings: institution, woman and man; others are ‘fellatio’ and ‘cunnilingus’; ‘cockeyed’ has four meanings, though none with a sexual flavour.

‘Mojo’ (personal magical power, charm or influence – origin US Black English) and ‘fuss-budget’are there, chiefly US, but ‘stretchmarks’ is not. Also we find ‘tweet’, ‘noddy’, ‘oral culture’, ‘climbing asparagus’, ‘bunning’.

On Monday 26 October 2009, on page 2 of The Sydney Morning Herald, there was an article about the fifth edition (5e). It mentioned a number of “new edition‘s additions” but most are not in 5e. Was it produced too quickly to be out in time for Christmas?

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