Poetry Corner: ‘Thinking’ By Walter D. Wintle – 27th May 2020

Thinking By Walter D. Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster person,
But soon or late the person who wins
Is the person WHO THINKS THEY CAN!

note: I have added person in place of man in the later part to be inclusive of all

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/1033193-if-you-think-you-are-beaten-you-are-if-you – dated 18th May 2020

Oliver still musing in lockdown…written by Oliver Cross

Oliver still musing in lockdown

THIS week I listened to the first of President Franklin D Roosevelt’s 30 ‘fireside chats’ – the radio broadcasts he made throughout his presidency (1933-1945) to reassure Americans going through the worst (and a few of the best) of times that the government knew what it was doing and things would turn out right.

I thought FDR, who led America out of the Great Depression and through the New Deal, Pearl Harbour and the Second World War, might have some tips for modern leaders, who like to describe their situations as completely unprecedented even when, as with the present plague, they’re not.

The background to Roosevelt’s inaugural radio chat has parallels to Boris Johnson’s TV address on the easing of Covid-19 regulations, except that Roosevelt’s crisis was about money rather than lives (not that the two can be easily separated).

Roosevelt had just been elected president and Johnson had just recovered from  coronavirus and both needed to make their mark. America, like Britain, had been through a kind of lockdown – the nation was in a financial panic and all banks had been shut to stop depositors withdrawing their funds. Roosevelt’s task was to announce the imminent reopening of the banks without sparking another money stampede.

Both leaders had to proceed carefully but Roosevelt evidently thought his message could be best promoted by explaining the banking dilemma plainly and patiently.  True, he stretched things a bit by pretending to speak from an actual fireside rather than a broadcasting studio, but his tone, understated and homely, seemed completely authentic and he attracted, by a margin of millions, the biggest audiences of the radio age.  .

Johnson is a thoroughly modern premier for the visual age; the nation needs, he thinks, meaningless graphs illustrating the declining death rate in kindergarten colours but with no figures attached.

It needs leaders with sharp and emphatic hand gestures, even at the risk of looking a little like Benito Mussolini; it needs the message to be distilled into slogans (such as ‘Stay alert’) which can be written in bright graphics and it needs random words and phrases to be emphasised by booming them out loudly, because otherwise we might forget that we are in mortal peril and nod off.

There are many photographs of Roosevelt delivering his fireside chats. He is surrounded by a bank of microphones plastered with the names of  broadcasting  networks and there isn’t a fireside in sight.

Yet, by some miracle of the radio age, a conversation seems to be taking place. Roosevelt’s tone is thoughtful and slogan-free; as if he’s talking rather than Making  A Statement. And, which is impossible, he seems to be listening as well as talking, having the same quiet, attentive manner as Alastair Cooke in his old Letter from America broadcasts.

In his first chat, Roosevelt explained that the biggest banks would open the next morning and the second-order banks in the next few days. America’s  many small-time banks and loan companies, however, would have to wait until their finances were put in order, which might take time, as illustrated in the 194m6  film which always goes down well in troubled times, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Thank you Oliver, until next time….

‘Monday Mind Workout’ – 25th May 2020 answers

Dear all,
Please find below the answers for yesterday’s lockdown workout.

1.  He started off as a student with high hopes, but never left his hometown. Who had a string of jobs and almost as long a string of ex-lovers and wives?  Ken Barlow

2. In which fictional town is ‘Coronation Street’ set? Weatherfield
3. In 1993 what tragedy did “Emmerdale” use to attract viewers? Plane Crash
4. In “Eastenders”, where did Den and Chrissie Watts meet? Spain
5. In Eastenders, who shot Phil Mitchell? Lisa Shaw
6. Which “Coronation Street” character lost his first wife to electrocution by a hair dryer? Ken Barlow
7. ‘Brookside’ was Channel 4’s flagship soap and ran for nearly 20 years. In which city was Brookside set? Liverpool
8. ‘Emmerdale’ had a name change in the late 1980s. What did we used to know this soap as? Emmerdale Farm
9. “Crossroads” had two incarnations. In the original series which character ended up confined to a wheelchair following a car accident? Sandy Richardson
10. ‘Doctors’ is a BBC lunchtime soap first shown in 2000. In which fictional Midland city is it based? Letherbridge
11. Which BBC soap opera had such bad acting and story lines that it represented a tragedy in its own right and was cancelled after only one year? Eldorado
12. Some characters in soap operas suffer more than others. Which “Coronation Street” character has been divorced more than once, widowed, married to a serial killer and arrested and tried for murder? Gail Platt
13. She was a nightclub singer who snared a publican for her husband. Which soap opera longtimer went on to manage a newsagent’s shop with a busy-body professional partner? Rita Tanner
14.Which series shown on ITV between 1957 and 1967 is considered to be one of British television’s first major soaps? Crossroads
15. Rowena Wallace played Patricia ‘Pat The Rat’ Hamilton in which soap? Sons and Daughters (an Australian soap opera running from 1982 to 1987)
16. Which British TV soap was first screened on Friday 9th December 1960?  Coronation Street
 
17.Where is Emmerdale filmed? purpose built set at Harewood House Estate, nr Leeds
18.What is the square in Eastenders called? Albert
 
19.What did Hilda Ogden have three of on her wall in the living room? she kept three flying ducks on her living room wall
20. Who served as landlord at the Woolpack between 1948 to 1991? Amos Brearly

National Theatre at Home – virtual quiz

As well as the shows they have been making available online, National Theatre at Home are streaming a virtual quiz this evening (Monday 25th May).

Your celebrity hosts will be Imelda StauntonJim CarterLucian MsamatiMeera SyalSimon CallowTamsin Greig and Jessie Buckley. You can join them for questions on topics including Maths, Science and Nature, Literature and Theatre from 7pm on either facebook or YouTube.

Play on Facebook

Play on YouTube

 

Snapshot in time: out and about in Woodhouse, Little London, Headingly, Meanwood and Montserrat…

Dear all,
Below are some pictures we have been sent through to share with you. We hope you like them. If you have any you wish to share then please do keep them coming.
A picture of some wonderful flowers on my walk in Headingley. Lisa
Sylvia has sent these pictures to share with you of her waiting with her son in a long Costco queue in Montserrat and some flowers from a show
 
And below is a picture that Ben took on his walk of some graffiti on Meanwood beck.
Our friends and neighbours of Craven Road and Delph View sent us a picture to share of them in their garden enjoying some snacks we got to them thanks to Jet2. They said Hi! to you all.
And lastly, I went round to see Rosa last week. She wanted to say hello to you all from her home in Little London. She was 96 on Sunday! –  ‘Happy Birthday Rosa’ And to anyone else who has celebrated a birthday in the last few months.
Thank you everyone for taking the time to pose and send these through, lovin em 🙂
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‘Monday Mind Workout’ – 25th May 2020

Dear all,
This week’s lockdown workout is for soap lovers to ponder over whilst having your mid morning cuppa. Best of luck!

1.  He started off as a student with high hopes, but never left his hometown. Who had a string of jobs and almost as long a string of ex-lovers and wives?

2. In which fictional town is ‘Coronation Street’ set?
3. In 1993 what tragedy did “Emmerdale” use to attract viewers?
4. In “Eastenders”, where did Den and Chrissie Watts meet?
5. In Eastenders, who shot Phil Mitchell?
6. Which “Coronation Street” character lost his first wife to electrocution by a hair dryer?
7. ‘Brookside’ was Channel 4’s flagship soap and ran for nearly 20 years. In which city was Brookside set?
8. ‘Emmerdale’ had a name change in the late 1980s. What did we used to know this soap as?
9. “Crossroads” had two incarnations. In the original series which character ended up confined to a wheelchair following a car accident?
10. ‘Doctors’ is a BBC lunchtime soap first shown in 2000. In which fictional Midland city is it based?
11. Which BBC soap opera had such bad acting and story lines that it represented a tragedy in its own right and was cancelled after only one year?
12. Some characters in soap operas suffer more than others. Which “Coronation Street” character has been divorced more than once, widowed, married to a serial killer and arrested and tried for murder?
13. She was a nightclub singer who snared a publican for her husband. Which soap opera longtimer went on to manage a newsagent’s shop with a busy-body professional partner?
14.Which series shown on ITV between 1957 and 1967 is considered to be one of British television’s first major soaps?
15. Rowena Wallace played Patricia ‘Pat The Rat’ Hamilton in which soap?
16. Which British TV soap was first screened on Friday 9th December 1960? 
 
17.Where is Emmerdale filmed? 
 
18.What is the square in Eastenders called?
 
19.What did Hilda Ogden of Coronation Street have three of on her living room wall in the living room?
 
 20. Who served as landlord at the Woolpack in Emmerdale between 1948 to 1991?   
Answers to follow tomorrow

Sunday Afternoon Jazz Sessions from Jazz Leeds

Each Sunday afternoon at 1.30pm, the time when they would normally have a live gig at Seven Arts, Jazz Leeds are putting on a jazz lockdown video session, featuring music and videos from the jazz archives from the Seven Arts and Inkwell venues plus some living room concerts from some of Leeds best known jazz artists.

The shows will be on their You Tube channel on Sunday afternoon and the previous weeks videos are there too

 

More tales from the dark side of the shedi

Hello all

Well I’ve seen no sign of the Wren for a few days so thinking ill soon be able to crack on and paint the rusty bits in the shed ..I was up there yesterday..a strange buzzing sound coming from inside shed…bumble bees have decided to take up residence in an old wrens nest!..I guess It’s better than having a wasps nest..and they are the gardeners friend pollinating the plants..supposedly non aggressive as well unless you interfere with it ..or ..breathe on it apparently…yet more wearing of face masks…or hold my breath when I go in the shed..I’ll buzz off now..as Arthur Askey used to say..