Southerly by David Haywood

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Southerly: Letter from a Beautiful Berton Sister

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  • Raymond A Francis,

    That is just lovely David

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    I'm with Gschwendtner, I hate entropy

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    That is just lovely David

    I see that you must be a man after my own heart when it comes to the happy endings, Raymond...

    I'm with Gschwendtner, I hate entropy

    I can't prove it mathematically, but I'm sure that events like this generate negative entropy. I suspect there must be systems somewhere (possibly comprising Italians dropping ice-cubes into hot coffee) producing extra entropy so that dS(universe) > 0.

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Shelf life (and death)
    - Haywood's End...?

    I'm guessing a near mint copy of
    Howards End as well?

    yrs
    the shade of Leonard Bast

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7818 posts Report Reply

  • Grace Dalley,

    Oh that's wonderful, I think you may have made my day :-D

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2008 • 138 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Big smile on my face right now. Although I question how it could be possible not to fall in love with somebody who phones you to ask about yeast.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    how it could be possible not to fall in love with somebody who phones you to ask about yeast

    obviously a fungi to be with...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7818 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    I'm guessing a near mint copy of Howards End as well?

    Not quite as mint as 'Jude the Obscure' -- but, you're right, read only twice, I think.

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    I'm with Gschwendtner, I hate entropy

    Incidentally, Hadyn, there is a sporting connection with Gschwendtner. He plays ice-hockey and once represented New Zealand in an international test-match (if that's the term in ice-hockey) against Slovenia.

    By the beginning of the second period, too many Slovenians had been injured to continue the game. So Gschwendtner volunteered to play for Slovenia -- and so the game was able to go on. Can't be many other sportsmen who have played at an international level for two different countries in the same match.

    Of course, the inevitable happened, and the next day he turned up for work with his arm in a plaster cast.

    Me: What happened?

    Gschwendtner: Entropy.

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    My copy of Wuthering Heights is in near mint condition. All those dreary people, and ghosties, living dreary brutish lives.

    We had a wonderful English teacher in 7th form, who advised us never to marry for love, and never to read Jude the Obscure. So I haven't. Read Jude the Obscure, that is.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    My copy of Wuthering Heights is in near mint condition. All those dreary people, and ghosties, living dreary brutish lives.

    Thanks for reminding me that I own a copy of Wuthering Heights, Deborah. I need some more bookshelf space.

    I rather like my books dark and difficult. I'm a big fan of Tanith Lee. I don't, however, like my characters whiny and pathetic.

    I also liked the Burton sisters story the way it was...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4646 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Gschwendtner

    It always makes me sad to see the poor people who couldn't afford enough vowels for their names.

    Maybe we could start a charity...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4435 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Incidentally, Hadyn, there is a sporting connection with Gschwendtner. He plays ice-hockey and once represented New Zealand in an international test-match (if that's the term in ice-hockey) against Slovenia.

    I think Michael is pulling your leg there David. We've never played Slovenia in a test.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    Well, I'm pretty sure it was Slovenia. Unless... ahem... it was Slovakia.

    I think it was in 2000 (or possibly 2001) in Christchurch. I may have the wrong term in 'international test match' -- I suppose swapping sides is discouraged in a 'proper' international match -- but it was definitely a match against the Slovenians (or Slovakians).

    I went to see one of the big games (but can't remember if it was one of the Slovenia/Slovakia ones). All I remember is that the Canterbury players all seemed to have Canadian accents, and one referred to Gschwendtner as 'Mike the Russian'. Presumably in jest.

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    Estonia?

    It always makes me sad to see the poor people who couldn't afford enough vowels for their names.

    Little known fact: pronouncing the name Gschwendtner is really easy.

    schw = a french 'j' (as in "Je ne sais quoi")

    wendt = 'vent' (as in VENTilation

    ner = well, 'ner' (as in corner)

    Put 'em all together in just TWO syllables:

    jvent-ner

    ... except that you just do an understated lead-in to the whole thing with a subtle 'G' as in 'Gary'. But still with only TWO syllables.

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    My copy of Wuthering Heights is in near mint condition. All those dreary people, and ghosties, living dreary brutish lives.

    One of my friends used to go on and on about how romantic Wuthering Heights is, and how it's the greatest love story of all time, and OH! Heathcliff!

    I read it and was all "um, Heathcliff's a stalker".

    But then I love Jane Eyre, so what do I know?

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Nat Torkington,

    I can't prove it mathematically, but I'm sure that events like this generate negative entropy. I suspect there must be systems somewhere (possibly comprising Italians dropping ice-cubes into hot coffee) producing extra entropy so that dS(universe) > 0.

    I think of novelists as literary versions of Maxwell's Demon, flipping the gate open and closed so that all the happy stories go into one bucket and the sad ones into another. The Second Law of Dynarratives is apparently broken ("when happy and sad people mix, they average out to a dull whine").

    Of course, later researchers pointed out that this claim only works if you don't consider the demon to be part of the system. Once you realise that good novelists tend to have lives of misery and torment (whether through mental illness, substance abuse, or small children) then you realise that the Second Law remains unbroken and you wander off to the wine rack looking for a perky red to go with the new Ben Winters novel ...

    Nat

    Ti Point • Since Nov 2006 • 100 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1443 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    this webcomic

    Now that's a find. Thank you very much.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4590 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    Once you realise that good novelists tend to have lives of misery and torment (whether through mental illness, substance abuse, or small children) then you realise that the Second Law remains unbroken...

    A strangely compelling observation, Nat. Curiously (over the last couple of days) I have had emails about the RBNZ Annual -- with speculations viz-a-viz my mental illness(es) and/or substance abuse. No one, until you, has suggested small children...

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I like books, especially the spines. You can buy book spines by the yard and they make rooms look so much bigger when you use them as wallpaper. The downside of all this is there must be a whole truckload of spineless books out there, there are few things more annoying than having to take a book off the shelf just to see who wrote it, what it is supposed to be about and whether or not it is worth the effort of colouring it in.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    @Steve. I love you.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Philip Challinor,

    All this sweetness and light is for boors;
    Give me darkness, death and the moors.
    Concluding on happy
    Is frequently crappy -
    A trick of hacks, hucksters and hoors.

    London, England • Since Sep 2009 • 52 posts Report Reply

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