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  • I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

    I know our mythic history, King Arthur's and Sir Caradoc's;

    I answer hard acrostics, I've a pretty taste for paradox,

    I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus,

    In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous;

    I can tell undoubted Raphaels from Gerard Dows and Zoffanies,

    I know the croaking chorus from The Frogs of Aristophanes!

    - From "The Pirates of Penzance" by Gilbert and Sullivan

    April 4, 2010

  • And, of course the croaking chorus from The Frogs of Aristophanes itself:

    βρεκεκεκὲξ κοὰξ κοάξ,

    βρεκεκεκὲξ κοὰξ κοάξ!

    Brekekekex koax koax,

    Brekekekex koax koax!

    April 4, 2010

  • He was the very model of a Modern Surgeon General.

    He doesn't get an army or a navy or an arsenal

    There's no one who salutes him or who even keeps his coffee warm

    He spends his day at work, attaching ribbons to his uniform.

    -(I didn't make this up, but can't remember where I heard it either...)

    April 4, 2010

  • I am the bullish babble of a Beaky Bilby General.

    April 5, 2010