Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Y ~ is for Yoga


Yahoo  ~  Lucia's friends in Riseholme felt deserted when she left them to enjoy the London season from late Aunt Amy's house at 25, Brompton Square. This irritation grew when Lucia spent the weekend with several of her smart new London acquaintances at "The Hurst" and for the most part ignored her old neighbours, of whom she spoke patronisingly as "Arcadians". "On that occasion Luica inrended to see nothing of her old friends while that Yahoo party (Yahoo was the only word for Mrs Alingsby) was with her. "   
    
Later, in Tilling as the spinster daughter of Susan Poppit,  Isabel Poppit grew more wildly unconventional, living in her isolated bungalow outside the town, she was regarded with increasing suspicion by the staid inhabitants of Tilling. It was said, more than a little uncharitably, that Isabel was such a Yahoo, living permanently in an unplumbed shack among the sand dunes, that she hardly counted as a human being after all.  When discussing arrangements for Georgie's possible acquisition of "Mallards Cottage," even Lucia, who normally prided herself on being more broadminded than many of her neighbours,  remarked ," I saw that Yahoo in the High Street this morning."      
    
Originating from the name given in Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" to a class of animals with the forms of men, but the understanding and passions of brutes, the term "yahoo" came to encompass brutal or boorish louts. This seems a tad harsh and judgemental on Isabel who might be more kindly regarded as individualistic and at worst harmlessly eccentric. As to Spohie Alingsby and her London circle, the reader is at liberty to decide. See Isabel Poppit and Sophie Alingsby.     
     
Yarmouth  ~  when Lucia was hatching grandiose schemes to establish The Royal Fish Express to deliver fish from Tilling to the Royal Court in London, she remarked to Georgie, "Think of Yarmouth and its immense trade. How I should like to capture some of it for our Tilling!"   
   
Norfolk coastal town, Great Yarmouth stands on the mouth of the River Yare, twenty miles east of Norwich. With its well-known historic "rows", it has been a seaside resort since 1760 and is the gateway from the sea to the Norfolk Broads. The town was bombed by Zeppelin L3 on 19 January 1915 and by the German Navy on 24 April 1916. Its fishing industry declined in the second half of the twentieth centry  but in Benson's time still flourished. It boasts a beach and two piers and had an electric trmaway from 1902 to 1933.     
     
Yawning York! ~ vocal exercise employed by opera singer, Olga Bracely. Instead of singing Brunhilde's or Salome's part, every day Olga would perform an upwards scale in gradual crescendo, and on top of the highest and most magnificent note would sing at the top of her voice "Yawning York!". Then, starting soft again, she would descend in crescendo to a superb low note and enunciate ""Love's lilies lonely".Then after a dozen repetitions of this, she would start at full voice and just whisper that York was yawning, and do the same with Love's lilies

Ye Old Booke Shoppe ~ booksellers in Riseholme - early same-day printers - who might be instructed to print calling cards in a couple of hours. Possibly connected with Ye Signe of Ye Daffodile (see below) 

Ye Olde Tea-House ~ tea shop established by Diva Plaistow in the parlour of "Wasters," her home in Tilling. Opened by Lucia as Mrs Pillson rather than in her Mayoral capacity. A thriving social centre where friends would meet for tea and enjoy a rubber of bridge. When the Padre brought a party of clerical tourists he would have his tea provided gratis as was customary with couriers. 
   
 Diva planted tulip bulbs (and the silver top of Major Benjy's riding crop) in the back garden of  "Wasters," since she intended to create what she called "an open-air tea place  in the Spring. Want it to be a bower."    
     
Quaint Irene had painted the sign which hung outside.  There was nothing nude about it.  Queen Anne in full regalia was having tea with the Archbishop of  Canterbury, and decorum reigned.  
 
Ye Signe of Ye Daffodile (or Daffodille) ~ printers on the Green in Riseholme started at the expense of Philip Lucas and engaged by him for the private publication of his verse in volumes such as Flotsam and Jetsam. The type was hand-set and each volume exquisitely bound. It also put forth a reprint of Shakespeare's sonnets. Lucia undertook a course in book-binding there.     
  
 Ye Smalle House ~ residence in Tilling of Mrs Susan Poppit, prior to her marriage to Algernon Wyse.   
    
 Yoga ~ favourite pastime in Riseholme after the advent of the guru introduced by Daisy Quantock and taken over by Lucia. Lucia went on to advanced classes herself and gave beginners' lessons to those just starting. Lucia particularly enjoyed wearing what she called her teacher's robe for her beginners' classes. Daisy remarked that  "Yoga embraces all that is true in every religion."   

"You are the Queen of my heart tonight" ~ popular song performed by Major Benjy in the High Street in Tilling after enjoying a bibulous dinner at the home of Mr and Mrs Wyse. The curate returning home after a meeting of the Band of Hope had witnessed Benjy standing in the middle of the road, compelling a motor to pull up with a shriek of brakes, and asked to see the driver's licence, insisting that he was a policeman in plain clothes on point duty. When that matter was settled in a most sympathetic manner by a real policeman, Benjy informed him that "Msslucas was a regular stunner" and began singing "You are the queen of my heart tonight". Friends concluded that the fresh air had made him much worse. See Curate.

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