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This And That [Jan. 12th, 2010|01:00 pm]
Tony Grist
1. Ailz is watching Wallender on the BBC i-player. She calls out to tell me I have a better body than Kenneth Branagh- which is nice, . Apparently he's all doughy and white- with saggy tits.  I watched the show the other night- and can't say I noticed.

2. Odi rings. We haven't seen her since the other side of Christmas. She says Fabi has been touching his palm with his forefinger, then moving it up under his arm- which she interprets as him missing his grandad (me)  because I'm the only one who plays that game with him. You know the game I mean? You trace a circle on the child's palm, walk your fingers up the arm them tickle him, whilst reciting,
Round and round the garden
Like a teddy-bear
One step,
Two step,
And tickley under there.

The suspence is delicious. My dad used to play it with me. I hated it- but always wanted him to do it again.

3. More verse- from a song I used to play on my mother's wind-up gramophone.

The kings horses,
The kings men,
They marched up the road and they marched down again;
The kings horses
And the kings men.

For some reason that's going round and round my head this morning. There must be more to it, but that's all I know.

[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2010-01-12 01:08 pm (UTC)
My parents do a similar thing, walking fingers up the arm, but they sing: "The little ant Manuela, the little ant Manuela, the little ant Manuela..." and then tickle. In Spanish. Well, the words are in Spanish, tickling appears to be a universal language. :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-01-12 01:52 pm (UTC)
fascinating. I had no idea there were other versions.
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[User Picture]From: rosamicula
2010-01-12 01:16 pm (UTC)
Re 1. He looks rather odd with his kit off, not as though he has got a bit of good old middle-aged spread, but as if he has been deflated slightly.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-01-12 01:54 pm (UTC)
I remember he did lots of gym work for Frankenstein- then, I suppose- he let himself go. What we're seeing now may be the result of that.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2010-01-12 01:18 pm (UTC)
I remember "round and round the garden!"
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-01-12 01:54 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: jenny_evergreen
2010-01-12 01:35 pm (UTC)
I am now stuck wondering why, of all things, it's "like a teddy-bear", and betting someone somewhere forgot the original second line and stuck that one in there.

My grandmother has a similar thing in Czech, but you also touch each finger while saying something that sounds like "domadily", after the circling, before the tickling. :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-01-12 01:55 pm (UTC)
As haikujaguar says (above) "tickling appears to be a universal language."

Goodness knows why it's a teddy bear. A spider would make more sense :)
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[User Picture]From: jenny_evergreen
2010-01-12 02:33 pm (UTC)
It certainly does! :)

*laugh* True! Oh, I bet that's it; though it was probably a three-syllable insect (I think I'd use ladybug - you call them ladybirds, yes?), and someone didn't like bugs (or the double entendre)! :)

*slaps forehead* Ladybug would wreck the rhyme, silly me, but ladybird is still viable, I think. :P

Edited at 2010-01-12 02:35 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-01-12 04:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, we call them ladybirds.

Actually, you're probably right. "Bear" was chosen for the rhyme. Nursery rhymes don't have to make a whole lot of sense.

Teddy bears were named for President Teddy Roosevelt- which would imply that the rhyme- in this form at least- is no older than the early 20th century.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-01-12 03:42 pm (UTC)
So will you see Fabi and Odi?
You're a fantastic grandad, you know.

And yes, there is a version of that game here in Spain. Manolo's mom used to play that with my daughters.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-01-12 04:19 pm (UTC)

I don't think we'll be seeing them until the snow clears. We're all too frightened of accidents.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2010-01-12 06:02 pm (UTC)
We sang a version of "The kings horses" repeated again and again, faster and faster until everyone collapsed giggling:

"The grand old Duke of York (sitting)
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up the hill (stand quick)
And marched them down again. (sit down)
And when you're up you're up (stand)
And when you're down you're down (sit)
But when you're only halfway up (half out of the seat)
You're neither up nor down." (stand quick and sit quick)

Now you have me started on a whole new segment for my memoirs "Kids' Songs and Games of Yesterday".
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[User Picture]From: sina_says
2010-01-12 06:39 pm (UTC)
i was just going to say that. we always sang (did) that one at summer camp!

now it's stuck in my head.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-01-12 09:43 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, I sing that one to Fabi. :)

I believe the Grand old Duke was a real historical character- possibly one of the sons of George III.
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