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    Bloomsday

    Indeed it is. June 16.

    Many moons ago livin' in Georgian Hobart I read an article by Frank Devine that herealded Ulysses by James Joyce.
    Describin' the universal appeal of the events on that fateful day. Chosen because it was the day, June 16 1904, Joyce
    first went out walkin' and courtin' his future wife Nora Barnacle.

    3 main characters, Leopold Bloom, Stephen Daedelus and Molly Bloom.
    And a cast of hundreds they meet or see walkin' around Dublin. Based loosely on The Odyssey
    by Homer, it is a comic and ribald examination of the human condition.

    Employin' stream of consciousness narration that allows us completely to enter the minds of the characters.
    Was revolutionary at the time. Noble thoughts jostle with grubby thoughts. Classic ideas jostle with slang and
    jokes and music and ribaldry and secrets and hate and love. Bloom spends all day tryin' not to think of his wife
    Molly begin an affair with Blazes Boylan, a fellow opera singer. He meets a feckless intellectual student, Stephen Daedelus,
    lost and lonely and guides him along throughout the day. They attend a funeral, a birth, the library, the newsroom, pubs, restaurants, the beach, a brothel
    etc

    Just an ordinary day, really. Tis a tale of urban life. Greetin' friends. Avoidin' enemies. So inspired I went on to organise 2 Bloomsdays
    in Hobart. Invitin' actors and musicians and a priest to read aloud from the book. Well attended. We drank Guinness.

    Then in Sydney organised a couple more. The State Library was the main event with famous actors, politicians like ex- State Premier Bob Carr.

    So no breakfast of fried mutton kidneys, faintly tastin' of urine. Pancakes with peanut butter and jam actually. Shall toast with Jamesons after dinner tonight.

    Here is a radio interview I did to promote the event.


    https://youtu.be/GGpeEU9vG3o
    Last edited by Gilly Goodness; 06-15-2022, 03:17 PM.

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    Kate Bush did two songs based on Molly Bloom's soliloquy from Ulysses: The Sensual World, for which the Joyce estate refused permission to use the book's text as lyrics, so she slightly modified them; and its remake, Flower of the Mountain, for which the Estate granted permission. Both excellent versions of the same song; I go back and forth on which version I like better. For me it comes down to whether I prefer higher or deeper voiced Kate, vs. the difference in lyrics.

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      #3
      Let's not forget one of the greatest album covers of all time, The Pogues' If I Should Fall From Grace with God, when it comes to Bloomsday… Anyways, enjoy your Tales from Topographic Joyceans, everyone!

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        #4
        Originally posted by Olorin View Post
        Kate Bush did two songs based on Molly Bloom's soliloquy from Ulysses: The Sensual World, for which the Joyce estate refused permission to use the book's text as lyrics, so she slightly modified them; and its remake, Flower of the Mountain, for which the Estate granted permission. Both excellent versions of the same song; I go back and forth on which version I like better. For me it comes down to whether I prefer higher or deeper voiced Kate, vs. the difference in lyrics.
        Was aware of this but never heard it fully. Wonderful Irish reel-like song. Been listenin' to various versions.


        https://youtu.be/h1DDndY0FLI
        Last edited by Gilly Goodness; 06-15-2022, 08:39 PM.

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          #5
          If I recall correctly, that’s the story as Kate told it in the liner notes of Director’s cut, her remake album which included Flower of the Mountain. It’s a pretty fabulous song in either version.

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            #6
            Huh, I didn't know that about The Sensual World. Love the song and album.
            Jeff Tiberius Grey Wolf
            My hovercraft is full of eels

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              #7
              If you've read it, you'll know why this is the greatest book cover ever.

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