Tuesday, June 14, 2016

More beetles . . .


After I posted Graham’s contribution about Bertie Beetle, I received an email from Sue P:
And the other famous beetle, Alexander 

To save readers the trouble of opening that link, it is set out below.  The story is about Christopher Robin.


by A. A. Milne

I found a little beetle; so that Beetle was his name,
And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.
I put him in a match-box, and I kept him all the day ...
And Nanny let my beetle out –
Yes, Nanny let my beetle out –
She went and let my beetle out –
And Beetle ran away.

She said she didn't mean it, and I never said she did,
She said she wanted matches and she just took off the lid,
She said that she was sorry, but it's difficult to catch
An excited sort of beetle you've mistaken for a match.

She said that she was sorry, and I really mustn't mind,
As there's lots and lots of beetles which she's certain we could find,
If we looked about the garden for the holes where beetles hid -
And we'd get another match-box and write BEETLE on the lid.

We went to all the places which a beetle might be near,
And we made the sort of noises which a beetle likes to hear,
And I saw a kind of something, and I gave a sort of shout:
"A beetle-house and Alexander Beetle coming out!"

It was Alexander Beetle I'm as certain as can be,
And he had a sort of look as if he thought it must be Me,
And he had a sort of look as if he thought he ought to say:
"I'm very very sorry that I tried to run away."

And Nanny's very sorry too for you-know-what-she-did,
And she's writing ALEXANDER very blackly on the lid,
So Nan and Me are friends, because it's difficult to catch
An excited Alexander you've mistaken for a match.


Hear Melanie sing the above poem, put to music:


Seeing as how we appear to be on things “beetle”, here are a few more . . .

On 1 July 2013, Rolling Stone magazine published a list “13 Dumbest Band Names in History”.

Click on the following to see that list:

Nearly all of the groups listed I have never heard of but controversially the Beatles was an inclusion on that list.

Comment by the author, Andy Greene:
Before you start writing furious comments, stand back and think about this stupid band name. The Beatles is a dumb pun. That's all. They took the idea of naming themselves after an insect like the Crickets, but changed the spelling for a pun on musical beats. It's a simple as that. There's no deep hidden meaning. There's no wisdom here. Just a pun that might have provoked a very mild chuckle back in 1962. We accept it because we've heard it 50,000 times and they're the best group in history, but that doesn't mean they don't have a stupid name.
Readers disagreed:
"Actually, The Beatles spelled it with an A to reference their love for beat poetry. Moron." 
"Rolling Stone should quit publishing stupid articles like these and leave such debates to late night dorm-room conversations and whatnot.”

The Volkswagen, meaning "people's car" in German and also known as the VW Beetle, was designed by Ferdinand Porsche under instructions from Adolf Hitler.

Hitler and Porsche in 1938 with a prototype Volkswagon at the VW factory.


Beetle Bailey (begun on September 4, 1950) is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Mort Walker. Set in a fictional United States Army military post, it is among the oldest comic strips still being produced by the original creator.


Some beetle humour . . .


Click on the following link for a past post about dung beetle humour . . . 

Thought for the day:

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