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Vanda Pachara Delight

This is a discussion on Vanda Pachara Delight within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Ah Maura, I'm referring to a time some 50 years ago, when I was still ...

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    Ah Maura, I'm referring to a time some 50 years ago, when I was still a wide-eyed youth of 20, plucked from the back country of a far-flung corner of the British Empire and schooled in Victorian English of the 19th century and suddenly thrust into a world of theatre of the highest order. Yes I have seen the 'Henry V' film and Olivier's Hamlet and I thought Olivier was the greatest ... until I saw him in 'Coriolanus' on stage. You know Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare's lesser known plays but Olivier was so mesmerising in the role that he brought a new dimension to the play that even the Bard would have felt mighty proud had he seen the play himself. BTW the plays that I mentioned were all directed by the great Peter Hall during the Shakespeare Festival 1959.

    No I have not seen 'Rosencrantz .......Dead'.But in my student days I had seen some provincial poductions of Henry Miller's 'The Crucible' and Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' and even 'Twelfth Night'.

    In Malaysia, theatres are found only in 2 places, Penang and Kuala Lumpur and after college I was posted to teach in places away from these cultural centres and completely lost touch with theatre. In 1962 I was given the opportunity to teach Eng Lit to a Form 4 class ( first year of Jnr college) and 'Twelfth Night' was one of the prescribed books. To stimulate interest I made the mistake of drawing the attention of the class( this is an all boys school) to Malvolio's : "By my life, this is my lady's hand, this be her C's, her U's and her T's and thus makes she her big P's." I must admit the boys didn't see anything in this - mind, these are not native speakers of English and so I made this their homework. Two days later there was great excitement when I entered the class for literature. I stopped the boys from mentioning the word but instead gave them a lesson on Shakespeare as a playwright and the earthy Elizabethan audience. I must say the boys enjoyed their Shakespeare after this but somehow this incident got to the ears of the Headmaster through the school grapevine and I was called up to the office. Interestingly I was not given another literature class the next year. BTW 2 years later Eng Lit was not offered as a subject in Malaysian schools.

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    Dear Yew- I am sorry to hear that any subject is dropped from the curriculum. Since this was nationwide, it would have been a Ministerial or Governmental decision I guess; those in power are given to enthusiastic and irresposible "restructurings"- but would there also have been a politico-religious element here perhaps? Maybe the bosses realised that much Eng Lit was "improper" if there is an agenda of puritanism- it happened here too! I am guessing completely; I'm sort of obsessive! I am super sensitive to any whiff of suppression!

    That must be why I am into ORCHIDS

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    Thank you, Igor. A kindred spirit but you remind me of the line in Alice in Wonderland - 'You are old, Father William, The young man said....' There will always be only one Laurence Olivier. I wonder if he ever played Macbeth - My lecturer always said the greatest Macbeth she ever saw was Orson Welles. She saw his London performance 7 times!I can take Hemingway and I love Tennessee Williams but my all time fav American author must be John Steinbeck - from the time I read 'The Red Pony' at 13.I must have read 'Cannery Row' not less than 4 times. I still have not read 'Travels with Charley'; most probably will read it before my last journey. On that note I'd like to quote from an obituary I saw recently 'Born crying, died smiling'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pindar View Post
    Dear Yew- I am sorry to hear that any subject is dropped from the curriculum. Since this was nationwide, it would have been a Ministerial or Governmental decision I guess; those in power are given to enthusiastic and irresposible "restructurings"- but would there also have been a politico-religious element here perhaps? Maybe the bosses realised that much Eng Lit was "improper" if there is an agenda of puritanism- it happened here too! I am guessing completely; I'm sort of obsessive! I am super sensitive to any whiff of suppression!

    That must be why I am into ORCHIDS
    Purely political Igor, and misplaced nationalism. Chauvinistic pressure groups try to wipe out the last vestiges of a colonial past and quoting the most vociferous of the leaders ' Mengapa kita mesti mendewa-dewakan Bahasa Inggeris ?' Translation 'Why should we idolise the English language?' The irony of it all is that he is a product of the English school system ( we went to the same school - he was just 3 years my senior) and he got his degree from the London School of African and Oriental Languages and writing his thesis in English. Most of our leaders send their children to international schools where the medium of instruction is English or to some British public schools. That says it all.

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    Dearest fellow hijackers of this thread -which, I vaguely recall, began with outstanding photos of a divine blue vanda - we have, together, happened upon one of my greatest OED-thumping passions: the quality of great literature available and the relatively miserly way it is granted, in bits and pieces of overly-simplified material, to the students of today. It is too late at night for me to grandstand with all my lofty ideals about exposing young minds to the highest forms of the English language. But I shall reserve that right when I can organize my thoughts with greater acumen. Suffice it to say that I am appalled at the quality to language written, spoken, and read by today's young adults. My remedy would be to immerse them at the earliest age possible to age-appropriate but finely-wrought literature. Personally, I find the most elegant turns of a phrase in the UK libraries, withe the occasional exception for such American writers as Henry James, Edith Wharton, Dorothy Parker, and the much-alive Mark Helprin, who is due to produce a work of the same caliber as Soldier of the Great War and Freddy and Fredericka, but has recently disappointed me. Were I to begin a list of the great literary artists who have shaped my world view, Bruce would have to redirect me to an entirely different forum. However that may be, I should like to continue our discussion of beauty of a slightly different nature than orchids - if only to provide me with a new podium and audience for my particular "hobby horse", as Sterne calls such obsessions in Tristram Shandy (a novel I must confess that I enjoyed not one bit.) I leave you with promises (threats) of discourses to come. What fun!!!!!
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    Yew, Beautiful plant. You were able to capture the color so well. Looks like Pachara Delight 'Pachara' with its deep rich blue. I was recently in a shadehouse with many Pachara Delights in bloom. There was such a variation in bloom color and size. I wished I would have taken a photo.

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    Thank you Cathy. Coming from you that's praise indeed. I'm happy to be able to capture the colour ( close enough) but I'm not sure what variety of Pachara Delight this is. This is definitely the best 'blue' vanda I have.

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    Yew, the darkest I've seen over here is the 'Pachara' clone. It is a pretty big flower, as well.

    ...and thank you

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