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Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Devizes and desires

Occasionally - well, quite often in fact - I am asked: "Must you?". This is a num question, with an implied reproach. And the answer is no: I do not have to, but I want to.

So, on seeing, in Esmerelda's latest wonderful photo essay on the pub signs, a reference to Devizes, I was moved to frame an imperfect symmetry:

There was a young man from Devizes
Whose balls were of differing sizes
One was so small
It was no ball at all,
But the other was huge and won prizes

For a real imbalance of power, see the monorchic Hitler, who couldn't hold a candle to the monarchic, unbridled Charles II.

More sauce, for gander and goose, in Uttoxeter and all points north.

Posted on 12/02/2009 4:54 PM by Mary Jackson
2 Dec 2009
Hugh Fitzgerald

Not just Hitler, but Himmler too, at least in the wartime song sung  to Col. Bogey's March, was said to be one-balled. The two of them were "Manner with a strange devize."