Must be one of my most favourite of insults
It has been attributed to many wits but I suspect that the actress and bonne vivante Tallulah Bankhead, was the original source.
I was only thinking about this quote whilst on my merry way delivering the Village Christmas Cards this morning.
The weather (as bloody usual) is a bit cold and wet, and even when some of the envelopes did finally look a little dog eared and mucky by the time I had finished schelping around the mucky country lanes with bored dirty dogs in tow, I was happy that it was all a job well done!
|Looking back to Trelawnyd from the farms south West of the village|
Anyhow, like I was saying, I was thinking about "that quote" as I marched around.- well more specifically the original saying that was so cleverly turned around by Miss Bankhead
"There is more to him than meets the eye"
When I was waiting for the funeral of Mrs Jones to start, I fell into conversation with a chap from the village who is a farmer. He's very Welsh, very friendly and can be seen frequently around the village in his landrover,overalls and wellingtons.
The last thing you would perhaps think of when you looked at him, was that he had, over recent years, climbed numerous peaks in the Himalayas, roughed the elements in Australia's toughest Outback regions and had travelled to more countries than Alan Whicker at his most jet setting
I was so surprised and entertained by his stories that I suggested he should write his own blog which outlined his adventures....
"it would make "Going gently" look somewhat pedestrian", I told him , "that's for sure!"
I am always reminded of not "Judging a book by it's cover" when I spy another of the village characters battling for control over her overly aggressive collie when out for a walk.
Mrs Trellis can still be seen hurtling along the few pavements that we have here in Trelawnyd, calling out "whoa!!!!!!!!!!" with a slightly exasperated air as she is dragged from one potential safe haven to another.
Small,white haired and bespectacled, it is perhaps easy to forget that when she was just a little younger she was solely responsible for the safe delivery of literally thousands of babies in an inner city midwifery department.
AGAIN... books and covers come to mind!
Anyhow I will leave you with an E Christmas Card that I received from affable despot Jason and fellow Chicken "fruit cake" Greta
Perhaps after reading this...You could think that there is "more to me than meets the eye!"
You'd be wrong!