The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Seminal Image #745

Carry on, Sergeant
(Gerald Thomas; 1958)


Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Is that a thin Hattie Jacques? Well, as thin as Hat could get, I mean...

Stacia said...

That is Hattie Jacques. I saw her a few months ago in "Make Mine Mink" and she was roughly the same size. I've never seen her much larger than she is here, but I also haven't seen her in anything later than the early 1960s.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Thanks, Stacia. I've seen Hattie in her zaftig period, such as the later Carry On films (I believe there was also a TV series based on Carry On) and her co-starring role as Eric Sykes' twin sister in the 1970s revival of his TV series.