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It, i.e., ‘dotard’, was a word I was familiar with (given my very British heritage) — though, of course, living in the U.S. I had not heard it in a long time. I am sure I first encountered it at the Public (i.e., private) School I attended, in North London, “Mill Hill School” — the read birthplace of the ‘Oxford English Dictionary‘ and the alma mater of Denis Thatcher (Margaret’s husband). It was a school rich in vocabulary and idioms, my two favorites, that I still treasure and use being: “Play the White Man” (i.e., do the right thing) and “Munda Logic” (African/black logic). Both are very profound and have many applications.
- An old person in their dotage.
That is where the word comes from ‘dote’ + ‘-ard‘.
‘-ard‘ denotes someone with a specific condition — as in drunkard.
‘Dote‘ refers to an imbecile!
- An old person with impaired intellect.
1st known usage was by the inimitable Geoffrey Chaucer in his beyond ionic ‘The Canterbury Tales‘ — in “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue“. It went: “Til they be wedded; olde dotard shrewe!”
Then it was Edmund Spenser (above) in 1590 & then Shakespeare (above) ~1598.
- old man, elder, senior citizen, old codger, geezer, old duffer, pantaloon, graybeard.
- senile, fogy, fuddy-duddy
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I think it is 1970 (my first season there) though there is a 25% chance that it is 1971.
Definitely the 2nd XI — if not 3rd, but I am leaning towards the former as I look at some of these reprobates.
Actually there were some very fine cricketers in this team, the shady looking wog in shades notwithstanding. The middle three in the front row, befitting that status, was good. The little Indian guy, at the left, was a very fine spinner. I would not be surprised if he went onto play at some v. high levels. Three others in the back-row, the one sandwiched between the two wogs and two others next to the shady wog in the middle were impressive cricketers. That is why I think that this was the Second XI. I never made the 1st so it is easy to rule out that. It might have been the 3rds, that I occasionally was dropped to, but some of the others were regular 2nds. The ‘bigger’, taller, strapping guys were decent ‘fast’ bowlers.
I think the ONLY picture I have of Mill Hill.
Very sad BUT I do not remember the names of any of my teammates. Sorry. I would LOVE to get in touch with all of them. On the whole a good bunch.
This picture was taken in front of ‘School House’.
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Saad & Hassan Hindal
Art from Memory
Iraqi Artists now living in Concord, NH.
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They were there last year too. I had seen their paintings and had liked them.
I, of course, stopped again this year, as soon as we got to the Mill. I spoke to the son, Hassan, and told him how much I liked the paintings.
Later on in the day, around noon, I went back to take a picture of the father and son. That was the picture at the top. The father was seated.
I told Hassan to tell his father how much I liked all the paintings, but the nude in particular and how I would buy it if I had the money.
Hassan translated. The dad told him something back, and both their faces lit up in smiles.
He tells me that his Dad has said: ‘Take it. Pay when you have the money‘!
I was shocked. They didn’t know me from Adam. That was an amazing gesture. There was no time period mentioned. Just unconditional goodwill.
With close to 38 years of marriage experience under my belt, I am savvy enough to know that you don’t buy a painting, especially a nude, without at least mentioning it to the wife. So, I explained that and we left. Devanee was with me and she was amazed.
When we told Deanna, we discovered that she too had seen the pictures and had liked that nude. Bingo. She too was amazed at this amazingly generous and brave gesture. She wanted me to get it.
So I went back and told them that I would come back at 4 pm, when the activities concluded. I wanted them to have it on display as long as they could. I think they were kind of surprised.
Just after 4 we all went to pick it up. Saad, in conjunction with Hassan, explained to us what the symbols meant. Some of them, like the cats and the 2nd from top symbol on the thigh denote good luck. Her lips are sealed about her prior life — but she is not a ‘virgin’. She is dreaming of another man. The fish skeleton and the whole fish indicate before-and-after.
It is vividly bright, very evocative, strangely compelling picture. We all love it.
I plan to pay for it at the end of this month. To be fair, it is not much — and many would find it amusing that I actually don’t even have that much in liquid cash. It is the first ‘original’ I have bought in decades!
We are truly honored that Saad trusted us and of course, we will not let him down.
Moreover, he now has a AVID supporter for life. Of course I am going to promote their work.
Not only do we like their art, we think they are remarkable people.
They have been living in Concord for 3 years. Hassan goes to highschool there. Saad has three other children, another son and two daughters.
We plan to visit their inhome gallery and do a longer interview. Also take some more pictures.
So stay tuned.
IF you are interested in their work, in particular their paintings, contact me (see sidebar) and I will put you in touch with them.
Their trust and generosity reminded me of an incident from 44 years ago, i.e., 1969, which also involved a person from the Middle East. I had just started at ‘Mill Hill’, the private school in London I was consigned to when I turned 16. There was a fair number of foreigners at ‘Mill Hill’. Most of us, who were new at the school and were foreigners had a fairly torrid time from the locals. But we weathered it. We were allowed to walk down to Mill Hill village three or four times a week. I was at the village and was buying an ice cream when I saw one of the other foreigners. He was older than me and bigger. He didn’t speak very good English at the time and I knew that he wasn’t too happy. On a whim I asked him if he would like an ice cream. He, of course, wanted one. So I got him one and handed it to him. It was just a cone. When he took it from me, I could see tears in his eyes. I asked him what was bothering him. He replies: ‘I have been in this country four months now, and this is the first thing somebody bought for me‘. Wow. I really didn’t know how to react. But, I can still remember that incident. Well yesterday, the shoe was on the other foot. I felt like the young man receiving the ice cream.