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If you should be unlucky enough to have a medical emergency, you must hope and pray that it happens when there are competent medical professionals at the nearest possible location.

Those of us who are fortunate to live in the City of Coronado are twice blessed. Firstly because help is at the door within a few minutes.  Yes, I said a few minutes.  But I should have said a very few minutes because our tiny island is only about ten blocks square, and you can hear the sirens go off almost as soon as you hang up.

Secondly, because the EMTs are highly trained, highly professional, and utterly compassionate.

Today my friend and I were editing the next edition of the Clarion when he turned to me and said, “I need a glass of water.”  He looked a little green around the gills so I went to get the water. When I returned, his face looked like the color of putty.  He had fallen against a cabinet and was in a state of seizure. Lately, he had just undergone heart surgery, and it looked like he was having another heart attack.

Within minutes, he was surrounded by a crew who knew what they were doing, and in short order he was being monitored as they attempted to ascertain the level of injuries. While my friend and  I panicked in unison adding only more stress to the situation, the EMTs remained cool and collected.

My friend had already exhausted all of his savings and was still in debt from the previous heart attack and was reluctant to accrue any more debt, so he kept asking them to let him go see his own doctor.  However, his condition was potentially life threatening because he had hit his head when he fell, and he is taking blood thinning medication.  So it was like playing Russian roulette with his own life.

Fortunately for him, the the crew was able to convince both of us that he should be transported to the hospital. I called to check on him, and he is in stable condition, and he will be admitted for observations.

I would like to thank the Coronado Emergency Medical Team for their superb bedside manners and coolness under fire.  Coronado residents are indeed lucky to have such dedicated and professional public servants.

God Bless America and God Bless the Coronado Fire Department.

A.R. Graham (Editor)

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Lilly Belle Graham is more like a child than a dog.
 Ariel Graham shares the spotlight and has finally accepted that she has a younger sister.

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Ex-Coronado resident and Coronado High School graduate, Amy Wack, daughter of Rita and Charles Wack, was born in Florida.  Amy attended San Diego State University and spent her junior year at Oxford University, where she met her future husband, Kevin Brennan.  She then earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at Columbia University.  A poet, she now resides in both Cardiff and London, England and has been Poetry Editor at Seren Publishing in Wales since 1992.

Her husband Kevin Brennan is a member of the House of Commons and plays in a “parliamentary rock band” called MP4, of which all the musicians are members of the British Parliament.

Over the years, Amy Wack Brennan has written and had published several poems and has edited many more which have won national awards.  Her poem about Buddy Holly won first prize in a contest led by Sir Paul McCartney which earned her a sizable cash prize and lunch with McCartney.

Amy’s poem about Buddy Holly  was chosen to be included in “A Poem For Buddy.”


I’ve often thought that ‘Buddy’ was a good moniker for Charles Hardin Holley.  Buddy, it conjures up the image of a pal, of a friend.  Which is apt, because his music has always been a friend to me.  His songs can buck you up when you’re feeling low or even better your mood when you’re feeling great.

When we started out making music in Liverpool, Buddy’s songs made a difference.  He gave us confidence – he can do it, and he wears glasses, a particular inspiration to John, who up to then had been bumping into lampposts – and the guitar-based Buddy Holly sound certainly influenced The Beatles at the time and my melodies then and since.

Years ago, we inaugurated Buddy Holly Week as a doff of the cap to the memory of the great man and his great music.  Over the years this has become the platform for many wonderful and wacky ways of marking that memory.

We’ve had competitions for singalikes and lookalikes, we’ve had a paint a Buddy painting and contests to write a song in his style.  And now we’ve done poetry inspired by Buddy.  Good golly, it’s Holly.

It’s all been a laugh and, as I say, it’s a little way or reminding us all of the guy’s great talent.

So congratulations to all those poets who were sufficiently inspired by the man to have their work selected here for this anthology and my thanks to all of the many others who have made the effort to send in their stanzas.

It makes a great read.  Rave on!

Paul McCartney


 Buddy Holly and I had lots in common:
we were both born in towns beginning with ‘L’,
we both wore glasses, and…and that’s about it really.

However, in the late fifties as a member of Hull University’s wildest
(and short-lived) skiffle group, ‘Tinhorn Timmons and the Rattlesnakes’,
I would strum my sawn-off broomhandle and think,
‘if only I had grown up in Lubbock instead of Liverpool,
if only I played a Fender Strat instead of a tea-chest bass,
if only I could sing and write great songs,
if only that girl in the front row…’ etc. etc.

I wanted to live fast and die young, and I failed on both counts.

It was a pleasure then to help judge the ‘A Poem for Buddy’ competition
with Tim Rice (an old friend from ‘The Scaffold’ days, who despite
producing one of our albums, went on to fame and fortune) and Chris
Meade, Director of The Poetry Society.

Out of more than 450 entries, 50 were selected for this book and there
are three prizewinners.  Our congratulations to:
First Prize: Amy Wack ‘The Crickets’
Second Prize: Mike Turner ‘Last Bus To Lubbock’
Third Prize: Grace Hughes ‘Radio—CHHL’
(joint winners) Anne Rouse ‘Expected Him In A Limousine’

Roger McGough


Sonny’s front man tonight, his timing’s just right
and his spontaneous asides are rude, jovial and apt.

He still plucks a sturdy tune on that battered Fender Strat
(a vintage instrument, envy of all the Britpop kids),
though his beard’s more salt than pepper now
and for forty years he’s seen more road than home.

And Jerry still taps a mean beat on a snare drum,
you know, the intro to ‘Peggy Sue’?  An oddball,
no doubt, he flails away, sticks flicking, Hawaiian shirt
like a surfing accident.  And Joe B. still snaps
the fat strings on that double-bass.  He twirls that girl
like a dancer and bobs his head to the rhythm.

And they still swing, those songs, three minutes
of magic, no junk, no fifteen minute drum solos,
no techno, no modern urban, existential angst.

Just boy meets girl, mostly.  And how they evoke
their heyday, an innocent world that never was:
a pre-Vietnam, pre-Watergate, black & white world.
But no matter how many years they’ve played together,
there’s still a space centre stage taken by the ghost
of that skinny kid in a stiff suit and black horned-rims.

The Crickets have grown old while he stays forever 21
and on the Ed Sullivan Show, 1957, where he swings one hip
on a pivot, snaps his fingers in time to ‘That’ll Be The Day’.

Do they hate him sometimes – his nerd grin, that mad yodel,
his perfect, posthumous fame, at the umpteenth request
for one of those dazzling tunes?  Maybe baby.

But they don’t show it tonight.  Jerry pounds away,
Joe B. thrums and spins, Sonny laughs and gets the crowd
to sing along with ‘Rave on, rave on with me…”

Amy Wack

Amy had another poem published in another anthology called Newspaper Taxis


From “Newspaper Taxis” available at:

In Memoriam
Laurie Wack 1961-1983

You laughed at the tall men dropping apples
on the heads of the hapless citizens of Pepperland,
turning them to statues.  I found this cruel,
preferring the flowers that kept opening like fans
and the cartoon Fab Four adrift in the sea of green,
cracking bad puns in their miraculous submersible.

We both liked the little Nowhere Man with that
affinity of the small and shy for the small and shy.
But the manic Blue Meanies and their glove assassin
made you cover your eyes with your hands and weep.

While I, wide-eyed, gawped at the psychedelia,
uou, overwhelmed, eyes shut, soon fell asleep.
I remember the damp wisps of your blonde hair,
your face, flushed and tear-stained in the flickering dark.

Who guessed then that you would die so young?

I sometimes still feel as if you’ve abandoned me to sleep
while I’ve had to watch the whole outlandish spectacle
pass by without you.  No wonder I’m always nudging
someone to say:  “Wake up!  You’re missing this!

You’re missing the story!  You’re missing the music!”

Amy Wack



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I create music for dogs (and cats soon) that relieves anxiety issues. Canine sound therapy isn’t exactly seen as a mainstream behavior solution in the pet world. I have put my reputation as a concert pianist on the line because of my deep desire to help improve the lives of dogs and cats. So, you can imagine how intrigued I was when I read about Dr. Doug Kramer, BVMS, MRCVS in Dogster. He is putting his professional veterinary career at risk to help relieve the pain and suffering of pets. He can’t legally write a prescription for cannabis, but he can give recommendations. He provides professional consultations that include instructions in how to administer cannabis to pets. I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Dr. Kramer. “My goal is to provide palliative care and prevent accidental overdoses resulting from owners’ well-meaning attempts to relieve their pets’ pain and suffering,” he said.

Dr. Kramer saw firsthand how cannabis can benefit dogs through watching his Husky dog, Niki, when she was in the late stages of cancer. “After the first dose, she was up and about. Her appetite was restored and she was able to enjoy her last months because of a homemade tincture of cannabis I created for her. The pain appeared to be controlled and her quality of life increased dramatically.”

Dr. Kramer takes his veterinary oath very seriously: “Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the  prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.”

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Luke does great work for a reasonable price.

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Mrs. Tibbs was, beyond all dispute, the most tidy, fidgety, thrifty little personage that ever inhaled the smoke of London; and the house of Mrs. Tibbs was, decidedly, the neatest in all Great Coram- street. The area and the area-steps, and the street-door and the street-door steps, and the brass handle, and the door-plate, and the knocker, and the fan-light, were all as clean and bright, as indefatigable white-washing, and hearth-stoning, and scrubbing and rubbing, could make them. The wonder was, that the brass door- plate, with the interesting inscription ‘MRS. TIBBS,’ had never caught fire from constant friction, so perseveringly was it polished. There were meat-safe-looking blinds in the parlour- windows, blue and gold curtains in the drawing-room, and spring- roller blinds, as Mrs. Tibbs was wont in the pride of her heart to boast, ‘all the way up.’ The bell-lamp in the passage looked as clear as a soap-bubble; you could see yourself in all the tables, and French-polish yourself on any one of the chairs. The banisters were bees-waxed; and the very stair-wires made your eyes wink, they were so glittering.

Mrs. Tibbs was somewhat short of stature, and Mr. Tibbs was by no means a large man. He had, moreover, very short legs, but, by way of indemnification, his face was peculiarly long. He was to his wife what the 0 is in 90–he was of some importance WITH her–he was nothing without her. Mrs. Tibbs was always talking. Mr. Tibbs rarely spoke; but, if it were at any time possible to put in a word, when he should have said nothing at all, he had that talent. Mrs. Tibbs detested long stories, and Mr. Tibbs had one, the conclusion of which had never been heard by his most intimate friends. It always began, ‘I recollect when I was in the volunteer corps, in eighteen hundred and six,’–but, as he spoke very slowly and softly, and his better half very quickly and loudly, he rarely got beyond the introductory sentence. He was a melancholy specimen of the story-teller. He was the wandering Jew of Joe Millerism.

Mr. Tibbs enjoyed a small independence from the pension-list–about 43l. 15s. 10d. a year. His father, mother, and five interesting scions from the same stock, drew a like sum from the revenue of a grateful country, though for what particular service was never known. But, as this said independence was not quite sufficient to furnish two people with ALL the luxuries of this life, it had occurred to the busy little spouse of Tibbs, that the best thing she could do with a legacy of 700l., would be to take and furnish a tolerable house–somewhere in that partially-explored tract of country which lies between the British Museum, and a remote village called Somers-town–for the reception of boarders. Great Coram- street was the spot pitched upon. The house had been furnished accordingly; two female servants and a boy engaged; and an advertisement inserted in the morning papers, informing the public that ‘Six individuals would meet with all the comforts of a cheerful musical home in a select private family, residing within ten minutes’ walk of’–everywhere. Answers out of number were received, with all sorts of initials; all the letters of the alphabet seemed to be seized with a sudden wish to go out boarding and lodging; voluminous was the correspondence between Mrs. Tibbs and the applicants; and most profound was the secrecy observed. ‘E.’ didn’t like this; ‘I.’ couldn’t think of putting up with that; ‘I. O. U.’ didn’t think the terms would suit him; and ‘G. R.’ had never slept in a French bed. The result, however, was, that three gentlemen became inmates of Mrs. Tibbs’s house, on terms which were ‘agreeable to all parties.’ In went the advertisement again, and a lady with her two daughters, proposed to increase–not their families, but Mrs. Tibbs’s.

‘Charming woman, that Mrs. Maplesone!’ said Mrs. Tibbs, as she and her spouse were sitting by the fire after breakfast; the gentlemen having gone out on their several avocations. ‘Charming woman, indeed!’ repeated little Mrs. Tibbs, more by way of soliloquy than anything else, for she never thought of consulting her husband. ‘And the two daughters are delightful. We must have some fish to- day; they’ll join us at dinner for the first time.’

Mr. Tibbs placed the poker at right angles with the fire shovel, and essayed to speak, but recollected he had nothing to say.

‘The young ladies,’ continued Mrs. T., ‘have kindly volunteered to bring their own piano.’

Tibbs thought of the volunteer story, but did not venture it.

A bright thought struck him –

‘It’s very likely–‘ said he.

‘Pray don’t lean your head against the paper,’ interrupted Mrs. Tibbs; ‘and don’t put your feet on the steel fender; that’s worse.’

Tibbs took his head from the paper, and his feet from the fender, and proceeded. ‘It’s very likely one of the young ladies may set her cap at young Mr. Simpson, and you know a marriage–‘

‘A what!’ shrieked Mrs. Tibbs. Tibbs modestly repeated his former suggestion.

‘I beg you won’t mention such a thing,’ said Mrs. T. ‘A marriage, indeed to rob me of my boarders–no, not for the world.’

Tibbs thought in his own mind that the event was by no means unlikely, but, as he never argued with his wife, he put a stop to the dialogue, by observing it was ‘time to go to business.’ He always went out at ten o’clock in the morning, and returned at five in the afternoon, with an exceedingly dirty face, and smelling mouldy. Nobody knew what he was, or where he went; but Mrs. Tibbs used to say with an air of great importance, that he was engaged in the City.

The Miss Maplesones and their accomplished parent arrived in the course of the afternoon in a hackney-coach, and accompanied by a most astonishing number of packages. Trunks, bonnet-boxes, muff- boxes and parasols, guitar-cases, and parcels of all imaginable shapes, done up in brown paper, and fastened with pins, filled the passage. Then, there was such a running up and down with the luggage, such scampering for warm water for the ladies to wash in, and such a bustle, and confusion, and heating of servants, and curling-irons, as had never been known in Great Coram-street before. Little Mrs. Tibbs was quite in her element, bustling about, talking incessantly, and distributing towels and soap, like a head nurse in a hospital. The house was not restored to its usual state of quiet repose, until the ladies were safely shut up in their respective bedrooms, engaged in the important occupation of dressing for dinner.

‘Are these gals ‘andsome?’ inquired Mr. Simpson of Mr. Septimus Hicks, another of the boarders, as they were amusing themselves in the drawing-room, before dinner, by lolling on sofas, and contemplating their pumps.

‘Don’t know,’ replied Mr. Septimus Hicks, who was a tallish, white- faced young man, with spectacles, and a black ribbon round his neck instead of a neckerchief–a most interesting person; a poetical walker of the hospitals, and a ‘very talented young man.’ He was fond of ‘lugging’ into conversation all sorts of quotations from Don Juan, without fettering himself by the propriety of their application; in which particular he was remarkably independent. The other, Mr. Simpson, was one of those young men, who are in society what walking gentlemen are on the stage, only infinitely worse skilled in his vocation than the most indifferent artist. He was as empty-headed as the great bell of St. Paul’s; always dressed according to the caricatures published in the monthly fashion; and spelt Character with a K.

‘I saw a devilish number of parcels in the passage when I came home,’ simpered Mr. Simpson.

‘Materials for the toilet, no doubt,’ rejoined the Don Juan reader.
– ‘Much linen, lace, and several pair
Of stockings, slippers, brushes, combs, complete;
With other articles of ladies fair,
To keep them beautiful, or leave them neat.’
‘Is that from Milton?’ inquired Mr. Simpson.

‘No–from Byron,’ returned Mr. Hicks, with a look of contempt. He was quite sure of his author, because he had never read any other. ‘Hush! Here come the gals,’ and they both commenced talking in a very loud key.

‘Mrs. Maplesone and the Miss Maplesones, Mr. Hicks. Mr. Hicks– Mrs. Maplesone and the Miss Maplesones,’ said Mrs. Tibbs, with a very red face, for she had been superintending the cooking operations below stairs, and looked like a wax doll on a sunny day. ‘Mr. Simpson, I beg your pardon–Mr. Simpson–Mrs. Maplesone and the Miss Maplesones’–and vice versa. The gentlemen immediately began to slide about with much politeness, and to look as if they wished their arms had been legs, so little did they know what to do with them. The ladies smiled, curtseyed, and glided into chairs, and dived for dropped pocket-handkerchiefs: the gentlemen leant against two of the curtain-pegs; Mrs. Tibbs went through an admirable bit of serious pantomime with a servant who had come up to ask some question about the fish-sauce; and then the two young ladies looked at each other; and everybody else appeared to discover something very attractive in the pattern of the fender.

‘Julia, my love,’ said Mrs. Maplesone to her youngest daughter, in a tone loud enough for the remainder of the company to hear– ‘Julia.’

‘Yes, Ma.’

‘Don’t stoop.’–This was said for the purpose of directing general attention to Miss Julia’s figure, which was undeniable. Everybody looked at her, accordingly, and there was another pause.

‘We had the most uncivil hackney-coachman to-day, you can imagine,’ said Mrs. Maplesone to Mrs. Tibbs, in a confidential tone.

‘Dear me!’ replied the hostess, with an air of great commiseration. She couldn’t say more, for the servant again appeared at the door, and commenced telegraphing most earnestly to her ‘Missis.’

‘I think hackney-coachmen generally ARE uncivil,’ said Mr. Hicks in his most insinuating tone.

‘Positively I think they are,’ replied Mrs. Maplesone, as if the idea had never struck her before.

‘And cabmen, too,’ said Mr. Simpson. This remark was a failure, for no one intimated, by word or sign, the slightest knowledge of the manners and customs of cabmen.

‘Robinson, what DO you want?’ said Mrs. Tibbs to the servant, who, by way of making her presence known to her mistress, had been giving sundry hems and sniffs outside the door during the preceding five minutes.

‘Please, ma’am, master wants his clean things,’ replied the servant, taken off her guard. The two young men turned their faces to the window, and ‘went off’ like a couple of bottles of ginger- beer; the ladies put their handkerchiefs to their mouths; and little Mrs. Tibbs bustled out of the room to give Tibbs his clean linen,–and the servant warning.

Mr. Calton, the remaining boarder, shortly afterwards made his appearance, and proved a surprising promoter of the conversation. Mr. Calton was a superannuated beau–an old boy. He used to say of himself that although his features were not regularly handsome, they were striking. They certainly were. It was impossible to look at his face without being reminded of a chubby street-door knocker, half-lion half-monkey; and the comparison might be extended to his whole character and conversation. He had stood still, while everything else had been moving. He never originated a conversation, or started an idea; but if any commonplace topic were broached, or, to pursue the comparison, if anybody LIFTED HIM UP, he would hammer away with surprising rapidity. He had the tic- douloureux occasionally, and then he might be said to be muffled, because he did not make quite as much noise as at other times, when he would go on prosing, rat-tat-tat the same thing over and over again. He had never been married; but he was still on the look-out for a wife with money. He had a life interest worth about 300l. a year–he was exceedingly vain, and inordinately selfish. He had acquired the reputation of being the very pink of politeness, and he walked round the park, and up Regent-street, every day.

This respectable personage had made up his mind to render himself exceedingly agreeable to Mrs. Maplesone–indeed, the desire of being as amiable as possible extended itself to the whole party; Mrs. Tibbs having considered it an admirable little bit of management to represent to the gentlemen that she had SOME reason to believe the ladies were fortunes, and to hint to the ladies, that all the gentlemen were ‘eligible.’ A little flirtation, she thought, might keep her house full, without leading to any other result.

Mrs. Maplesone was an enterprising widow of about fifty: shrewd, scheming, and good-looking. She was amiably anxious on behalf of her daughters; in proof whereof she used to remark, that she would have no objection to marry again, if it would benefit her dear girls–she could have no other motive. The ‘dear girls’ themselves were not at all insensible to the merits of ‘a good establishment.’ One of them was twenty-five; the other, three years younger. They had been at different watering-places, for four seasons; they had gambled at libraries, read books in balconies, sold at fancy fairs, danced at assemblies, talked sentiment–in short, they had done all that industrious girls could do–but, as yet, to no purpose.

‘What a magnificent dresser Mr. Simpson is!’ whispered Matilda Maplesone to her sister Julia.

‘Splendid!’ returned the youngest. The magnificent individual alluded to wore a maroon-coloured dress-coat, with a velvet collar and cuffs of the same tint–very like that which usually invests the form of the distinguished unknown who condescends to play the ‘swell’ in the pantomime at ‘Richardson’s Show.’

‘What whiskers!’ said Miss Julia.

‘Charming!’ responded her sister; ‘and what hair!’ His hair was like a wig, and distinguished by that insinuating wave which graces the shining locks of those chef-d’oeuvres of art surmounting the waxen images in Bartellot’s window in Regent-street; his whiskers meeting beneath his chin, seemed strings wherewith to tie it on, ere science had rendered them unnecessary by her patent invisible springs.

‘Dinner’s on the table, ma’am, if you please,’ said the boy, who now appeared for the first time, in a revived black coat of his master’s.

‘Oh! Mr. Calton, will you lead Mrs. Maplesone?–Thank you.’ Mr. Simpson offered his arm to Miss Julia; Mr. Septimus Hicks escorted the lovely Matilda; and the procession proceeded to the dining- room. Mr. Tibbs was introduced, and Mr. Tibbs bobbed up and down to the three ladies like a figure in a Dutch clock, with a powerful spring in the middle of his body, and then dived rapidly into his seat at the bottom of the table, delighted to screen himself behind a soup-tureen, which he could just see over, and that was all. The boarders were seated, a lady and gentleman alternately, like the layers of bread and meat in a plate of sandwiches; and then Mrs. Tibbs directed James to take off the covers. Salmon, lobster- sauce, giblet-soup, and the usual accompaniments were discovered: potatoes like petrifactions, and bits of toasted bread, the shape and size of blank dice.

‘Soup for Mrs. Maplesone, my dear,’ said the bustling Mrs. Tibbs. She always called her husband ‘my dear’ before company. Tibbs, who had been eating his bread, and calculating how long it would be before he should get any fish, helped the soup in a hurry, made a small island on the table-cloth, and put his glass upon it, to hide it from his wife.

‘Miss Julia, shall I assist you to some fish?’

‘If you please–very little–oh! plenty, thank you’ (a bit about the size of a walnut put upon the plate).

‘Julia is a VERY little eater,’ said Mrs. Maplesone to Mr. Calton.

The knocker gave a single rap. He was busy eating the fish with his eyes: so he only ejaculated, ‘Ah!’

‘My dear,’ said Mrs. Tibbs to her spouse after every one else had been helped, ‘what do YOU take?’ The inquiry was accompanied with a look intimating that he mustn’t say fish, because there was not much left. Tibbs thought the frown referred to the island on the table-cloth; he therefore coolly replied, ‘Why–I’ll take a little- -fish, I think.’

‘Did you say fish, my dear?’ (another frown).

‘Yes, dear,’ replied the villain, with an expression of acute hunger depicted in his countenance. The tears almost started to Mrs. Tibbs’s eyes, as she helped her ‘wretch of a husband,’ as she inwardly called him, to the last eatable bit of salmon on the dish.

‘James, take this to your master, and take away your master’s knife.’ This was deliberate revenge, as Tibbs never could eat fish without one. He was, however, constrained to chase small particles of salmon round and round his plate with a piece of bread and a fork, the number of successful attempts being about one in seventeen.

‘Take away, James,’ said Mrs. Tibbs, as Tibbs swallowed the fourth mouthful–and away went the plates like lightning.

‘I’ll take a bit of bread, James,’ said the poor ‘master of the house,’ more hungry than ever.

‘Never mind your master now, James,’ said Mrs. Tibbs, ‘see about the meat.’ This was conveyed in the tone in which ladies usually give admonitions to servants in company, that is to say, a low one; but which, like a stage whisper, from its peculiar emphasis, is most distinctly heard by everybody present.

A pause ensued, before the table was replenished–a sort of parenthesis in which Mr. Simpson, Mr. Calton, and Mr. Hicks, produced respectively a bottle of sauterne, bucellas, and sherry, and took wine with everybody–except Tibbs. No one ever thought of him.

Between the fish and an intimated sirloin, there was a prolonged interval.

Here was an opportunity for Mr. Hicks. He could not resist the singularly appropriate quotation –

‘But beef is rare within these oxless isles; Goats’ flesh there is, no doubt, and kid, and mutton, And when a holiday upon them smiles, A joint upon their barbarous spits they put on.’

‘Very ungentlemanly behaviour,’ thought little Mrs. Tibbs, ‘to talk in that way.’

‘Ah,’ said Mr. Calton, filling his glass. ‘Tom Moore is my poet.’

‘And mine,’ said Mrs. Maplesone.

‘And mine,’ said Miss Julia.

‘And mine,’ added Mr. Simpson.

‘Look at his compositions,’ resumed the knocker.

‘To be sure,’ said Simpson, with confidence.

‘Look at Don Juan,’ replied Mr. Septimus Hicks.

‘Julia’s letter,’ suggested Miss Matilda.

‘Can anything be grander than the Fire Worshippers?’ inquired Miss Julia.

‘To be sure,’ said Simpson.

‘Or Paradise and the Peri,’ said the old beau.

‘Yes; or Paradise and the Peer,’ repeated Simpson, who thought he was getting through it capitally.

‘It’s all very well,’ replied Mr. Septimus Hicks, who, as we have before hinted, never had read anything but Don Juan. ‘Where will you find anything finer than the description of the siege, at the commencement of the seventh canto?’

‘Talking of a siege,’ said Tibbs, with a mouthful of bread–‘when I was in the volunteer corps, in eighteen hundred and six, our commanding officer was Sir Charles Rampart; and one day, when we were exercising on the ground on which the London University now stands, he says, says he, Tibbs (calling me from the ranks), Tibbs- -‘

‘Tell your master, James,’ interrupted Mrs. Tibbs, in an awfully distinct tone, ‘tell your master if he WON’T carve those fowls, to send them to me.’ The discomfited volunteer instantly set to work, and carved the fowls almost as expeditiously as his wife operated on the haunch of mutton. Whether he ever finished the story is not known but, if he did, nobody heard it.

As the ice was now broken, and the new inmates more at home, every member of the company felt more at ease. Tibbs himself most certainly did, because he went to sleep immediately after dinner. Mr. Hicks and the ladies discoursed most eloquently about poetry, and the theatres, and Lord Chesterfield’s Letters; and Mr. Calton followed up what everybody said, with continuous double knocks. Mrs. Tibbs highly approved of every observation that fell from Mrs. Maplesone; and as Mr. Simpson sat with a smile upon his face and said ‘Yes,’ or ‘Certainly,’ at intervals of about four minutes each, he received full credit for understanding what was going forward. The gentlemen rejoined the ladies in the drawing-room very shortly after they had left the dining-parlour. Mrs. Maplesone and Mr. Calton played cribbage, and the ‘young people’ amused themselves with music and conversation. The Miss Maplesones sang the most fascinating duets, and accompanied themselves on guitars, ornamented with bits of ethereal blue ribbon. Mr. Simpson put on a pink waistcoat, and said he was in raptures; and Mr. Hicks felt in the seventh heaven of poetry or the seventh canto of Don Juan–it was the same thing to him. Mrs. Tibbs was quite charmed with the newcomers; and Mr. Tibbs spent the evening in his usual way–he went to sleep, and woke up, and went to sleep again, and woke at supper-time.

* * * * *

We are not about to adopt the licence of novel-writers, and to let ‘years roll on;’ but we will take the liberty of requesting the reader to suppose that six months have elapsed, since the dinner we have described, and that Mrs. Tibbs’s boarders have, during that period, sang, and danced, and gone to theatres and exhibitions, together, as ladies and gentlemen, wherever they board, often do. And we will beg them, the period we have mentioned having elapsed, to imagine farther, that Mr. Septimus Hicks received, in his own bedroom (a front attic), at an early hour one morning, a note from Mr. Calton, requesting the favour of seeing him, as soon as convenient to himself, in his (Calton’s) dressing-room on the second-floor back.

‘Tell Mr. Calton I’ll come down directly,’ said Mr. Septimus to the boy. ‘Stop–is Mr. Calton unwell?’ inquired this excited walker of hospitals, as he put on a bed-furniture-looking dressing-gown.

‘Not as I knows on, sir,’ replied the boy. ‘ Please, sir, he looked rather rum, as it might be.’

‘Ah, that’s no proof of his being ill,’ returned Hicks, unconsciously. ‘Very well: I’ll be down directly.’ Downstairs ran the boy with the message, and down went the excited Hicks himself, almost as soon as the message was delivered. ‘Tap, tap.’ ‘Come in.’–Door opens, and discovers Mr. Calton sitting in an easy chair. Mutual shakes of the hand exchanged, and Mr. Septimus Hicks motioned to a seat. A short pause. Mr. Hicks coughed, and Mr. Calton took a pinch of snuff. It was one of those interviews where neither party knows what to say. Mr. Septimus Hicks broke silence.

‘I received a note–‘ he said, very tremulously, in a voice like a Punch with a cold.

‘Yes,’ returned the other, ‘you did.’



Now, although this dialogue must have been satisfactory, both gentlemen felt there was something more important to be said; therefore they did as most men in such a situation would have done- -they looked at the table with a determined aspect. The conversation had been opened, however, and Mr. Calton had made up his mind to continue it with a regular double knock. He always spoke very pompously.

‘Hicks,’ said he, ‘I have sent for you, in consequence of certain arrangements which are pending in this house, connected with a marriage.’

‘With a marriage!’ gasped Hicks, compared with whose expression of countenance, Hamlet’s, when he sees his father’s ghost, is pleasing and composed.

‘With a marriage,’ returned the knocker. ‘I have sent for you to prove the great confidence I can repose in you.’

‘And will you betray me?’ eagerly inquired Hicks, who in his alarm had even forgotten to quote.

‘_I_ betray YOU! Won’t YOU betray ME?’

‘Never: no one shall know, to my dying day, that you had a hand in the business,’ responded the agitated Hicks, with an inflamed countenance, and his hair standing on end as if he were on the stool of an electrifying machine in full operation.

‘People must know that, some time or other–within a year, I imagine,’ said Mr. Calton, with an air of great self-complacency. ‘We MAY have a family.’

‘WE!–That won’t affect you, surely?’

‘The devil it won’t!’

‘No! how can it?’ said the bewildered Hicks. Calton was too much inwrapped in the contemplation of his happiness to see the equivoque between Hicks and himself; and threw himself back in his chair. ‘Oh, Matilda!’ sighed the antique beau, in a lack-a- daisical voice, and applying his right hand a little to the left of the fourth button of his waistcoat, counting from the bottom. ‘Oh, Matilda!’

‘What Matilda?’ inquired Hicks, starting up.

‘Matilda Maplesone,’ responded the other, doing the same.

‘I marry her to-morrow morning,’ said Hicks.

‘It’s false,’ rejoined his companion: ‘I marry her!’

‘You marry her?’

‘I marry her!’

‘You marry Matilda Maplesone?’

‘Matilda Maplesone.’

‘MISS Maplesone marry YOU?’

‘Miss Maplesone! No; Mrs. Maplesone.’

‘Good Heaven!’ said Hicks, falling into his chair: ‘You marry the mother, and I the daughter!’

‘Most extraordinary circumstance!’ replied Mr. Calton, ‘and rather inconvenient too; for the fact is, that owing to Matilda’s wishing to keep her intention secret from her daughters until the ceremony had taken place, she doesn’t like applying to any of her friends to give her away. I entertain an objection to making the affair known to my acquaintance just now; and the consequence is, that I sent to you to know whether you’d oblige me by acting as father.’

‘I should have been most happy, I assure you,’ said Hicks, in a tone of condolence; ‘but, you see, I shall be acting as bridegroom. One character is frequently a consequence of the other; but it is not usual to act in both at the same time. There’s Simpson–I have no doubt he’ll do it for you.’

‘I don’t like to ask him,’ replied Calton, ‘he’s such a donkey.’

Mr. Septimus Hicks looked up at the ceiling, and down at the floor; at last an idea struck him. ‘Let the man of the house, Tibbs, be the father,’ he suggested; and then he quoted, as peculiarly applicable to Tibbs and the pair –

‘Oh Powers of Heaven! what dark eyes meets she there? ”Tis–’tis her father’s–fixed upon the pair.’

‘The idea has struck me already,’ said Mr. Calton: ‘but, you see, Matilda, for what reason I know not, is very anxious that Mrs. Tibbs should know nothing about it, till it’s all over. It’s a natural delicacy, after all, you know.’

‘He’s the best-natured little man in existence, if you manage him properly,’ said Mr. Septimus Hicks. ‘Tell him not to mention it to his wife, and assure him she won’t mind it, and he’ll do it directly. My marriage is to be a secret one, on account of the mother and MY father; therefore he must be enjoined to secrecy.’

A small double knock, like a presumptuous single one, was that instant heard at the street-door. It was Tibbs; it could be no one else; for no one else occupied five minutes in rubbing his shoes. He had been out to pay the baker’s bill.

‘Mr. Tibbs,’ called Mr. Calton in a very bland tone, looking over the banisters.

‘Sir!’ replied he of the dirty face.

‘Will you have the kindness to step up-stairs for a moment?’

‘Certainly, sir,’ said Tibbs, delighted to be taken notice of. The bedroom-door was carefully closed, and Tibbs, having put his hat on the floor (as most timid men do), and been accommodated with a seat, looked as astounded as if he were suddenly summoned before the familiars of the Inquisition.

‘A rather unpleasant occurrence, Mr. Tibbs,’ said Calton, in a very portentous manner, ‘obliges me to consult you, and to beg you will not communicate what I am about to say, to your wife.’

Tibbs acquiesced, wondering in his own mind what the deuce the other could have done, and imagining that at least he must have broken the best decanters.

Mr. Calton resumed; ‘I am placed, Mr. Tibbs, in rather an unpleasant situation.’

Tibbs looked at Mr. Septimus Hicks, as if he thought Mr. H.’s being in the immediate vicinity of his fellow-boarder might constitute the unpleasantness of his situation; but as he did not exactly know what to say, he merely ejaculated the monosyllable ‘Lor!’

‘Now,’ continued the knocker, ‘let me beg you will exhibit no manifestations of surprise, which may be overheard by the domestics, when I tell you–command your feelings of astonishment– that two inmates of this house intend to be married to-morrow morning.’ And he drew back his chair, several feet, to perceive the effect of the unlooked-for announcement.

If Tibbs had rushed from the room, staggered down-stairs, and fainted in the passage–if he had instantaneously jumped out of the window into the mews behind the house, in an agony of surprise–his behaviour would have been much less inexplicable to Mr. Calton than it was, when he put his hands into his inexpressible-pockets, and said with a half-chuckle, ‘Just so.’

‘You are not surprised, Mr. Tibbs?’ inquired Mr. Calton.

‘Bless you, no, sir,’ returned Tibbs; ‘after all, its very natural. When two young people get together, you know–‘

‘Certainly, certainly,’ said Calton, with an indescribable air of self-satisfaction.

‘You don’t think it’s at all an out-of-the-way affair then?’ asked Mr. Septimus Hicks, who had watched the countenance of Tibbs in mute astonishment.

‘No, sir,’ replied Tibbs; ‘I was just the same at his age.’ He actually smiled when he said this.

‘How devilish well I must carry my years!’ thought the delighted old beau, knowing he was at least ten years older than Tibbs at that moment.

‘Well, then, to come to the point at once,’ he continued, ‘I have to ask you whether you will object to act as father on the occasion?’

‘Certainly not,’ replied Tibbs; still without evincing an atom of surprise.

‘You will not?’

‘Decidedly not,’ reiterated Tibbs, still as calm as a pot of porter with the head off.

Mr. Calton seized the hand of the petticoat-governed little man, and vowed eternal friendship from that hour. Hicks, who was all admiration and surprise, did the same.

‘Now, confess,’ asked Mr. Calton of Tibbs, as he picked up his hat, ‘were you not a little surprised?’

‘I b’lieve you!’ replied that illustrious person, holding up one hand; ‘I b’lieve you! When I first heard of it.’

‘So sudden,’ said Septimus Hicks.

‘So strange to ask ME, you know,’ said Tibbs.

‘So odd altogether!’ said the superannuated love-maker; and then all three laughed.

‘I say,’ said Tibbs, shutting the door which he had previously opened, and giving full vent to a hitherto corked-up giggle, ‘what bothers me is, what WILL his father say?’

Mr. Septimus Hicks looked at Mr. Calton.

‘Yes; but the best of it is,’ said the latter, giggling in his turn, ‘I haven’t got a father–he! he! he!’

‘You haven’t got a father. No; but HE has,’ said Tibbs.

‘WHO has?’ inquired Septimus Hicks.

‘Why, HIM.’

‘Him, who? Do you know my secret? Do you mean me?’

‘You! No; you know who I mean,’ returned Tibbs with a knowing wink.

‘For Heaven’s sake, whom do you mean?’ inquired Mr. Calton, who, like Septimus Hicks, was all but out of his senses at the strange confusion.

‘Why Mr. Simpson, of course,’ replied Tibbs; ‘who else could I mean?’

‘I see it all,’ said the Byron-quoter; ‘Simpson marries Julia Maplesone to-morrow morning!’

‘Undoubtedly,’ replied Tibbs, thoroughly satisfied, ‘of course he does.’

It would require the pencil of Hogarth to illustrate–our feeble pen is inadequate to describe–the expression which the countenances of Mr. Calton and Mr. Septimus Hicks respectively assumed, at this unexpected announcement. Equally impossible is it to describe, although perhaps it is easier for our lady readers to imagine, what arts the three ladies could have used, so completely to entangle their separate partners. Whatever they were, however, they were successful. The mother was perfectly aware of the intended marriage of both daughters; and the young ladies were equally acquainted with the intention of their estimable parent. They agreed, however, that it would have a much better appearance if each feigned ignorance of the other’s engagement; and it was equally desirable that all the marriages should take place on the same day, to prevent the discovery of one clandestine alliance, operating prejudicially on the others. Hence, the mystification of Mr. Calton and Mr. Septimus Hicks, and the pre-engagement of the unwary Tibbs.

On the following morning, Mr. Septimus Hicks was united to Miss Matilda Maplesone. Mr. Simpson also entered into a ‘holy alliance’ with Miss Julia; Tibbs acting as father, ‘his first appearance in that character.’ Mr. Calton, not being quite so eager as the two young men, was rather struck by the double discovery; and as he had found some difficulty in getting any one to give the lady away, it occurred to him that the best mode of obviating the inconvenience would be not to take her at all. The lady, however, ‘appealed,’ as her counsel said on the trial of the cause, Maplesone v. Calton, for a breach of promise, ‘with a broken heart, to the outraged laws of her country.’ She recovered damages to the amount of 1,000l. which the unfortunate knocker was compelled to pay. Mr. Septimus Hicks having walked the hospitals, took it into his head to walk off altogether. His injured wife is at present residing with her mother at Boulogne. Mr. Simpson, having the misfortune to lose his wife six weeks after marriage (by her eloping with an officer during his temporary sojourn in the Fleet Prison, in consequence of his inability to discharge her little mantua-maker’s bill), and being disinherited by his father, who died soon afterwards, was fortunate enough to obtain a permanent engagement at a fashionable haircutter’s; hairdressing being a science to which he had frequently directed his attention. In this situation he had necessarily many opportunities of making himself acquainted with the habits, and style of thinking, of the exclusive portion of the nobility of this kingdom. To this fortunate circumstance are we indebted for the production of those brilliant efforts of genius, his fashionable novels, which so long as good taste, unsullied by exaggeration, cant, and quackery, continues to exist, cannot fail to instruct and amuse the thinking portion of the community.

It only remains to add, that this complication of disorders completely deprived poor Mrs. Tibbs of all her inmates, except the one whom she could have best spared–her husband. That wretched little man returned home, on the day of the wedding, in a state of partial intoxication; and, under the influence of wine, excitement, and despair, actually dared to brave the anger of his wife. Since that ill-fated hour he has constantly taken his meals in the kitchen, to which apartment, it is understood, his witticisms will be in future confined: a turn-up bedstead having been conveyed there by Mrs. Tibbs’s order for his exclusive accommodation. It is possible that he will be enabled to finish, in that seclusion, his story of the volunteers.

The advertisement has again appeared in the morning papers. Results must be reserved for another chapter.

Chapter two will be published in the next edition.


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The Coronado Clarion staff would like to honor all those kind souls who rescue pets.

Pet rescuers everywhere

Big or small

Short or tall

God Bless you



A. R. Graham

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 Coronado resident Senator Jim Mills has written a wonderful new book entitled:

The Poetic Visions of Christ

James is, a writer, historian, and public servant, was a member of the California Legislature from 1960 to 1982. He served as President pro Tempore and Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee from 1971 to 1980. From 1980 to 1982, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amtrak. Senator Mills received a B.A. degree in Social Studies and Education, and an M.A. degree in History from San Diego State College. He was a museum curator for the San Diego Historical Society and a contributing editor of San Diego Magazine before entering politics. Through his efforts to develop the San Diego Trolley, he is often credited as “the father of modern light rail in the United States;” after leaving the legislature, he chaired the Metropolitan Transit Development Board of San Diego and became an internationally-recognized consultant on public transportation. Mills is the author of several books, including The Gospel According to Pontius Pilate; Poems of Inspiration from the Masters; Memoirs of Pontius Pilate: A Novel; San Diego: Where California Began; Historical Landmarks of San Diego County; and A Disorderly House: The Brown-Unruh Years in Sacramento. He is the father of three and the grandfather of nine.

Much of the poetry in this book is the work of great poets who were also Christians; and much of it was written by great Christians who were also poets. Included in this collection are Blake, Browning, Donne, Longfellow, Lowell, Rossetti, Tennyson, and Wordsworth, as well as many lesser-known poets, illuminating the life of Christ from His birth through Resurrection.

This compilation of poetry is a gift to all who read it…. the choice of poems is magnificent as it traces the life of Christ through the eyes of the world’s great poets. The final chapter written by the author is a worthy essay in and of itself. I recommend reading it before savoring the poems that precede it! A wonderful gift from James Mills and a fabulous option as a gift to others.


By William Blake

Little lamb, who made thee?

Dost thou know who made thee?

Gave thee life, and bid thee feed

By the streams and o’er the mead;

Gave thee clothing of delight,

Softest clothing, woolly, bright;

Dost thou know who made thee?

Little lamb, I’ll tell thee;

Little lamb, I’ll tell thee.

   He is called by thy name,

   For He calls Himself a lamb.

He is meek and He is mild,

He became a little child.

   I a child, and thou a lamb,

   We are called by His name.

Little lamb, God bless thee!

Little lamb, God bless thee!




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Let me take you down, ‘cos I’m going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real and nothing to get hungabout.
Strawberry Fields forever.

The Beatles changed the way the world is entertained, felt, and thought along with what is perceived of as normal so dramatically that 50 years after their founding, mention of their name still makes the headlines. On January 18, 2013, TruthDive reported, “Recording Session of The Beatles to be Recreated for 50th Anniversary.”  There are plans to recreate the Beatles’ 12-hour historic recording session with a live broadcast on national radio.

On the 50th anniversary of this famous session of the Beatles, the event, which has the Welsh band Stereophonics, chart-topper Gabrielle Aplin, and Mick Hucknall as the performers, will be aired live on Radio 2 in England. The re-creation of this historic session will also be screened on BBC4 as part of a celebration of their debut album “Please Please Me.” Most of the first album of the Beatles was recorded at Abbey Road’s Studio 2 on February 11, 1963. has also covered this story about the Beatles.  There is excitement in the air about the planned re-creation of the Beatles’ 12-hour historic recording session for broadcast live on national radio, and there are plans to substitute ‘Please Please Me’, which was recorded prior to this famous session, into the event for the purposes of the re-creation. It sounds really exciting to be able to be a part of this Beatles revival. 

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“The state of California is out of money,” and the Coronado Bay Bridge is in dire need of repair. 

We at the Clarion propose two options we believe will solve the problem:

  1)   Lay off some of the Caltrans executives with bloated salaries and pensions;

  2)   Close the bridge save for pedestrian traffic and bring back the ferry boats!

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Pet ContestLILLY

If you have a dog who you would like to see entered into the

Coronado Clarion Rock-Roll Hall Of Fame

Please submit a photo of your pet/pets.

A winner will be announced on the Beatles 50th Anniversary celebration and a cash prize will be awarded for 1st 2nd and 3rd place.


For Questions call:  (619) 277-1552


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The Beatles Festival at the Cavern Club in Liverpool has been cancelled.

In reaction, The Coronado Clarion will hold festival in Coronado.

Al Graham

Editor Coronado Clarion

Article From The Liverpool Echo:

The Mathew Street Festival is being axed and replaced with an international music event in Liverpool. The popular city centre event attracts more than 300,000 people each year over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

But Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson said that a combination of high costs and a wish to “freshen up” the city’s music calendar meant that the festival could not continue as it had for the last 20 years. He said, “We have been looking at the best option for the festival since 2010.  In previous years it has been criticized.  Each year I would come in to find dozens of emails from families saying that they had been put off going in the future because they had witnessed people fighting or vomiting or even fouling the streets.

“Looking at the financial settlement from the government and also thinking about how to get the best value for money we wanted to find a way of carrying on all the best bits of the Mathew Street Festival.  We want to keep the carnival atmosphere but we want to get away from that drunken culture.  It was hugely disappointing last year to see the number of people – particularly young people – who were drinking too much at the festival.  It was clear that we needed to do something new and protecting the free element was at the heart of that.” The new festival – to be called The Liverpool International Music Festival – will see four days of events including a concert from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Sefton Park and Beatles-influenced outdoor stages on the Pier Head.

Mayor Anderson said, “The events that we put on will be free, and they will be suited to a more family-friendly audience. For us, it’s about taking the best of what we had at Mathew Street and building on that.  It will still be Europe’s biggest annual free city centre music festival.”



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Are Dogs Howling Like Wolves?

The sound of howling dogs may remind us of wolves in the wild calling to one another.

Howling wolf

In fact, this is the more popular explanation for why dogs howl at sirens. Wolves use howling as a method of communication and as a sort of primitive form of GPS to locate one another.  Dogs, as descendants of wolves, may be expressing this instinctual behavior when prompted by the sound of a siren.  As social pack animals, dogs may be interpreting a siren—or other high pitched sounds such as a flute, clarinet, or a particular TV theme song—as communication.

Animal behaviorists and researchers point out that howling can be heard by the keen ears of wolves—and dogs—from long distances, hence making it the preferred choice of communication.

Chalk it up to pack mentality:  Some dog owners may have noticed their dog howling in response to a neighbor’s dog. This behavior can be compared to the basic “contagious” response most dogs have when they hear another dog barking.  They begin to bark themselves especially if they sense fear, danger, or a threat.

Do Sirens Hurt Dogs’ Ears?

Just as with people, a dog’s hearing ability depends on its age as well as its breed. Dogs hear a higher frequency of sounds than a person, which is why ultrasonic signals such as those used in training whistles can be heard by dogs.

This has led some to wonder if the sound of sirens actually hurts a dog’s ears. When we hear a loud sound, we tend to cover our ears with our hands to block out the noise. Are dogs howling in response to ear-splitting noise?

Veterinarians do not believe this is always the case. According to Dr. Laura Hungerford, a veterinarian and research scientist, and faculty member at the University of Nebraska, a dog isn’t always howling at a sound because it hurts his ears.

“He may associate the sound with particular events or have learned that if he howls, the noise is ‘chased’ away.”

Pain results from sounds that are much louder than the threshold of hearing. “Dogs could feel pain from sounds that weren’t painfully loud to us. Very loud sounds can hurt the ears, and if a sound seems too loud to you, it is probably more so to your dog.”

We know that dogs can hear much better than we can,  The average human hears noise on a range of 20 cycles per second to 20 rHZ, while a dog’s range of hearing is approximately 40 cycles per second to 60 rHZ.

Veterinary behaviorists point out that most dogs do not run and hide, tuck their tails, or react in such as way that would indicate they’re feeling pain due to the sound of sirens.

Why Don’t All Dogs React to Sirens?

Howling dog

While research hasn’t been conducted to determine the exact percentage of dogs who howl at sirens versus those that haven’t, it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that dogs, like people, are simply different from one another.

Perhaps some dogs feel an intuitive need to connect with the source of the sirens believing that it is actually a pack of dogs communicating from afar. Other dogs might feel confident and secure where they are and opt to ignore the sound.


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Before Reddit and DeviantART became the go-to havens for op art online, Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo set the standard for hallucinatory portraits that left the mind reeling.

Arcimboldo was born in Milan in 1524, and began painting stained glass window designs before transitioning to portraits.

Although from far away they resemble the human face, the artist’s beautifully arranged compositions consist of fruits, vegetables, birds, books and other elaborately arranged objects. His unusual vision, exceptionally given the era of his creations, led many to believe Arcimboldo didn’t just have a fanciful mind, but was possibly mentally ill. “A fine line separates sheer imagination from uncontrolled hallucinations,” the New York Times expressed in a 2007 diagnosis of his works.

Check out his deliciously weird portraits in the slideshow below, and keep an eye out for his clever interpretations of the four seasons and the four elements. Lucky New Yorkers can spy Philip Haas’s Arcimboldo-inspired “Four Seasons” sculptures at theNew York Botanical Garden in the Bronx from May 18-October 27.


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When I commissioned Denny Dent to paint a mural of Jim Morrison on the billboard of Gazzarri’s night club back in 1982, he was an unknown starving artist. He had never painted in front of a crowd, and he was extremely nervous, so much so that he fainted after he left the stage.

His aspirations were to have a new set of teeth put in (he was toothless) and to go to Las Vegas and become a famous artist. He accomplished all of his goals, and his work now sells in the high-dollar range.

Denny passed away on March 29th, 2004.  He was sixty five.

Alan Graham

The Doors played Gazzarri’s on the Sunset Strip numerous times in early 1967 according to Greg Shaw’s The Doors On The Road book.  In 1982, that venue was the site of Morrison The Rock Opera put on by Alan and Anne Morrison Graham.  This photo is the back wall of the Gazzarri’s parking lot advertising that event, which I recently shared in conjunction with a story about the artist Denny Dent, who painted that wall.  In later years, the building was totally gutted and remodeled and re-opened first as Billboard Live and then as Key Club.  The point of this story is that the rock venue that stands where Gazzarri’s once stood is closing its doors in March 2013

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In March 1993, a series of 12 bombs went off across Mumbai.

The serial blasts left 257 dead and 713 injured.  But in the aftermath, an unlikely hero emerged. According to Reuters, a golden labrador named Zanjeer worked with the bomb squad and saved thousands of lives by detecting “more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6,406 rounds of live ammunition.”  He helped avert three more bombs in the days following the blasts.

On the 20th anniversary of the bomb blasts, an image of Zanjeer being honored by the city’s police  has gone viral on Facebook.

The dog died of bone cancer in 2000, the Pune Mirror reported.  He was eight years old.  In the photo above, a senior police officer lays a wreath of flowers on Zanjeer as he was buried with full police honors at a widely-attended ceremony.

Mumbai’s police dog squad has been operational since December 1959, the Times of India reported. It began with just three Doberman Pinschers, who were used for tracking criminals.

A labor union leader and dog lover Dilip Mohite told Mid-Day that Zanjeer’s extraordinary detection skills deserved recognition.

“Policemen who die a martyr’s death  get accolades, but canine members go unnoticed,” Mohite told the newspaper.

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In Loving Memory of  Mary Lou Staight.


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Elliott Rosewater, the reclusive Mogul Publicist, has taken up residence in Coronado.

There are no known public images of the mysterious billionaire, and he likes to keep it that way. Semi-retired now, he has only a single client Author Alan Graham and his two books,  I Remember Jim Morrison and Before The Beatles were Famous.

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Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia March 11, 2013. Coyer died of complications from an injury sustained in Afghanistan.

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Mayday 2013 Back Cover

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