Tuesday, 19 April 2016

P is for Pliny



is for Pliny








There was once a Roman called Pliny.
We’re talking of the Elder, not the Mini.
He wrote on birds, bees, and blooms
Now that’s a work that cannot be called skinny!

Oh, he was a man most astute and Prolific
but his death was quite pointless and horrific -
in a bath he chose to stop
when Vesuvius blew its top
and the toxic fumes turned out too soporific.




P is for Post : Now that's a word which has had its Paradigm shifted in the last few decades! Post was something I did to a letter when I was a child. I had several Pen Pals, and also regular friends who became Pen Pals because we moved around so much. I used to look forward to those letters, and also Parcels of goodies, mostly books, from grandParents and other relatives.

And thanks to technology and a different kind of Post I am still in touch with some of those friends, though we are separated by thousands of miles.


















Posted for the A-Z Challenge 2016 






27 comments:

  1. So interesting how post has changed. Poor Pliny - Vesuvius didn't discriminate! :)
    Happy Monday, Nila!

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    1. That hasn't changed. Nature doesn't. Earthquakes in poor nations and rich all over these past days.

      Have a great P-day!

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  2. Perfect. Still chortling at Pliny the Mini.

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  3. I didn't know that was how Pliny met his doom. Interesting little tale. Your posts are so enjoyable.

    Susan Says

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  4. My kids find it amusing when I show them a letter box and tell them how we used to communicate once upon a time. They think it only makes sense to post a letter to Santa ços he is so far away. :D

    I would have never looked up these characters if it was not for your theme. You make it so interesting!
    Cheers,
    Seena

    #AtoZChallenge- P is for Photo-op

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    1. No-one would have the patience nowadays to use the post - three weeks for the word to reach is unthinkable now!

      I would not have either! The A-Z makes me research things and read blogs that I would never do otherwise. That's why I am such a great fan of it :)

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  5. I love the Pliny poem :) It is amazing how post has changed so much over the last few decades.

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    1. True, I miss the earlier sense of post sometimes, but the current sense of post goes quite a way to compensate :) If it 'has' to be an either/or situation, then I am fine with the current meaning of post!

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  6. Pliny from Pompeii is a perfect subject for the *P* post. I too got a chuckle from Pliny the Mini :)

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  7. I can think of worse places in the bathroom to die.
    The Internet does keep us in touch with people all over the world.

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    1. Haha, too funny! Thank goodness for small mercies then...that Pliny died where he did and...ahem, not in the worst place. Would have made for a hilarious limerick though

      Pliny the elder sat on the pot
      But instead of a clear out what he got... :D

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  8. Hi Nila - I too hadn't realised that was how Pliny met his end ... but I absolutely agree with you re Posts - and looking things up, and blogging ... I've learnt so much ...

    Wonder letter P for this year's A-Z - a Plateau of a time .. cheers Hilary

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    1. 'Plateau of Time' is positively poetic! I am totally borrowing that phrase sometime. Thanks Hilary!

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  9. I believe you used your poetic license quite well. Made a macabre ending tolerable. Good work.

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  10. He wrote on birds and bees? How'd he get them to stay still? :)

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    1. Hahaha maybe he borrowed some advance fumes from Vesuvius and knocked them out?!

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  11. that's a lot of writing -not skinny indeed.
    and yes - the post has changed and just as fun

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    1. Can think of some that have changed but not as much fun at all...posts done well for itself :)

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  12. The bath! Oye vey :D

    The Birthday Girl At The Joyous Living

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  13. P is for primo
    Enjoyed this thank you for sharing

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  14. Gee, never heard of this Pliny guy, sad he didn't have a safe bath! Yeah miss the good ol' post days, pre-amazon and all!
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

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