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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Q is for Quinzetti (a nonsense rhyme)



A weekend with five of our grandchildren was an opportunity to ‘road-test’ another nonsense rhyme from an A to Z of Oddkreechers. It was a huge hit with the 5 and 6 year old and even one of the 10 year olds got drawn in. It was delightful the way the young ones invented their own dance routine with no prompting at all

Q is for Quinzetti
Start very slowly –children walk round in a circle to the rhythm (or music)
You’re certain to get dizzy
If you stare at a Quinzetti
As it whistle-whizzes
round and round and round:

Speed up a little: children drop to the ground in the last line
They’re beautifully balanced
‘Til they try to eat spaghetti
Which can swiftly send them sprawling
To the ground

Speed up again after a slow start to allow the children to get up
This-is -very very awkward
As Quinzetties love spaghetti
Which they cannot eat
without it getting wound

Now read as fast as you can: it’s a bit of a tongue twister but if the children demand as many repeats as our grandchildren did, you’ll soon be (almost!) word perfect!
All around their spinning bodies
So you often find Quinzetties
In spaghetti-bound confusion
On the ground

If you enjoyed this bit of nonsense, you may also enjoy Hi! Hi! Hi! It's the Happy Hoparoo

You might also like to take up the 'Quinzetti Challenge' . Below you will find a 'You Tube' link to my attempt to get my tongue round the whole of The Quinzetti poem, getting faster and faster in each verse of the poem. As you'll see, I didn't manage very well! It would be fun if others would try and post their efforts on 'You Tube'. If you do, let me know by eMail at crossandcosmos@gmail.com and I'll post the links here too - and just see who can go fastest and still be completely understood.


video


And here's picture of a Quinzetti in Spaghetti- bound confusion just before falling to the ground




Other 'Oddkreechers' on this blog include Hi! Hi! Hi! It's The Happy Hoparoo and A is for Aviosteer. They can be accessed along with other Oddkreechers and the story of Zudey's Interplanetary zoo Here

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
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Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
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Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
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Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'