Post by Mike McMillan Post by Jenny M Benson Post by Hellerat
I have no idea if this is correct as I seem to have lots of strange
"false memories" the older I get, but when I read your post about
purple, Jenny, I had an image of you on a television quiz show many
years ago, wearing purple. Is this proof that I am completely off my
You could have seen me on a tv quiz show as I have done 3 but there's no
way I would have been wearing purple!
Potty I am, then!
Post by Mike McMillan
When we eventually (and no UMRAT is anywhere near that yet!) grow
disgustingly old, aren’t we supposed to turn to wearing purple. (Even Mrs.
Lynda Snell told us this at an UMRA BBQ one year when she recited a peom to
I always assumed/understood that was where the PP got it from. Pome is "Warning" by Jenny
Joseph, as follows:
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Anne, Exceptionally Traditionally-built Hellerat