My salad dressing days


Give me an old-fashioned polymath every time
January 4, 2006, 2:04 pm
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Man, have I had it* with experts and specialists! If they’re not telling us how to raise our kids, they’re telling us how and when to have sex, or how best to lose weight, or how environmental destruction is going to mean another ice age or how it will mean subtropical climes in Aberdeenshire. (Dammit, these experts don’t even have the good grace to agree with one another.)

A self-penned Etiquette Expert** – a rather pompous woman with a double-barrelled name who had to tip her head back to open her over-made-up eyes – ranted on Channel Five’s Greatest TV Cock-Up Moments about how shocking (yes! more shocking than global poverty!) it was that no-one told Her Majesty how to take part in a rendition of Auld Lang Syne at the Millennium party in the Dome.

Heavens to Betsy! The Queen did not know to cross her arms and link hands with her two neighbours! The Prime Minister didn’t tell her! Sack him! She didn’t even look as if she knew the words! Sack her!

Hey! You know what? We need to big up The Polymath in 2006! Here’s to:

  • General Practitioners who are willing to try their hands at a little light brain surgery now and again. Hoorah!
  • Jacks of All Trades who consider it a badge of honour to be Masters of None. Yay!
  • Jonathan Miller. Wahoo!

And me: I can blog, care for young children and sing all the verses of Auld Lang Syne – sometimes all at the same time! You’re thinking ‘wow!’, right?

See! Someone has even blogged about it.

* when I say ‘it’, I don’t mean sex or Coca-Cola
** of course, an exception can be made for Nancy Mitford

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I got a B in Maths A Level, an E in English, and failed French.

But I know how to cross my arms.

Comment by Geoff

now, you see, that’s a start

you’re well on your way to being the next jonathan miller

Comment by Urban Chick

I can’t believe the UK allowed her to continue as royalty. Shocking.

I mostly sing nonsense to the tune of Auld Lang Syne – I feel I was absent the day they taught it.

Hurrah for Renaissance People! I feel they are MUCH more interesting, and I would seek them out over specialists at cocktail parties any day.

Comment by Whinger

I’m so glad I checked your blog today UC. I am delighted to announce that, for me, you have solved the riddle of ‘what do I want to be’.

I’ve always known a renaissance woman lurked inside of me.

Now I feel encouraged to let her free!!!

(very nearly made poetry here-did you notice that? another general skill i possess)

Comment by Kyahgirl

ah yes, Leonard of Quirm

Comment by GreatSheElephant

Nancy Mitford really, really rules. Still. Etiquette notwithstanding.

Comment by Pashmina

I can do loads of things barely competently!

Comment by Violet

the poor queen – what an embarrassment.

Comment by Justine

Maybe as women age we lose the ability to multi-task, it could be oestrogen related. Poor auld Queenie.

Comment by Martha

Just as well no one asked her to do the hokeycokey.

Comment by Dave F

Maybe I can stop failing to multi-task and just become a polymath.
Thanks for this UC, you’ve given my life a new direction. Directions. Some new directions. Ooh I’m getting lost already.

Comment by mig bardsley

Is being a polymath the same as not knowing what you want to be when you grow up?

Comment by Kellycat




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