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ONCE again Robert Owen, Flintshire, gets on his hobby horse of attacking the Welsh language, with the same tired old cliches he repeats in his letters.
"Jack" Shields, 80, of Hobby Horse Hill Farm, Lebanon Hill Rd., died Friday, Feb.
"She fell in love with a tree kangaroo before dad treated her to a toy kangaroo and a hobby horse," Contactmusic quoted a source as saying.
It does a very good job of recording the details and context of a folk tradition and is a valuable addition to folklore and hobby horse literature.
After collecting the horns from the church at 8am, the horn dancers, comprising of six deer men, a fool, hobby horse, bowman and Maid Marion, perform their dance to music provided by a melodian player at different locations around the village and surrounding farms and pubs, involving a walk of about ten miles.
bureaucracy, her hobby horse. The former Ossie' [from the former East Germany] is inexhaustible on the subject.
The Maypole and riding the hobby horse are obvious phallic symbols dating from ancient times.
* A hobby horse pattern (Cut out the hobby horse shown here.
Did Lyall bother to read the book properly or did he simply choose Alan Tate's text about Paris' Parc de la Villette as a hobby horse upon which to vent his spleen.
Sante rides his rare Belgian hobby horse with such intensity, you almost do not mind the equine muck.
In the second, Sanghyang Jaran, or holy horse, a male trance dancer riding a straw hobby horse, walks through the burning embers of a coconut-shell fire.
There is little bolder in psychoanalytically informed criticism than his beautiful essay about the roots of representation, "Meditations on a Hobby Horse." And though the Eurocentric canon has been central to his work, he has also dealt with Islamic decoration (in The Sense of Order) and has frequently written about such popular art forms as advertising images and photographs.
Gertrude is characterized by her outspoken libidinousness throughout the play; she has just sung a snatch of lewd song and is shortly to be heard singing an obscene parody of Ophelia's last mad song in this very scene, so we can be sure that similar associations are intended to accompany the reference here to `milk'(6) (footmen, as Webster makes clear in his Character of a footman,(7) were assumed to supply sexual services to their mistresses, as the name suggested in Elizabethan slang(8)) and her reproof of her mother can be taken as an indication that she is not interpreting the use of the hobby horse in any innocent sense (the Elizabethan slang connotation of `ride' would provide the necessary connection).
For example, George Tollet, from his retirement at Betley Hall in Staffordshire, contributed to the 1778 Johnson-Steevens edition a long note describing stained glass figures of morris dancers, Maid Marion, a hobby horse and a Maypole.
(or dadaism; from Fr, dada, " hobby horse " ) A literary and artistic movement founded in 1916 in Zurich by Tristan Tzara, with the artist Hans Arp,