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A Potter's Moll: Grippy Lippy

...As I used my ‘Screwy Lewy’ recently, (a rubber disc that enables you to unscrew difficult jar lids) I thought about my late friend, Bessie, who gave it to me. She was a great Mrs Malaprop. When I saw her next time after receiving said item, she said: ‘Do you still use your Grippy Lippy?’ She once described an unruly disco in the village hall in Northern Ireland where she lived as being like ‘Sodom and Gloccamoragh’...

There's more laughter in store in the latest column from the ebullient Liz Robison.

Do visit the Web site of Liz's famous potter husband Jim Robison http://www.jimrobison.co.uk/

Wherever you live, try to get yourself to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (just off the M1 at Junction 38) in the next few months to see the jaw-droppingly amazing Andy Goldsworthy show. We were privileged to be at the opening and to hear him talk about his work, which is sited in several locations both indoors and out. What is wonderful is the imaginative way he combines his unique view of the natural world with great artistic skill. As well as Sculpture Park workers and his own team of stone masons, sixty volunteers worked on the installation

We had a quiet Easter weekend enlivened by a couple of family visits. We needed to rest and recuperate after an intensive five-day course in husband Jim’s pottery studio for nine students. They all declared themselves very satisfied with the tuition and catering. The mealtimes are a very sociable extension of the working day and people bring a wealth of variety of background and experience.

I heard a story recently about a little girl who asked her mother: ‘What’s it called when one person sleeps on top of another?’ Her surprised parent said: ‘It’s called sexual intercourse, dear.’ When the child returned later from playing out, she said: ‘Sophie’s Mum said it’s called bunk beds.’

This story was told me by my disreputable friend Nancie, aged 80 plus, who is one of the live-wires in my University of the Third Age writing class. Another member, Margaret Dutton, also in her eighties, amazed me last week when I heard her provide the piano accompaniment to a U3A ladies choir in a concert. Her musical skill in playing the accompaniment for a selection from Mama Mia! was positively virtuoso.

As I used my ‘Screwy Lewy’ recently, (a rubber disc that enables you to unscrew difficult jar lids) I thought about my late friend, Bessie, who gave it to me. She was a great Mrs Malaprop. When I saw her next time after receiving said item, she said: ‘Do you still use your Grippy Lippy?’ She once described an unruly disco in the village hall in Northern Ireland where she lived as being like ‘Sodom and Gloccamoragh’.

As mentioned in my last column I am always interested in new word usages, so when I asked in the bread department of the local supermarket what a ‘Harvester loaf’ was, I was amused to be told: ‘It’s the new word for granary.’ More from me in a fortnight.

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To see pictures of some of Andy Goldsowrthy's work visit http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=andy+goldsworthy&hl=en&um=1&sa=X&oi=images&ct=title

And for details of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park visit http://www.ysp.co.uk/view.aspx?id=422

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