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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Xanadu to Xerox


A-Z Challenge – ‘X’

“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

If Xanadu was the place to be, and in Vietnam, I wonder whether you had to pay for the pleasure with a xu, one-hundredth of a dong. If a dong sounds musical to you could play the note by hammering on a xylophone. I’m sure however that my efforts would not qualify me as a contestant on the X Factor show.

I understand that birds and bugs may be xylophagous, i.e., they bore into wood. I hope that they would not choose to bore into the three masts of a xebec, a Mediterranean sailing ship on the way to Treasure Island.

On treasure maps X always marks the spot. If pouring over an old map hurts your eyes then perhaps you need a fluorescent lamp containing xenon. Bones recovered from the treasure site may even need to be X-rayed.

To relax at Xmas time you might decide to watch episodes of the X Files. If an alien can be a foreigner it’s no good being xenophobic. It’s definite that as a blogger you can’t be with followers from all over the world.

I’ll bet that you are all glad that X is the 28th letter of the alphabet; think of it, if the letter for today was xi it would only be the 14th.

There is to be a referendum in the UK on May 5th on possible changes to the voting system. The AV (alternative vote) system would require you to record your preferences for candidates in an election as 1, 2, 3 … and would do away with the current first past the post system. As an advocate of X all I can say is that A and V have had their chance.

If you believe that this post is worth saving you could always print it out and use a Xerox machine to copy it to your friends.

Finally, love and xxx to you all.

6 comments:

mooderino said...

I'm pretty sure banging on a xylophone and making some kind of shrieking sound would get you on the X-Factor. You may need a close relative to die and/or sensationally come out of the closet if you hope to win though.

mood
Moody Writing

tony said...

an Xcellent Post Bob

Bish Denham said...

I get your point Xactly. I once knew someone who had a sailboat named The Xebec.

Robyn Campbell said...

I was Xcstatic and Xcited to read this post. :0)

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

This was a rather xceptional post!

Karen S. said...

Very cool and funny post this is Bob, and I do xerox/copy things when I find a machine....and my printer has an excellent copier built in too! especially great since you can't find many copy machines these days!