Monday, May 11, 2009

Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2

I am but mad north-north-west*; when the wind** is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.

* This is where the film got its title, as I noted here
* The foehn wind is thought to increase incidents of migraine and psychosis in the alpine European countries, and is taken into account as a mitigating circumstance in criminal trials in Switzerland - possibly in Germany (Eva?) also.


Sparkle Plenty said...

Thank you SO much for visiting my blog, and I love your blogs, Artsparker! I'll be addin' both of 'em to my list of meganificent blogs.

All the best,

Adam said...

I don't know the foehn wind but I love the subject of winds and their effects on people. They often have such nice names, the mistral, the zephyr, the tramontane, and yet they can drive people mad.

Adam said...

Very interesting new blog by the way!

Anonymous said...

Like the real ill wind.. I thought this was where the Hitchcock film got it's reference but it's even better to know that it has been ratified by our sometimes too civilized human world. Good sign that we are still at the mercy of mother nature.