I'm aYankee Doodle Dandy AYankee Doodle, do
or die; A real live nephew
of my Uncle Sam's, Born on the fourth
of July. George M(ichael) Cohan 'Yankee Doodle Boy'.
She taught me what her uncle once taught her: How easily the
biggest coal block split If you got the
grain and hammer angled right. The sound of that
relaxed alluring blow, Its co-opted and
obliterated echo, Taught me to hit,
taught me to loosen, Taught me between
the hammer and the block To face the music.
Teach me now to listen, To strike it rich
behind the linear black. SeamusJustin Heaney The Haw Lantern,'Clearances: In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911^1984'.
My wife had an uncle who could never walk down the nave of his abbey
without wondering whether it would take spin. Baron Douglas-Home In The Twentieth
Century Revisited, BBC T V programme,1982.
Effie M. was a monster. Six foot high and as strong
as a farm horse.No
sooner had she decided that she wanted UncleTom than she
knocked him off his bicycle and told him. Laurie Lee Cider With Rosie,'The Uncles'.
'Twenty three and a quarter minutes past,' Uncle Matthew was saying
furiously,'inprecisely six and three- quarter minutes the
damned fella will be late.' Nancy Freeman Mitford Love in a Cold Climate, pt.1, ch.13.
My uncle was famous for his balanced point of view. At the time of which I
am writing (when he was nearly seventy) it had
become so balanced, that the act of balancing seemed
rather automatic.One had only to offer him an
opinion for him to balance it with a counter- opinion of exactly
the same weight, as a grocer puts a pound weight
against a pound of sugar. Sir Stephen Harold Spender World withinWorld, p.77.