Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat

Let’s start the day with some nonsense!
I love this rhyme by Lewis Carroll:

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.

In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland it is recited by The Mad Hatter at his and The March Hare’s Tea Party.
You can see one version of that in a film from 1972. Robert Helpmann sings the song to Fiona Fullerton as Alice while the March Hare (Peter Sellers is behind all that fur) tries hard not to hear anything. The Dormouse is Dudley More.

Having stepped into the world of nonsense I will allow myself to show you this little clip too since it is also about a bat:

It is from a Danish comedy show that ran a couple of years ago. Not all the jokes have survived the harsh treatment of Time (far from it) but I love this scene where the permanently stoned Dutch cyclist Pim de Keysergracht envisions his shirt as a bat – be careful to note the sound the bat makes. Should I explain more? Probably, but let’s just leave it at that…



April 11, 2007. Literature, Music, YouTube.

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