Wednesday, 16 April 2014

"O" is for Oscar Wilde, the Oscars and Olives

Oscar Fingal O'Flaherte Wills Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer and poet. His only novel was "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1890), and of his plays "The Canterville Ghost" is a favourite of mine.

Wilde moved in fashionable, cultural and social circles in London, USA and Canada associating with the rich and famous. He is remembered for his great literature, witticisms, flamboyant dress and sparkling conversation, but also imprisonment.

On being released after 2 years' hard labour he left immediately for France and died destitute in Paris  aged 46.

We have the Annual Academy Awards ceremony, known as "the Oscars", which honours achievements in the film industry. Winners are awarded the above statuette, the Academy Award of Merit or "an Oscar" as it's usually called.

The ceremony was first televised in 1953 and is now seen all over the world. The 86th ceremony took place on 2nd March, 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

And we have the olive which has been grown on small trees for at least 5000-6000 years. Many people still consider it sacred, and to offer an olive branch to someone is to ask for peace.

Olive oil has been used to annoint Kings, and it lit the "eternal flame" in the original Olympic Games. We drizzle it now over salads, use it in cooking and as a moisturiser. 

I like organic extra virgin olive oil from the first pressing of the olives, and eating a green olive just as it is.

Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams Blog. I'll be posting "P" here tomorrow to continue the A-Z Challenge.