Shoes and ships and sealing wax

The Walrus and the Carpenter, by original illustrator John Tenniel
The Walrus and the Carpenter, by original illustrator John Tenniel

I once used the phrase “shoes and ships and sealing wax” in an administrative form for a past boss – I used it as a place-holder, with a note to suggest replacing it with information that I didn’t have.

Alas, it slipped through the editing process and the form whizzed straight through to the Admin. Dept., who queried politely what he meant by the phrase. Oops.

Fortunately, he was a very understanding boss, and we did have a bit of a laugh about it, although I’m sure the admin folk were still a little puzzled.

I’ve always been fond of the phrase, as it seems to encapsulate anything and everything, and that’s what I’ll probably cover in this blog, although I might have to struggle to casually fit cabbages into the discussion.

Let’s just wait and see what happens…

“The time has come”, the walrus said, “to speak of many things,

of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings,

and why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings.”

The Walrus And The Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll

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