9.12.11 (Nine Bells)

9 Dec

Today’s date doesn’t look much like a special number but I know it is because Belle of the Carnival told me it is.  She might also have mentioned that it’s her birthday. 

In honour of her birthday, here are nine bells:


Belle and Sebastian are first because they take me right back to my childhood:



A beautiful Belle:



A not-so-beautiful Bell:

Antonio Meucci + Alexander Graham Bell


Old Japanese “Nine Bells” Wall Clock (nine bells, twelve hours; go figure):


Nine Christmas bells (of course).  Don’t mock; the same shop offers 24 hollow eyeballs.  Sometimes it’s better to be nice.


A job opportunity:

All Saints' tower

All Saints’ is unique in the world for it has a diatonic ring of nine bells hung for English change ringing, there are other churches with nine bells, but these do not form a “true” major scale…All Saints bell ringers need more people! 

What do you think, Belle?  It’s only a short plane ride from Canada to Basingstoke


 I give you Belle Starr:


Maybe not – that’s how Hollywood saw her; in real life she looked like this:


You could move to the Nine Bells district of the City of Overlook, on the eastern slopes of the Stonehome Mountains, a hoary range of crumbling peaks as old as the world: 

“Nine Bells, Nine Hells, all the same to me.”

Nine Bells district takes its name for the nine temples
found in the heart of the district…this district draws
the hungry, the diseased, and the destitute to its
streets. …With rotting estates, old vineyards now
overrun by tents and wooden shacks, sagging
rowhouses, and communities of tents, Nine Bells
decays even while the rest of the city grows
strong…many of its people commit unspeakable
acts to survive. Drugs, prostitution, and
slavery can all be found here.

From Rodinia 

Umm, maybe not the best way to celebrate your birthday.


Finally, you could visit the past here in Manchester:

(Belle Vue Prison)



You Tube videos won’t embed on my blog at the moment, so here is a poem instead; provide the tune for yourself:

Jingle bells, birthday Belle, singled out today
Oh what fun it is to write in a rather hackneyed way*
Jingle bells, birthday Belle, singled out today
Oh what fun it is to write in a rather hackneyed way**

Dashing through this post
In a must-get-finished way
O’er the words we go
Laughing all the way***
Belles on birthdays sing
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and ring
Up Canada at night.****

Jingle bells, birthday Belle, singled out today
Oh what fun it is to write in a rather hackneyed way*****
Jingle bells, birthday Belle, singled out today
Oh what fun it is to write in a rather hackneyed way******

*Me, not you!
**Me, not you!
***I hope.
 ****Don’t worry; I won’t be waking you up in a stalkerish way.  Not unless I can reverse the charges.
*****Me, not you!
******Me, not you!


Happy birthday Belle!

Hope this was exciting enough for you!

31 Responses to “9.12.11 (Nine Bells)”

  1. vivinfrance December 9, 2011 at 10:36 #

    A great tribute for your friend. I like the Jingle Bells best, because it’s you!


  2. Debbie (@DebbieInLondon) December 9, 2011 at 10:40 #

    I love Belle’s birthday song! Can I have 44 Debbies and a Debbie song for my 44th birthday in January?

    Thought not.


    • Tilly Bud December 9, 2011 at 10:44 #

      I’ll see what I can do but I need a date first!

      (Not that kind of date; we are both respectable married women. Erm, one of us is a respectable married woman.)


      • Debbie (@DebbieInLondon) December 9, 2011 at 15:03 #

        January 1st, like the racehorses. My Mum had a terrific New Year’s Eve as you can imagine.

        If you write me a poem, I will not appreciate the fact that Deb rhymes with pleb. Just so you know.


  3. misswhiplash December 9, 2011 at 10:55 #

    Oh Tilly B Linda C
    You are rather good.

    Happy Birthday to Belle… I loved the pictures especially Belle Star


  4. gigihawaii December 9, 2011 at 13:08 #

    What a wonderful birthday greeting to Belle! You are so clever, Tilly!


  5. SidevieW December 9, 2011 at 15:01 #

    hells bells that a lot of them ;=-)


  6. Patti December 9, 2011 at 16:19 #

    What fun! A very festive addition to her birthday celebration. Now let’s see what you can do with “Patti” on 10/6/12 – or in England, I guess it’s 6/10/12. Though I envision something with small circles of ground meat involved…..


    • Tilly Bud December 10, 2011 at 10:58 #

      It’s in my diary. Just to be clear, we are talking October?


  7. SchmidleysScribbling December 9, 2011 at 17:26 #

    Wonderful post. Now you must read Dorothy Sayers ‘Nine Tailors’ for your holiday treat. All about change ringers and murder. Dianne


  8. SchmidleysScribbling December 9, 2011 at 17:28 #

    PS My birthday is May 11 and I will be 70 next year. That should give you pause for thought. D~~


    • Hanna December 9, 2011 at 20:51 #

      You are so cool, Mrs Schmidley :); 70 and rockin’ (I hope I said it right).
      Mrs Tilly should say something about your birthday ;).


    • Tilly Bud December 10, 2011 at 10:59 #

      I’m on it 😉


  9. colonialist December 9, 2011 at 17:49 #

    You went at a ding-dong of a rate, here, in fact like the clappers, and it is striking, but I’m sure it will ring a bell somewhere. 🙂


  10. Pseu December 9, 2011 at 19:46 #



  11. kateshrewsday December 9, 2011 at 20:56 #

    Happy birthday to a wonderful writer – and thanks to you, Tilly, for telling us!

    PS:Do All Saints Basingstoke really need bellringers?


  12. Hanna December 9, 2011 at 21:02 #

    Now this is quite a lot of bells :).

    My father’s birthday is on the 25th of Dec. That’s what gave him the name (my gramma chose the name) ******** (what? I won’t tell you my dad’s last name…) which translates to English “Jesus’s Birth Day” (no kidding) :).
    *There is no tradition of having a family name in my culture. So parents can give any last name they want to their kids.


  13. nrhatch December 9, 2011 at 22:12 #

    This is better than a 21 Gun Salute! 😀


  14. jakesprinter December 10, 2011 at 03:53 #

    Nice Selection of photograph and your writing is great too 🙂


    • Tilly Bud December 10, 2011 at 11:07 #

      Thank you. It’s kind of you to say so 🙂


  15. belleofthecarnival December 11, 2011 at 06:28 #

    Hahaha! I love this! Thank you so much for the lovely birthday song! I’m going to frame this post and hang it in my blogging cave! It really made my night after a very long flight 🙂


  16. ElizOF December 18, 2011 at 04:24 #

    Happy Birthday to Belle! 🙂


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