“Because I have conducted my own operas and love sheep-dogs; because I generally dress in tweeds, and sometimes, at winter afternoon concerts, have even conducted in them; because I was a militant suffragette and seized a chance of beating time to The March of the Women from the window of my cell in Holloway Prison with a tooth-brush; because I have written books, spoken speeches, broadcast, and don’t always make sure that my hat is on straight; for these and other equally pertinent reasons, in a certain sense I am well known.” ― The very feisty and wonderful Dame Ethel Smyth.
Look at that. A dyke-and-her-dogs. It’s splendid. I’m practising her cello sonata for a concert next weekend. It’s a completely splendid piece. Wowsers.
Here’s to militant suffragettes.
Animals: they’re adorable then they’re delicious.”
It’s uncultured, misinformed swinery.”