Open the nearest book at page 45 and read the first sentence, which will predict your sex life for the next year.
The nearest book happens to be "Devil's Cub", from the overflow shelf of Georgette Heyers immediately to the right of this desk (lots of forecasting potential there!), so the first sentence is...
"The Marquis read out a startling total." !!!
(It is, in fact, a barber's bill...)
Well, perhaps if the world at large considers "none at all" to be startling... otherwise I for one shall be extremely taken by surprise!
Having now worked out a way of posting again, I'll add this lyrics meme (borrowed from pedanther: the original challenge was to select thirty opening lines as chosen at random by the 'shuffle' feature of your computer's music player and challenge people to identify the songs from which they came (and name the performers!)
In my case I only went up to ten and wouldn't expect anyone to be able to identify the majority of those in any case -- I was amused by the way that my sample came out as an almost-coherent narrative in its own right, though.
The results (with answers linked back to the actual file in most cases, as almost my entire computer music collection comes from period downloads in the first place; hence the predominance of 78rpm recordings in this selection):
(due to the settings of the music player, the randomised results then came out in alphabetical order!)
- Don't want my mammy, I don't need a friend
My heart is broken, it won't ever mend
I Must Have That Man (Jack Hylton recording, 1929)
- I'm a very ordinary man
Trying to work out life's happy plan
I Want to Be Happy (From the hit show "No, No, Nanette": Binnie Hale and Joseph Coyne, 1925)
- I love to climb an apple tree
Though apples green are bad for me
It's Foolish but it's Fun (From the film "Spring Parade": Deanna Durbin, 1940)
- Listen to my tale of woe
It's terribly sad but true
Lady Be Good (From guess which musical? Sung here by a woman, but it could almost be the authentic male role)
- If I were queen for a day,
To my advisers I'd say:
Let the People Sing (Jack Hylton recording, 1940)
- "Chicks do it, Japs do it,
Up in Lapland little Lapps do it
Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) (Rudy Vallee, 1928)
- She's my lady-love
She is my dove, my baby love
Lily of Laguna... and it's actually Errol Flynn singing here, in 1954
- You made the river flow, the flowers grow
You made the weak and the strong
Lord, You Made the Night Too Long (Jack Hylton recording, 1932)
- Come, dearest heart, 'mid the flow'rs of June,
Come out in my garden so gay
This is "Love's Garden of Roses", a lesser-known work by Haydn Wood (composer of "Roses of Picardy", etc.): this actual recording (by Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler) was uploaded on YouTube by duettists as an 'unlinked' item, so in deference to her wishes I shan't post the URL here...
- When I remember every little thing you used to do, I'm so lonely --
Every road I walk along, I walked along with you"
Lover, Come Back to Me (sung by Evelyn Laye in the show "New Moon", but recorded here by Rudy Vallee, 1929)
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