There is a flower within my heart
Planted one day by a glancing dart
Planted by Daisy Bell
Whether she loves me or loves me not
Sometimes it's hard to tell
Yet I am longing to share the lot
Of beautiful Daisy Bell
Daisy, give me your answer, do
I'm half crazy all for the love of you
It won't be a stylish marraige
I can't afford the carriage
But you'd look sweet on the seat
Of a bicycle built for two
We will go tandem as man and wife
Peddling our way down the road of life
I and my Daisy Bell
When the roads and we both dispise
P'licemen and lamps as well.
There are bright lights in the dazzling eyes
Of beautiful Daisy Bell.
I will stand by you in wheel or woe
You'll be the bell which I'll ring you know
Sweet little Daisy Bell
You'll take the lead on each trip we take
Then if I don't do well
I will permit you to use the brake
Beautiful Daisy Bell
Daisy Bell is a popular song, written in 1892 by Harry Dacre, with the well-known chorus ending with the words "a bicycle built for two".
It is said that when Dacre, an English popular composer, first came to the United States, he brought with him a bicycle, for which he was charged import duty. His friend William Jerome, another songwriter, remarked lightly: "It's lucky you didn't bring a bicycle built for two, otherwise you'd have to pay double duty." Dacre was so taken with the phrase "bicycle built for two" that he soon used it in a song. That song, Daisy Bell, first became successful in a London music hall, in a performance by Katie Lawrence. Tony Pastor was the first to sing it in the United States. Its success in America began when Jennie Lindsay brought down the house with it at the Atlantic Gardens on the Bowery early in 1892.
The song was originally recorded and released by Dan W. Quinn in 1893.
In 1961 a computer at Bell Labs was programmed to 'sing' "Daisy Bell" in the earliest demonstration of computer speech synthesis.
Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke witnessed the demonstration and referenced it in the 1968 novel and film 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which the HAL 9000 computer sings "Daisy Bell" during its gradual deactivation.
I am very aware that I have not published many dessert recipes. On the whole, desserts tend to be quite calorie laden and I tend not to eat them much myself. However, we all deserve a treat from time to time, so here is a recipe for a delicious, but simple apple crumble.
5 or 6 medium sized cooking apples
100 g granulated sugar
180 g wholemeal flour
90 g butter
60 g Demerara sugar
Peel and core the apples and put in a bowl of cold water to prevent them from oxidising.
Put the zest and juice of the lemon into a large bowl and slice the cooking apples into it, then turn with your hands to evenly distribute the lemon.
Layer the bottom of a 200 x 200 x 50 mm ovenproof dish with some of the apple, and sprinkle over some of the granulated sugar. Continue to add layers of apple and sugar until the dish is almost full.
Put the butter and the flour into a bowl and rub between your fingers until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. Fold in the Demerara sugar and then top the apples with the crumble mix.
Preheat an oven to 180 C and cook the crumble for about 45 minutes, or until the crumble mix is beginning to brown and the apple is bubbling away nicely.
Serve hot, covered in custard. The mix is enough for four people.