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  Keep the Aspidistra Flying - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Keep the Aspidistra Flying (first published 1936) is a novel by George Orwell.
Keep the Aspidistra Flying was filmed in 1997 (released in the USA under the alternative title of A Merry War) by Robert Bierman based on a screenplay by Alan Plater and starring Richard E. Grant and Helena Bonham Carter.
The aspidistra is a spiny houseplant that at the time was widely considered a symbol of dull middle-class British taste, and seems to follow Gordon throughout the novel.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Keep_the_Aspidistra_Flying   (790 words)

  
 Aspidistra Production and Use   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Aspidistra are valued for their foliage, and their flowers often go completely unnoticed because they are cryptically colored and borne at the soil line.
Aspidistra are typically propagated by dividing the rhizome.
Aspidistra is apparently not a very favored host for most caterpillars, so the damage is rarely extensive unless there is a large population of caterpillars that fall into the Aspidistra plantings.
edis.ifas.ufl.edu /EP147   (3270 words)

  
 aspidistra.htm
"Aspidistra's" contribution to Allied operations in Italy was to relay the Italian Fascist programme each evening, as received direct from Munich, but with a few bogus insertions made by British intelligence and usually recorded in advance.
Since "Aspidistra" was much more powerful than any of these transmitters and could occupy any of their frequencies almost instantaneously owing to its remarkable ability to make lightning changes of frequency, the fighter crews were often unaware that they were in fact listening to output from "Aspidistra''.
The first 'intruder' operation with ''Aspidistra" was on the Civil Defence Channel of 599 kHz at 8.19pm with the interval signal used by the Germans during their commentaries on the movements of Allied aircraft.
members.aol.com /skywave48/aspidistra.htm   (6581 words)

  
 Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Aspidistra—An Alluring and Enduring Favorite
Fields, she spoke of aspidistra with almost mythic reverence, remembering how an elderly cousin called her inside one day for a special treat, "which proved to be something I have not often seen since: an aspidistra plant blooming away at soil level!"
Aspidistra is native to eastern Asia, having adapted to a diversity of landscapes all the way from the lower Himalayas, through China, to the islands of Japan.
Aspidistra can survive extreme levels of urban pollution and dust, as well as light levels as low as 25 footcandles (although they prefer 75 footcandles or more—an unobstructed northern exposure, for example).
www.bbg.org /gar2/topics/indoor/1999wi_aspidistra.html   (1013 words)

  
 Political Warfare Executive - Aspidistra
This huge transmitter (the biggest in the world) was nicknamed aspidistra after a song by Gracie Fields.
Gracie Fields was a famous wartime singer; one of her songs was called the biggest aspidistra in the world.
Aspidistra was supposed to be installed in the newly built studio at Milton Bryan, but Harold Robin wanted it to be installed as near to Europe as possible (to get a strong signal).
clutch.open.ac.uk /schools/emerson00/pwe_page5.html   (94 words)

  
 Thursday's Plant -- Aspidistra elatior   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
You'll find aspidistra gracing fine gardens in Mobile, Ala., New Orleans and Charleston, S.C.; a plantation home would suffer ignominy without a planting of aspidistra along a garden walk or in the shade of a grove of stately old trees.
Like most plants, aspidistra grows best in well-drained soils high in organic matter, and responds to frequent watering and spring and summer fertilization.
Aspidistra should be planted at 18-inch spacing as it spreads readily, its leaves arising from strong, persistent rhizomes.
www.greenbeam.com /features/plant090798.stm   (378 words)

  
 Cast Iron Plant Excels in Shady Gardens   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
She had been separating her aspidistra and in doing so had discovered the magenta flowers that are produced at ground level.
Aspidistra is one of those plants that has been with us so long that we tend to look upon it as one of our own.
Aspidistra is often planted in containers and used as a porch or patio plant.
leon.ifas.ufl.edu /cast_iron_plant_excels_in_shady_.htm   (784 words)

  
 Floridata: Aspidistra elatior
Some types of aspidistra are variegated with creamy streaks or dots; some are shorter than the species.
Fertilize during period of active growth for best appearance, but aspidistra thrives on neglect and will get along fine unless the soil is practically devoid of nutrients.
Aspidistra is often grown in a container as a porch or patio plant, or as a house plant.
www.floridata.com /ref/a/aspi_ela.cfm   (434 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Book group: Orwell's Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Keep the Aspidistra Flying, George Orwell's third novel published in 1936, is a savagely satirical portrait of the literary life.
The aspidistra of the book's title comes from the pot plants to be found on every window sill which, for Comstock, symbolise all that is wrong with the "mingy, lower-class decency" he is desperate to escape.
Orwell refused to allow either Keep the Aspidistra Flying or his first novel, the considerably weaker A Clergyman's Daughter, to be reprinted in his lifetime.
books.guardian.co.uk /departments/classics/story/0,6000,992193,00.html   (843 words)

  
 Subterranea Britannica: Research Study Group: Sites: Crowborough
The original Aspidistra entrance on the lowest level has been retained and there is a vehicle ramp to that level.
Aspidistra was ready in early 1942 but did not come on line until 8th November with pre-recorded speeches from President Roosevelt and General Eisenhower on the American landings in North Africa.
The three level RGHQ bunker was constructed by completely gutting the WW2 Aspidistra bunker, inserting an intermediate floor in what was the cable tunnel between floors (as at Skendleby) with additions to the upper floor to house the plant.
www.subbrit.org.uk /rsg/sites/c/crowborough   (1768 words)

  
 Aspidistra elatior,CastIron Plant, Bar room plant, plant information for growing and its use in flower arranging with ...
Aspidistra is one of the great foliages used in flower arranging and features in designs in floral design magazine.
Description: Aspidistra elatior has cornlike, shiny, dark green leaves that grow to 24 inches long; it occasionally produces purple-brown small flowers near the base of the plant.
Aspidistra elatior is a perennial evergreen with a cluster of shiny green leaves up to 50cm long with stalks about a third of their length.
www.floralartmall.com /aspidistra.html   (551 words)

  
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In the half-darkness, with aspidistras all about you, you had the feeling of being in some sunless aquarium amid the dreary foliage of water-flowers.
He sat down with his back to the fireplace (there was an aspidistra in the grate instead of a fire) and ate his plate of cold beef and his two slices of crumbly white bread, with Canadian butter, mousetrap cheese and Pan Yan pickle, and drank a glass of cold but musty water.
All alone she dwelleth, and all day long she fareth to and fro, and in her hand is the feather-mop fashioned from the tail feathers of the contumacious turkey, and with it she polisheth the dark-leaved aspidistras and flicketh the hated dust from the resplendent never- to-be-used Crown Derby china tea-service.
gutenberg.net.au /ebooks02/0200021.txt   (22114 words)

  
 Growing and Care of CAST IRON PLANT, (Aspidistra elatior) Your Gardening - Flower Information Source
Aspidistra is a member of the lily family.
Next to its remarkable ability to withstand abuse and neglect, the tough evergreen leaves are its main attribute.
The sharp-pointed leaves, which are numerous, are 15 to 24 inches long, each with a channeled stalk about one-third the length of the leaf blade.
www.plantideas.com /in/in10.html   (178 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Keep the Aspidistra Flying: Books: George Orwell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The aspidistra, a simple houseplant, symbolizes middle-class respectabilty and is used throughout the book as a point of reference for Gordon's distain of the money-culture.
In Aspidistra, we have a main character-Gordon Comstock-who seems to accept this as a given, and supposes that, when this kind of poverty is a choice, one can break free of the trappings of the capitalistic burden.
In all three of these, as in Aspidistra, we have a character so obsessed with an abstract notion that he lets it rule his life and destroy the lives of others.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0848806034?v=glance   (2864 words)

  
 PDN -- Aspidistra patentiloba
We are pleased to introduce another rare Chinese species of aspidistra, A. patentiloba, to cultivation.
The cool thing about this aspidistra is that it flowers in midsummer (late June in NC).
You're sure to be the life of the party with your Aspidistra patentiloba by your side.
www.plantdelights.com /Catalog/Fall/Detail/04542.html   (114 words)

  
 Asiatica Nursery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
This Aspidistra came to me today in very very good conditon, with many leaves and was not wilted!
I planted this in spring, and although I know it is a touchy plant, The leaf whorl came up right away (I expected it might not come up the first year.) The rhizome shipped by Asiatica was excellent quality...
It is so small yet had a big impact with its leaves; they are very attractive and it's just so cute, and was in very good health when I received it.
www.asiaticanursery.com /reviews.php?osCsid=791e13027c3d824865425f0be6c9771e   (918 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Keep the Aspidistra Flying: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In Keep the Aspidistra Flying, George Orwell has created a darkly compassionate satire to which anyone who has ever been oppressed by the lack of brass, or by the need to make it, will all too easily relate.
The simple Aspidistra, a potted plant, is Gordon's symbol of the middle class value system he detested.
And KEEP THE ASPIDISTRA FLYING came across as a chronicle of leftist one-upmanship: the - I'm more working class than you are - attitude, by living shoulder to shoulder with the poor, then leaving when bored.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0156468999   (1226 words)

  
 George Orwell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Orwell drew on his teaching experiences for the novel A Clergyman's Daughter (1935), which he wrote at his parents' house in 1934 after ill-health forced him to give up teaching.
From late 1934 to early 1936 he worked part-time as an assistant in a second-hand bookshop in Hampstead, an experience later partially recounted in the novel Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936).
In early 1936, Orwell was commissioned by Victor Gollancz of the Left Book Club to write an account of life in the depressed areas of northern England, which appeared in 1937 as The Road to Wigan Pier.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/George_Orwell   (3405 words)

  
 Digital Times®:karaoke:singers: Biggest Aspidistra In The World, The   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
For years we 'ad an Aspidistra in a flower pot, On the Whatnot, near the 'at stand in the 'all.
The dogs line up for miles and miles a funny sight to see They sniff around for hours on end and wag their tails with glee, so I've 'ad to put a notice up to say ifs not a tree.
It's getting worn and weary and its leaves are turning grey, its the oldest Aspidistra in the world.
www.digitaltimes.com /karaoke/singers/biggest_aspidistra.html   (371 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Keep the Aspidistra Flying (Penguin Modern Classics): Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
One can’t read “Aspidistra” without reflecting that it was written in a Europe that was on the brink of war.
Granted, as time has changed, public opinion on views of class, social status and money have changed, however the brilliant way in which this story was written has allowed everyone to experience the pain and desperation of one single spiritually-empty man in an environment of wealth.
The aspidistra plant is used to represent everything Orwell is trying to say - a well kept aspidistra is a sign of wealth and happiness, an untidy one is a sign of poverty.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0141183721   (2014 words)

  
 RFID Today   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Somebody who claims to know is Paul Dorey, managing director of Devon-based Aspidistra (http://www.aspidistra.com).
Producing a web service for a disconnected user isn't easy, although Aspidistra seems to have managed it: Ken Hands at Laptopsgoingcheap.com, for example, says that, "Aspidistra deployed their Web Services for Accounts on our e-commerce site and the link we needed between our sales order processing system and e-commerce web site was instant.
According to Dorey, Aspidistra wanted to make its web services even richer, but Sage simply doesn't provide indexes on some fields, which would make web services using them too slow.
www.appdevadvisor.co.uk /express/articles/aspidistra.html   (494 words)

  
 Aspidistra
Genus of 3 species of evergreen, rhizomatous perennials from woodland in the Himalayas, China, and Japan.
Aspidistra can withstand periods of dryness at the roots if the temperature is not too high.
Aspidistra will die if the soil is constantly saturated and it will be harmed by frequent repotting.
gflora.com /index.php?cmd=genus_body&genus_id=150   (119 words)

  
 Shade Gardening: Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra eliator)
To begin, let's talk about the Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra eliator).
It is an evergreen that grows in two forms: a dark green foliage and a variegated foliage (Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata).
The Cast Iron plant is native to Japan.
www.aogc.org /shade/000013.html   (376 words)

  
 JamesBowman.net | Keep the Aspidistra Flying   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Gordon Comstock (Richard E. Grant) is a would-be poet who loathes money and middle-class respectability and aspidistras equally.
Quitting his job as a talented copywriter with the New Albion advertising agency, he decides to try to make his living only from his poetry.
And she neither she nor Miss Bonham-Carter's Rosemary is on camera long enough to generate much interest of their own.
www.jamesbowman.net /review.asp?pubID=755   (684 words)

  
 PlantFiles: Detailed information on Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
I have two Aspidistra elatior - one is 'Asahi', and the other is an unnamed variety I found at a nursery in Sacramento.
Winter 2004 update: Aspidistra elatior DEFINITELY survives single-digit temperatures in a location sheltered from the wind with only minimal damage to the very tips of some leaves.
I realize that an aspidistra would be unlikely to survive our winters.
davesgarden.com /pf/go/606   (1639 words)

  
 PDN -- Aspidistra 'China Sun'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Aspidistra 'China Sun' (China Sun Cast Iron Plant)
QCS-III-L) This cool aspidistra (possibly a new species) was wild-collected by Dr. Jim Waddick from the Qing Cheng San Mountains of Sichuan in 1985.
Each 20" long x 2.25" wide leaf is speckled with pale, light-yellow dots.
www.plantdelights.com /Catalog/Current/Detail/02116.html   (93 words)

  
 CAST IRON PLANT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
For a gardener with a brown thumb, this sturdy, long-lasting plant can be used in areas where all else fails; it is always green, and can handle deep shade under deck stairs or along foundations that receive almost no sunlight.
There are very few plants that tolerate harsh conditions like Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior), however try Variegated Japanese Water Iris (Iris ensata `Variegata`) and Nakiana Plantain Lily (Hosta rectifolia `Nakai`) and Serendipidy Plantain Lily (Hosta x `Serendipidy`) in carefully planted clusters.
Slow growing to 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
www.monrovia.com /PlantInf.nsf/0/cebb804357c53fc48825684d00705713?OpenDocument   (172 words)

  
 Gray and Black Radio Propaganda against Nazi Germany - a paper by Bob Rowen
Listeners tuning in would naturally gain the impression that they were listening to a clandestine German military transmitter broadcasting coded strategic messages and diatribes from a senior officer who could not contain his opinions any longer.
On the 8th November 1942, this radio transmitter briefly took part in the invasion of North Africa – but then it became largely the property of the BBC and white propaganda.
The power of the Aspidistra, now boosted from 500,000 watts to 600,000 watts, was used for a somewhat different purpose in 1945, you might say tactically, for a series of Intrusion Operations.
libraryautomation.com /nymas/radioproppaper.htm   (7044 words)

  
 Aspidistra - Tropical Interiors, Inc. - Colorado Springs, Co.
Aspidistra - Tropical Interiors, Inc. - Colorado Springs, Co.
They will adapt to nearly any light level with the exception of full sun.
We have Aspidistra available in nearly every container size with mature plants reaching a maximum height of 3' to 4'.
www.tropicalinteriorsinc.com /gallery/asp.htm   (93 words)

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