Close, but no cigar. This is a saying that always comes to mind when ever the word close (Klos) is mentioned. It means to ‘Fall just short of a successful outcome and get nothing for your efforts’. ~
The origin of the phrase, and its variant ‘nice try, but no cigar’, are of U.S origin and date from the mid-20th century. Fairground stalls gave out cigars as prizes, and this is the most likely source, although there’s no definitive evidence to prove that.
It is first recorded in print in Sayre and Twist’s publishing of the script of the 1935 film version of Annie Oakley:
“Close, Colonel, but no cigar!”
It appears in U. S. newspapers widely from around 1949 onwards; for example, a story from The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, November 1949, where The Lima House Cigar and Sporting Goods Store narrowly avoided being burned down in a fire, was titled ‘Close But No Cigar’.
I went with “close” the adjective - A short distance away or apart in space or time. I am scratching for time here at the moment, if I had more time to spend here with this I would like to add many more interpretations. I may just update later.
The intimacy of plants to the environment. In this case the existence here is close to impossible and still a fern is showing signs of taking a stronghold in the very harsh conditions of a rock face. This is the defense that plants have developed to allow continuance of the species. The vital necessary ingredient here is water.
This shot would not be the same if I wasn’t so close with the camera. These flowers are a quarter of the size they are in this image.
The poinsettia has a close association with Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere and is also known as the flower of Ataturk. Its leaves have been used in history to produce dyes and pigments. When you get in this close the stamens are truly a work of art and such a pretty creation. These plants love the cooler temperatures.
To the Anagnu people of Central Australia, the close association to the rock is called Tjukurpa …. The Dreaming. I had dreamed since childhood of being this close to the most famous land mark in Australia. The huge single stone monolithic structure known as Uluru. I was that close to the rock I could feel the vibrations of the ancestral beings as I approached the Mutujulu Waterhole. This is the Earths Solar Plexis.
Uluru has had a long association with over seas visitors as a place to conquer and to climb. The Anagnu ask you not to climb but that is the full extent of this. Presently there is a bill before parliament to bring this to a close permanently and stop visitors climbing. The Uluru rock central to their ceremony and Tjukurpa.
All of us girls. We are close friends ~ but we have come from vast distances to become this close. The Philippines, Portugal, Spain and Australia. Here we are holidaying at the Gold Coast in the calmer waters of Tallebudggera Creek Queensland.
The image my mind conjures of the words “close friends” symbolizes an enclosure of secrets of a personal nature shared inside the boundaries of friendship. This is like an invisible corral that contains the terms of the friendship. These terms are centered around respect of one’s self and respect of the other. This includes not divulging personal information to others outside the friendship group. Some things are better shared in small group of trust worthy individuals and it is considered a violation to take this further out to the harshness of reality and the conjecture of others.
Glen Close is a sixth time academy award nominee. She currently advocates against the stigma of mental illness and she will be a keynote speaker at the International Conference on reducing the stigma surrounding Mental Illness held in Ottawa Canada. Mental illness is something she intimately aware of. Her sister Jessie living with Bi-Polar being her motivation and passion.
One of her most notable roles in film in my opinion was in the 1987 movie “Fatal Attraction”. In this film the happily married New York lawyer Dan Callagher has an affair with his colleague Alex (played by Close), and the two enjoy a love weekend while Dan’s wife and kids are away. But Alex will not let go of him, and she will stop at nothing to have him for herself.
The movie was a tearaway success at the box office. Much discussion has occurred since its debut on the silver screen. A lot more understanding around Borderline Personality Disorder was certainly a positive outcome. I wonder still if this was on purpose. Until this movie men largely participated in extra-marital activity unaware of just how close they could have been to suffering a similar fate to Dan in Fatal Attraction.
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