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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply relies
heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on
the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
Harvey is the name of a play, and of a 1950 movie with James Stewart.
It's a comedy, mostly, about an amiable drunk (Stewart) who is friends
with an invisible six-foot, three-and-half-inch pooka, a creature
from Celtic mythology who seems to fill the trickster role and has
been portrayed as a very large upright rabbit. I haven't read or seen
the play but in the film, various people in Jimmy Stewart's
world gradually start to believe Harvey is real, and develop
relationships with him. I think it's essentially a defence of
whimsy and eccentricity.
The last time it was on Broadway, the Stewart role was taken by Jim
Parsons (back before he was even "an actor who happens to be gay," which
was his status one or two summers later when he was in *The Normal
Heart*; this season he is a member of "a cast of nine out-and-proud
openly gay actors," including, surprisingly, Zachary Quinto, in the
first Broadway production of *The Boys in the Band* on its 50th
anniversary), and the invisible rabbit was widely interpreted as
representing (gasp!) homosexuality rather than alcoholism. (The odd
thing is that Parsons was happily partnered even before *The Big Bang
Theory* started its run a decade ago, and I expected for years that
Sheldon Cooper would eventually discover same-sex attraction, but it
didn't happen in that direction.)