Bergen

Sunday, 24 September 2017 09:49 am[personal profile] poliphilo
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My mother has been watching bicycle racing from Bergen. The cameras track and follow the action through the streets of the town and up into the hills above the estuary. I don't take much interest in the sport but I'm enjoying the scenery. I love how the Norwegians paint their houses in bright primary colours.

Remembering The Cuban Missile Crisis

Saturday, 23 September 2017 11:30 am[personal profile] poliphilo
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The difference is we took Kennedy and Khrushchev seriously. I'm not sure they were really any wiser or more imposing than Trump and Kim but the world viewed them as statesmen and not as over-tired toddlers. Politics may not have changed in the intervening half century but I think the world has. We're less frightened, less respectful of power, less willing to put up with high level silliness.

Sunflower

Friday, 22 September 2017 11:31 am[personal profile] poliphilo
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Ah, Sun-flower, weary of time
Who countest the steps of the Sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow
Arise from their graves and aspire
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go

William Blake

Chariot Of Fire

Friday, 22 September 2017 10:24 am[personal profile] poliphilo
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I'm told the human aura has a circumference of 26 feet. That's big. I paced it out and it's over halfway down the garden path. Unless you're living in a cavern in the Peak District your aura will constantly be overlapping other people's. Consider the implications. Imagine the radiant soup in a busy shopping street...

The Hebrew word for it is Merkabah which is the word used in tradition for the celestial chariot in which Elijah went back to heaven. I've been singing "Jerusalem" all my life and now I think I'm finally getting a handle on what Blake was talking about. "Bring me my chariot of fire" means something like "let me realise my full potential"- only "chariot of fire" sounds better.

We think our consciousness is trapped in our physical bodies but really we're travelling around in an invisible vehicle that would blaze out like the sun if we let it.

Living With Machines

Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:09 pm[personal profile] poliphilo
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Ailz got a letter this morning from the DWP to say she's fit to carry on not working. I suppose this is the outcome of the medical reassessment she had a few weeks back, but nowhere does it explicitly state that this is so. Like most letters from the DWP it is composed in impersonal, computer generated stock sentences which have to be interpreted.

I don't watch much TV but one thing I am following is Mitchell and Webb's new show, Back- which has something of the same vibe as Peep Show and is shaping up to be as good- with Mitchell as a man to whom life has not been kind and Webb as the charming psychopath who moves in on his family. I guess I must be a fan. YouTube thinks I am anyway and keeps lobbing me decade old sketches from that Mitchell and Webb Look- for which I am grateful. It also lobs me documentaries about UFOs and the Beatles. It knows me. It knows me better than I know myself.

Winging It

Saturday, 16 September 2017 10:50 am[personal profile] poliphilo
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The bees have discovered our sunflower and three of them are tucking in. A funny little plane, one of those unserious planes that look like they're made of balsa wood, is practising circles in the sky. I wonder how it manages to stay up then retract the thought quickly in case I spook the pilot and they lose their faith in their ability to fly.

I've been re-reading an old interview with Harry Dean Stanton, who has just died aged 91. Life, he says, is "all one big phantasmagoria anyway. In the end I've really got nothing to do with it. It just happens, and there's no answer to it." Nice one, Harry.

Crisis Averted

Saturday, 16 September 2017 09:55 am[personal profile] poliphilo
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Can't get the sliding door to the living room to lock. O bother. Poke about. Shut door. Work lever. Open door. Nothing obviously wrong with the lock. Fetch screwdriver. Poke some more. Carry on for abut twenty minutes. O bother, bother, bother. Don't want to have to call in locksmith, but what other option is there? Oh, hang on a moment, one option might be to remove the tail end of the curtain from between the door and the door frame...

Conservatives

Thursday, 14 September 2017 01:27 pm[personal profile] poliphilo
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Conservatives don't have a plan for changing the world- except by taking it back to how it was before- which if they have any sense they know to be a lost cause- and this makes them excellent and honest observers of the passing scene- equally sceptical of anything current or new. Some of the best journalists and satirists are conservatives.

In government- well- don't expect too much of them- and look to your liberties. Conservative visionary is a contradiction in terms.

Spiders

Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:02 pm[personal profile] poliphilo
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I like spiders. I'm less fond of the larders they accumulate in the corners of window bottoms.

Storm Aileen

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:45 am[personal profile] poliphilo
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Storm Aileen came barrelling across the UK last night. Ailz has found it odd to have her not so very common name in the headlines. She's glad she doesn't have to go into an office this morning and deal with the ribbing.

First thing I did this morning was check that my sunflower was still standing.

Everyday Synchronicity

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:03 pm[personal profile] poliphilo
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The more you take note of synchronicitous happenings the more you take note of them- or so I'm told- and that's why I'm recording this...

The other day I caught a trailer for a TV show I never watch. I saw it twice- and each time one of the actors really stood out. I couldn't tell you who any of the others were or what they were doing but this guy had me hooked. It was as if he had a big golden arrow over his head pointing down. His face was sort of familiar but I couldn't name him. I just felt he was significant, striking- and I wanted to know more.

Today he's all over the media in connection with a family tragedy.

Three-Year-Old

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:18 am[personal profile] poliphilo
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We had a woman round to see to my mother's hair and she brought a three-year-old with her.

Ok, brain, you've got to start processing information faster if you want to keep up with a three-year old. Small children are wired to process as much information as they can in as short a time as possible. Almost everything is new and amazing. And it all needs to be understood and mastered. Gotta move fast, fast, fast...

Toy box, bricks, cat, remote controlled car, football, bird table, cat, horses, HORSES!, acorns, big stick, HORSES!, apple...

Rainbows

Monday, 11 September 2017 12:19 pm[personal profile] poliphilo
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When I was young a rainbow was a rare occurrence. If they showed up you took notice and went Ooh and Aah and summoned your loved ones to admire them. These days they seem to be appearing all the time. There was one this morning- a faint one; I caught it as it was fading back into the sky.

Was I a singularly unobservant child? No, I don't think so...

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