in the arsehole of diogenes

NEO-HERACLITUS_____________Qweir Notions in the arsehole of Diogenes: weBlog of a septuagenarian Binge-thinker since February 2008.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

"You never feel better than when

you start feeling good
after you have been feeling bad."

Nicely put, William Least Heat Moon in Blue Highways.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Deep question.

Does emotional promiscuity
indicate emotional shallowness
or emotional generosity ?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

VIA : Very Impermanent Art

So much more fun than the permanent stuff.
Ten a minute is the rate of output.

Coupelle [Michel Perfetti] et Yaourt [Anthony Weir], April 2019.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Most native English-speakers

have heard of The Great Irish Famine
(so-called because there had been lots of numerically-smaller famines before 1845).

Millions of the least-poor Irish fled
(because of the excellent military-road system)
to ports where boats would take them
(at a price) to England, Scotland, Canada, Mexico,
Chile...and, of course the United States of America.

But, it seems, none emigrated to France.

Language cannot have been a reason,
since many emigrants did not speak English.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
was not at war with France.

The potato famine of 1845-50 affected the whole of northern Europe,
especially eastern Germany and Poland.
Even so, why were there no Irish emigrants
to (Iberia or) France ?

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Friday, 12 April 2019

Included in the humbling number

of things I don't understand
is why people think that meat is a treat
(for which they are constantly lusting) -
or, worse - something necessary to eat -
while for me it is pretty tasteless
and slightly disgusting.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

If pity is,

as Christians and maybe Buddhists seem to think,
the Highest Form of Love,
I love almost everybody -
realising, too, that pity
is not far from contempt.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

There really is no difference

between doing 'the wrong thing for the right reasons'
and doing 'the right thing for the wrong reasons'

because rationality is our destructive delusion.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Sunday, 7 April 2019

"Godliness" :

to suffer like an animal...
but it's not suffering or punishment
or natural retribution
that might redeem us - just
happy acceptance of death and destitution.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

People are strangely resistant to the truth

and the truths in novels.
They prefer the lies, half-truths and speculation
of psychologists, philosophers,  statisticians,
journalists, scientists, and politicians.

Friday, 5 April 2019

I wonder which philosopher...

"...says it is our greatest crime
to ignore the beauty of the world" ?

- Irish Murdoch: The Italian Girl

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Monday, 1 April 2019

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Friday, 29 March 2019

Of course there is no 'energy crisis'.

We have a population crisis,
a waste and defecation crisis,
and a consumption crisis. 

           Now a film.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

It pays the rent.

My friend, a fellow-Irishman
who lives in England
has found the perfect part-time job
for a misanthrope without ambition
as shelver of books in the library
of an emporium of erudition.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Vivre heureux, c'est vivre caché. (French proverb)*

Having always been unemployed,
my life has mainly been
(and continues to be)
immersions in remarkable books,
of which there are hundreds
- though I always skipped over the sex-scenes,
which made the Marquis de Sade
very easy to read.

*To be happy, stay under the radar.

Monday, 25 March 2019

It's mildly amusing

that, in the old days,
people were instructed to say cheese
in front of a camera
rather than leer.

Saturday, 23 March 2019


One of the nastiest little phrases:
'When you were just a twinkle in your father's eye.'

Thursday, 21 March 2019

"In some strange way

we devalue things 
as soon as we mention them."

- Maurice Maeterlinck, quoted by Robert Musil in his epigraph to Young Törless.(1906).

Monday, 18 March 2019

The Fifth Quartet

The indecent din of poetry
can be relieved
only by the poetry of silence.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Friday, 15 March 2019

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Onus of Entropy.

Anus of intellect.
Rebus of rationality.
I feel
that I'm sinking
slowly below
the weight of futility.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Another few words on

civilisation :
the progressive limitation
and regulation
of spontaneity.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Saturday, 9 February 2019

The world belongs to gamblers,

because the essence of capitalism
is not enterprise and trade
so much as gambling on the outcomes
of enterprise and trade.
And we are not afraid.

Friday, 8 February 2019

On his days-off

from ferrying the dead in silence
Charon spent his time
keeping an even keel
by trying to un-invent the wheel.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The Fall of Man

was language,
and poetry the sin of poets -
though the worst
and perhaps the best
remain unpublished.

Our brains jangle with words.
Language destroyed silence.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Revolutions are rarely Progressive (in either sense of the word)

The "Neolithic Revolution"
which brought us agriculture
merely allowed more humans to procreate
by herding them in camps
and villages, and towns, and cities,
and making them dependent on
un-nutritious carbohydrates,
rather as they are doing today
in obscene, grotesque pig-farms
in the USA.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Cave-men lived like kings

when other humans
sheltered in fragile huts
from pelting rain and snow
or sweltering sun
not so many thousand years ago.

So, possibly,
caves were the first
human spatial property...

Sunday, 3 February 2019

The best sex scene in the history of cinema ?

Less than 10 seconds long.
No groans.
Just one line of speech:
"I think it slipped out."

And for other reasons also
I thoroughly recommend this film by Bong Joon-ho :
Memories of Murder.
which I acquired, as always, by Torrent/P2P

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Fitting in

Getting on
Getting off on
getting on...

I just don't get it

on or off

though so far I've been
getting through

rather well and quietly

and appreciating my
continuing, rare,
beyond-wealth luxury
of solitude and silence
(we are, of course, all islands)

I'm one of me
not one of you

Friday, 1 February 2019

The most efficient solution to 'global warming' :


Following the wiping-out of 50 million (and more) native Americans
by Europeans and their diseases,
trees and shrubs grew on that continent,
carbon dioxide levels dropped world-wide,
and temperatures lowered - for a time.

I think however, that the killing (or suicide)
of fifty million humans might not be enough
this time round...

Friday, 25 January 2019


A winter dog-walk
The little bag of his turds
briefly warms my hand

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Many men who chase women are actually misogynists.

And many men who chase men
don't like them at all, or only a little bit,
or are scared of them.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

From the otherworld of statistics.

“92% of sex workers would stop if they had enough money.”

"99% of retail workers would leave if they had enough money."

"Y’all think janitors and service staff are showing up for a fun way to pass the time ?
I can guarantee at least 92% of workers in any industry would kick their own boss out of a fucking window and leave - given the chance. "

Ah, chance, the dance of chance...

- thanks to - a great blog with lots of fish.

It gets harder and harder to be poor in the rich countries.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Most poetry is dire.

But if you find some utterances
that are not dire or dreary or facile or banal for you
(amongst the tens of thousands),
you could feel enhanced, or even improved
by them.
But it might not be worth the effort.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Those legendary Last Words.

“A nurse from the hospice told me 
that the last words of the dying tended to be the same: 
almost everyone calls for (or out to) their mother* with their last breath.”

- Hajo Schumacher in Der Spiegel.

*As a greeting ?

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Posting (or posing ?) as a Parasite and Welfare-scrounger, Dependent of the Nanny State:

(Yes, I know I said that I would stop blogging, but Old Habits Die Hard
(as the Reverend Mother said to the KKK man), and A.K. posted this on her voluminous Facebook "Timeline"... so I couldn't resist 're-blogging'.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

"L'enfer, c'est les autres." "Hell is where we consign others." - J-P Sartre.

" Mais « l'enfer c'est les autres » a été toujours mal compris. On a cru que je voulais dire par là que nos rapports avec les autres étaient toujours empoisonnés, que c'était toujours des rapports infernaux. Or, c'est tout autre chose que je veux dire. Je veux dire que si les rapports avec autrui sont tordus, viciés, alors l'autre ne peut être que l'enfer." - J-P Sartre.

Narbonne (Aude), église Saint-Paul.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

"We never fall twice into the same abyss.

 But we always fall the same way, in a mixture of ridicule and dread."

                       - Éric Vuillard, The Order of the Day.

Hell: Santa Maria d'Assunta, Fornovo di Taro (Parma), Italy.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019


"Right and wrong can be like bloody snakes:

so tangled up that you can't tell which is which until
you've shot 'em both,
and then it's too late"

              - M.L. Stedman, The Light between Oceans.

Leominster, Shropshire: West Door, detail.