it is surely time for an art-gallery
or museum (in a rich country)
to mount a prestigious show -
with trumpeting websites and banners unfurled
- of Four Hundred Years of
Ashtray Art in the Western World.
Saturday 31 July 2021
it is surely time for an art-gallery
Friday 30 July 2021
from the French for Christian -
is a word of abuse from Ireland to Bulgaria,
Nevada to New Zealand, Estonia* to Greece.
There's something very Jungian about this.
* but not Finland, where ääliö is used instead.
Thursday 29 July 2021
O Fellow-Sheeple -
let us do a lot with little,
so long as what we do
does little harm to other creatures
and the world's magnanimous features.
Billionaires have been reported to be
buying land for bunkers in New Zealand
in preparation for an apocalypse.
Wednesday 28 July 2021
Films from the 1920s to the 1960s
were mostly violent and/or sentimental,
full of cigarettes and booze
(with women always decorative
adjuncts) - and guns, of course.
Then graphic sex entered the mix.
Now, cigarettes are just slightly
less in evidence - perforce.
PS Why are political thrillers so rare - everywhere ?
The daughter of my friend Phyllis
refuses anti-Covid vaccination
because it might impair her fertility.
It is human overpopulation
which has caused Covid and will cause worse,
and is already reducing the world to hot, dry
She talks of Liberté, but, like most French people
has no time for Fraternité. Needless to say
no-one contemplates Égalité, equality.
Tuesday 27 July 2021
Monday 26 July 2021
for the superannuated hard of hearing
will helpfully describe the background music
and the ambient sounds (passing or approaching trains,
doorbells, explosions, dogs barking)
although it's mumbled dialogue that is the problem,
not the background rap or blues.
Unfortunately, they do not elucidate the plot
- for which deaf critters like me
must google cinema-reviews.
Sunday 25 July 2021
I looked up PEAVEY in images
and got only electronics and guitars.
After checking it out in a dictionary
I found that it's a lumberjack's pole
with a spike and a hook at the end.
In order to see what one looks like
I had to enter 'peavey pole logging'.
Saturday 24 July 2021
Friday 23 July 2021
than my usual half-bottle of wine,
I'll repeat my obvious Diogenesism :
There is nothing more depressing
than clever sheeple’s optimism.
It is probably too much to hope
that 'Covid' will smother this year's
Olympic "Games", which will have to abort
and prove to be the last time that nationalism,
and transnational turbo-capitalism
will celebrate each other
in the name of ''sport".
Wednesday 21 July 2021
with Moderate Bipolar Disorder
is that when you're Up there is
quite a large corner in your head
which harbours the dread
of the Up ending.
Perhaps never mending.
And when you're Down there is
a bigger corner of your mind
in which you despise yourself
for being merely Down
while others of your kind
are starving, tortured, unable to cope,
racked with physical pain,
and/or driven utterly insane -
and you merely mope.
but become demented by terrible experience.
Tuesday 20 July 2021
Monday 19 July 2021
Take one verb - let's say to oblige
remove the last letter and add -ate
- and you have to obligate.
Now take to remedy
and apply the same method
- and you get to remediate.
And so on. You can also do
something similar by simply adding -ize.
To fragment will thus become to fragmentize.
This is not wayward, but a typical
example of one accumulative way
that languages develop.
(Another way is by word-truncation.*)
Maybe to envelopate will developize
from to envelop.
At any rate, it's futile to resist
* e.g. by reducing alternative to alternate.
even though alternate already exists
with a quite different meaning.
is a subtitle for the deaf on Netflix,
but is unhelpful for those
who cannot work out
what hopeful music might be.
Sunday 18 July 2021
has always been that
the more it advances
the more terrible are
the unintended consequences.
(One very recent and relatively minor example is the continuing effect
of the highly-profitable insecticide, DDT.)
Saturday 17 July 2021
that Victorian & Edwardian women dealt with sexual abuse,
a disturbing awareness of the recent slave-trade
and continuing slavery all-in-one, was to subscribe
to the powerful myth of the White
(essentially blue-eyed, fair-haired, nubile English)
Female Slave Trade based in Barbary, Benin or the Bosphorus.
"Ireland and the UK were the only European countries where alcohol consumption did not fall during the first Covid wave, according to a study in the journal Addiction, suggesting a big shift to drinking at home." - from today's Guardian online.
This also suggests the obvious :
on Continental Europe (even Finland and Scandinavia ?)
alcohol consumption is more an aspect of sociability,
less a compulsive seeking of escape towards oblivion.
Friday 16 July 2021
sought refuge in the hurricane.
The tree sought refuge in the fire,
the house in the lightning-strike,
the street in the mud-slide,
the city in the flood,
the marshland in torrential rain.
We spilled no blood.
Thursday 15 July 2021
If you spoke your parents' language
and dared to wet your bed
it was very likely that you'd soon be dead.
Wednesday 14 July 2021
"...the effort to be ourselves is the surest path to being just like everyone else, especially in the context of a highly commodified and surveilled culture where we always seem to be on stage. "
- Alexander Stern, in https://aeon.co/essays/a-history-of-authenticity-from-jesus-to-self-help-and-beyond
He continues, quoting Oscar Wilde:
‘Most people are other people.
Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions,
their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.’
Tuesday 13 July 2021
Monday 12 July 2021
Sunday 11 July 2021
Saturday 10 July 2021
romantic Mr Whitman wrote:
Nothing is ever really lost, [n]or can be lost...
But of course, as hard-core Buddhists know
(and cannot be refuted),
all is loss, and all things are transmuted.
Friday 9 July 2021
that the sainted Dr Martin Luther King Jr. could have made
such a crass, sexist, totalitarian and 'jihadist' pronouncement :
"If a man has not discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live."
But he did make it - thus condemning a large proportion
of the world's population as Untermenschen.
Thursday 8 July 2021
“A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals.”
"The degree of civilisation in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." (from The House of the Dead)
NO - a society should also and equally be judged by the proportion of its population committed to prison.
It is only civilised societies which have prisons.
Vindictiveness is the father of cruelty.
Wednesday 7 July 2021
Just because something doesn't matter
is no reason not to notice it.
It is still said
that homosexual affections are
But then, agriculture
is, by definition, against nature;
and a species whose females
devote their lives to pleasing capricious males
- rather than the other way round -
is distinctly odd.
And most of them believe in
or tolerate the nonsense of
a supreme, capricious and male god.
Monday 5 July 2021
Sunday 4 July 2021
Saturday 3 July 2021
Friday 2 July 2021
the twin-star Alpha-beta Centauri seems single.
But to the Australian Boorong people
Alpha and Beta Centauri
are two fearsome and rampaging brothers.
"There is an indigenous tribe in Africa
that tells of life coming from the second star
in Alpha Centauri, the one no-one can see
without a high-powered observatory telescope.
Come to think of it, the Greeks, the original Australians,
and the Plains Indians [of North America]
all lived continents apart
and all, independently, looked at the same septuple knot
of the Pleiades and believed them to be
seven young girls running away from something
[or someone] that threatened to hurt them."
- Jodi Picoult: My Sister's Keeper.
Thursday 1 July 2021
Some men have more feminine minds
and some women have more masculine ones:
the usual spectrum of diversity.
It will be no surprise that 'successful' women
are those - aspirational achievers - who most conform
to masculine (and European, world-shrinking)
ways of thinking.