and comfortably-off sheeple
like to be 'moved', 'uplifted'.
would like a lift-up.
Thursday 30 September 2021
and comfortably-off sheeple
Fifty-six years after the break-up
with my only female lover in Copenhagen
(who, astonishingly to me, took up with my 'best friend'),
I am still puzzling over what it was
that she found inadequate in me.
It was probably my blithe and aimless
after reading two books set in 1930s USA -
I drank a Dry Martini for the first time in my life.
From the various recipes on the internet
I made it from 6 parts
of cold junipery gin, one part of
cold Noilly Prat vermouth,
and an olive (since I didn't have a lemon)
plus a couple of ice cubes.
It was quite pleasant, but I'd prefer
a glass of cold, light, dry white wine,
such as the local Gaillac Perlé.
I don't think I'll bother trying a Manhattan,
a Gimlet, Twister or Thunderbird.
of the greatest good for the greatest number
(which is the basis of majoritarian and coalition democracy)
was never applied to our fellow-creatures -
some of which we rear in misery for food
- and so they suffer for what we pettily presume
to be "the greater good".
And not just animals, either:
Wednesday 29 September 2021
Tuesday 28 September 2021
Freedom of Ludicrous Expression,
Milan Fashion Week.
|Pietro D’Aprano/Getty Images|
what the Taliban would think
Monday 27 September 2021
is much more stressful,
much less satisfying
and barely more nutritious
than gathering food
in a tropical rain forest.
supermarkets are expanding
while rain forests shrink.
Sunday 26 September 2021
Saturday 25 September 2021
Friday 24 September 2021
Thursday 23 September 2021
there were Sumptuary Laws
which forbade the wearing of fine clothes
above your class. In other words,
a mere merchant, no matter how rich,
could not wear an earl's apparel.
Nobody seems to have noticed that
the democratisation of rich, industrial countries
and the westernisation of economically-poorer ones
has led to the world-wide wearing
of (mostly) charmless Euro-American clothes,
especially hideous tee-shirts and loutish jeans,
which suit few of the world's sheeple,
least of all those who used to wear
gorgeous robes or simple gowns,
lovely headgear - or very little.
|Wofl picnicking at Ait Mansour, Morocco, 1993.|
Wednesday 22 September 2021
of any book that I have read:
'In the wastes of civilization, Luristan is still an enchanted name.'
Freya Stark - The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels, 1936.
The Lur men were ordered by the Shah to shave off their beards and wear Pahlevi headgear - a hat horribly similar to a baseball cap.. I guess they now have their beards, but I have no idea whether or not they wear their traditional dress.
The women, who used to have no face-covering, will of course now have to wear the hijab.
Tuesday 21 September 2021
In many countries, those who pay tax
(especially the very rich)
receive a tax-rebate when they give
money to a 'recognised' charity,
but not directly (e.g. on the street)
to the starving or impoverished.
Those donors who are too poor to pay tax
I liked only the egg-and-spoon race.
It was fun.
But just imagine
the rules and regulations,
the strict specifications for the egg,
the spoon (which should not be too short),
the clothing and the footwear,
had it had the misfortune
to become an Olympic Sport!
Monday 20 September 2021
from reading my gloomy-doomy blogs
that in the village I'm a little ray of light,
greeting everybody cheerfully,
exchanging little jokes,
and smiling at the dogs.
How we are and what we write
are very different.
Sunday 19 September 2021
Unlike many people,
I seem to have been born fit,
because I have remained lithe
and the same weight
(60 kg) for 60 years since I was 20,
without the slightest effort
(i.e. 'exercise') on my part.
My blood pressure is a little high
but I seem (so far) to have a good heart.
‘It is no measure of health to be well adjusted
to a profoundly sick society.’ - Sinéad O’Connor
Saturday 18 September 2021
Friday 17 September 2021
was not so much the plucking
nor even the eating of the pomegranate,
nor Eve's desire to share it,
but Adam's failure before Massa God
to control a disobedient woman.
is lethal for birds.
when they collide with building glass, according to research by NYC Audubon.
Nationwide, a study from 2019 found that the number of bird deaths caused by building collisions could be as high as one billion', according to NPR.
Thursday 16 September 2021
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Tuesday 14 September 2021
Monday 13 September 2021
Sunday 12 September 2021
a pauper poet
prostrate in bed
planning petty acts
of shoplifting and parsimony.
|I have got out of bed.|
Maybe, like Christian missionaries,
the Taliban are kind to kittens.
What is the decadent, perverted Western Press not telling us ?
Saturday 11 September 2021
has a bloody lining.
In 30 years of civil unrest
just over 3,000 people died in Northern Ireland,
where there is a road called Kennedy Way
named after the American president
who started the Viêt-Nam war and invaded Cuba.
Over 30,000 civilians were killed in Viêt-Nam
plus an uncountable number of Viêt-Cong fighters.
Another 30,000 were killed in Cambodia.
Just over 3,000 people died in the amazing, unprecedented suicide/aeroplane assault upon the symbols of economic power
in Manhattan, and the 'military-industrial' complex
condemned by Kennedy's soldier-predecessor*.
47,000 civilians were killed in Afghanistan,
and 66,000 Afghan military and police
and 51,000 Taliban.
This rather exceeds an eye for an eye.
And I do not mention the thousands killed
in "proxy wars" waged by thge USA
in Chile, Argentina, Nicaragua,
nor the forced removal by the British at the USA's request
of the entire population of Diego Garcia and other
island of the Chagos Archipelago
reminiscent of Stalin's deportation of the Tatars from Crimea.
Friday 10 September 2021
Thursday 9 September 2021
"Ursine invaders trash popular tourist destination on the California-Nevada border after evacuations."
Rather than making trash harder to get at
and root through (thus leading the bears
to break into abandoned houses instead)
would it not be sensible to bring some of the kilotons
of 'spoiled' Californian fruit to help the bears
store up nourishment for winter ?
Wednesday 8 September 2021
I liked going with my grandmother
to visit her old friends, also widows
in houses with massive sideboards,
upholstered chairs, fringed velvet tablecloths,
antimacassars and ticking clocks,
stuffed parrots, china ornaments -
and in one a Victorian jack-in-a-box.
I have always liked wrinkles
on the faces of women and men.
I am almost 80 and almost without wrinkles,
not even on my belly: I remain immature to the end.
Tuesday 7 September 2021
the commonest words in
'popular' commercial songs
aren't you, or love, or cherish,
but I, me, and my.
Monday 6 September 2021
It's obvious to me that the apostrophe
in English is a tiny but effective weapon
in the class-war, the Hundreds-Years'
War of Snobbery.
('Full marks' for spelling in primary school
was the height of my life's achievement.)
Sunday 5 September 2021
Saturday 4 September 2021
the cleverest are the racketeers.
the stupidest are the military,
the responsible are irresponsible
and the happy are invisible.
Catholic women in Catholic Ireland
were more oppressed than Soviet women
in the USSR, the only difference being
that Irish women could escape
to low-paid jobs in England.
Friday 3 September 2021
every warship launched, every rocket fired,
signifies … a theft
from those who hunger and are not fed,
cold and not clothed”.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953
Thursday 2 September 2021
is more environmental
than political or military
as species are wiped out
by the mindless demand for magical
mumbo-jumbo traditional medicines
(not to mention shark-fin soup).
The hump-head (or maori) wrasse,
also on the point of extermination by the Chinese
has facial markings
|(A Thoughtful Wrasse)|
which are unique to each individual.
Wednesday 1 September 2021
have demonstrated to me
and perhaps millions of others
that old dogs can learn
at least one new trick.