has given Dementia
a bad name.
Friday, 29 September 2023
Thursday, 28 September 2023
Wednesday, 27 September 2023
Tuesday, 26 September 2023
Monday, 25 September 2023
Sunday, 24 September 2023
Saturday, 23 September 2023
Friday, 22 September 2023
Thursday, 21 September 2023
Walking down the road this morning
...a guy leaning over his wall starts talking to me.
I'm from Palermo, but I hate it!
Full of Americans, Germans, nothing but tourists,
McDonalds, Pizza Hut everywhere!
I want to see Mafiosi, but they've all fled to the hills to hide!
Wednesday, 20 September 2023
that electrons kiss
and remember forever.
It's more likely
they bump into each other
and never forget.
on marginal mediæval sculptures was originally published (in 1985)
by a small specialist London firm called Batsford,
which was taken over by Routledge, (formerly Routledge & Kegan Paul),
which was taken over by Taylor and Francis,
which has been taken over by Informa UK Ltd,
a subsidiary of a German firm.
This is the first royalty statement I have had in four years.
Tuesday, 19 September 2023
Monday, 18 September 2023
The more that sheople
(especially testosteronal males)
are deprived of,
deflected or 'educated' away from
the more they will gravitate
towards the sexual.
Sunday, 17 September 2023
Since gardens are deserts
it was no wonder they took
their pet snake and their rue
and their pomegranate seeds
to what they hoped would be
fresh fields and pastures new.
that human life, uniquely,
has unique worth,
and is more than the destructiveness
to death from birth.
Friday, 15 September 2023
Thursday, 14 September 2023
Wednesday, 13 September 2023
I was not-so-slowly
(but with almost-admirable elegance)
descending the escalator*
and I said to myself:
Go for it in the pleasant no-mans-land !
*Moving stairway is a much less
pretentious term. This may have been
part of the same sweet socialist
that took me from school
to university without the slightest
effort on my part. Then effort was required.
It took no effort at all to jump off.
Even less than is required
to abandon the rusty cruise-liner of life.
Tuesday, 12 September 2023
Monday, 11 September 2023
Sunday, 10 September 2023
CIVILISATION (noun) :
an evolutionarily-degenerative but natural process whereby natural behaviours are suppressed and aggression is targeted.
Many of these are due to mis-hearing
and let's face it, poor literacy.
Thus coruscating (sparkling, brilliant)
has become confused with excoriating
(literally: ripping the heart out of)
and now has two very different meanings
whose context may not provide enlightenment.
Saturday, 9 September 2023
(and hence of 'western culture')
is its relentless and continuing
sexualisation of sensuality
which mirrors the Jewish demonisation
of pluralist Græco-Roman culture that led
to Masada and the Second Exile...
and, ultimately, the Shoah.
Friday, 8 September 2023
Thursday, 7 September 2023
like the whole world (and the moon)
has become terminally infected
by the United States.
now have interfering musak.
More and more contributors
are American, and are gabbling
twice as fast as contributors used to,
and, having been asked and paid
to appear on 'shows' (which is what discussion
programmes with some intellectual weight
are now called) insist on thanking
the presenter for 'having them on the show'
as if they were Lazarus at Dives' gate.
Wednesday, 6 September 2023
The American imperative
Have a nice day!
is a mis-translation of the French
which means no more than
I hope you have a good day.
The imperative makes all the difference.
Tuesday, 5 September 2023
It has taken thousands of years for stupid humans
to realise that other animals are intelligent and
in different ways more sensitive.
If it weren't for climate change
it would probably take a few hundred more
for self-stultifying humans
to realise their own stupidity,
but of course that same stupidity
will largely wipe humans out long before.
Monday, 4 September 2023
Few of the rich foreigners
(mostly from England and Holland)
who come to live in France
have read Ronsard, Villon or Montaigne,
or Zola, Balzac, Maupassant, Prévert or Verlaine;
nor do they know anything of French social history.
So 'French attitudes and behaviour'
are to them something of a mystery.
Sunday, 3 September 2023
Saturday, 2 September 2023
Friday, 1 September 2023
that the English language had no word
for one of the commonest, most universal
and essentially human emotions: Schadenfreude.
But then, despite the over-lauded Shakespeare,
English doesn't do emotions
like French, German or Arabic.
42 people have been charged by prosecutors with “domestic terrorism”
for trying to save the city’s last green canopy in the Weelaunee forest.
Local police are trying to raze part of the forest to build a military-style police training academy, colloquially called “Cop City”, that already resulted in the first police killing of a climate activist in US history.