It will get coloured in during the course of
the forthcoming 365 days of our new circuit round old SOL INVICTUS. (Started this page 1st
& we've begun
another orbit round our Sun
let's hope this one
proves much more fun
before it's done
around our local star in an ellipse or oval, which doesn't have a
distinct beginning or end, of course.To be
more precise, apparently, Earth's orbit has an 'eccentricity' of
less than 0.02, ie it's very close to being a 'perfect' circle.
Earth like Yours Truly TMis only
And don't be
so conventional or square, consider other geometrical forms.
Our planet makes a revolution of the sun annually.
Political revolutions sometimes take longer. Why
not start one now?)
It should not be
forgotten that Calendars are FICTIONS. There are many different
culturally-specific calendars. In
this country it happens to be 2021. Now, 2021 is not really a
THING. It's only an idea. So when, people say, as they will, that they are glad 2020
is over, they don't quite seem to get it. Nothing was transmogrified at
the stroke of midnight on 31st Jan 2020, except maybe in your
mind or mental attitude.
while you're waiting, with bated breath, twiddling your
You could do worse than occupy
yourself with perusing the then NEW pages I did last year in the
that boring Pandemic,is proving
more than just a flash in the pan, as big Ccontagioncontinues unabated, the
vicious virus mutating
merrily & spreading with gay (not strictly heterosexual) abandon (especially this
Yuletide passed & into the "new" year) to the consternation of us all.
Don't wish to
anyone's parade. Call me a cynic. Possibly a realist. Fresh new start,
New Year's Resolutions, Morning-after hangovers ? Remind yourself of
millenial mother of all new years, longer ago than some of you have
been alive, I suspect.
Are you surprised to
discover that in brand-new Brexit Britain, with control having been
taken back, apparently, old-fashioned Neo-Liberal
Capitalist Consumerism with a
pale green veneer still rules the roost. Talking
of eggs breaking & making
omlettes, sorry to prophesy the price of
food will rise.
12th Feb -
Chinese (&Tibetan) Year of the OX begins.
13th Feb -
almost a decade on, 7.3-magnitude earthquake off Fukushima, Japan, scientists
say was aftershock of 11 March 2011 disaster (quake,
tsunami, triple nuclear meltdown at Fukushima
Daiichi nuclear power plant, when more than 18,000 died.)
Ferlinghetti, writer & founder of City Lights Books,
died 22 Feb at age of 101. Wrote this essay on him
March, the Rightwing Regime (aka Tory Government)
in this undemocratic
Monarchy, is in the process of outlawing protest with ten year
imprisonment for those causing "serious annoyance" (their words). In case I
get accused of inciting such annoyance, I must clarify that by "March" I
mean the month not an imperative to act, though strictly speaking I couldn't
rule out being deliberately ambiguous!
See what I
said about protesting, rioting, causing serious annoyance in previous years:
well be that the very reason people protest is that they are "seriously
annoyed" by something, eg Tory anti-protest laws!
Despite being made illegal by the U.N.(since 22 January of this year) the
government is planning to acquire yet more damned
nuclear weapons, which seems like a deranged priority at a time of Covid
plague & ecocidal climate disruption. Might
prompt some seriously annoying protest.
formerly known as Prince Philip, Grand Old Duke of
Edinburgh, (born in Corfu, Greece, of a Danish Royal Family), Her
Modesty the Queen's hubristic hubby died 9th
April a few months short of his one hundreth
birthday. Nation, if not world, said to be in shock. Mourning de rigueur.
BBC pro-royalty propaganda overload.
interestingly (to me anyway), the 9th
was also the Bicentenary of Baudelaire's birthday in 1821.
Spring eventually blossoms, so added a bit to this
July, England's rightwing regime lifts
restrictions & allows Her Majesty the
Queen's loyal Subjects to
remove their beaked masks, though the
pernicious Plague continues.
cases are increasing. Globally, over 4 Million people have
been killed by this madly mutating zoonotic virus. Will
the nightmare never end?
Dig the Doctor's
July, Danish Cartoonist, Kurt
Westergaard (right) died age 86.He wasplaced on
an Al-Qaeda hit list &
attacked in 2010for allegedly insulting Islam with a
cartoon of an Islamic terrorist with a bomb in his turban
(not Mohammad as mistakenly claimed).
August - Received copy of 50th Anniversary Edition
ofAll Things Must Pass by
George Harrison, a magnificent, melodious
reminder of Impermanence.
How time flies. Remember this meaningfully titled album from when it came
out way back in November 1970. One of the songs, 'The
Art of Dying', now hits home rather more, as a musical
memento mori for me & everyone else. No
necessity to be mournful, rather we can appreciate the value & beauty of
this precious human life. Recall the human
condition, lest we forget...
The Uber Deluxe wooden crate
version (a bargain at 'only' $999.98) even contains 1/6 scale figurines of
Harrison & the Friar Park gnomes. Prophetically, I did my gnome page earlier this year.
It has just
been announced that July was the HOTTEST month on Planet
Earth since records began:
"The data shows
that the combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 0.93C (1.68F)
above the 20th Century average of 15.8C (60.4F)...It
is the highest temperature since record-keeping began 142 years ago...
Experts believe this is due to the long-term impact of
combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 0.01C higher than the
2016 record. In the Northern Hemisphere, land-surface temperture reached
1.54C higher than average, surpassing a previous record set in 2012."
(Source: BBC News)
Funnily enough the acronym for the National
Oceanic & Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) punningly refers to Noah of
Ark fame! Appropriate considering there's an increased
risk of flooding in some areas...
I wrote about the devastating 2010Earthquake in Haiti. There's been another one (7.2
Magnitude) on 14th August this year. Progress? See Fukushima
Kannon earlier this year, above.
From 23rd August for 2 weeks,XR Impossible
Rebellionin London. A courageous
attempt to prevent Extinction.
8th - On this day, 8th September, in 1968,
my father died, aged 53. The
Beatles had just performed 'Hey Jude,' live on TV (my
dad watched.) "Take a sad song & make it better." Beautiful & meaningful
song. Has a special place in my heart.
- Hindu Festival for Ganesha (elephant-headed
god, said to represent deep wisdom, centeredness, ability to ease obstacles,
commitment to pursuit of knowledge), celebrating new beginning & fresh starts.
He no Dumbo!
Placed this statuette (not exactly to scale) at bottom of
garden, where the fairies live:
- Newvideo page about an occasional visitor to garden, filmed a few
- Lucky for some, finally took a D.I.Y. Covid
test, having succumbed to heavy cough & cold symptoms. Results due in a few
September - 700th Anniversary of Dante's
- Unhappy Anniversary: brutal torture & murder of Victor Jara by Dictator Pinochet's army in Chile,
- Covid swab test result negative, as expected. So personally must still
be careful. Also, according to reliable reports, it turns out that
U.S. funded Wuhan Lab in risky 'gain of function' research & possibly
Coronavirus, resulting in pandemic we have been experiencing worldwide for
last few years.
Just posted an old poster of an early performance by Little
Davy King's Performing Clones in Subversification & Loud Words against
the Conspiracy of Silence, Brighton, 1979. See it
here, if you're interested.
- Recently struggling up the stairs with what, in my case, might be a symptom of
Parkinsons, I recalled this. Just before he died, my poor old (young, by my
present standards) dad made a splendid bilingual pun. At
the time, I was studying 'O' Level Latin ("small Latin & less Greek", like
Shakespeare, according to
Ben Jonson). After a few heart-attacks, climbing the stairs was a bit
arduous for him. My Dad still had the good humour
to quip "per ardua up the stairs".
Talking of my father,
today I got round to posting a scan of a pen & ink drawing of
Beddgelert he did in 1949, a few years
before I was born. When I was a kid, he told me the apocryphal folk tale, from
which the Welsh village was said to derive its name,
about the faithful hound, called Gelert, supposed to
have defended medieval Prince Llewelyn's baby from a wolf.
BBC News Headlines today: "Covid response one of
UK's worst health failures." It was covering a new
Parliarmentary Report. UK total Covid death toll so far: 138K
& rising. When I was writing about that vile virus
last year, I had no idea it would still be in the headlines.
So it was a false claim
in my piece,Icarus Ridiculous,
that"you won't find me with
a pair of
wings/ gazing wistfully at the sky"
Talking of Sufism,
it's occurred to me that, in terms of belief, I could be fairly accurately
described as a sort of quasianarcho
socialist, advaita vedantist,
buddhist, gnostic, sufi,
nondualist... or that kind of non-thing... am
not really an "-ist."
Funnily enough, ie not very funny, ironically
perhaps, pre-Covid demonstrators were
threatened with arrest unless they removed face
masks but I got wrongfully arrested even when
I did (here). Nowadays, you can get arrested if you
refuse to wear a face mask!
16th - Playing
new page, here. Now has sound & vision. Very
colourful. Aesthetically erotic in a sacred way.
Yak bone ring. Reassuringly, the
Yak died naturally & sale of these artefacts, made by Tibetan refugees,
supports the FREE TIBET campaign.
.Saw in the Newsa photo of Her Maj the Queenusing a
walking stick. Well, she's
getting on a bit (95) &, at a fraction of her age (a mere
stripling at 69), I use one too. Will repeat again that,
despite my surname, I am no supporter of the outmoded, undemocratic institution
HORROR HUMOR for the hurrying consumer. Get spooked here.
Actually, I really don't like this trick or treating lark.
American cultural imperialism, demanding sweets with
menace! It ain't British. Personally, I won't answer the door this evening. It
only encourages them. Parents should know better really, allowing kids to gorge
on sweets like that. Crickey,I might be turning into a curmudgeon - too early to
be a Scrooge, lol.
Nov - World VEGAN Day. As
COP26 (UN CLIMATE Change Conference) starts, becoming Vegan, if you aren't
already is one course of action you can take as an individual & collectively to
make a major positive contribution to compassion & sanity, saving animals, the
environment & our own health. It's easy & tastes better too!
4th - Another
page, this funny little home movie about, of all things,
folding clothes, lol...
5th - Yet another
video page. This one, topically, about a bon
, I mean bad, fire, here.
Yep, "Bonfire Night's not the same any more. Still,
if you must hark back to those distant days of childish innocence, when holding
a sparkler was the ultimate thrill & a Brock's Rocket the height of hi-tech
whizzadry, or even if you simply wish to keep warm on the 5th" (Quote
from an old article I wrote in the !980s.)
Watched Visconti's "Death in
Venice", based on Thomas Mann's novella of the same name published in 1912. Saw
it shortly after it came out in 1971, so this is the 50th Anniversary year.
There's a critical consensus that it's a masterpiece. Won't contest that.
Wonderful musical soundtrack & cinematography. Dirk Bogarde was great in the
Coincidentally, it occurs to me that the Cholera
epidemic that Venice is gripped by, seems reminiscent, mutatis mutandis, of our
Watching the film first time round inspired me to
compose this 4 line quasi-clerihew, which contains a
snippet of Mahler's Adagietto from Symphony no.5 in C-sharp minor, so enable
sound in audio.
6th - Going from the sublime to the
ridiculous, created this video page, called "Angel".
The 48 second mini movie hardly rivals Visconti, but it's cute & amusing. Lots
of tempting hyperlinks for you, dear reader, to click.
7th - Did another
Bunch, which brings together related pieces about .
11thNovember) marks the Centenary of the
first official Poppy Day (Remembrance Day)
in 1921. Unfortunately, wars
are still being fought. There will. of course, be many other
Anniversaries, happy, unhappy & who-cares? New artwork
Anyway, my dears, cheer yourself up with this
timeless footage of darling DUCKS I created a new page
Made OK new page about our 10 year old son
12th - Rough draft in
time for end of
COP 26. Will no doubt revise.
15th - Adding lines & rhymes to
my considered response to COP. The challenge is how to encourage people to
bother to take a look, involving as it does a strenuous click of the
22nd - Miracle
this morning in the garden, surprising to see a
on the apple tree, spring pink in late Autumn,
leaves beginning to yellow before falling.
Somewhat unseasonal. Anything to do
I wonder (in the equivocal sense of being curious & feeling awe.)
23rd - Created
Christmas comes a month early. Not referring to
Thanksgiving Day (associated as it is with celebrating genocidal cruelty -
by imperialist colonialists - to indiginous Indians & millions of innocent
turkeys) but am
grateful that The
Beatles' Get Back (directed by Lord of the
Rings Peter Jackson) is finally
available to watch via Disney (a brand
carrying for me childhood memories of classic cartoons -
First part ends with young George
(see above) quitting band. By George! Don't blame him. Would
be a cliff-hanger except the story is so well-known to us like a myth.
Pleased to see a bunch of
cheerful daffodils featured throughout, early for
January when it was filmed.
26th - part 2, yet more
revelatory insights into the creative process of Les BEATles.
At one point, the assassination of Martin Luther King was mentioned & briefly
discussed. Now some years ago, I prophetically created this
page (about Assassinated Dreams), juxtaposing MLK & JL.
Windy all night,
wind howling down chimney. Gale force wind named 'Storm Arwen'. Arwen, being
welsh for muse or noble maiden, princess of
the Elves in
Tolkein's Lord of the Rings (a nice coincidental connection with Peter
27th - Woke
Snow. Which I still find exciting, as does young
Went to check if
the unseasonal blossom is still there. It is. Appearing to shiver in the icy
wind. Snow & blossom juxtaposed, oxymoronic image.
Third & final
part of Get Back film climaxed with the cops/
friendly local bobbies doing their habitual "hello, hello, hello, goodbye,
goodbye goodbye, what's all this then routine," making a satirical subversive,
anti-authoritarian point, even half a century on.
Good to see them
goofing around & improvising, making music. Entertaining, informative addition
to their living legacy, as well as Peter Jackson's oeuvre.
28th - Latest development
in continuing story of Covid with new variant Omicron
rampant & on rampage. At least it contains OM.
A reminder that we aren't separate from ALL.
1stDecember - Here beginneth my Birthday month. Not just any
old birthday, mind. This will be my 70th. Three score & ten has a
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- took part in
Zoom Empowerment for the Medicine or Healing
say no to healing
during this time of Omicron, the latest
virus variant. Sangye Menla (in Tibetan) is blue-skinned like the
Na'vi in film Avatar. Navy Blue
or rather beautiful Lapis Lazuli.
Sacré bleu!Picture worth a thousand words, so They (the ancient
Chinese Philosopher) say. Behold on your right.
tayatha om bekandze
bekandze maha bekandze radza samudgate soha
This being virtual rather than analogue, there was no actual physical
contact (previous examples of 'empowerment' - Skt. abhiṣeka, Tib. wang -
I'd had usually involved transmission of some kind via a very gentle 'thwack' or
rather tap of a teapot or something on the bonce.)
Esoteric stuff one doesn't have to worry about. All in the mind. You just have
to use your imagination.
13th - Today is
St Lucy's Day - Patron of writers, lights,
people with eye troubles, lamplighters & me. It also happens to be my 70th orbit
round old Sol. Three score years & ten. Glad I got thru 69.
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