327 articles in General

  • “Have At You, You Blind Harpers!”

    I read this traditional saying this evening in a book about the history of words.  Its “attack” is a lot more violent than I wanted for a title; but I wanted also something to stir up attention in potential readers, so that what I have to say, which I do believe is important to readers, […]

  • Elvis Orbison

    I have written before about what are called “Tribute” acts here in the UK.  Tribute acts are – usually music gigs – performed by persons or bands who place themselves in the stead of the “real” musicians associated with the programme of songs being performed. Thus you have tribute bands named in ways like “The […]

  • The Only Thing

    When you’re perplexed, and vexed confusions in your mind Go back to Jesus He is the schoolroom of deliverance From all complaint He holds the cordial words of elemental life The civilisation of the heart’s primordial strifes The Lord has laid down for us better ways to follow Along with His meet life to grant […]

  • The “Problem” of Recognising History

    The problem of recognising history is a non-problem. Let’s state its common formulation. “This is the 21st century. In our day we should not have statues and other memorials which honour past figures who are (deemed) odious.” The contention, as stated thus or like this, arises fairly regularly as a topic of concern in current […]

  • Shelter Comfort

    You and I have no right to be comfortable You and I should feel no comfort While one widow hungers Not one of us should fuss to seek for comfortable leisure Nor itch to get a raw distended pleasure Nor even touring fuzzily a speculative mind Rest contemplating “seems” * And though I sing The […]

  • Bubble Rap

    A bubble for the weight of the world describes Connects a light-chain intricate fit delicately Embossed elaborate goings in and out most complicated: An emblem, object, pattern, impress, and temerity * Of magic mystery, in the turning of the sphere Unanswerable conundrum at its pinning-perfect point Invisible, indivisible, at axis stasis-hung Thought wonderingly buffers, can’t […]

  • Things Come About

    Alas! hurrah! we know we know, at last Our peepshow weaving through a mazy lampblack glass No more shows darkly Hurrah! alas! these times are ours, the best Reason’s in season – Forever play’s a flight away, on hand Ah! are we not the people; are so erudite, so grand! Aren’t we * Beforetimes, long […]

  • Momentous Historic Occasions

    The argument is usually put forward as being: “what if…?” What if those men who fought at Troy, or Thermopylae, or Actium, or Hastings or Agincourt, had lost to the Trojans, The Persians, to Mark Antony, to Harold, to the French – how might things be now today had just one of these formative battles […]

  • God Will Sort It

    I do believe that God will sort it all I know I need have faith in what is written Of clouds and comings-in But maybe all that all this really means to say; merely: He’s coming: Christ will be global (as we like to say) Phenomenal we’d call it A promise spoken large in high […]

  • Dream and Waking

    The thesis is that our waking lives are not so different to our dream-lives; as these dream-lives occur during our sleeps. The difference being one of degree rather than of kind; and the degree being various for various persons, and also for different topics and beliefs in the same person’s estimation The thesis also says […]

  • Dud Debate

    The issue was concerning antibiotics and their degradation in useful value because of bacterial resistances and immunities.  BBC Radio 4 Saturday 1st June 2019. Such simple things like the presenter at first assuming that ‘everyone knows’ antibiotics treat only bacterial infections; and that there is an ‘issue’ with bacterial resistances growing toward them.  These views […]

  • Walking in Space

    Redemption by George Herbert Having been tenant long to a rich Lord, Not thriving, I resolved to be bold, And make a suit unto him, to afford A new small-rented lease, and cancell th’ old. In heaven at his manour I him sought: They told me there, that he was lately gone About some land, […]

  • Sold on Feelgood

    Draw-up the branded standards let them quiver ceremoniously Jousting, get-down amongst yourselves, compete, unseat, position, Use all your composition; honeysuckle hermeneutics, Softly to make desire to burn bright, to alight commercial movies * Good-guying-up befits you clearly, no whit, noway, seamy Transparency is your buy word, and you’re perhaps not here at all? Frankly a keener sight, mate, […]

  • Get Me Wisdom

    Given to me this day Friday 5th April 2019, by God, after having read: The Prodigal Son Returning Home to his Father”: A Sermon (1684) by John Dunton * I might be nothing just rough pompous paper stuffing Bumbaste they call it in the olden days of plays “All wind and water” goes the format known as nowadays * I might hike pride […]

  • Current Car Designs

    Our present cars in UK are animist in their design and anamorphic in so far as their designers attempt to appeal to buyers by trying for a sense of momentum living within in the very shapes of their cars. Almost all newly designed car models are designed pretty much after this fashion.  The standard approach […]

  • Good Friday: Caerphilly

    Walking tall prevailing like a sailing-ship full-sail  She treads the public road This blustery day of cloudless April sunshine leisure Like as a ship whose sails are white; so white they hurt the eyes With glamour proud she strides, and oh, how proudly rounds The public roads Hard-featured, goods-displaying, like a spendthrift shop-front Her body-wares […]

  • Hypocrisy

    Kind of quaint the way our painted storyboards Compel a kind of inquisition going all the day Over the airwaves, and in print, the papers, magazines, Remaking new society on select and favoured themes Oracular for two legs goods and four legs bads Raised in the fiery furnace of clear-sighted academe Offers pay as you […]

  • A Just Society

    Justice for Plato in his Republic consists more or less of everyone accepting their place in society; and for the individual, each part of her soul or psyche acting in harmony with the other parts. Platonic Justice then involves a balance of parts in action, although it is much more than just this. The plain […]