Monthly Archives: July 2009

oy! you there!

Such grand ideas! To bear witness, to sweat and work, and then to return home to confront the blank page, to fill it with words, and in so doing, to save the world. Did I just utter those words? Temper … Continue reading

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the library

The Buddhists meditate by sitting and looking to the stars, watching the sun rise and set, the rain fall and the clouds pass. And by watching their breath, it is said. And here – in this pocket of the world … Continue reading

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the quiet Italian

We were a grand group. An anti-string-theorist theorist, a shrink, a teacher, an SF writer, a couple of journalists, a mother and a sculptor gathered beneath Waterloo Bridge to see one (of the two or possibly three) best films ever … Continue reading

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37 years

The church – its big black crows and magpies – was one of the reasons I came here. That, and the old asylum out the back. I couldn’t take my eyes off the huge pillars, From Rome I thought, and … Continue reading

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kids’ play

What I object to is the idea that because there exists this supposedly natural desire, that it must be indulged simply because it is there. I couldn’t agree more. Ditto on the urge to violence, the urge to get pissed, … Continue reading

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any day

‘You cannot distinguish development from the clothes. That’s why they all wear jeans and Nike trainers.  You’ve seen that on the television, surely? Long hair, jeans and those trainers. That’s the revolution. That’s Freedom. That’s all they know.’ ‘So I … Continue reading

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plan 1

You were standing in a room about 10 foot by 11 foot. The walls were made of polymethyl methacrylate. Some of your friends were standing outside looking in, their noses squashed up against the plastic to form a horizon of … Continue reading

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