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- 04/17/12--10:01: _VENICE
- 05/05/12--01:23: _Bloody Politics An...
- 05/08/12--07:01: _THE EPSOM DERBY
- 05/12/12--03:52: _IN THE MOOD FOR THE...
- 05/18/12--05:05: _TWININGS ON THE STR...
- 05/25/12--14:53: _If only we ALL had ...
- 05/26/12--10:31: _Cheyne Walk Chelsea...
- 06/03/12--15:40: _THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND...
- 07/23/12--11:16: _THE OLYMPIC FLAME
- 07/26/12--04:03: _A VISIT TO THE LAKES
- 07/27/12--03:27: _GLUED TO THE BOX F...
- 07/27/12--07:42: _LONDON OLYMPICS 2012
- 07/28/12--23:27: _The Olympic Road Race
- 08/06/12--14:02: _MY CITY (London)
- 08/19/12--01:54: _Haworth and the Bro...
- 08/25/12--02:54: _18th century landsc...
- 08/25/12--11:05: _WE READERS ARE KILL...
- 08/31/12--06:06: _SPASTICUS AUTISTICUS
- 10/09/12--07:08: _WEST MEON IN HAMPSHIRE
- 10/14/12--09:04: _Jarvis Cocker disc...
- 04/17/12--10:01: VENICE
- 05/05/12--01:23: Bloody Politics And The World of The Gutter
- 05/08/12--07:01: THE EPSOM DERBY
- 05/12/12--03:52: IN THE MOOD FOR THE 70'S!!! Oh yes!!!!!!!
- 05/18/12--05:05: TWININGS ON THE STRAND on Monday!
- 05/25/12--14:53: If only we ALL had critics like these.
- 05/26/12--10:31: Cheyne Walk Chelsea. A Very Very Special London Street.
- 06/03/12--15:40: THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE
- 07/23/12--11:16: THE OLYMPIC FLAME
- 07/26/12--04:03: A VISIT TO THE LAKES
- 07/27/12--03:27: GLUED TO THE BOX FOR THE NEXT MONTH,I PRESUME!!!!!
- 07/27/12--07:42: LONDON OLYMPICS 2012
- 07/28/12--23:27: The Olympic Road Race
- 08/06/12--14:02: MY CITY (London)
- 08/19/12--01:54: Haworth and the Bronte thing.
- 08/25/12--02:54: 18th century landscaped gardens
- 08/25/12--11:05: WE READERS ARE KILLING THE NOVEL
- 08/31/12--06:06: SPASTICUS AUTISTICUS
- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
- 10/09/12--07:08: WEST MEON IN HAMPSHIRE
- 10/14/12--09:04: Jarvis Cocker discusses , “The John Lennon Letters.”
Bloody Politics And The World of The Gutter
PS Oh by the way this week, Jay Rockefeller( Ah! I see you also have an aristocracy. and they run your country too.) , the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, has written to Lord Justice Leveson asking him if he has found any evidence relating to questionable practices in the US.
Ha! Ha! I bet you lot can't wait for the murky depths that are going to be plumbed on your side of the Atlantc. In the inimitable words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus in Hill Street Blues. "Hey! lets be careful out there!!"
PPS AND talking about semantics.Tony Blair got us into Iraq on a promise to George Bush that we would invade Irag with the US. He then had to get it approved legally and officially in Britain. So it went through all the supposedly fair and legal processes but at every step it was decided on an interpretation of the law. Semantics, twisting meanings!!!
Can you tell I'm beginning to feel angry. I think I'll just leave off this post now. I might think of something else to write!!!!!!!
The Epsom Derby is the most famous horse race in the world and is run on Epsom Downs just outside the town of Epsom. It was founded in1779 by the 12th Earl of Derby who gave his name to the race. It is Britains richest horse race and is a mile and a half.
I went up onto Epsom Downs today to take my daughter, Emily for a job interview at the race course. She is doing a degree in International Events Management at Cardiff University. Working at the Derby, this Summer will give her valuable work experience and enable her to earn some money and not have to ask me for any. Ahem!
While she was in the interview I took the opportunity to take some pictures of the race course.
The Epsom Derby has inspired horse races around the world including the Irish Derby, The Australian Derby, The New Zealand Derby, the Tokyo Yushi, The French Derby and The Kentucky Derby.
Feel the sound!!!!!!!!
Ah that's better. I can get on with the day now.
Also have a look at a post I wrote called, A cup of tea with Jane Austen.
Poor old Joe Simpson, a hardy individual who has faced death in both the Andes and the Himalayas and lived to write about his experiences in awe inspiring and inspirational and beautifully written English has obviously survived much. His books were chosen as books to be studied by adolescents in secondary schools and deemed as appropriate literature to be studied for GCSE exams.
Another erudite commentator told him,"bet I know more about how you put tension in the first chapter than you do."
"I just write the shit." came the response.. Ha!!! bloody Ha!!!
And yet another perceptive commentator wrote,
"Your book is shit and you should feel bad.Three chapters of crawling didn't inspire me to write about your book in my exam.It was rather boring really."
The teenagers up front criticism of his books provoked this all encompassing comment.
"Goodnight... and may you all seethe in bilious acid pus."
Yes, well, lovely, quite.
But shouldn't all authors be open to frank and heartfelt analysis of their works? Honesty after all is an admirable quality.
I have attached the article in question, for your perusal and delight.
Cheyne Walk is named after the Cheyne family who owned an estate on the site and were lords of the manor of Chelsea from 1660 to 1712. The first Georgian houses to be built in the walk were a row of beautiful Queen Anne houses some of which remain today. However even before the Cheynes the site of Cheyne Walk had it’s place in history. The home of the great Tudor chancellor under Henry VIII, Thomas More,was here. He lived in Chelsea with his extensive family. It was from the river side opposite Cheyne Walk that More was taken by boat to the Tower of London and his execution on Tower Hill. On the site of More’s great house, in Beaufort Street, there is now the Catholic seminary for the diocese of Westminster called Allen Hall. It has a modern 1960’s designed chapel next door to it. Just round the corner, in Cheyne Walk is a magnificent, coloured statue of Thomas More positioned in front of Old Church.
Chelsea Old Church built in 1157 comes next. The chapel to the south side was built in 1528 and was the private chapel of Thomas More. There is a gaudy painted statue of Thomas More outside of it.
There is a discussion as to how Jane Austen fits into this Romantic period. She doesn’t seem to at all. She describes the interactions between people. She does not express an emotional and imaginative response to the natural world around her. She must have experienced the beauties of nature and felt their emotional impact where she was born and where she lived for many years of her life but her concerns were marriage, inheritance and close small communities. She might not have heard of Wordsworth and his ideas. He was revolutionary in many respects. His introduction of Romanticism in contrast to Enlightenment might not have endeared him to The Reverend Austen, Jane’s father. Wordsworth was an advocate of the principals and ideologies that fuelled the French Revolution which again might not have endeared him to the Austens. He may not have been on the bookshelves at Steventon. The Bronte sisters in Haworth, on the other hand, used the landscape they knew well in their writing. They responded emotionally to the world around them. They could be classed as Romantics. Clive and I also visited Haworth and the Bronte parsonage on our trip. I will leave a discussion about the Brontes to a further post.
Do you get it?
Here is a set of guidelines for understanding the way we think, speak and everything else you didn't really want to know. Oh we are awful aren't we? Sorry!!
London 2012: A 12-part guide to the UK in 212 words each
Only here. Ha! Ha!
We get many people from the Southern Hemisphere, Australians, South Africans and New Zealanders. I taught for many years with Katie from South Africa and Evette from Zimbabwe or Zim as she used to call it. I met Evette in my local TESCOS the other day with her new baby boy.We talked and she is very worried about her country. Her Mum and Dad still live there and are struggling along. They are too old now to move anywhere else.Next to Raynes Park Station is a small South African grocers shop. You can get your bill-tong there and other South African delights.
In Motspur Park,my local park, the Sir Joseph Hood Playing Fields, is used for Australian Rules Football after the usual football season is over.The Wimbledon Hawks use it as their home ground.. They set up a bar selling cans of Fosters beer and hold an enormous barbecue that sends it's delicious odours wafting across the fields during every home game. Their bright orange kit make them stand out at some distance.
These diverse communities also have their places of worship.. We have the largest mosque in Europe, the Baitul Futih Mosque, with space for 1600 worshippers at a time.
In one of my classes, a few years ago I had a little Jewish girl. She got very excited about the fact we were going to look at Judaism and told her rabbi all about it. I got a message for the rabbi saying, if I wanted, he would come in to help me teach the lesson. So I got him to come in and we team taught. He filled in all the bits I wasn't sure about. He brought in a small piece of the Tora to show the class, some unleavened bread for them to taste and some artefacts from his synagogue for them to handle, draw and write about. I took photographs of the lesson and wrote a report which the rabbi published on his synagogues website. I got a lot of great comments on the website.. The little girl was ,"over the moon."
And to conclude lets all give it for the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence.
Usain, you are the king mate!!!!!!!
And lets give it up for "Marley Bob!!!!!!"
“we learn to write by practising writing, by trial and error and most importantly through becoming familiar with what works- by reading good writing.”
This is perhaps the crux of the matter. What is good writing and how can we recognise it? Pie Corbett goes on to say,
A Wikipedia article describes Morris dancing thus::
What is appropriate for all you Jane Austen fans is that this video was made at Painshill Park in Surrey, a reconstructed 18th century gardens.
If ever you get the chance it is a wonderful, magical place to wander around, full of follies such as a ruined abbey, a grotto by the lake, a medieval castle tower and ,"rooms," evoking different emotions and situations.
Imagine Jane Austen instead of Jessie Ware and at the end of the clip imagine Darcy driving Elizabeth Bennett off in a landau!!!!!!!!
All the best,
Painshill Park link:
Ian Dury of The Blockheads
A giant copy of the 1948 Universal declaration of Human Rights flicked over it’s pages in the middle of the stadium.
Ian McKellen played Prospero from Shakespeare’s, The Tempest with Nicola Miles Wildin, who used her wheelchair at times, playing Miranda. Prospero sent Miranda shooting high into the air above the stadium to smash the glass ceiling that blocks so many avenues of progression for paraplegics and the ceiling crashed to the ground in a multitude of shards. Destroyed!
Miranda looked about her and proclaimed,
“ o wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankingd is! O! Brave new World that has such people in it!”
I must add, not, The Brave New World of Aldous Huxley, far far from that.A human loving Brave New World. We can only hope and strive.
Spasticus Autisticus being performed at the opening ceremony of The Paralympics.
AND HERE IS IAN DURY PERFORMING SPASTICUS AUTISTICUS;
The stone cross at the centre of the village.
West Meon is situated in a beautiful valley in the South Downs about 66 miles south of London, 15 miles east of Winchester and 25miles north of Southampton. The South Downs is a range of chalk hills that extends for about 260 square miles across the south-eastern coastal counties of England from the Itchen Valley of Hampshire in the west to Beachy Head, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, in the east. It is bounded on its northern side by a steep escarpment. The South Downs National Park forms a much larger area than the chalk range of the South Downs and includes large parts of the Weald.
It is characterised by rolling chalk downland with close-cropped turf and dry valleys, and is recognised as one of the most important chalk landscapes in England. It was formed from a thick band of chalk which was deposited during the Cretaceous Period around sixty million years ago within a shallow sea which extended across much of Northwest Europe. The rock is composed of the microscopic skeletons of plankton which lived in the sea. The chalk has many fossils, and bands of flint occur throughout the formation. The Chalk is divided into the Lower, Middle and Upper Chalk, a thin band of cream-coloured nodular chalk known as the Melbourn Rock marking the boundary between the Lower and Middle units.
The unique characteristics of chalk stream ecology are due to a stable temperature and flow combined with transparent water and lack of sand grade sediment particles. The river stretches for 21 miles flowing through the Meon Valley. The river supports valuable wildlife habitats. Within the river system it is home to water crowfoot, brown trout, kingfishers and otters. The reed beds at Titchfield create their own unique habitat too.
A flint wall in West Meon churchyard.
A house for sale in West Meon:
Jarvis is hoping to find an answer to the question,
The Jarvis Cocker article: