Category Archives: Tributes

We are what we do

United Nations conference on environment and development Rio de Janeiro 3-14 June 1992 Severn Suzuki: Coming up here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. I am here to speak for all generations to come. … Continue reading

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On the fragility of life

~~~ Planet Earth is 4,600 million years old. If we condense this inconceivable time-span into an understandable concept, we can liken Earth to a person of 46 years of age. Nothing is known about the first seven years of this … Continue reading

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Time to paint the town red?

Monty Python’s Life of Brian scene 9: Brian Learns to Conjugate. I love the way Brian narrowly avoids heading off to an earlier crucifixion than the plot calls for because he initially gives what turns out to be the right … Continue reading

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The right to choose

By a devious route that is an idiosyncrasy — emphasis on the crazy — of this innerwebz thingy I stumbled upon the following video for the first time, just now. In respect for the memory of my dear friend, I … Continue reading

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Pondering death

I was recently advised, by Shelf Life Books, of the publication of the book ‘Cartwheels’ by Amy Doolittle. Cartwheels offers a glimpse into my world with all its pain, humour and quirky sensibilities. — Amy Doolittle The book is subtitled … Continue reading

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Feelings across the universe

Originally posted on Learning from Dogs:
If you can’t feel it, you can’t write it! This saying was offered in a creative writing class that Jean and I attended when we were living in Payson, Arizona.  It came to me…

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Mitakuye Oyasin

Music: ‘Gran Canyon’ from ‘The Enchanting Sounds of North America’ by Higher Plain Drifting. Mitakuye Oyasin May the Fourth be with you.

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Schrödinger’s Leopard

That clip was just in case you don’t know what is meant by the term ‘Schrödinger’s cat’. Moving on, then… … let’s do a quick species jump, to dogs (from whom, I’m reliably assured, we can learn a lot). And … Continue reading

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Ding, dong, the witch is dead

On the radio yesterday I heard the compère read out a tweet that described as ‘obscene’ the act of spending £10k£10m from the public purse on a funeral for the Iron Lady. (I agree with that stance myself; but then … Continue reading

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Homo fatuus brutus: veni, vidi, abii

In the end, entropy always wins. Sometimes, it can be hurried along. On an insignificant speck of rock hurtling along in a vast expanse of nothingness, a thin film of gas nurtures a rare and wondrous thing that has, over … Continue reading

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