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Weekend 514.0

The truth is there’s just not much cooking. I’m between projects, exceptionally tired, and sitting on a queue of unfinished / unpolished concepts. This is when you either unplug and take a long walk -or- get real small and hide in someone’s pocket. This weekend was a good start since it’s mostly been copious amounts […]

Weekend 513.0 (You, moonlight, you’re my starlight)

“But you, O you, So perfect and so peerless, are createdOf every creature’s best.”– William Shakespeare (1) Ward-Prowse nets for England (2) Essential London Sites (2a) Tube, Overground, TfL Rail, DLR & Tram Status (2b) South Western Railway Plan My Journey

Weekend 512.1

“You are gentlemen of brave mettle; you would lift the moon out of her sphere if she would continue in it five weeks without changing.” – William Shakespeare (1) Battle of Ferrybridge 1461 (2) A Horse! A Horse!! My Kingdom For A Horse!!! (Instapundit) (3) University of Plymouth has one of the few remaining movable-type […]

Weekend 512.0 (The Germans…)

…wore gray, you wore blue. The SceneThe Letter (1) Yet Another Movie by Pink Floyd (YouTube) The track includes audio from Casablanca. Related(2) ‘Railways For Ever’ (1970) (YouTube) A British Transport Central Photographic Unit Film with acknowledgements to Kodak Limited (3) 1970 Waterloo Station (YouTube) (4) Great Central Railway by John Betjeman We watched the […]

Weekend 511.0

(1) First Train from Battersea Power Station Station (YouTube)

Weekend 510.2 (Wreck & Redemption)

I was in Plymouth last weekend and saw the place where the Sea Venture set sail from in 1609. It was supposed to bring relief supplies, etc. to the settlers in Jamestown but was damaged during a hurricane and run aground off the coast of Bermuda. The Sea Venture was helmed by the Admiral of […]

Weekend 510.1

Beautiful prose from Love in a Valley by John Betjeman: And me to lonely shopping in a brilliant arcade;Firm hand, fond hand, switch the giddy engine!So for us a last time is bright light made.

Weekend 510.0

(1) Edward I (2) France recalls its ambassadors to the US and Australia over new national security partnership (CNN) (2a) Migrants crossing Channel will be turned back to France (Express) (3) Neil Turok Public Lecture: The Astonishing Simplicity of Everything (YouTube) Mathematical proof connected to justice (29:50) (3a) It’s not just a joke anymore: They’re […]

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Weekend 509.0

(1) Sir John Betjeman reads “Norfolk” (1954) – his poem about lost innocence.

Weekend 508.0

All three are very closely related and timely/relevant. (1) A quote from The Gift of Silence by Jerome Kodell, OSB: “The favorite images of Mary in art are the moments of silence: the annunciation; the scene at the crib—as a Christmas carol says, ‘How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given’; and Mary holding […]

Weekend 507.2

I was in Bournemouth / Poole this weekend for the Poole Town FC Dolphins versus Dorchester Town Magpies football match. The Dolphins scored a late goal in the first-half and then held on in the second to earn all three points. My weekend in song >>> Fearless by Pink Floyd

Weekend 507.1

“But here the wild seemed to have a different agenda, an insistence on a postmodern coexistence with the city, even a hint of triumphalism. In the mood of the times, it seemed almost insurrectionary.” – Richard Mabey

Weekend 507.0

“The Church lies bereft,Alone, desecrated, desolated and the heathen shall buildon the ruins,Their world without God. I see it. I see it.”— T.S. Eliot (1) Three cups of coffee a day can lower risk of stroke and heart disease – study (Sky News) (2) Metroland, 100 years on: what’s become of England’s original vision of […]

Weekend 506.0

(1) Two from T.S. Eliot: “Longer and darker the day, shorter and colder the night. Still and stifling the air: but a wind is stored up in the East. The starved crow sits in the field, attentive; and in the wood the owl rehearses the hollow note of death.” “What day is the day that […]