Wednesday, August 28, 2013

at robert & edwards butcher shop in oxted, chris is the man in charge ...

... no doubt there are tongues in oxted that might benefit from pickling ...

Sunday, August 25, 2013

what are friends for ? rock the pueblo, jorge !

a quote from walter benjamin ...

To historians who wish to relive an era, Fustel de Coulanges recommends that they blot out everything they know about the later course of history.

There is no better way of characterizing the method with which historical materialism has broken. It is a process of empathy whose origin is the indolence of the heart, acedia, which despairs of grasping and holding the genuine historical image as it flares up briefly. Among medieval theologians it was regarded as the root cause of sadness.

Flaubert, who was familiar with it, wrote:

‘Peu de gens devineront combien il a fallu ĂȘtre triste pour ressusciter Carthage.’*

* ‘Few will be able to guess how sad one had to be in order to resuscitate Carthage.’

The nature of this sadness stands out more clearly if one asks with whom the adherents of historicism actually empathize. The answer is inevitable: with the victor. And all rulers are the heirs of those who conquered before them. Hence, empathy with the victor invariably benefits the rulers.

Historical materialists know what that means. Whoever has emerged victorious participates to this day in the triumphal procession in which the present rulers step over those who are lying prostrate. According to traditional practice, the spoils are carried along in the procession. They are called cultural treasures, and a historical materialist views them with cautious detachment. For without exception the cultural treasures he surveys have an origin which he cannot contemplate without horror. They owe their existence not only to the efforts of the great minds and talents who have created them, but also to the anonymous toil of their contemporaries.

There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism. And just as such a document is not free of barbarism, barbarism taints also the manner in which it was transmitted from one owner to another. A historical materialist therefore dissociates himself from it as far as possible. He regards it as his task to brush history against the grain.

Ennit ?

Friday, August 23, 2013

creatures of habit ...

long before sunrise, there is a minute's disorientation and delay whilst i am preparing Her-indoors' first cup of earl grey ... her old porcelain mug with the chintzy roses has been given the elbow and i have a sleep-walker's blind spot for the new one with lickle birds ... and i, being born a creature of hard-to-break-habit, will never ever ever be able to throw out my old tea-stained velasquez ... eventually the tea gets made and the new cup stands cooling in the near darkness besides her sleeping shadow

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

i am inordinately proud of this facebook greeting from richard nye ...

3BT ... no ! 4 !!!

Four swallows shoulder to shoulder on a wire

A blackbird feeding her enormous squeaking fledgling

In the back of the bus, but not together, four smart young wimmin with freckles and ginger hair

Lastly, lots of cards and texts and e-mails for my birthday ... thanxxx you'all

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The question of ... what was the question ?

Yesterday afternoon, at the end of quite a long and unnecessarily physical shift, I parked the truck and took the day’s paperwork up to the office.  Then I hung the keys of the truck on a little hook in the keys’ cupboard.  

Finally, as if somnabulent, I neatly hung my own set of house keys on the adjacent hook, and went home without them.  Hmmm !   

Today, a customer named Paul recommended the services of an organization in Switzerland named Dignitas.  

I could see his point.

It’ll be OK, I told him, as long as they have nice curtains; you know the sort of thing …

We thought a little motto embroidered on some fancy scroll-work might look nice ...

"Diende tempore felicius"

she's just got back from belgium ...

if only putney heath were fenced-in, then we might apply to the trustees for pannage

Sunday, August 11, 2013


i walked, no, RAN away from education three times ... but am still interested

i suppose that icarus fell out of a non-euclidean sky

Lower and Upper Grosvenor Gardens are two small triangular gardens laid out to complement Thomas Cundy's French Renaissance style houses. In the Lower Garden little remains of the elaborate railings of the 1864 layout and it was remodelled in 1952 as a memorial to Anglo-French understanding and a tribute to the Free French. It has an elaborate fleur-de-lys format of paths, and flowerbeds with bedding displays, the central bed in the form of a fleur-de-lys, topiary and a tiered device for the display of ivies. Two shell and pebbledash lodges studded with molluscs, with pediments on all sides, were brought over especially from France, and between them there was once a parterre. An equestrian statue of Marshall Foch of c.1930 stands at the entrance.