A stroll with TT

Our genial host, Mark, described it as ‘a stroll with TT’. I was somewhat dubious at this proposal, since the Isle of Man (IOM) is famous for an invasion of super-powerful racing motorbikes during the famous TT road races in June; and the thought of somehow ‘strolling’ with several hundred motorcycles whizzing past at anything…

Port Lewaigue

Port Lewaigue (pronounced ‘lage’) is a small cove to the south of Ramsey, on the Isle of Man. At the time of writing, we are spending a long weekend with some friends who now live here; having moved from Douglas, the island’s capital, last year. Mark is due to retire from the Manx insurance business…

How to be King…

Originally posted on Stuart France:
* The title is a phonetic rendering of the spiritual classic, ‘Tao Te Ching’. A more literal rendering would be, ‘How of the King’ All of which is widely known. A little less known, perhaps, is that the text is an alchemical treatise. Therefore, the king that it treats of…

Where are we going? (2) – the vice

It may be that the present compressed and negative feelings that we humans are experiencing is a birthing chamber rather than a vice. This outrageous idea ties in closely with what was written in last week’s blog. In it, I suggested that just as a body has trillions of cells, so the planet has a…

Three Steps to Heaven…

Originally posted on Stuart France:
? * “Sure, ’tis a wondrous thing of beauty to so confound the rational mind.” – The Aurally Man * Step One: Infinite Dimension * * Step Two: Find the way and follow it…** * * Step Three: Limitless Sky * * “Why, oh why, Aurally Man?” “Because that’s how birds…

Walk in their shoes

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
“.. before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird “Is everything okay over there?” said my son, calling from half a world away.…

Are we there yet?…

Originally posted on Stuart France:
? * Joshua said, “Judas Thomas, while you are still in the world, attend to the questions of your heart, and it shall be revealed to you: who you are, why you are here, and how you will come to be.”  – The Living One * 

What value the human? (2) – The disassembly of consent

Last night BBC2 aired part two of the documentary Secrets of Silicon Valley, subtitled ‘The persuasion machine’. by Jonathan Bartlett. The programme charted the rise of the modern Tech giants, many of which are not traditional ‘product or services’ companies in the sense we have become used to. For example, Facebook, one of the main subjects…

Tell Tale Signs V…

Originally posted on Stuart France:
* A very early version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, perhaps, yet there is much more here than merely a cautionary tale. Or is this the ‘first entrance’ of our much vaunted king Arthur? Apple for Avalon and Yew for an ‘evergreen death’… The emphasis on topography and the singularly macabre…

Beyond the doorstep

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
It is pitch black; like an idiot, I am teetering on a stool cleaning windows and muttering that there are far better ways to spend my life that doing chores. To say that I hate housework would be inaccurate. I don’t mind the jobs themselves, and I…

Pondskating

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
Image: Wikimedia Commons “Salmon of Wisdom Dodging hazelnuts swims the hungry salmon, swallowing the nuts as they plunge into the depths. Pity the poor pondskater skimming the surface while beneath lies the kernel of wisdom, waiting for those who plunge deep below their surface and get their…

Where are we going?

Where are we going? When things are going well in ‘our’ world, there is an understandable tendency to assume that a generally benign evolution of civilisation is taking place, one in which we play our part, however small, being a kind of swimmer who lives and dies within that flow of slow progress. But when…