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Look On My Works, Ye Mighty... [Feb. 20th, 2017|11:00 am]
Tony Grist
Investigations continue into whether former British PM Edward Heath was a paedophile.

I was explaining this to my mother and then wondered if she remembered who Ted Heath was.

And then wondered whether I remembered who Ted Heath was. I mean, really remembered.

Wasn't he the one who signed the Maestricht Agreement?  Or was he the one who wanted to sign it but got thwarted by the French? And what does any of it matter anyway after half a century?

He was an amateur musician and yachtsman who got to conduct vanity concerts and write vanity books about seamanship because of having once held office. He hung around the Commons, sulking about his vanished power and influence- like Jason haunting the beached wreck of the Argo. Eventually the figurehead fell off and biffed him on the head and that was that.  No-one ever mistook him for a likeable man.

On a day to day basis we act and react as if our politicians matter terribly when the truth is most of them matter very little- and are soon gone and forgotten, leaving a legacy of dust bunnies and little scrumpled bits of paper.
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A Game Of Cards [Feb. 19th, 2017|11:09 am]
Tony Grist
A Game Of Cards

"Have you killed a man?"
said the pert young woman.
"One in a duel and three in battle,"
said the soldier with time on his hands.
"The house is cold and the servants all hate me,"
said the little French girl on her own in Windsor.

"Have you killed a girl?"
said the pert young woman.
"I ran down a gypsy once in my carriage."
said the soldier with time on his hands.
"November winds blow grit in my eyes,"
said the little French girl on her own in Windsor.

"I'll write your lines,"
said the pert young woman.
"And I'll stand under the lamp by her window,"
said the soldier with time on his hands.
"Is he not cold out there in the Park?"
said the little French girl on her own in Windsor.

"They are gone to the inn,"
said the pert young woman.
"She has no money and now no honour,"
said the soldier with time on his hands.
"Moon-washed sheets and a cavalry pistol,"
said the little French girl on her own in Windsor.

"Ace of Spades,"
said the pert young woman.
"One-eyed Jack with his nose in the air,"
said the soldier with time on his hands.
Clubs, spades, hearts and diamonds,"
said the little French girl on her own in Windsor.
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Good Fences Make Good Neighbours [Feb. 18th, 2017|12:25 pm]
Tony Grist
Julia and Bean have renewed the fence between the upper and lower fields- which means I can now isolate the lower field and tend bonfires there without being mobbed and pushed around by creatures with big heavy hooves. The initiative was Matthew's. Julia reported back to him that I was having my fires in the protected kitchen garden and incidentally singeing the beech hedge- and he threw up his hands in horror and said, "but that's an old hedge!"
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Giving Harry, Hermione and Ron Their Due [Feb. 17th, 2017|04:46 pm]
Tony Grist
Mean spirited piece in the Mail this morning by Jan Moir excoriating the three Harry Potter kids for their "tragic empty lives". I can see why a Mail journalist might object to Emma Watson's feminist campaigning- though it seems like a pretty good use of her power and profile to me - but I can't think what the other two have ever done to upset her. She's sparing with the truth too, acknowledging that Watson "isn't exactly washed up" while failing to note she's about to open in Disney's blockbuster Beauty and the Beast- and painting Radcliffe as a sad drunk when that was a phase he went through when he was still making the Potter films.  Personally I've always admired how level-headed all three of them have proved in negotiating their later careers, refining their craft, choosing roles well, not making arses of themselves and gaining respect across the board. Grint has put together a solid CV, Radcliffe an impressive one on both screen and stage while Watson could be on the verge of adult super-stardom.
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Greens [Feb. 17th, 2017|12:21 pm]
Tony Grist
The body has its own wisdom. Yesterday it got enthused about spring greens, today it likes the idea of broccoli...
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Fever Is Cool [Feb. 16th, 2017|05:23 pm]
Tony Grist
Being in a fever shakes things up a bit. It's as if bricks fall out of the wall you've built around yourself.

I imagined my grandfather standing over by the bedroom window. He was wearing a very stylish, caped overcoat.

I woke up out of a pleasant dream into a moment of something like pure happiness, knowing that Love is all there is and I love everybody and everything.

Ailz was cooking spring greens for lunch and it hit me that was nothing I would rather be eating...
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Feeling Rather Better, Thank You [Feb. 16th, 2017|09:57 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz says my immune system must be shot to bits because I can't get the silliest little cold without becoming feverish. I thought cold and fevers went together like peaches and cream but perhaps not. Yesterday passed in a haze of botherment and discomfort but today I am nibbling toast.
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I Like Digging Through Wardrobes; You Never Know What You'll Find [Feb. 14th, 2017|11:34 am]
Tony Grist
Going through the big wardrobe in our bedroom I came across a stash of jeans that Ailz had put aside for the charity shop because I couldn't get into them any longer. I tried a pair on and guess what?

There's a pink pair in the stash I don't remember owning. I like pink.

Hey, this is like Christmas.
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Karma [Feb. 13th, 2017|06:49 pm]
Tony Grist
According to one of Dolores Cannon's informants, karma- the cycle of birth and death and rebirth- is like TV addiction. We get hooked on life the way we get hooked on our favourite shows- and keep coming into incarnation the way we keep having to watch the next episode of Downton Abbey.

If TV is a drug think how much more powerful a drug life is- how much more immersive.

The same informant also says that karma is like flypaper.
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Snowdrops [Feb. 13th, 2017|10:28 am]
Tony Grist
The sun is shining. The sky is almost cloudless. We have snowdrops

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