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A Story With A Moral [Nov. 18th, 2017|12:32 pm]
Tony Grist
 I'd been wondering how, when the time comes, we're going to transport the sundial to our new home. It's not just any old sundial- you see- but a significant sculpture by an important late-20th century artist and can't just be abandoned to whatever fate its new owners might whimsically decide for it. It's also a solid piece of kit-  a lump of carefully selected stone resting on a plinth of built brick. How should we lift it? Would sledge-hammers be needed- and the expertise of muscled men in navvy boots?  I was assuming it was cemented in place with a steel pin joining its parts but when I went out to test the assumption I found that the artistic bit just lifts away from functional bit with nothing securing it in place except its own weight.

And the moral of the story (which may not apply to coups in African countries or negotiations within the European Union) is things don't always turn out to be as complicated as you think they're going to be.  
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Against Snail Mail [Nov. 17th, 2017|12:59 pm]
Tony Grist
In the days of pen and ink Robert Louis Stevenson and Vincent Van Gogh and a few others wrote letters that were worth holding onto and even- eventually- publishing between hard covers- but most of us didn't. Most of us wrote letters that were pedestrian, laboured, dutiful,  guarded and no more substantial than today's texts and emails. I've been sorting through the correspondence of the ages that has piled up in bureaux in this house and it makes me happy we no longer use snail mail. It takes much less resolve  to wipe an email than it does to throw away a handwritten letter and seems much less like slapping the sender in the face...

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Peaky Blinders [Nov. 16th, 2017|09:22 am]
Tony Grist
They're so macho. And that includes the women.

Was anyone ever so self-assured and hard-faced and ready with the verbals as all these people are?  In real life never. In art always- ever since Achilles and Agamemnon traded sulks on the plains of windy Troy. 

But it's fun, innit! Who knew life in Brummagen was so baroque!
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The Throwaway Culture [Nov. 15th, 2017|03:52 pm]
Tony Grist
 Maybe it's because I was born in the '50s when we still had an empire (just about) and everything was made of boiler plate but it disappoints me when recently purchased electrical goods- sets of headphones for instance- stop working after a few weeks use....
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Weeding The Shelves [Nov. 14th, 2017|12:44 pm]
Tony Grist
 I've been rationalising the family library. Ailz only ever reads digital texts these days and my mother no longer reads anything so I don't have to consult anyone's taste but my own. 

There's a certain amount of overlap between my mother's books and ours. Do we need two not dissimilar copies of the Collected Works of John Keats? I think not. Mine is inferior to my mother's- which has a nice frontispiece portrait of the poet- so it's mine that goes into the carrier bag destined for the charity shop.

No household needs more than one copy of Barnaby Rudge- incidentally the only major Dickens I've never read.

And then there's the dead wood. Novelty publications that were given as Christmas presents and books on handicrafts that belonged to my grandmother and books by once celebrated 20th century authors whose time has passed. John Brophy? Marganita Laski? Osbert Sitwell? Sorry, chaps. 

I have spent my life avoiding reading The Forsyte Saga. Am I likely to succumb now? I enjoyed the TV version- the first one with Eric Porter and Kenneth More and Nyree Dawn Porter- but that was then and this is now...

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One Of Those Questions [Nov. 14th, 2017|10:44 am]
Tony Grist
How did a tie I lost at a wedding my father didn't attend (because he was dead) get into the pocket of one of his jackets that I don't wear (because he was much smaller than me)? 

I suppose I could ask him when I cross over but I imagine I'll have more important things on my mind.
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Aw, So Cute.... [Nov. 13th, 2017|12:39 pm]
Tony Grist
My daughter took the family to the gym. She left my son-law in charge of the kids while she went into the sauna.

2 year old grand-daughter: "Where's mummy gone?"

5 year old grand-daughter: "In the cooker. She's gonna die and you'll never ever see her again."


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Winter Stars [Nov. 13th, 2017|09:12 am]
Tony Grist
I was up at 2.00 and could see stars through the window- and a hollowed out moon low down in the sky like a child's painting of a boat. We haven't had many clear skies this winter so I threw a coat over my pyjamas and went out onto the front lawn to take a better look. Orion was striding south with Sirius below him down among the trees; I saw a meteor shoot across his lower body. The Pleiades were high overhead- so tiny in their sphere of pale light,  so needle sharp; they make me think of the insides of a watch. 
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Remembrance [Nov. 12th, 2017|09:42 am]
Tony Grist
 We sit my mother down in front of the Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph but I don't think she knows what she's watching. I drift in and out of the room, allowing my nerves to be twanged by what I 'm mean-spirited enough to think of as the National Festival of Self Pity. Next year, perhaps, I'll manage to be more zen about it all

This story came back to me.

Two monks arrive at a river to find a woman waiting at the brink wondering how she's going to get over. One of them hoists her on his shoulders and carries her across.

A hour later- several miles down the road- the other monk turns to him and says, "I can't believe, you just did that. What about your vows? You're not supposed to have anything to do with women."

And the other says. "Oh, that woman. I'd forgotten. I left her behind on the bank, but I see you're still carrying her."
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To Be A Little More Specific... [Nov. 10th, 2017|12:42 pm]
Tony Grist
 I understand that everyone over a certain age has been complicit in the culture of sexual harassment and it's only human to want to minimise one's guilt but I'd like to say to all my contemporaries who are arguing that it wasn't so bad really and the kids should grow a backbone that what they're doing is defending evil and a time will come when what they're saying will seem as grotesque as we find the arguments that were once advanced in defence of slavery.
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