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Old Dog, New Trick?
This month, my
9-year-old son taught me some new (well, 1980s rapper) slang I hadn't heard
"Give props to" = To praise & show
respect to, (from proper respect for/ recognition of)
So, there's an extra pun for my arsenal, give props to me for
my props here.
12th Feb -
Chinese (&Tibetan) Year of the OX begins.
- almost a decade on, 7.3-magnitude earthquake off Fukushima, Japan, scientists
say was aftershock of 11 March 2011 disaster (quake,
tsunami, triple nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, when
more than 18,000 died.)
Ferlinghetti, writer & founder of City Lights Books,
died 22 Feb at age of 101. Wrote this essay on him
March, the Rightwing
Regime (aka Tory Government) in this undemocratic
Monarchy, is in the process of outlawing protest with ten year
imprisonment for those causing "serious annoyance" (their words).
In case I get accused of inciting such annoyance, I must clarify that by
"March" I mean the month not an imperative to act, though strictly speaking
I couldn't rule out being deliberately ambiguous!
See what I
said about protesting, rioting, causing serious annoyance in previous years:
gonna be riot"
wrongfully arrested at a protest here.
well be that the very reason people protest is that they are "seriously
annoyed" by something, eg Tory anti-protest laws!
Despite being made illegal by the U.N.(since 22 January of this year) the
government is planning to acquire yet more damned
nuclear weapons, which seems like a deranged priority at a time of Covid
plague & ecocidal climate disruption.
Might prompt some seriously annoying protest.
formerly known as Prince
Philip, Grand Old Duke of Edinburgh, (born in
Corfu, Greece, of a Danish Royal Family), Her Modesty the Queen's
hubristic hubby died 9th
April a few months short of his one hundreth
birthday. Nation, if not world, said to be in shock. Mourning de rigueur.
BBC pro-royalty propaganda overload.
interestingly (to me anyway), the 9th
was also the Bicentenary of Baudelaire's birthday in 1821.
Spring eventually blossoms, so added a bit to this
May, created new page:
Swansong to Duality.
picture has been in the news. A new Dark
Matter map, including Cosmic Voids apparently, has been published. But
don't forget the map ain't the territory!
A.I. detects canine
DNA in my features: I'm a Dog! Well, ain't I
swooped to within about a metre of me.
What a brill thrill.
Friday 11 June till
Sunday 13th June, the G7 Summit is
being held in the village of Carbis Bay, near St.Ives, in
Cornwall. This is what I wrote about the
G8 at Gleneagles in
Scotland & the one at
Genoa. I attended the 2005 anti-G8 protest
& was wrongfully arrested. Gee whizz!
15 June, vast face-mask
put on 57-metre-high statue of Buddhist goddess of Compassion, Kannon, near
Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima. Plan is to keep
the mask in place till COVID-19
under control in Japan.
21st June, SOL stood still, on
the Longest Day.
July, England's rightwing
regime lifts restrictions & allows Her Majesty the Queen's
loyal Subjects to remove their beaked masks,
though the pernicious Plague continues. Covid
cases are increasing. Globally, over 4 Million people have been killed
by this madly mutating zoonotic virus. Will the nightmare never end?
Dig the Doctor's
July, Danish Cartoonist, Kurt
Westergaard (right) died age 86.
He was placed on
an Al-Qaeda hit list &
attacked in 2010 for allegedly insulting Islam with a
cartoon of an Islamic terrorist with a bomb in his turban
(not Mohammad as mistakenly claimed).
Prophet & Loss.
24th July -
Full Moon, like every month.
August - Received copy of 50th Anniversary Edition
of All Things Must Pass by
George Harrison, a magnificent, melodious
reminder of Impermanence.
How time flies. Remember this meaningfully titled album from when it came
out way back in November 1970. One of the songs, 'The
Art of Dying', now hits home rather more, as a musical
memento mori for me & everyone else. No
necessity to be mournful, rather we can appreciate the value & beauty of
this precious human life. Recall the human
condition, lest we forget...
The Uber Deluxe wooden crate
version (a bargain at 'only' $999.98) even contains 1/6 scale figurines of
Harrison & the Friar Park gnomes. Prophetically, I did my
gnome page earlier this year.
It has just
been announced that July was the HOTTEST month on Planet
Earth since records began:
"The data shows
that the combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 0.93C (1.68F)
above the 20th Century average of 15.8C (60.4F)...It
is the highest temperature since record-keeping began 142 years ago...
Experts believe this is due to the long-term impact of
combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 0.01C higher than the
2016 record. In the Northern Hemisphere, land-surface temperture reached
1.54C higher than average, surpassing a previous record set in 2012."
(Source: BBC News)
Funnily enough the acronym for the National
Oceanic & Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) punningly refers to Noah of
Ark fame! Appropriate considering there's an increased
risk of flooding in some areas...
I wrote about the devastating 2010
Earthquake in Haiti. There's been another one (7.2
Magnitude) on 14th August this year. Progress? See Fukushima
Kannon earlier this year, above.
From 23rd August for 2 weeks,
in London. A courageous
attempt to prevent Extinction.
25th August -
Just made new webpage of this piece by my late father: To Be
As One With God
& this by him, A
Snowdrop During Wartime
Another piece by my father about St.Paul's during the
Blitz in 1941...
1st September -
New webpage of my Father's
Parting 1940, another wartime piece.
And some comic verse by him:
Thoughts on the Immutability of Matter. I
remember I enjoyed that as a young teen.
New webpage: The Pharos (Dover Castle)
A Plea for the Old Ones
by my father. I'm now older than he was when he wrote it.
- There's a Moral Somewhere, comic satire by NK
8th - On this day, 8th September, in 1968,
my father died, aged 53. The
Beatles had just performed 'Hey Jude,' live on TV (my
dad watched.) "Take a sad song & make it better." Beautiful & meaningful
song. Has a special place in my heart.
Hindu Festival for Ganesha (elephant-headed
god, said to represent deep wisdom, centeredness, ability to ease obstacles,
commitment to pursuit of knowledge), celebrating new beginning & fresh starts.
He no Dumbo!
Placed this statuette (not exactly to scale) at bottom of
garden, where the fairies live:
11th - New video
page about an occasional visitor to garden, filmed a few years ago:
- Unhappy Anniversary, I referred to here &
- Lucky for some, finally took a D.I.Y. Covid
test, having succumbed to heavy cough & cold symptoms. Results due in a few
- Unhappy Anniversary: brutal torture & murder of
Victor Jara by Dictator Pinochet's army in Chile,
- Covid swab test result negative, as expected. So personally must still be
careful. Also, read
U.S. funded Wuhan Lab in its manipulation of
Coronavirus, resulting in pandemic we have been experiencing worldwide for
last few years.
November) marks the Centenary of the
first official Poppy Day (Remembrance
Day) in 1921. Unfortunately, wars
are still being fought. There will. of course, be many other
Anniversaries, happy, unhappy & who-cares?)