Showing posts from February, 2013

"Ugly Motion Hustle Music"

Check this out... gave me a giggle.

Green-eyed dogs

Do everything you can to keep it simple.

Grey hairs

So, I was talking to a good friend of mine the other day, and the sometime touchy topic of grey hairs reared itself. The conversation was brief and more than a little depressing. There's nothing like a little flash of the future to stop us in our tracks.

I think thoughts of ageing and mortality come to us all from time to time, and more often than that when you get beyond a certain age. When I'm taking stock, usually when I'm on of my long walks, or drifting towards the mountains in my mind away from my morning train and the daily grind, I always ask myself the same few questions. If I'm thinking about work I ask myself, am I doing the best job I can? Am I making a difference? You know, to the students I teach, to the people I work with, to the process of work? If I'm thinking about my life, the questions are even simpler; am I learning? Am I growing?

I've never been motivated by money, or by some meteoric rise to the ‘top’ (wherever that is). For me it’s always …


We'd been walking for quite a while, fractious atmosphere all the way, and I for one was starting to tire. We’d been friends for a while too, such as it was, and I was pretty much tired of that too. Both arrangements were about to change.

The connection between us had been born of a refreshing contrast in perspectives, but ended, perhaps somewhat predictably, as a rift of contrarian hostility.
We'd paused at a bench to catch our breath, and sat in silence until he gestured towards a man and his guide dog, and piped up with, 'he can’t even see, so he’s hardly in a position to take care of a dog.' I tried to explain that it is the dog that takes care of him, but my explanation fell on deaf ears. That’s where the friendship ended. Loss of sight, in the scale of things, is a surmountable obstacle, blind stupidity, however, isn't.

Courtly love

So, I've been researching the topic of Courtly Love for a piece I'm writing, and I came across this list of 'rules and elements' of Courtly Love written by the French writer, Andreas Capellanus towards the end of the 12th Century. It's somehow reassuring to know that, despite the colossal differences in our worlds, Andreas's and my experience of love are not so far removed from each other. All I can say is, it's a good job we're both great at cards:

Marriage is no real excuse for not lovingHe who is not jealous, cannot loveNo one can be bound by a double loveIt is well known that love is always increasing or decreasingThat which a lover takes against the will of his beloved has no relishBoys do not love until they arrive at the age of maturityWhen one lover dies, a widowhood of two years is required of the survivorNo one should be deprived of love without the very best of reasonsNo one can love unless he is impelled by the p…

You can't park your car there, mate

Still miss you, Yorkie.