A very brief read here referring to a seriously pressing problem explaining why communities, neighbours individuals and movements are often "at war" over apparently trivial differences which get blown out of all proportion. This characteristic was memorably satirised and captured by a scene in Monty Python's "Life of Brian" where, in their efforts to drive out the alleged enemy, the Roman occupation, the "real enemy" of the People's Front of Judea was revealed to be the Judean People's Front.
Brian addressses the masses, "You're all indivduals." One man shouts out, "I'm not."
An interesting article on the John and Yoko relationship - rebalancing the account. Article link also includes a great 1969 video to accompany the original "Ballad of John and Yoko". Yoko has proved a consistent lover of John's life and memory. Chapeau ! Link below.
Those were the days when hard work meant lying in bed .... all day
A reminder to take a look at ourselves from the outside.
This wonderful New Yorker short article is well worth a read. Nostalgia for a different London, too.
Tom Murray's photographs of the famous "Mad Day Out" taken during the recording of The White Album.
In this wonderful article “Nietzsche: The Lightning Fire” Tamsin Shaw reviews "The Flame of Eternity: An Interpretation of Neitzsche’s Thought” by Krzystof Michalski. It is a powerful analysis of Nietzsche as the poet-philosopher who brilliantly understood the power of emotions in revealing ultimate truths. It takes a look at some of the apocalyptic themes in Nietzsche, art and religion and how the juxtaposition of polarising ideas has been used to lead to profound insights into reality.
The late, great, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: "I know my lot. Some day my name will be linked to the memory of something monstrous, of a crisis as yet unprecedented on earth"
This live concert in London 1997 included this medley from Side 2 of Abbey Road. It shows just how great McCartney is as a live performer. And such timelessly great music.
In Desolation Row, Irish novelist Colm Toibin reviews “Poet in Spain” by Federico Garcia Lorca. It examines the influence of Andalusian nature and gypsy culture on Lorca’s poetry and the recurring themes of love and death against the backdrop of the fear and polarisation caused by the Spanish Civil War.
The poet in the 1920s