Archive for May, 2011


Monday, May 30th, 2011

I can’t use public transport any more. Trains are always late, most state schools are shit and I’ve gotta give you, like, four million quid – are you having a laugh? When I got my tax bill in from 19, I was ready to go and buy a gun and randomly open fire.


Counter Temptation

Monday, May 30th, 2011

As with impressions generally, if you get an impression of something pleasurable, watch yourself so that you are not carried away by it. Take a minute and let the matter wait on you. Then reflect on both intervals of time: the time you will have to experience the pleasure, and the time after its enjoyment that you will beat yourself up over it. Contrast that with how happy and pleased with yourself you’ll be if you abstain. If the chance to do the deed presents itself, take extra care that you are not overcome by its seductiveness, pleasure and allure. Counter temptation by remembering how much better will be the knowledge that you resisted.


To Talk To

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

She said, in dialect-accented Italian, “Please talk to me, there’s no one here.” I answered, “I’m an American.” She paused and answered, “I am blind, and there is no one to talk to here.”

A Path To Lunch

To Fall Apart

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The light bulb
went, the other
day. It wasn’t
the best, anyway
much too bright
but … Bugger, I
thought, then left
it there … darkish

A door went
the other day
it’s been half-broken
for months … annoying
but not much
Eventually, slowly, it
unhinged itself, until
it fell off
completely. We had
to manoeuvre it
with both hands
place it like
a screen … heavy

I bought a
new light bulb
a Philips Genie
40w, warm white
it looks perfect
I can just
turn the light
on and it’s
beautiful - just right
not too dark
not to bright

My housemate fixed
the door, today
I heard him
drill, annoying sound
I opened my
door to see
him fix the
broken one. He
did a beautiful
job - the door
shuts perfectly, now

Sometimes, things, to
be improved, have
to fall apart


Friday, May 27th, 2011

Dario Fo


Friday, May 27th, 2011

One of the nuns at the monastery, Anna Nobili, a former lap-dancer, reportedly took part in dance performances with other nuns during religious ceremonies.



Friday, May 27th, 2011


We Must

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Sometimes it’s endearing, or at least the British think it is, as when this announcement was made by British Airways pilot Eric Moody in 1982, after flying through a cloud of volcanic ash over Indonesia:

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress.”

Stephen Evans


Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The U.S. wants to occupy our countries, steal our resources, impose agents on us to rule us and then wants us to agree to all this. If we refuse to do so, it says we are terrorists … Wherever we look, we find the U.S. as the leader of terrorism and crime in the world.

Osama Bin Laden