books or music? What would you choose?
thoughts on where I live
Me and the 14YO were talking about the proposed manned mission to Mars that's been in the news recently. Anyone signing up for it will be gone for years and hasn't got a great chance of ever making it home. It's a suicide mission, undoubtedly. 'Would you go, if you got the chance?' I asked … Continue reading Stars – some nerd reflections #SoCS
A prose poem? Description? I wrote a thing, basically.
Can I do this? Can and can't, words that hold such power. In English, they carry connotations of power, ability, almost strength. Other languages have a different emphasis. I remember a French penfriend in my teens asking me 'tu sais nager?' (do you know how to swim). The question jarred with me. Yes, I knew … Continue reading Can #Socs
Funny things, Tarot cards. I've owned a deck for twenty odd years, inspired to get some after a slightly spooky encounter with a man who read my cards on the Spanish Steps in Rome. I skirt round them. Ever present in a corner of my room, tucked away with a box of old diaries and … Continue reading It’s in the Cards #SOCS #StreamofConsciousnessSaturday
There's something incredibly tactile about dominoes, chess and draughts pieces, isn't there? You just want to pick them up, feel them in the palm of your hand. The game itself is almost secondary ... it's holding them that's the thing. Polished smooth wood or clay, the old fashioned ones that is, they were reassuringly substantial … Continue reading Dominoes #SOCS #StreamofConsciousnessSaturday
I had a friendly squabble with someone about flowers recently. I mentioned that I liked the lavender and hydrangeas in a mutual neighbour's front garden. "Useless filler flowers, they don't do anything" he scoffed. Do anything? What do flowers need to do, exactly? Judging by the number of bees I've had to skirt round this … Continue reading Flower/Flour #SOCS #StreamofConsciousnessSaturday
in praise of the humble cuppa
trying not to rant about politics