Wednesday, 30 June 2010

RESPECT. Or not.

Respect is over-rated, don't you think, assuming thinking might still have some limited value?

Respect is, and always was, very close to fear, and fear still impels us to behave with (or as if with), respect towards groups and individuals who often do, or support the doing of, really very, very bad things.

So-called political correctness is much entangled with issues of respect. What use is misplaced "correctness"? Or misplaced "respect"?

"Respect where it's due" is a concept with which we'd surely do well to become familiar. Again.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

God save me from the porkers.

COUNTY by John Betjeman

God save me from the Porkers,
God save me from their sons,
Their noisy tweedy sisters
Who follow with their guns,

The old and scheming mother,
Their futures that she plann'd,
The ghastly younger brother
Who married into land.

Their shots along the valley
Draw blood out of the sky,
The wounded pheasants rally
As hobnailed boots go by.

Where once rabbit scampered
The waiting copse is still
As porker fat and pampered
Comes puffing up the hill.

"A left, a right! Well done, sir!"
They're falling in the road;
"And here's your other gun, sir".
"Don't talk, you're here to load."

God save me from the porkers,
The pathos of their lives,
The strange example that they set
To new rich farmers' wives.
Apart from any god's ability to save anything, he got it right.

No Smoke without......

In 1965 Herb Alpert released Spanish Flea and in an end of term concert everyone in my primary school (at Highnam, Glos., UK), played along on an assortment of percussion instruments (castanets being by a long way the most popular), encouraged by a new and enlightened(?) headmaster.

The headmaster owned a Mini, was a magistrate and felt unable to explain adequately to precocious(?) me why a good and kind workfriend of my dad had been repatriated to Jamaica for possession of one "jazz cigarette" (as they were probably called in those relatively far off days).

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Around Applecross

Three days campervanning. About 150 images from the Highlands of Scotland. Click the image then choose "Slideshow".
Then "F11" for a full screen view.