Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Maid of Amsterdam: I’ll Go No More A-Roving

Maid of Amsterdam In Amsterdam there dwells a maid, Mark well what I do say; In Amsterdam there dwells a maid, And she is mistress of her trade. Chorus: I’ll go no more a-roving With you, fair maid, A-roving, a-roving, … Continue reading

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Another Suggestive Limerick

There was a young lady of Wantage Of whom the town clerk took advantage. Said the borough surveyor, “Indeed you must pay her, You’ve totally altered her frontage!’ The illustration is a bay window uploaded to Wikimedia by Alexander P … Continue reading

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Seething Waters Breaking On Grey Stones

Alfred, Lord Tennyson was not given to a note of melancholy when a full-blown aria would do just as well: Break, break, break, On thy cold gray stones, O Sea! And I would that my tongue could utter The thoughts … Continue reading

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Neither Illusions Nor Delusions?

“I have neither illusions nor delusions, Doctor. My problem is that I exist day after day in grim reality.” I apologise if you find this too true to be funny, but reading it with a wry smile has got me … Continue reading

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One Link In The Chain At A Time: Churchill

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. Winston Churchill Yalta Conference, 1945 The illustration is by billdayone | View Portfolio via Wikimedia

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Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Picture yourself in a boat on a river, With tangerine trees and marmalade skies. Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly, A girl with kaleidoscope eyes. Cellophane flowers of yellow and green, Towering over your head. Look for the girl … Continue reading

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The Duck Test

Today’s blog posts have been all about perception. The eye transmits images to the brain upside down and it is the brain which turns the images up the right way to make sense of what it sees: the eye and … Continue reading

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The Blind Men And The Elephant: Perception

There is never just one way to look at something – there are always different perspectives, meanings, and perceptions, depending on who is looking: It was four men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant … Continue reading

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The Doors of Perception

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thru’ chinks of his cavern. William Blake Blake is probably consciously alluding to … Continue reading

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Here Be Dragons

When we were children, my father used to tell my sister and me the adventures of a boy called Roderick. We thought he made them up, but I later discovered they were mostly Greek and Roman myths retold. They usually … Continue reading

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