Sunday, May 19, 2024

In which Isilme touches many bases

The blog issues some of us have been having … Isilme explains:

A couple of days ago I tried to comment and was told that the comment failed and to try again later. I tried later. It failed so I just gave up - it wasn't worth commenting any more as time had gone on and people pass onto the latest posts.

We need to blow this malfunctioning blog here a giant raspberry:

Today I tried to reply to Andy's comment about raspberries:-

“Oh yes, we have autumn raspberries and have collected a punnet full as late as November (not as flavoursome as those collected during the summer but still okay). As far as I can see, our raspberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants are going to do well this year.”

Last summer:

Yet again my comment failed. Once again I was told to try again later. I don't know if it's my laptop as things stopped working (webcam, dvd player, or it just shut down unexpectedly). But I can't see why it would affect my comments. Nor do I see anything controversial in talking about my raspberries unless growing your own fruit and veg is becoming something we're not allowed to do or to talk about!! It's all very strange....

More romantically:

Yesterday, Bob gave me flowers (see first attached piccy):

Actually, he won them in a raffle at the Saturday coffee morning. He handed them to me and everyone in the room cheered and clapped. It was very nice. Then he sat down beside me and quietly said, "There really wasn't anything else on the table worth having..." Oh! Still, they are very nice.

The holly tree:

I'm not sure If we've ever sent you pictures of our holly tree in full bloom. Well, really it's a clematis in full bloom on our holly tree (and partially along the telephone wire... must sort that!) For some reason, the flowers are all on the north side of the tree, so taking a photo tends to be a bit difficult because it's straight into the sun. So I had to wait until evening.

Alexander beetle:

Also a little green shiny beetle that we met on our daily walk a couple of days ago.

Sunday reaction

Sunday [16 and 17]

(1336) Afternoon all. Might be another Saint episode soon, possibly taking us up to jazz.  Or else this film reaction sitting here from a Bama gal.  Maybe that one if I can find it.

17.  Back to Blake, Parry and Jerusalem

Must admit I ran that about Jerusalem more to set a cat among pigeons, then realising it was more a cat among unherdable cats … which puts me at ease … which makes me feel uncomfortably like Blake himself … who was off his bloody rocker, ’scuse my French.

Against the established Church, quite dissident, tried to rationalise his sensuality, almost ruined it with Catherine, should have turned away from Swedenborg, did eventually grow up … FoS is quite right about Blake’s temper, not unlike me again or rather short/brusque with people … and I’m thinking, you know … this is not British, nor is it Yorkshire … it’s a type of cantankerousness, with an edge of craziness, which is English in nature.

And just as it’s difficult for some to get a handle on that, so all sorts, from the suffragettes to the dissenters to the faithful to the patriotic … all found something in the Blake, then Blake/Parry vehicle. Talk about diverse, even opposed groups, all finding something inspiring, if a bit vague in the Parry/Blake anthem … it’s quite deep in the English psyche, a touch of the manic.

As for national anthem … why not? When England plays a game … it should be the anthem … when Britain, GB or the UK do something, then it’s that other one. I don’t see the conflict. In the same way, when Scotland acts as Scotland, then why not this one below? Yes, all right, I’m a sucker for a wee lassie as a chanteuse:

And why not? While I support the Union just to spite the SNP commies, it’s still a grand ditty, as is the Fields of Athenry across in Eire … I mean, credit where credit is due, shirley. Look, all I’m asking is a bit of passion, a bit of oomph … whatever’s your anthem, ye ken … I want you to feel it deeply, that’s all.

16.  Early afternoon roundup


And a strange one too.


Warner Baxter gets bumped off by ex-flame Lynn Bari, becomes a ghost, and trys to help his wife (Andrea Leeds) prove Bari did it. Meanwhile, Bari's hubby, played by Henry Wilcoxon, takes the rap. Charley Grapewin shows up dressed in black, looking like Harry Carey playing Bela Lugosi in the early scenes from "Plan 9 From Outer Space." Grapewin is apparently the only one who can see and hear Baxter. He ain't no Whoopi Goldberg though. Elizabeth Patterson, who played Mrs. Trumbull on "I Love Lucy," has a prominent role, but looks older here than she did on "Lucy." I kept waiting for her to say "oh, nuts."

I like Baxter in most of his roles - he is no great actor, but he always seems to have a likeable presence. Bari is a bit too overwrought as the "other woman." Leeds was new to me - she retired after making this film.

We never quite figure out who Grapewin is supposed to be, and the ending is a little ambiguous. Yet, at around 67 minutes, the film moves right along and will probably keep you interested. A bonus is Alfred Newman's fine score.

Pentecost Sunday [11 to 15]


15.  Whitsun or Pentecost

Many have died (stupidly) over the question of which proceeded from whom but to my mind, there's clear precedence, even in Jesus's words ... Father, Son, Holy Spirit ... what's the issue?

At the same time, the HS is the most immediate to me, though all Persons are immediate. My view is it's not my biz exactly how He arranges heaven ... certainly not to the point of us fighting and slaughtering over it.

14.  The three letter sites

13.  The question of national anthems again

Yesterday I think it was I opined that I prefer it to be a grand occasion, say at a sports stadium (remember ELP with their version of Fanfare for the Common Man) ... not OTT but "fitting", joyful, passionate, soaring, plummeting ... it might be in a grand concert hall for example, such as The Royal Albert ... but it MUST be highly respectful, no taking knees nor rainbow politics, no Ukr/Hamas guff ... none of that.

And right in the middle, almost forlorn, clutching her microphone, is the fair maid, the damsel, unsteady on her heels, bolt upright, belting it out without much in the way of embellishment, with dozens of ugly men behind her lending the bass line ... then behind all of them ... the vast public singing along with varying degrees of success ... almost a spiritual experience.

Now this was not quite the grand occasion below ... it was a rugby league final ... the men weren't in lines either but the girl stood up and the crowd joined in ... however watch carefully as she tries to leave the field after it ...

Right, there's also a ripping version by Leslie Garrett ... but when I looked for a stunning version of The Star Spangled in the US, there was not one decent female able to sing it, except Jackie Evancho and what a dystopic, dysfunctional, messed up family that is, with trannies etc.

Look around youtube and all you get is rubbish like Gaga or Beyonce ... there was a Whitney Houston version ... another totally messed up person, like her sister ... is there not one decent female US singer who is neither Woke nor messed up?  Or must it be Enrico Pallazzo?


12.  I promised Kassandra I'd put her case for Orthodoxy

And now for something entirely different. After exploring the meaning crisis, we are going to do a deep dive into the solution. The process of demoralization to total nihilism is not a trend that started with 'wokeism', but is the work of centuries of pernicious ideas on a varying scale of malignity. But in the last few decades the process has been helped along by groups of people who profit by it in various ways. The people who think they are acting in the service of what is good, has been reduced to a social stratus best described as useful idiots. While the traditional Churches in the West have collapsed, the marginal Eastern Orthodox Churches are experiencing a marked uptick in interest, especially by young men searching for meaning and maturity in their lives.

A bit more:

Western Europe has largely followed the Platonic philosophical schools through influential early Church Fathers, like North African Berber, St. Augustine, whose rationalistic ideas did not take much root in the East. But the Western Germanic world greatly loved his hell and brimstone approach to original sin.

After the Schism of 1054 the Platonic school had free reign in the Roman Catholic realm. Except for a brief interlude in the early Renaissance when Aristotelian based ideas entered the West through Byzantium, Platonic dualism remained dominant.

As Father Ezra explains, Platonic binary thought presents concepts as opposites: body versus soul, heaven verses earth, good versus evil, and so on. The problem is, these are false opposites. These dichotomies imply two opposing, irreconcilable positions, enforcing a false choice that does not reality.

Read more and watch at the link.

11.  Ian J

The western 'Leaders' really are living in a fantasy world (just like something out of 1984 - thanks for giving them the idea , George) as they try to isolate their populations from others around the world and keep proxy wars going while they try to re-write history
I found these three articles on RT to be much more 'balanced' than anything our secrecy-obsessed gov't allows the BBC to put out. 

"Russia’s State Duma chairman has accused the EU of censoring alternative opinions and curtailing freedom of speech, with the goal of deceiving citizens."

"An unnamed British government official, who also talked to Politico, described France’s move to invite Russia to the commemoration as “disturbing,” along with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Paris earlier this month and the French ambassador’s presence at Putin’s May 7 inauguration."

"Russia won’t view Western European countries as partners again for “at least one generation,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has predicted.The diplomat remarked that Moscow and the West are already locked in a confrontation that has no end in sight."

"Top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, have repeatedly described Moscow’s ongoing military conflict with Kiev as a proxy war waged by NATO against Russia. Evidence of this, the Kremlin says, is the material aid, the training, and the intelligence that the US and many European countries have been providing to defend Ukraine."

"An unnamed British government official, who also talked to Politico, described France’s move to invite Russia to the commemoration as “disturbing,” along with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Paris earlier this month and the French ambassador’s presence at Putin’s May 7 inauguration."

Sunday [7 to 10]


10.  For those not within the British isles just now

... an idea of what it's currently like:

9.  Further roundup

Comment at Leggy's (on CP):

Thames Water respecting the civic building, promising to leave the mall just as they'd found it:

8.  Kathy G irritated this morning

Excerpt from her newsletter which you'll reach either at the site now or wait for the three letter sites post here later:

This is from a newspaper which like all the others took the king’s shilling to shut down debate on lockdown and vaccination from the start. Which we, not they, reported in February 2021. Did the once illustrious but now fallen Times ever publish an article like this, ‘Wreckage upon wreckage; lie upon lie?’  

No, of course they didn’t. They were too busy publishing pro-government propaganda articles like the double-page spread (March 2021) that Professors Martin Neil and Norman Fenton reminded us of on Thursday. Tom Whipple, the Times science editor, didn’t just assure us that ‘the Oxford vaccine was 100 per cent effective’ but launched a full-scale attack on the 'bizarre claim' of four Queen Mary University of London academics that the jab could kill. Two of these academics were Martin and Norman. The Times still have this man as their science editor. He has not apologised. Nor has his editor, Tony Gallagher.

Instead the paper pontificates that ‘self-appointed monitors of news accuracy such as the Global Disinformation Index can undermine objective reporting by penalising sites they disagree with’. What objective reporting is that? Several Times journalists, including Mr Whipple, seem pretty well equipped to work for the GDI without further training. 

George Grylls is another Times reporter hot on tracking down ‘disinformation’. Take his October 1922 report on the first Vaccine Safety Debate in Westminster Hall, a report which failed on every test of decent journalism, which ‘misrepresented and defamed Sir Christopher Chope and several other MPs and smeared Oracle Films, the makers of Safe and Effective: A Second Opinion, one of the most exceptional and important pieces of documentary journalism to have been produced in this country in years, and which ‘demonised and dismissed anyone who believes we need an inquiry into vaccine safety as “anti-vaxxers” – a negative aspersion designed to cast reasonable and rationally based anxieties as unreasonable’. 

This was just one of several of this so-called journalist’s attacks on ‘anti-vaxxers’ that the Times saw fit to publish.

7.  Tyson Fury defeated

... in a split points decision in Sa'udi.