Thursday, 30 July 2009



Looking forward to it :-)

Ian Hamilton - Collected Poems

I bought Ian Hamilton's book "Collected Poems" today, one Poem I read on opening it was this one 'The Veteran' which is my favourite thus far.

The Veteran

A grey, hard-veined old ruin now, he sits
around the house most days and speaks only
On small affairs, He keeps his schedule tight
and guards his property with bitterness
I got him talking once. With great contempt
He asked me what I did. I said I wrote
Three times before he got it. then he leant
So close i took his rotten breath inside me
And asked; "What about?" ; and he is right.


The rain has positive effects on the Garden...


Penultimate day of July already, 7/12ths of the year gone so quickly !


Looking towards Sunday August 2cd.......

Tuesday, 28 July 2009


Last Tuesday of July 2009 and the rain continues. Just managed to get round the rear lawn with the Mower before the first of the expected showers happened.
I hope August brings some much needed sunshine.


Sunday, 26 July 2009

I looked out this morning and the Sun was gone......

I looked out this morning and the sun was gone
Turned on some music to start my day
I lost myself in a familiar song
I closed my eyes and I slipped away

It's more than a feeling (more than a feeling)
When I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling)
I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
'till I see Marianne walk away
I see my Marianne walkin' away

So many people have come and gone
Their faces fade as the years go by
Yet I still recall as I wander on
as clear as the sun in the summer sky

It's more than a feeling (more than a feeling)
When I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling)
I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
'till I see Marianne walk away
I see my Marianne walkin' away

When I'm tired and thinking cold
I hide in my music, forget the day
and dream of a girl I used to know
I closed my eyes and she slipped away
She slipped away

It's more than a feeling (more than a feeling)
When I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling)
I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
'till I see Marianne walk away

This morning was no different than the preceding 5 weeks or so, as there seem's to be no sunshine this Summer. Now the Schools are out, let's hope things change for the better.

Turn a different corner ...

Down around the corner half a mile from here
see them both feet run and you watch them dissapear

without love where would you be now
without love

though i saw miss lucy down along the track
she lost her home and her family and she won t be coming back

without love where would you be now
without love

with the feeling always central and the southern central freight
you got to keep on pushing mamma you know there running late

without love where would you be now
without love

when the pistons keep on turning and go round and round
and the steel reels are cold and hard and the moutain ain t no down

without love where would you be now
without love



Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Total Eclipse of the Sun 2009

More pictures of the total eclipse of the sun 2009 ....
6 minutes 39 seconds.... the longest eclipse of the sun.
The New Moon that occurs at 10:35 pm EDT on July 21 (2 am GMT July 22) is also a total solar eclipse, in which the Moon passes in front of the Sun from our perspective here on Planet Earth, obscuring the light of the Sun for a short time.

Solar eclipses always occur at the time of the New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are in the same degree of an astrological sign and said to be conjunct. Because the conscious intention of the solar principle combines with the instinctive longings and reactions of the lunar principle at the New Moon, these are excellent times for new beginnings. But in an eclipse, the solar principle is temporarily blocked and the lunar principle prevails.

Eclipses can only occur when the New or Full Moon occurs near the Lunar Nodes, the points at which the Moon crosses the ecliptic of the Sun. In the astrological language, the Nodes of the Moon represent the evolutionary direction of the soul, with the South Node pointing to the direction from which we have come, and the North Node the direction of our future. Therefore, the symbolism inherent in the eclipse is a powerful clue to the evolutionary potential in an eclipse event. This upcoming eclipse is very tightly conjunct the Nodes - within one degree - which portends its importance for planetary evolution.
The ancient Chinese, Incas and Hindus viewed the nodes of the moon as the Dragon's Head (North Node) and the Dragon's Tail (South Node), and they perceived an eclipse as the Dragon eating the Sun or the Moon. From the beginning of the use of astrology, somewhere over 2,000 years, eclipses have been used to time significant events. In a typical year there are two pairs of eclipses, but this year there are an astonishing six, indicating that this is a significant year for change.

The upcoming New Moon is not only an eclipse but also the second New Moon in Cancer (a phenomenon also known as the "Secret Moon.") Because Cancer rules the Moon, it is particularly powerful in Cancer and because this is an eclipse of the Sun, the lunar influence is even more powerful. The Moon presides over all issues of emotion, but also our emotional connections to each other and to our ancestral history. Cancer is known for its concern with family matters but that sense of family extends beyond the nuclear family, and even the extended family, to the entire tribe of which we are a part. Some of us have strong family ties; others of us create our own tribes that serve the family role.

Because of the intensity of the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune which is still tighly in alignment, many of us are more sensitive and more highly reactive than usual. Under the eclipse the influence of the solar conscious mind is diminished, and the emotional power of the Moon stands raw and undiluted. The Triple Conjunction is already stripping away the veneer that we have built to protect us from ourselves; the eclipse may accelerate the process of unmasking the vulnerability (Moon/Cancer) that reveals our true heart.
The first New Moon in Cancer occurred in June on the day following the Summer Solstice which added its own bit of drama. This New Moon is at the 29th degree of Cancer, within two degrees of the North Node. The 29th degree is sometimes called the "critical degree," and there is a sense of something coming to a close, of needing completion. The New Moon, when the Sun and Moon conjunct, is typically a time of new beginnings; however, here we have something new beginning and closure occurring at the same time. The Sun is on the cusp of Leo, so the fresh new start is already in place - we have only to turn our view so that we are looking forward again and we will be in motion.

The New Moon is trined by Uranus, the planet of radical change and surprise, suggesting that the new wave of evolution will not be what we are expecting. Uranus demands that we let go of any rigid ideas that we have and open up to the intuition of the higher mind. A harmonious sextile of Mercury to Mars is embedded in the New Moon as well, helping to sharpen our focus and provide us with the mental energy we need to get through any difficulty we encounter in our day.

Relationships may be under some pressure with a square of Venus (relating and beauty) to Saturn (disappointment and restriction), and we may find that this is a time that the soul prefers solitude to companionship. This is a time when we are pulled deep within ourselves and the presence of others in our lives may create pressure with the Saturn/Venus influence. On the other hand, Saturn inspires us to greater loyalty and commitment so it is possible now through the hard work that is required of a Saturn square, a challenging aspect, to strengthen our relationships based on the Truth that is emerging from within.

The effect of the eclipse will be most powerful for those who are currently undergoing transits to their chart from the Triple Conjunction, or who have planets in the very last degrees of the Cardinal signs (Cancer, Capricorn, Aries and Libra). The eclipse is also most powerful in the areas where it can be seen, which in this case includes central India including Mumbai and Bhopal; Nepal, Bhutan, Shanghai, and the islands south of Japan.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

How to track down the people you hate

How to track down the people you hate

When a survey suggests that almost 40 per cent of British internet users spend one day a month looking for people online, my first reaction is that a people search engine is the last thing we need.

This is why I am not in charge of
This is a search engine that does nothing else but find people by trawling through sites such as MySpace, Google and Facebook. For the 70 per cent of people who spend 10 hours or more per month searching for themselves, their friends or their most hated enemies, this cut save hours. And free them to find even more of their Nemeses online.

So, yasni looks like the perfect solution for spies and vengeful creeps, especially now that YouTube and Wikipedia have been added to its search base. "Although we are very aware of the public’s growing need to spy online, I find it quite unbelievable that people are willing to waste so much time doing so," said Andy Barr, CCO of Yasni.

"Would you rather spend the majority of your evening looking online for your friends or perform a quick search and then actually spend quality time with your friends and family instead? The answer seems obvious to us.”

Hmm, perhaps you should ponder why Brits are spending so much time online in the first place.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Barking .........

Has this tree lost it's bark through some natural occurence .... or is it a result of mindless vandalism ?
Just spotted it in a local park this morning, standing alone, stripped bare in the light early morning rain. Defenceless, unprotected, isolated........... what or who could have done this ?
How to track the life of a Tree....

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Lavander Ellagance Purple

Looking forward to planting a Lavander hedge when I receive the order I just placed - due to arrive in September/October. Nothing beats a swathe of lavender planted along a path or to fill a sunny spot with its dreamy scented flowers floating above its evergreen and aromatic feathery foliage!

Wednesday, 15 July 2009


I can't remember the last time that I read a review of a new and unheard artiste (to me, anyhow) and then subsequently felt so moved that I wanted to rush out and buy that very album ~ but it happened yesterday when I read Ken Russell's review of 'Gurrumul', the debut CD from Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. Within an hour of reading Monday's edition of The Times where Ken Russell's article on Gurrumul appeared, I was waiting outside Derby's HMV store to open at 9am waiting to purchase a copy of Gurrumul.

On getting home I gave the CD a listen and ...... yes, it was quite different to anything in my collection and I was able to listen to all the tracks all the way through to the end, which for me is a sign that this is something to behold and, like me.... you should go get yourself a copy as soon as possible... like yesterday !

Monday, 13 July 2009

God Help The Girl ~ "Come Monday Night"

God Help The Girl ~ "Come Monday Night" - is a real cute song and video well worth a listen and look.


Sunday, 12 July 2009

Grenada Chocolate

Hey ! Check it out, this chocolate is the real deal !



Roses ~ never cease to amaze me. All I do is water them regularly and curse them occassionally when the Lawnmower's cable get's caught up in them. Yet they overwhelm me with their colour and natural beauty every time.

Congratulations Charlene Thomas !

One of the most thrilling womens races I've seen for a long time by Charlene Thomas, made all the more thrilling as Charlene has never received a penny of Lottery funding and this win assures her of a place in the Great Britain team heading for Berlin next month.

One to watch !


Saturday, 11 July 2009

The Fair.

The Fair.

The Fair stands silent but there are signs of what and where

People who laughed, cried, kissed, enjoyed brief moments in time

Then left tell-tale traces of detritus without a thought or care

Litter including part-eaten Hot Dogs, vomit, cigarette lighters ~ all of it a crime.

The Fair is a living example of mankind’s mirror going round and round

When all the lights go out, who takes responsibility, who takes the blame.

Like a scene of devastation and desolation, a human playground

A temporary carbon footprint but an indelible one just the same.

The Fair get’s an early morning makeover from the Council’s Cleanteam

Removing human garbage that the wind and birds haven’t blown or eaten

Before the thoroughfare becomes busy with Locals and Tourists that seem

Oblivious to the earlier scene of the Fair looking battered and beaten.

The Fair comes round our Town once a year and stays a week

Coinciding with the Buxton’s Wells Dressing Parade and it’s Festival Fringe

People coming from all around the World and from as near as Leek

If they knew the weight of rubbish the Fair generated, they would cringe !


The Buxton Carnival '5' - Saturday 11 July 2009 ~ Photographs