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I’ve been busy with other “necessary” things lately, such as painting the house between bouts of inclement weather. Poetry still whistles through the mind but is blown away before I’m able to capture it, so you don’t know what you’ve missed and now neither do I.
I have found time occasionally to delve again into the book “The Ode Less Travelled” by Stephen Fry, a goldmine of information on writing rhyming poetry and a joy to read.
My wife and I are celebrating our joint 138th birthday today and I’m writing this in the waiting period before the guests arrive. Downstairs there are chairs everywhere and the scattered collection of things I like to have at hand are stored away where I hope I can find them again later.
The trees that I always can see from here on high through the window are continuously nodding back and forth and probably still wet from the last shower of yesterday. Some nearby have already given up on the summer and are shedding their leaves.
Internationally, the only solution to increasing debt still appears to be increasing debt by “printing” even more money. I heard a rumour that the banks have recently discovered that it might be a good idea to do business with the little people again and raise the interest rates on savings.
That might work.
Years ago I was somewhat hooked on adventure game software, but after having my PC destroyed by horrid unannounced anti-copying elements I rather lost interest. Recently I purchased for a small fee the title “A stitch in Time” from lassiegames.com. It’s a sequel to a freely available game also available from their site. I can heartily recommend these to those interested in the “point and click” genre. They are gems from two dedicated part time enthusiasts.

Have a good one!

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With thanks to Howard Garns

There it lies, squares nine by nine
With numbers sprinkled to define
Just how reluctant it will be
To let me solve its mystery

Nine times three of one to nine
No duplicates in every line
Both up and down, and side to side
Will bring a moment’s cheerful pride

Variations now abound
To bring a silence most profound
As intellects with logic yearn
The puzzles’ secrets to discern

Gymnastics, some say, for the brain
But does it really stand to gain
When Thought as ever rules the play
So, win or lose, it has to pay?

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Killing, maiming all around
Death, destruction does abound
Media consumes us all
Numbed to violence large and small

Games to shoot with leaden eyes
Sensual pleasures in disguise
Watch the screen for what is real
Catch the vibes that make us feel

Following the piper’s way
See him prance and hear him play
As he weaves our waking dream
No one hears the helpless scream

Turn away, it’s not too late
Deny measures to sedate
Fight those who would claim your soul
Free your life from their control.

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I don’t want to suggest that those in power are in any way responsible but it seems increasingly strange to me that when governments are making stronger and stronger moves towards prohibiting ordinary citizens from owning guns, rocket launchers, tanks etc., there are suddenly guns going off everywhere killing often innocent people.
These are reported to be the acts of disturbed individuals and that they certainly are, but one could see it as being rather coincidental and it undoubtedly influences public opinion to accept government policy.
Of course those in power turn this argument around, but in a time when there are serious moves taking place towards world government and its inevitable reduction in civil liberties, it does seem fortuitous that crime is playing into the hands of the lawmakers. So called “false flag” operations have long been used by governments to carry out dastardly deeds in “enemy” territory while craftily placing the blame on others, so anything is possible.
Largely untested drugs are being distributed to people of all ages that, according to reports, can undoubtedly lead to depression, aggression and suicidal tendencies, but nothing is really being done about this. There is increasing violence being delivered by the media through TV, film and computer games, but nothing is really being done about this either.
In America, the Constitution itself gives citizens the right to carry arms so that they can defend themselves against oppressive governments. The threat of terrorism is being used in all countries to impose more and more oppressive legislation, but there will always be terrorism as long as someone doesn’t agree with what someone else does and can’t find an agreeable solution using normal diplomacy. It is not a battle that can be won.
It is a time when one should be extremely critical and not jump too readily to conclusions.

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Breakfast time

Last night I dreamt that a strange something had appeared on the Sun’s face: a colored amoeba-like smear might fit the bill, and a second Moon had also miraculously (well it was a dream) appeared in the sky. Astronomers were running around grabbing telescopes, or anything with glass in it, to take a look. Scary but fascinating is how I would describe the mood. Nothing unusual about that I suppose. Dreams can be full of the most astounding, not to say appalling nonsense, sorry Herr Freud. But anyone who reads my posts will know how I feel about dreams: thoughts on the loose.
I’d been thinking a lot yesterday about the Financial Crisis (capital letters as well!). I was trying to get straight in my head what really has happened. After a few hours of digging around on the internet I gave up before incurring brain damage. It’s all there if you’re brave or mad enough to try to understand it. It has all to do with banks and investors and cheap mortgages, which has produced a rather potent constipative brew preventing money from being moved.
Don’t know what that’s got to do with the dream but somehow it seems relevant.
There’s a lot happening in the world and most of it’s not good, rather turmoilish, and I was thinking about that too. God, I really must get a hobby – but what?
Those who should know better are trying to get me to take up Bridge – again. You know that card game that drags the gray cells around and dumps them here and there. If one is determined to become a real bridge player, one has to become a member of some club. Never play with a family member or friend if you want to stay on good relations with ’em. A friendly enemy is the best bet. A more cowardly approach would be to find three other people who’ve got nothing else to do two evenings a week, don’t drink too much and are always slightly better players than oneself. My only experience from years gone by is with the latter and that does bring happy memories.
Unless one stays in a group lower than ‘C’, play can get awfully serious in clubs, or so I’m told by honest insiders. And there are competition evenings where play rapidly approaches war games status, where points are like poison arrows and victims lie dismembered at the bottom of score tables. Although, come to think of it, Omar Sharif was an enthusiastic bridge player. He is quoted as saying that he would, “… rather be playing bridge than making a bad movie” and “Acting is my living, bridge is my passion”. Other famous players include The Marx Brothers and the rock band Radiohead, so I suppose it can’t be as bad as I’m making it out to be. One local expert has a more philosophical view and says that bridge is a mirror for life. Well, I’d have to agree with that I suppose.
I’m still undecided about whether to take it up again or not, so I probably won’t.
Strange things playing cards: originating in Central Asia around the tenth century A.D., probably in China, where most crafty and clever things originally emerged. Four suited decks originated in the Moslem world and came to Europe in the fourteenth century. The French designed the cards we use today. Americans invented their own style around eighteen hundred including the Joker. Well good for them.
Interesting isn’t it? Not really? Oh well, until next time.

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