Nature’s masterpiece

Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant (The only harmless great thing)… Still sleeping stood; vex’d not his fantasy Black dreams; like an unbent bow carelessly His sinewy proboscis did remissly lie. — John Donne I have just found this quote on elephants, in a book that I have had since October 1983! I date my books…

Sleep, the common currency

Now, blessings light on him that first invented this same sleep! it covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. It is the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world…

2001

Look Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over. — HAL, in 2001 A Space Odyssey My site has now had 2001 views 😁 Image of the room in the final scene:By Christophe from Montreal (DSCF3109) [CC…

Lost on a painted sky

Lost on a painted sky Where the clouds the are hung For the poets eye. — Neil Diamond, Jonathan Livingstone Seagull This tune just came up on the iPod. An old, old favourite, and too good not to share 😊 Image: By Elaine with Grey Cats (Flickr: Owens Valley Clouds) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia…

Space Shuttle Challenger

Anyone who sits on top of the largest hydrogen-oxygen fueled system in the world, knowing they’re going to light the bottom, and doesn’t get a little worried, does not fully understand the situation. — John Young, after being asked if he was nervous about making the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981. Sadly prophetic. The image…

Dust in the Wind

Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea All we do crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see — ‘Dust in the Wind’ by Kansas A favourite of mine, from forty years ago now. I just love the image of a Kansas wheat field and storm, too, I am…

I hope you make mistakes

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and…

A tale of two backpacks

Jean Valjean avait cela de particulier qu’on pouvait dire qu’il portait deux besaces; dans l’une il avait les pensées d’un saint, dans l’autre les redoutables talents d’un forçat. Il fouillait dans l’une ou dans l’autre, selon l’occasion. — Victor Hugo, Les Miserable (Chapter V: Which would be Impossible were the Streets Lighted with Gas.) “Jean…