Karma is the beginning of knowledge. Next is patience.

“Karma is the beginning of knowledge. Next is patience. Patience is very important. The strong are the patient ones, Anjin-san*. Patience means holding back your inclination to the seven emotions: hate, adoration, joy, anxiety, anger, grief, fear. If you don’t give way to the seven, you’re patient, then you’ll soon understand all manner of things…

Television?

Television? The word is half Latin and half Greek. No good can come of it. — C.P. Snow Journalist, Publisher and Politician (1846 – 1932) And was Mr Snow right? No, I love it. Even in this age of mobile devices, etc. I still enjoy watching ‘telly’. Though I have just realised that this of…

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…

A reputation for perfidy and hypocrisy

English is the language of a people who have probably earned their reputation for perfidy and hypocrisy because their language itself is so flexible, so often light-headed with with statements which appear to mean one thing one year and quite a different thing the next. — Paul Scott, The Jewel in the Crown Being English, I…

Damn fine cup of coffee

You know. This is – excuse me – a damn, fine cup of coffee. — Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks, a TV series by David Lynch