Holy Ghost

    # OK let’s get down to it.   How many have we got so far? # Just the two – Father and Son. # Hmm … Be better with three. # Why? # Three’s a magic number.   The others have triple deities – the Hindu Trimurti, the Three Jewels of Buddhism, the Three Pure […]

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Brain v Mind

  I’ve been pondering over this for some weeks now.   It’s sometimes called the mind-body issue.  I’ve been asking myself questions that I can’t answer: we assume that we’re unique in having a mind. When we evolved from not having a mind to having a mind, how did it come about?   Why do we seem […]

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Jeremy Corbyn Revisited

I was born in 1943 so my early experience of prime ministers featured, for the Conservatives – Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, and Ted Heath: for Labour – Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson, and Jim Callaghan. For the past 36 years – more than a generation – our prime ministers have been centre – right.   […]

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September 2016

  In his Poetics Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) – provided a guidebook for Greek poets and dramatists, especially tragedians.   It included his insistence on The Three Unities: Action – the plot must feature one story so sub-plots forbidden, Time – the play must take place in real time but with a maximum of 24 […]

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Rosicrucianism

  AMORC – The Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucius I’ve joined the Rosicrucians.   I always thought it was a secretive outfit where highly spiritual members were invited.   But it’s anybody.   Even me.   They send me pamphlets and emails on spiritual matters.  Luckily I’ve already got one of their three sacred books: ‘The Chymical Wedding […]

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Objet Trouve

  In the past I’ve made cards picturing dried flower arrangements and a Christmas card.   I’m making a new lot using the above image.   When I’m painting glasses to make candle-holders, I clean the brush in turps and then draw it tightly through a square of kitchen paper.   This appeared on the kitchen paper.   Objet […]

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Aftermath

(Contains reflections on the paranormal.) Since last month’s look at psychic reading I’ve been inundated by an email from Jean-Pierre in Geneva: Hey, John – What is this nonsense you are giving us?   Psychic Reading my bottom. ‘You love to travel’?   Who does not?   ‘There has been a family upset recently.’   Recently?   Open-ended.   Show me […]

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Contains the Paranormal

    I wasn’t sure what a reading was.   I’d had an experience in Otley that I called a séance, although it was just me and the medium.   So I signed on for a reading without knowing what to expect.   There were five of us … the hostess in her therapy centre … an experienced […]

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Surge

(From my m-b-s autobiography Life and Soul – cheapest at Amazon.) I call it surge.   I first experienced it by proxy watching Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St Matthew, as healer, moralist, and possible avatar, Jesus of Nazareth, starts on his mission of performing miracles and rounding up apostles.   It also appears, in a wonderful […]

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Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath 1932 – 1963 – American poet and novelist – was obsessed with death, self, and nature.   Her obsession with death dates from the death of her father, a biology professor, when she was eight.   You do not do, you do not do Any more black shoe In which I have lived like […]

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