Friday, 31 December 2010

The Long Day Closes

Open your eyes to another year
— Nick Drake 'Fruit Tree'

My Heart Shies

Long afloat on shipless oceans
I did all my best to smile
'til your singing eyes and fingers
Drew me loving to your isle
And you sang
Sail to me
Sail to me
Let me enfold you
Here I am
Here I am
Waiting to hold you

Did I dream you dreamed about me?
Were you hare when I was fox?
Now my foolish boat is leaning
Broken lovelorn on your rocks,
For you sing, 'touch me not, touch me not, come back tomorrow:
O my heart, o my heart shies from the sorrow'

I am puzzled as the newborn child
I am troubled at the tide:
Should I stand amid the breakers?
Should I lie with death my bride?
Hear me sing, 'swim to me, swim to me, let me enfold you:
Here I am, here I am, waiting to hold you'

— Tim Buckley 'Song To The Siren'

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Star Sign Of Bethlehem

Brian's mother: What star sign is he?
Wise Man 2: Capricorn.
Brian's mother: Capricorn, eh? What are they like?
Wise Man 2: He is the son of God, our Messiah.
Wise Man 1: King of the Jews.
Brian's mother: And that's Capricorn, is it?
Wise Man 3: No, no, that's just him.
Brian's mother: Oh, I was going to say, otherwise there'd be a lot of them.

Monday, 27 December 2010


Safe in the womb
Of an everlasting night
You find the darkness can
Give the brightest light …
— Nick Drake 'Fruit Tree'

Sunday, 26 December 2010

The Feast Of Stephen

Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof
that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.
— Stephen Fry

Friday, 24 December 2010

A Lifelong Song

I was born to use my eyes
Dream with the sun and the skies
To float away in a lifelong song
In the mist where melody flies.
— Nick Drake 'I Was Made To Love Magic'

Thursday, 23 December 2010

The Lightness Of Being

So come, my friends, be not afraid.
We are so lightly here.
It is in love that we are made;
In love we disappear.
— Leonard Cohen 'Boogie Street'


Let it go. Let it out.
Let it all unravel.
Let it free and it can be
A path on which to travel.
— Michæl Leunig

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Military Intelligence …

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
— Groucho Marx

Last Chance To See

Monday, 20 December 2010

Keeping Things In Perspective

'I Think' Vs 'I Want'

Because science carries us toward an understanding of how the world is, rather than how we would wish it to be, its findings may not in all case be immediately comprehensible or satisfying.
— Carl Sagan 'The Demon-Haunted World'

Wednesday, 15 December 2010


The reasonable man adapts to the world.
The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to him.
Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
— Doug Anderson

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Has Needs

Is a rich person one who has the most
or one that needs the least?
— Doug Anderson

Sunday, 12 December 2010

The Celebration Of Ignorance

The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the thirty second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.
— Carl Sagan 'The Demon-Haunted World'

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Everywoman Knows …

Man is most nearly himself
when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
— Heraclitus