Monday 1 May 2023



"Life is brief. Fall in love, maidens,
Before the crimson bloom fades from your lips,
Before the tides of passion cool within you,
For those of you who know no tomorrow."
Isamu Yoshii,"The Gondola Song", a Japanese 1915 romantic ballad.

“The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior ‘righteous indignation’ — this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.” Aldous Huxley

"A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on. A psychotic is a guy who's just found out what's going on." William S. Burroughs

"I'd go for a counterintuitive tableau: The Triumph of Liberalism. In the foreground, a gay wedding would be under way. The congregation would be happy, harmonious Britons of all colours earnestly engaging each other in serious debate while the final guest, having just disembarked from a small boat, is welcomed and offered a front pew." Emma Duncan in the Times, the British establishment's favourite paper sees modern Britain. She has got it right. 


  1. I suspect these poetic pleas to the maidens to "gather rosebuds while ye may" are self-interested! It's very explicit in the lovely Scottish song, 'Lassie wi the Yella Coatie' -
    "Haste ye, lassie, tae my bosom / While the roses are in blossom, / Time is precious, dinna loss him / Flooers will fade and sae will ye."

    1. Of course. The battle of the sexes is the same in east and west.