First since March
Coffee too strong
Unused to barista strength,
Summer seems gone
Friend arrives late
Avoiding the eye
Of the loudest man in the room
He corners me
I make my excuses
Escape to female conversation
Stilted and awkward
On most things
I gently attune to the differences
I escape to Jo’s shop
We chat and spill forth
Our agreements on most things
I tell her about dancing on the pier
Wine bottle in hand
Glugging like winos
The sea beneath us
Last of the summer sun
I walk to Sarah’s
Scarf wrapped around my hair
like a hijab
She regales me with QAnon conspiracy
I disagree with her
Without saying a word
Wind is howling through the cracks
Of her seafront flat
Slate grey rough seas
I make my excuses and run
To the sanity
Of my companion
Relieved and grateful for his civility
We agree on most things
And talk about daily details
A painting of a paradise garden with white bird, woman and cat with Stargazer lilies. Measures 61 cm by 76 cm. 24 inches by 30 inches. Acrylic paint and gold leaf. In my etsy shop.
‘Art is the activity that exalts and denies simultaneously.’ ‘No artist tolerates reality,’ says Nietzche. That is true, but no artist can get along without reality. Artistic creation is a demand for unity, and a rejection of the world. But it rejects the world on account of what it lacks and in the name of what it sometimes is. Rebellion can be observed here in its pure state and in its original complexities. Thus art should give us a final perspective on the content of rebellion.’
Albert Camus, The Rebel.
Gold mouths cry with the green young
certainty of the bronze boy
remembering a thousand autumns
and how a hundred thousand leaves
came sliding down his shoulder blades
persuaded by his bronze heroic reason.
We ignore the coming doom of gold
and we are glad in this bright metal season.
Even the dead laugh among the goldenrod.
The bronze boy stands kneedeep in centuries,
and never grieves,
remembering a thousand autumns,
with sunlight of a thousand years upon his lips
and his eyes gone blind with leaves
Painting by me. In my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/839773012/gold-mouths-cry?ref=shop_home_active_1&frs=1
The Mystic is often misunderstood in our culture, depicted as a wandering or lighthearted daydreamer. Yet like Shiva, the true Mystic plays a critical role in society, remaining fearlessly dedicated to the path of transformation. In order to save the earth from darkness, Shiva swallows the poison of the world and holds it in his throat, slowly transmuting the liquid into nectar. This is the work of the Mystic. They do not fear darkness but rather sit in the presence of it, harness the potential and latent energy behind it, and embed it with light. They are patient and prudent changemakers, seeking growth above all else. Unanswerable questions are the mystic’s lifeblood. The Mystic revels in mystery, in the great riddle of life, dancing with the forces of light and dark upon its wings.
Painting by me.
As well as being an artist I am also an online English teacher, with over twenty years experience teaching English to international students. I live by the sea on the East Sussex coast of England.
I am TEFL, CELTA and B.A. Hons, qualified. I also specialise in lessons in British culture. I am also an artist and teach art online and in-person.
Some photos of me teaching: https://www.masononlineschool.com/photos
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My sister Emma is no wallflower and last night we celebrated her 50th. Botts had a £150 bottle of tequila. It was lethal. The night was exceptionally hot as the past week or so has been. After the celebrations I had to sleep on an air mattress sandwiched between snoring daughter and cousin. The heat has been unlike anything I have known in the UK and stereo snoring is not my favourite lullaby in any weather so I decamped to the garden where I drifted off, only to be woken by curious fox. I then defected to the car where I finally slept.
Later I managed to fit in my zoom meeting with the wild fems.
The archetype card was The Maiden.
The poetry montage we made:
Unknown calls me
Taste of secret delight
Each transition challenging
In my heart maiden thrives
Hear the maiden call
Future waiting impatiently
Down we go!
Laughter bouncing off rabbit hole walls
Steffi, Dange, Alice, Moni, Terre
My friend Tara is the quintessential ‘Girl with the sun in her hair’ from a John Barry soundtrack, and in her middle years still a Goddess. She once texted me to say, ‘I’m going off in a speed boat’ when I was due to meet her at her beach hut. She knows absolutely everyone. Last night she and I walked along the promenade to the pier. The sky was pink and blue. At the end of the pier there was dancing. Friends were enjoying the balmy night and drinking cold beer. The warm sea air caressed our skin. The orange moon rose over the open sea, and there was a feeling of almost ecstatic relief just to be together dancing in community again. The DJ was playing high on a platform above us and people were seated along the vast platform of the pier. We danced to Frank Sinatra. I had my long silk pink scarf and waved it around. So many people had been bruised and broken from social deprivation during the lockdown. I could see it in their eyes. I could see the love too, from being together again. Hastings Borough Council is to be thanked for allowing us this space on the pier. The best social distancing club in the world.
In these days of blind faith, I am very glad I have intuition and inner knowing. Sadly we are being silenced.
An example of disaster capitalism in action from a virus.
From Simply Flying:
When will all this end? This is a question on just about everyone’s minds at the moment.
According to Goldman Sachs, we should be out of this in around a year from now.
Endpoints News has a good summaryof the Goldman Sachs report, which to us represents the best realistic-optimistic prediction that we’ve seen.
Goldman Sachs has identified nine vaccine candidates as the most promising out of the 165 currently in development, and says one or more should see the light of day and emerge successfully from phase three trials this year.
This includes the Oxford / Astra Zeneca trial, ones from Moderna and Pifzer / BioNTech, as well as a group of Chinese vaccines, including the one from CanSino, which is currentlybeing administered to the Chinese military.
Not on the Goldman Sachs list is the Russian Gamelaya Institute vaccine, where a roll-out is already planned for October.
Here there is some scepticisim, that too many corners have been cut to deliver what the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has described as a “Sputnik Moment.”
The one area where we do disagree with Goldman Sachs on is the idea that large parts of the US population will be vaccinated (Q2) before Europe (Q3).
European countries have the advantage of a public healthcare system, and are involved in some of the vaccine trials.
For example, the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccineinvolves both a US and German partner, with a number of European countries and Japan having pre-ordered large quantities.
Meanwhile, the UK’s Astra Zeneca / Oxford vaccine could get early distribution in much of the developing world due to a contract with India’s Serum Institure, which is set to manufacure a billion doses from the Autumn.
Questions the aviation industry needs to answer now
What is true is that not everyone will be vaccinated at the same time, and different populations will have different vaccines.
As we’ve said before, the result will be a part vaccinated world.
This leads to a number of questions, such as what vaccines will be acceptable (and yes national authorities will set many of the rules as they have with testing).
Dr Fauci in the US has already said the Russian or Chinese vaccines won’t be introduced there. If someone has (e.g.) the Gamelaya Institute vaccine, will they be considered fit to fly?
This is especially since the vaccine is due to be rolled out to other countries like the UAE.
How can testing sit side by side with vaccinations, as the latter slowly start to take hold?
How will you verify vaccinations (the same is true of testing of course) to make sure you are not dealing with forgeries?
The time to think about all this is now.
Goldman Sachs have been heavily involved in the World Economic Forums “Great Reset”
However the Great Reset was first mentioned at Davos 2015 and as Goldman Sachs have claimed in their own Pdf report, “COVID-19 is the type of event that resets the entire economy. For investors and companies, this is an existential event where capital needs to find new homes and where yesterday’s strategies will work only by accident the way the stopped clock sometimes tells the right time.”
So has Covid-19 became a great opportunity for a new kind of capitalism for the WEF great reset first mentioned in 2015?