The School of Athens

The School of Athens
The School of Athens by Raphael (click on picture to view short documentary from Columbia University)

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

What the world needs now, is love, sweet love.

Fellow citizens,

"What the world needs now, is love, sweet love; it's the only thing, that's there's just too little of."
 
 
Jackie De Shannon performs this beautiful and timeless song, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David you can listen to it here



















Friday, 11 November 2016

L'amour, l'amour, toujours, l'amour.

Fellow citizens,

At the end of a torrid week, a Friday evening special of beautiful words and music to help ease the hurt and pain that I sense is being felt far too much by far too many people.

"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring. Who, being loved, is poor?" Oscar Wilde.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Theme from the Summer of '42 written by Michel Legrand listen here



Theme from Love Story written by Francis Lai listen here



 Theme from Romeo and Juliet written by Nino Rota listen here




 

 Keep love in your heart.

Compare and contrast.

 Fellow citizens,

"Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth" Ecclesiastes 11:9

To mark Armistice Day, the 11th of November.

Compare and contrast:

"Gassed" by John Singer Sargent 1919


"The Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles" by William Orpen 1919




"Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die." Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States.

Lest we ever forget that.





While reflecting, please enjoy this beautiful rendition of J.S. Bach's "Bist Du Bei Mir" performed by Dame Janet Baker on YouTube here a version of which was featured in the 2005 film about the 1914 Christmas Truce, "Joyeux Noël." 


Bist du bei mir, geh ich mit Freuden
zum Sterben und zu meiner Ruh.
Ach, wie vergnügt wär so mein Ende,
es drückten deine schönen Hände
mir die getreuen Augen zu!

When thou are near, I go with joy
To death and to my rest.
O how joyous would my end be,
If your fair hands
Would close my faithful eyes.


Friday, 4 November 2016

Where have you gone, Malcolm Turnbull?

Fellow citizens,

Dateline: Australia, Federal Politics, November 2016.

Where have you gone, Malcolm Turnbull? A nation turned its lonely eyes to you.


To secure the leadership of the Liberal party, and therefore the Coalition, Malcolm Turnbull made the political equivalent of a Faustian pact. Now he, like Faustus, must pay a terrible price for his foolish bargain.




 
 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Ah Malcolm, you coulda been a contender

Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.

Dateline: Australia, Federal Politics, 2016 Federal Election.


Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition have turned to kicking the rusty old asylum seeker can hard and early in this campaign.


 

Makes one wonder why the Coalition think it's necessary to do this when every poll shows the Coalition is perceived by the electorate to be superior at 'protecting our borders' than the ALP. This is already factored into the electorate's mindset



 Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that this is now a distant memory.






Ah Malcolm I suggest you will be haunted forever by these sage words of John Greenleaf Whittier: "For of all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these 'it might have been'"

Too lofty?

How about this more earthy quote from "On The Waterfront"




"I coulda had class, I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it."

You can watch Malcolm's lament on YouTube here:

Monday, 16 May 2016

Double disillusionment

Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.

Dateline: Australia, Federal Politics, Federal Election 2016.

The Australian electorate is suffering from double disillusionment.

First, it put its faith in Tony Abbott at the 2013 election, 





Only to be almost immediately gripped by buyer's remorse.




It was then offered a replacement model by the Coalition free of charge,






Who, at first, excited the electorate,



But it wasn't long before this replacement model was seen to be a lemon too.




Tired of being quoted "Caveat Emptor" (let the buyer beware) by the Coalition after complaining about the poor service it has received, is it any wonder the electorate is seriously considering purchasing this untried model from the outfit that had let them down so badly before?



Maybe this time.........?




Saturday, 2 April 2016

It's goodnight from him

Fellow citizens,

Often, too often recently, I hear myself saying "Bugger!", when hearing of the passing of someone who made the world a better and happier place.
 

I feel that again quite profoundly with the news of the death of Ronnie Corbett.

An elderly Groucho Marx once said the most moving compliment he ever received was from a woman who, recognising who he was, quietly came up to him, touched him gently on the arm, and said, "Please don't die. Just keep on living."

Many of us around the world would have liked to have said the same to Ronnie Corbett.

Please enjoy his sheer genius in this "Mastermind" sketch with Ronnie Barker here



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