Comments I Cannot Post (2)

I am still locked out of the WordPress Comments Room so here are some thoughts on the blogs I have looked at today.

Aphra Benn has commented on the happiness and creativity which is the Battle of Helms Deep and the negative response it had drawn from, luckily, a small group of killjoys. Unlike Aphra, I feel these people are juvenile males who see the internet as a place where they can “Naysay” anything that looks to have the approval of the world as a whole. They will grow out of it. Either that or they will grow up to be George Bush’s!

Nils of NDNL has given me a link to a science ezine which looks good.

raincoaster has, amongst her po pooie ( I really must check the spelling there) today has the winner of this year’s best news photograph. It is a truly great snapshot and well worth looking at.

The Food Pornographer has photos (drool) and recipe for tiramisu. Oh, the agony of being stuck in the desert with no dessert!

The Satirical Muslim comments on the coming of the Caliph

Afterverse went a little to modern for me today. Yet I can see what he was trying to do.

“from hero to tyrant in the blink of an I

…gold dust in a spindoctors eye”

Healing Magic Hands has some wonderful curved icicles. However, I am glad she is there and I am here. That much cold sounds nasty for unnecessarily ancient bones and joints.

Litlove has found another “Literary Critic” (I use capitals to show that he is not just a “Guardian Book Critic” but a LITERARY Critic). Mr Taylor does show many of the characteristics of a critic. He criticises. He denigrates. He pontificates. I would do two things, Litlove. Firstly, I would remember that critics are normally writers who cannot write, and secondly, I would take the book back and ask for a refund! (Grrr – this is where I really miss being able to comment on your blog.)

David has again delighted with his 299 word novel “Daddy Loves Darfur”. So much lies between, not his lines, but his words. Each. Individual. Word!

Everyday Objects has posted some of her new images. My jaw drops every time I see her work. It is so “WOW”-making.

9 responses to “Comments I Cannot Post (2)

  1. Dear Archie – fortunately it came from the library! And it is DEFINITELY going back there with a sticker saying ‘don’t bother’ on the front! No, seriously it was actually very useful for me, as I’m trying to work out why literature has lost so much cultural status lately, and in that respect it was a quote-worthy read.


  2. Certainly appreciate the praise here for my very short novel, Archie. I would hug you long-distance, but I’m not sure how a curmudgeon reacts to that sort of thing. Anyway, if I had the key to the Comments Room, I’d let you right back in.


  3. Litlove, Whew, I would hate to think someone wasted money on it. As for literature losing its cultural status – I cite the “Bottom Line”. Here in Australia there is a move to force science researchers to include, in their funding submission, the commercial benefits of their research. (Clue – if they already knew that, they wouldn’t be researchers, they would be engineers!) The Arts in general cannot show a commercial benefit in an educator, a political leader or a top bureaucrat knowing Virgil or Shakespeare or Austen. Hence the modern bean-counter cuts funding to these departments in Universities. This leads to a lack of education at the Primary and Secondary level because teachers know all about HOW to teach but not WHAT to teach. No child is now being prepared in school to read anything other the latest pot-boiler or a technical journal. Literature is not obviously profitable and so we are becoming a society of unthinking idiot savants.

    David, This curmudgeon is a hugger – I hug trees, babies, people, pillows and books. I draw the line at slobbery dogs! I am beginning to think they have thrown the key away.


  4. Archie – I AGREE!


  5. At least you can comment here. I am at my local library since I am still out of power, and the filter on this feed won’t allow me to even read Reed’s blog, due to the use of a forbidden word. There are others that are also unavailable to me. But at least I can come here and get my internet fix.

    Well, the timer is about to cut me off, and there are other internet junkies without power waiting for the computer.

    glad you liked the curved icicles, Archie. I thought they were amazing. It is what happens when freezing rain continues to fall as the branches get so heavy they lean over.


  6. Litlove – that is a rant I have been verbalising for a number of years. It falls on mainly deaf ears 😦

    hmh, Now I know why you are not posting – hope the power finds its way back to you. I have visions of a jagged line of horizontal forked lightning struggling across the snow and ice, gradually lengthening as it searches out your home.


  7. thank you for mentioning my blog…the poem ‘portrait of ancient Athens’ was not really meant to be eminently accessible to everyone…I like to think..some historians ..Greeks…and certainly Athenians might grasp the allusions there…
    ‘from hero to tyrant in the blink of an eye’ a reference to the Hellenes love of…and even their culture of..the hero…and subsequent realities in their history…[tyrants] …’gold dust in a spin doctors eye’ is a reference to an account by Herodotus…[the first historian of ancient Greece]..of King Croesus rewarding Alcmeon of Athens..
    ‘… and Croesus, having learned by inquiry from the Lydians who were going constantly to the oracles that he was treating him well, sent for him for Sardis and, when he had come, he presented him with whichever gold he was able with his body to bring out for himself at one time. So Alcmeon in view of the present, that was like that, contrived and was applying acts like this: having donned a big tunic and a deep fold having left in the tunic and with the buskins that he found were the roomiest having shod himself, he went to the treasury, to which they were leading him down. Then having fallen on a heap of gold-dust, first he stuffed at his shins as much of the gold as the buskins were holding and afterwards, when he had filled up for himself the whole fold with gold, into the hairs of his head sprinkled thoroughly some of the gold-dust and another part taken hold of in his mouth, he went out of the treasury, as he was dragging with difficulty the buskins and resembling every and any thing more than a human being, he of whom the mouth was crammed and all parts were puffed up. So, when Croesus had seen, laughter went into him and to him all that he gave and besides presented him with other pieces no fewer than those. Thus that house became greatly wealthy; in fact, that Alcmeon thus kept a team of four horses and took up for himself an Olympic victory.’ -Herodotus -Inquiries VI


  8. Ahhh, it becomes clear. The “spindoctor” allusion took me right off the trail into modern days when I should have been going back into ancient history. Yet do not we, the modern Democrats, also have a cult of “Hero” although we call it “Celebrity”? I must go back and re-read my Herodotus when I get back to civilisation. Thank you for the reply and the explanation, extraverse (“ev” in future 🙂


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