night falls, the perfect time…

…for that rehearsal to glide into 2015, with class to spare…

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…a strong brew, and another reminder…

…of the elegance of the waltz – neglected in a world in some sort of hurry…


…the christmas season, spiritual renewal and reinforcement…

…membership in any christian religion, unnecessary…

Lessons abound from the music and the other arts. There is the still compelling Sir Thomas Beecham’s ‘Messiah’ of 1959. Then we have Charles Dickens’, ‘A Christmas Carol’; if not, the excellent, sans pareil, portrayal, ‘Scrooge’ played by Alastair Sim. With ‘Scrooge’, the existing film technology mattered not one whit in the total capture of the message of Dickens. Timeless – and still on youtube. Read the rest of this entry »


…’a child, a child sleeping in the cold…’ – no us party contributions…

…the forced rhyme of ‘silver and gold’; in reality, merely an electronic transfer…

As the US President lauds himself for his accomplishments by word, the blazing light of truth shines on another area of US ‘democracy’. Those Central American refugees, as is long known to those not informed by the US MSM, have been fleeing the violence, the chaos, and the destruction in which the US has been a major player – just in November was commemorated the 25th year of the slaughter of Jesuit priests in El Salvador; and only more recently the overthrow of the democratically elected President of Honduras, and the ensuring violence, chaos and a continuing wave of homicides.

So what did we have at the US borders over which the President has deported more than any of his predecessors? Freezing cells and sleep deprivation: the brutal conditions migrants still face after capture How does one victim see her plight? Read the rest of this entry »


…night falls, but others toil…

…and in the cold, nameless but joyful – as the story goes…

…of course, we await the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols…


…the brew done, and the thought…

…of the examined life? family, friends, kindness and affordable generosity, with love, laughter and music…

 


…democracy does have its price – especially us ‘democracy’…

…’compay ecuatoriano, ¿qué tal…100,000 o más dólares eeuu pa’ mi pobre partido demócrata?’…

This is the week that was. The very week the US would actively seek to avoid the glare of ignominy and worldwide opprobrium by ending its asinine sanctions against a proud and progressive Cuba would be the week that would add further evidence to that recently exposed by US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Simply put, the US has a price for its democracy. And the corporate party in power can dispense privileges to all and sundry – just write a serious cheque, and call it a campaign contribution.

Where to start? Why not Venezuela against which US politicians just recently gleefully imposed sanctions. Read the rest of this entry »