August 16th 1665Samuel Pepys (1633 – 1703)
It was dark before I could get home; and so land at church-yard stairs, where to my great trouble I met a dead Corps, of the plague, in the narrow ally, just bringing down a little pair of stairs – but I thank God I was not much disturbed at it. However, I shall beware of being late abroad again.
And ‘late abroad again’ it seems the people of Melbourne can’t be for some time. The Premier of Victoria introduced stage four lock-down restrictions last night. Residents will be subject to a curfew for the next six weeks. Banned from travelling more than 5km (3 miles) from their home.
J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) was growing up, and remains to this day, one of my favourite artists. He painted, printed and drew prodigiously, leaving to posterity a collection of more than 550 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolours and 30,000 works on paper.
Part of my fascination with Turner stems from my god-father, who wrote the book Angel in the Sun, about Turner’s vision of history. He sent me a copy in the late 1990s when I was in my first flush of university study, an impressionable age, and my interest in Turner’s work has blossomed ever since.
le regard [the gaze] in the philosophical sense is an individual’s awareness of ‘the other.’ By ‘the other’ a myriad of concepts can be meant. It might be one’s awareness of other people, other things, even awareness of oneself.
Tonight I contemplate marriage. Or rather, I am contemplating what I will eat after I am married: the wedding feast. For this evening sees a sampling of what could be on offer for my intended’s and my special day.
I was in conversation the other day about starting a blog and finding confidence to write. To offload or not to offload, that was the question. The heart of the conversation, confidence.
At midnight #onthisday in 1588, the English ignited eight fire ships and cast them into the Spanish fleet which was menacing Blighty. Though the Spanish misjudged the situation, fearing the vessels were hellburners, the effect was to break the crescent formation of the Spanish ships which had hampered English attempts to engage with the fleet.
I am asked on occasion, how do I go about finding time to write. Sometimes this is in the context of my research. Given how much reading goes on, making the time to actually write a meaningful contribution can be challenging. But more recently, it is in the context of the #100DaysToOffload challenge. How do I find the time to post everyday.
Social networks generally have you ‘friend’ or ‘follow’ an entity (be it a person, group or organisation). To ‘friend’ implies friendship. But with all due respect to some of the people I ‘friend,’ it is usually more to do with a desire to hear more than one side of an argument than anything which would constitute friendship.