November verse 18 &19: 29 and 30/11 Using the rhyme words from Vikram Seth's The Golden Gate, stanza 11.29 and 11.30 As 2020 nears completion, gurgling swiftly down time's drain, and leaves behind its vast accretion of damaged lives, despair, rage, pain, let's build our souls some insulation, not give way to desperation, put our faith in humankind and the power of the mind. May politicians' treachery be no more wrapped in pious sighs (no way to hide their lyin' eyes), buffoonery and lechery in office meet with decent scorn and find they are no longer borne. Greenhouse gas accumulation challenges the world's combined resourcefulness. The fermentation of bullshit would leave us resigned to dying off without compunction, but we can overcome disjunction. The clock is nearing 12 at night but tunnel's end shows flicking light: I'll join a crowd, not be a stranger, join hands, write letters, march, and then do it again, again, again. It's hard to face how real the danger, feel climate grief, but then the lust for life kicks in. In science I trust.
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- Staged, Season 3 (Simon Evans & Phin Glynn 2022) 8 December 2022David Tennant and Michael Sheen are back as thoroughly unpleasant actors bickering over a show that almost certainly won't happen, except that we're watching it. Neil Gaiman has a guest appearance at the end of the first episode, and he allows himself to come across as equally unpleasant. It's very funny. Everybody despises Simon Evans, who is […]
- The Tale of the Unknown island (José Saramago, translated by Margaret Jull Costa 1997) 8 December 2022A beautifully designed little book, with illustrations by Peter Sís, this fable about exploration may be for children, but meanwhile It's a perfect read for the sauna (assuming the heat doesn't damage it).
- Belvoir: The Jungle & the Sea (S. Shakthidharan & Eamon Flack 2022) 4 December 2022Image from Belvoir websiteFrom the opening moments in which a blindfolded older woman in a sari dances in silence on an almost bare stage, this is captivating. It's also epic, and feels necessary. It's a joy and a privilege to have seen it.
- Slow Horses Season 2 (James Hawes, from books by Mick Herron 2022) 3 December 2022This terrific show is back. Gary Oldman's character is as gloriously unsavoury and horrible as before.
- Quarterly Essay 87: Uncivil Wars (Waleed Aly & Scott Stephens 2022) 3 December 2022Subtitle: How contempt is corroding democracy. The Minefield meets Quarterly Essay
- Staged, Season 3 (Simon Evans & Phin Glynn 2022) 8 December 2022
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