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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- The Durrells Season 4 (Simon Nye 2019) 14 April 2021Suddenly Milo Parker / Gerry's voice has taken on a deeper timbre. This is strangely unnerving, and there's a corresponding darkening of the tone, as we are given faint hints that there's a war on and that the Greek government isn't necessarily benign. But the tag line on the poster – 'Nostalgic fun n the sun' still holds good. […]
- The Durrells Season 3 (Simon Nye 2018) 14 April 2021Still charming. There's a trip to England where Louisa and Larry discover louche Bohemia. The family has a series of guests.
- Bitter Root Volume Two: Rage & Redemption (David F Walker, Chuck Brown, Stanford Green and others 2020) 11 April 2021The back cover tells us there's a film in preparation from Ryan Coogler on this series. I think it will be strictly for horror fans.But I'm reading on.
- Supernova (Harry Macqueen 2020) 11 April 2021Ostensibly about dementia, this doesn't go anywhere near portraying the terrible loss of dignity that happens even in the early stages, though it gestures towards them. It's a beautiful portrait of a tender, loving relationship between two ageing men facing a major crisis. I'm glad I saw it on the big screen because there are wonderful images […]
- Bitter Root Volume One: Family Business (David F Walker, Chuck Brown, Stanford Green and others 2020) 11 April 2021A horror comic with an African American perspective. Racist hatred turns people into monsters, and so does the great sorrow and pain inflicted by racism. RAAAAWR! GRAAARG!
- The Durrells Season 4 (Simon Nye 2019) 14 April 2021
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