Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday 13th February

So through the bleak days of February we wander, not much to write about, no outings, books to be read.  Decided I needed a bit of socialist reading, so ordered Paul Mason's Post Capitalism -a Guide to our Future only to find I had tapped on Owen Jone's book The Establishment and how They Get Away with it' still, I can always get Mason's book another day, and Owen's earnest appearance on television, he looks about 16 years old for goodness sake, says he has a clever mind.  Also Naomi Klein This Changes Everything, for more depressing news on the climate.

What about fracking, the latest news says the fight is on, the protest camp is digging in, has even started a vegetable plot.  Scotland, Lancashire, Derbyshire and our Ryedale news.  Going back to the camp just outside the village of Kirkby Misperton, they are constructing a warm place for geri-activists, that will be us then!

What other fights are on there way, the conservatives have it in for the Speaker of the House, John Bercow, a motion has been lodged of no confidence, but he could well survive this.

On a lighter note, the birds sing more loudly as they anticipate spring, there is one at the moment, his single call note greets me every morning.  The gray pigeons hops around the lawn like a herd of elephants, doves lightly pick up the seed discharged from the holder.  Two red robins grace the fence each day.  A multitude of tits flitter through, blackbirds and sparrows by the dozen, and I saw a bullfinch the other day, and a little bird with a tuft on his head...... and just maybe we will find bluebells somewhere in a wood later on in spring, just like these in Essex.

Something I watched over the weekend The London Perambulator, strange piece of documentary about a man walking around the outskirts of London.  Ian Sinclair, wanders around, sometimes in the company of Will Self, and there is some background waffle from Russell Brand as well.  Eccentrics?  Alternative viewpoints, Will Self has no time for psychogeography, or does he? but  that alternative universe he lives in is interesting.  Another book?


  1. The picture of the garden in Essex is magnificent and something beautiful to wake up to.

  2. Actually it is a wood, Blake's wood, ancient woodland that still has sweet chestnut trees in it. Bluebells are wild and protected by law, so very rarely found in gardens. All we can plant is the Spanish bluebell which is a very poor cousin...

  3. The documentary looks interesting. I have bookmarked it- thanks for highlighting.

    1. It can get boring but it is interesting, beginning to wonder though, that if you give something a particular name such as psychogeography it just highlights the fact that you have just gone for a walk? ;)