Category Archives: Sayings

Just think about it! (27)

 

 

‘What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare’    William H Davies

‘And listen,’ we might add.

For some, the period of ‘lockdow’ has created changes to the pace and conditions of everyday life – the temporary removal of the hustle and bustle, the frantic activity and accompanying noise.

It seems an opportune time to examine our quiet moments a little more closely. For example:

  • Close your eyes for one minute; become aware of, and note mentally, each and every sound that breaks your silence. Notice its character and quality of the sound – was it harsh or gentle, loud or soft, natural or mechanical, near or far off etc.

  • Once more, close your eyes for one minute; become aware of the thoughts, ideas, distractions, feelings etc., that occur during that time.silence empty time?

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PM’s Question Time!

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October 3, 2019 · 8:00 am

Abstract in black and white

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September 27, 2019 · 8:00 am

‘The other man’s grass is always greener’

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April 23, 2019 · 5:00 am

Abstract ‘Individualism and integrity’

‘The most courageous act is still to think for yourself.  Aloud.’

(Coco Chanel)

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Remembering July!

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August 21, 2018 · 8:00 am

Abstract graphic in black and white (3)

 

 

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Abstract ‘Like a bull in a china shop’

Look carefully!

 

 

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April 29, 2018 · 8:00 am

‘Me and my shadow’

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April 21, 2018 · 8:00 am

Abstract ‘The Entertainer’

 

 

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Just think about it! (22)

‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.’

Henry David Thoreau

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Just think about it! (17)

‘A picture is about something, not of something.  You need to interpret your subject, not imitate it.’   Kees van Aalst

 ‘Express what you feel, not what you see.’

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Just think about it! (12)

‘One is an artist not because one can be but because one must be.’        Arnold Schoenberg

Couldn’t the same be said of musicians, teachers, doctors, priests …..  to mention but a few?

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Just think about it! (8)

‘Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.’

Henry Van Dyke

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Just think about it (7)

‘The artist gazes upon a reality and creates his own impression.  The viewer gazes upon the impression and creates his own reality.’         Robert Brault

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Just think about it! (6)

‘Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.’       Abraham Lincoln

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Just think about it! (5)

‘If there were dreams to sell  ……. what would you buy?’          Thomas Lovell Beddoes

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Just think about it! (4)

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.     Confucius

 

See also Beauty, where art thou?

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Just think about it! (2)

‘Abstract paintings and drawings [and photographs] tap into a fundamental, primitive part of our existence  –  the part that experiences life without words, beyond language, transcending definition.’    Art is Fun

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Hacking, Hypocrisy and the Politicians

The issues arising from the News of the World affair have angered us all in the past few weeks, but I am particularly irritated by the hypocrisy of politicians of different political persuasions who have, in the past, courted vigorously the support of the Murdoch media in the hope of gaining political advantage at the election box.

Like timid children in the playground they offered sweets to the bully to get him on their side.  But now that his achilles heel has been exposed they gang up like self-righteous seventeenth century witch hunters.

Yes, the magnitude and power of the Murdoch empire  –  its 200 plus newspapers worldwide, its control of television and internet interests  –  make a mockery of the notion of a free press, and the methods employed by some of his journalists extend beyond the indecent to the obscene.

But Murdoch came to this country in 1969.  The politicians have had more than forty years in which to curb his power and practices. What have they done?

I am reminded of the Russian proverb: ‘Hypocrites kick with their hind feet while licking with their tongues’.

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