Pylon in the mist
Forget these club-foot underpinnings. My mind is somewhere higher. Can you follow
me up to where I strip down to geometry?
To where the proof of a theorem must be true
because elegant. Not a nut or bolt for show, but each pleat and dart of the stress field
traced on the mist in rust- painted steel, like an intellectual necessity. Essential
me, out in all weathers wearing nothing but my purpose - an ascetic, ideal
and myself as a bare tree in winter. Possessed by a certain charisma - can you hear it,
power, everywhere and nowhere, its dry crackling in the cloud around my head?
I Spy Pinhole Eye
Poems by Philip Gross, Photography by Simon Denison.
Electricity- Poem ⚡
Pylon in the mist
Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see!
Some Good News And Bad News!
Some good news! Renewable energy projects are rising in number worldwide
According to estimates by the International Energy Agency, more than 1.6 trillion euros is going to fund renewable energy (solar and wind) and electric vehicle projects this year, a 24% jump compared to 2021.
By Adrien Pécout
Published on May 28, 2023, (Paris) le Monde
Unfortunately too much Fossil fuels are still in production!
For more news on the climate lemonde.fr
More Poems from 'I Spy Pinhole Eye'
(Saccades: rapid tracking movements of the human eye, unnoticed by the brain, between one fixed image and the next)
The people of Saccadia
are backroom boys.
See them crouched
to their exposures in the darkroom plotting a map, or a plot for an invasion, motionless
as Cortes, at each moment on the brink
Of breakthrough to another world of which their one-frame stories tell
like a whole new dimension.
Oh, to be in - no- to be the movies...
I Spy Pinhole Eye- Poems Philip Gross, photography by Simon Denison
In search of some interesting literature in the local charity book shop, I scanned the book shelves for something a little bit different or unusual, then a book of poems caught my attention.
The title of this little 'gem' of a book of poems was;
'I spy pinhole eye'
Poems by Philip Gross with photography by Simon Denison. I Spy Pinhole Eye, a collection of poems accompanying Simon Denison’s pinhole photography, Philip Gross won the Wales Book of the Year prize in 2010. He received a Cholmondeley Award in 2017.
The first poem that drew my eye was this one, where the writer was comparing a man- made electricity pylon to a tree. This was an interesting idea I thought!
(Yggdrasil is an important feature of Norse mythology. 'World tree' It is the Norse tree of life, encompassing all nine worlds that are part of the ancient Norse view of the cosmos. It is an ash tree in which all of the worlds, including the world of humans and the world of the heaven. The tree that stretches between heaven and hell with earth being its lower branches)
Planted here (where else?) the world-tree, its roots in a boule of concrete, its planet of boulder, the split nut from which it sprouted, its tendrils unfurled
to wires and hardened to girders, while high in its branches what roosts - what migratory angels, decommissioned souls or, with just enough charge in them to fly
off like swarf from a lathe, our under-lived slivers of lifes? What, not dead? What now? they say, or less: a whicker
in the air, an overcast, like thunder in the offing, close: a flickering on the optic nerve, a pressure in the head.
An excellent good quality poetry book and the photography is very good too. It has quite a gritty contemporary look about it.
'I Spy Pinhole eye' by Philip Gross and Simon Denison/CinamonPress
Achieved This Year!
This last Year I have:-
• passed languages and cultures- level3▪︎
• I already Passed - level 3 in english language module.
• Passed - level 3 in french language module.
• Read several books in french and understood about 3/4 of it.
• Watched movies in french without the subtitles. Understood about 3/4 of it.
• Was able to speak in french to my french friend over the phone.
• wrote on a french blog
• Taught my english friend basic beginners french.
• Wrote on an english blog
• Wrote essays in french
• Took part on a mixed language forum.
• Joined the Choir
• Played a musical instrument within a small group setting.
• Improved on my computer skills
• Volunteered at the library
• Took part in my local village tidy up
• Managed a few good long country walks
• Befriended a lovely family from another country who are living in my village.
It has been a busy but eventful year!
How to have the Holy Spirit
God said "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
"Love Thy Neighbour"
Do no harm to your neighbour who dwells beside you in peace.
1 Corrinthians chapter 13 is best understood as a way of life, lived in imitation of Jesus Christ, that is focused not on oneself but on the “other”.
I find this is a difficult commandment to live by as not everyone is lovable! but it is one commandment, that in the end, brings about peace. We need a lot of help from the Holy Spirit to achieve this. It is all about respect and acceptance for others. 🙂
Voici la priére que nous a enseigné notre Seigneur Jesus Christ. The Lords Prayer.
who art in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
for thine is the kingdom the power and the glory. For ever and ever.
Notre père, qui est au cieux, Que ton nom soit sanctifié, ton royaume vienne, que votre volonté soit faite, sur la terre comme au ciel, donne-nous aujourd'hui notre pain quotidien
et pardonne-nous nos offenses comme nous pardonnons à tous ceux qui nous ont offensés, ne nous soumets pas à la tentation mais délivre-nous du mal, Amen
Car à toi appartient le royaume, la puissance et la gloire. Pour les siecles des siecles. Amen. ✝️
Carbon Bombs- Global Warming
I have just been reading on le Monde news, an article about 'carbon bombs'
Did you know 10 countries control more than half of the highest carbon emitting drilling sites in the world. They need to stop granting permits for fossil fuel exploitation if the world is to limit global warming to 1.5°C by the end of the century.
By Perrine Mouterde
Published on November 2, 2023, at 4:00 am (Paris)
SOLèNE REVENEY / LE MONDE
So what are 'carbon bombs' ?
They are the "bombs" that are fossil fuel emissions that threaten the climate, who built them? Although much of our attention is focused on energy giants, governments are also responsible for oil and coal extraction projects, because they authorize drilling.
Ten countries alone are home to more than three-quarters of these coal, oil and gas mega-extraction sites, according to data compiled by the NGOs Data for Good and Eclaircies as part of the CarbonBombs.org survey, revealed by Le Monde and a consortium of international media outlets on Tuesday, October 31.
Behind the leading trio of China, the United States and Russia, the main countries where carbon bombs have been identified include the Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, Iran),
The Guardian also has this;
" The UN secretary general, António Guterres, rightly warned world leaders in April: “Our addiction to fossil fuels is killing us.”
So what is the answer? How can we can we turn back the tide and change to alternative cleaner power?
It is all about "Trust" to trust someone is to have confidence in someone, to believe in them.
We know we can trust in God because he keeps his promises.
"Those who know your name trust in you" psalm 9 v10
Even when difficulties come, he is always there with us, he draws us closer to him. We must just have patience and rely on him. He will guide us and show us the way. His son Jesus is like him he is our rock and salvation. He was rejected by men but chosen by God. Jesus trusted in God. So it is all about 'Trust' Can we also be trusted as a Christian to keep our word to others?
The Rose- ⚘ A poem by Christina Rosetti
The lily has a smooth stalk
Will never hurt your hand
But the rose upon her briar
Is lady of the land
When with moss and honey
She tips her bending briar
And half unfolds her glowing heart
There's sweetness in an apple tree
And profit in the corn
But lady of all beauty
Is a rose upon a thorn
When with moss and honey
She tips her bending briar
And half unfolds her glowing heart
She sets the world on fire.
(from The Rose &The Lily)
Mary the mother of Jesus is often called the rose.
Ola Gjeilo the Norwegian composer has composed music called 'The Rose'
Which takes inspiration from Christina Rosetti.
A Red Rose from my garden.
⚘In Memory of my sister on her birthday.⚘
Amazing Autumn Trees
Photos taken on autumn country walk.
A Nature Walk in Autumn 🌄
I went for a country walk today.
Taking a long walk in Autumn is a very different experience from taking a walk in summer.
In autumn there are more smokey bonfires, as people tend to burn their garden waste 🧹🍃🍂at this time of year. They make fires in Chimineas in old metal dust bins, fire pits or they may have a large open bonfire🔥 at the end of their gardens. The smell of the bonfire may be quite pleasant.(or not depending on what is rubbish is placed on the bonfire!) While walking outside in autumn, there is a much softer diffused sunlight that passes through the low hanging clouds.
The changing colours of autumn are awesome 🍂The leaves are so colourful, with all the reds, the 🍁 browns, the yellows, the greens and the gold colours of the leaves. The fallen leaves lie like a quiet carpet that covers the earth or like a cheery 🍂multicoloured blanket that the children will love to run through on the village green!
Watching the leaves falling, floating down, can be calming to look at, or can be sad, depending on the mood you are in at the time. The end of the summer can be a relief, a joy because it is the start of something new, a new season, the change is welcome. The air is fresher, it is reinvigorating and it's cooler and chillier ❄ Time to put on a jumper or warmer jacket and scarf when going out walking!
The sounds of autumn are different too. There is more of an echo, a vast emptiness, a quiet surreal stillness, sounds are subtle more distant and sparse especially out here in the fields far from the busy traffic!
Sometimes you can hear a loud screech of a bird or the cry of a fox, 🦊then suddenly there's a complete silence. Whereas in the 🌞 summer the air is filled with birdsong and Bees are humming loudly,🐝 flies buzing noisly, there's more birdsong in the trees 🌲and generally more activity!
Now that summer is finished autumn brings its own calmer songs, a solitary bird 🕊singing rather melancholy in the tree top, 🌳 🦅crows cawing loudly, flapping their wings noisily. A collared dove🕊 coos peacefully, a branch creaks, twigs snap, the sight of a young deer 🦌 in the early morning mist. A lone barn owl 🦉 calls as it flies out from the tree tops, he circles around, then flies slowly down, keeping low, scanning the fields looking for small prey to catch. Sheep bleat contentedly in the🐑distant meadows, a cow moos deeply, in a nearby farm barn, and a dog🐕barks somewhere in a tennants cottage.
Streams flowing fast , gushing, splashing down the hill after a heavy rainfall, 💧as they race playfully downhill under the foot bridges and alongside green fields fields. 🟩
The Lake ripples outwards in the strong breeze,🏞 empty of any swans or ducks, who are now found sheltering in hollows in the grassy river banks under trees.🦢🦆🌲🌳
Other birds are now leaving the country, those birds that will soon fly away to warmer climes, but for now, some will linger a while longer.
Technology just got better!
Hurray! I have managed to get onto "view site entries" on the OU blog using my mobile. Good to be back!
Book Review - Genesis 📚
Book review - The Bible "Genesis 12:1-7 is the beginning of Abraham's story.
From Abraham- to recent times.
What we are witnessing today with the war between the Jews and the Palestinians, can be traced a long way back ! through to Biblical times and Abraham.
Abraham had two sons named Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael was born from the women Hagar and Isaac from the women Sarah.
Sarah had been barren for many years and was unable to conceive a child for Abraham, so being impatient, she persuaded her husband to sleep with Hagar her servant girl, in order for them to have a child that they could bring up as their own child, so that is how Ishmael was born.
Between Sarah and Hagar some rivalry broke out so she begged Abraham to drive Hagar out into the desert.
He did so but God soon saw Hagars distress and sent the angel Gabriel to protect her and help her. God spoke to her through the angel, he said not to be afraid and that he would also make Ishmael a great nation too one day with many descendants.
In the meantime God had finally allowed Sarah to bear Abraham a child, a son who they named Isaac.
Isaac was of Jewish descent (from Sarah) and Ishmael was Arabic descent (from Hagar) They became 2 seperate nations of peoples.
This then was how it all began, and from then thats when the sibling rivalry started between these two brothers(or tribes)
It was also about land and establishing a state of Israel for Jewish people and for Palestinian people.
In more recent times after World War 2 for example, the land
since 1948 has been divided into Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.
The land of Israel is also the birth place of the three great world religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It has been ruled over by many kingdoms and powers throighout history,including Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel and Judah, the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great and his successors, the Hasmoneans, the Roman Empire, several Muslim caliphates, and the crusaders.
"The area was ruled over by the Ottoman Empire, then the British Empire.
Going back even further the land was annexed and the area in 63 BCE. Roman Judea was troubled by large-scale Jewish revolts, which Rome answered by destroying Jerusalem and the Second Jewish Temple."
"In the 4th century, Palestine became a center of Christianity, attracting pilgrims, monks and scholars. Following the Muslim conquest of the Levant in 636–641, several Muslim ruling dynasties succeeded each other as they wrestled control of Palestine."
"In more recent history, relations between Israel and Palestinians have been marked by many conflicts, especially with the Islamist group Hamas, which also rejects the PA. In 2007, Hamas won control of Gaza from the PA, now limited to the West Bank.
In November 2012, the State of Palestine (the name used by the PA) became a non-member observer state in the UN."
These clashes of ideology has remained critical ever since and pose very difficult theological issues and unsurmountable debate. Pray for peace for all tne people of Israel and Palestine.🙏
The Bible(Old Testament Genesis)
Finding faith in God, Jesus and in Christianity 📖
A close friend of mine has recomended my next book to read;
'Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus'
Nabeel Asif Qureshi was an American- pakistani writer (April 13, 1983 – September 16, 2017) he was a brought up as a devout muslim. He studied at University and got his doctorate in Medicine(MD) but then went on to complete his M.A. in religion at Duke University and an M.Phil in Judaism and Christianity at the University of Oxford.
During his time in University he came in contact with christians and muslims alike. He was also involved in peaceful debates with christians, who encouraged him to research Christianity and Islam in an equal light.
Qureshi had been happy with his faith and with his Muslim community where he was brought up, but ultimately he converted to christianity, finding within it more answers for his faith and so he became a christian apologist, evangelist and writer.
He has authored three books: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity,[Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward,and No God But One—Allah or Jesus.
He has worked on completing his PHD towards New Testament Studies.
He has also won prizes for the best Christian books and given lectures to many students on the subject of Christianity.
Reading about different faiths 📚
I am reading about different faiths and cultures at the moment and was interested to read that Muslims believe that Jesus (called “Isa” in Arabic) was a prophet of God and was born to a virgin (Mary). They also believe he will return to Earth before the Day of Judgment to restore justice and defeat al-Masih ad-Dajjal, or “the false messiah” — known as the Antichrist. This is also similar to what christians believe as found in the New Testament.
Reading - The Thirteenth Apostle 📚
The book I have just started reading is called;
'The Thirteenth Apostle'
Written by April D DeConick.
Inspired by the National Geographics release of the first English translation in 2006, of the gospel of Judas, a second- century text that was discovered in Egypt in the 1970s.
Her fully revised and updated version edition, includes two new chapters 'Judas the star' and 'The Magic Judas' She brings a new and accurate perspective on the subject of Judas the apostle and friend of Jesus, who becomes the one who finally betrays Jesus.
'The Thirteenth Apostle' has generated fresh debate about this imfamous Biblical figure of Judas.
April D. DeConick
came to Rice University Texas USA as a professor of Biblical studies. She is author of numerous books including - Recovering the Original Gospel of Thomas, A History of the Gospel and it's Growth'
I am soon hoping to get involved in a project in a voluntary capacity with the church support team, within the community, that are welcoming refugees into our area. I am so glad that my language and cultural studies, achieved with the Open University will soon be put to good use!
Good luck to everyone this new term, whatever course you have chosen, enjoy your journey and may you be successful!
Best wishes Gill
Walking through fields!
There is nothing better than having a lovely long country walk at the weekend, it is incredibly good for your mental well being as well as your physical health.
I usually like to plan a walk in advance, so I take a map of the area that I want to walk, and my friend S and I we plan the route ahead that we will take. However, if we know the route pretty well we will just walk it, follow the designated footpaths and occasionally we will discover a new footpath, but mainly it is the old familiar footpaths that we have already travelled upon and have enjoyed in the past.
Today was a sun drenched Saturday, but with some nice fresh cool breezes. We decided today to walk across the sunny fields to the next village through wheat fields, vege fields and green meadows , where cattle were grazing near to the little old chapel. There we stayed and rested indoors a few moments in the cool chapel.
When we left the chapel we crossed over the now quiet main road, to the footpath. Followed the footpath down hill, down past a grassy green field, where there were some lovely horses grazing peacefully, there was a beautiful little biscuit- coloured shetland pony, a piebald horse, a white horse and a Chestnut mare.
Further on we came upon a small wooden foot bridge, over a flowing stream, here we sat down on the wooden bridge to rest, with our legs dangling over the edge. The stream was running quite fast as it had been raining recently
After resting a while we walked again, this time through a lovely ancient cool wood, which contained a variety of tall trees, found a place to sit, a low but strong heavy branch, where we sat and drank a ice cold sweet fruit tea, while looking out across the fields that we had previously been walking through, bathed in sunshine.
It was cool in the woods away from the heat of the day. I closed my eyes and could feel myself breathing in the fresher oxygen from the trees, it was so refreshing and restorative! especially after the heat we had endured, while walking in the hot fields .We both wished that could have stayed for ages in that wood it was so calm, cool, quiet and relaxing. The smell of the wood and damp earth was quite intoxicating!
Eventually we began wending our way back again through wheat fields, that had only been harvested a few days earlier , so they still smelt fresh and sweet and had large circular hay bales standing dotted about in the field. The sun was still shining brightly, but starting to slowly sink quite low now in the sky, as the sun was almost getting ready to set. On reaching the cross roads my friend and I we hugged each other, parted, and went our own seperate ways home. It had been a wonderful day!
Reading another of René Girard Books! 📚
'I see satan fall like lightning' by René Girard
Rene Girard (1923-2015) A french writer and historian, literary critic, and social philosopher. The author of more than 30 books, he taught for many years at Stanford University, and was inducted into the Academie francaise in 2005.
Girard's pioneering work especially in mimetic theory has influenced many academic disciplines from anthropology and psychology to literary theory and theology.
The title "I Saw Satan Fall Like Lightning " was Jesus' reply to his 70 disciples on their return from preparing towns to receive him, reporting that "even the demons obey us when we use your name" (Luke 10:17-18) Girard persuades the reader that even as our world grows increasingly violent the power of the Christ is so great that the evils of scapegoating and sacrifice are gradually being defeated, and a new community, God's spirtual.
visible and invisible, nonviolent kingdom, is coming about even now.
I recently read "violence and the sacred" and I think this book is similar but has a more contemporary feel.
The first chapter concentrates on the Biblical knowledge then the mimetic cycle The character of satan as the embodiment of evil what his purpose is, his character and how he tries to influence us.
• Part Two - The enigma of Myth resolved.
• The Founding Murder.
• The victory of the cross.
•The uniqueness of the Bible.
• The scapegoat
• The Modern concern for victims.
"René Girard brings our attention to three facts without which we will never make sense of our lives, our world or our faith............" Gil Bailie author of violence unveiled.
English publication 2001.
Well worth a read if you are interested in Philosophy, History, Human behaviour or Theology.
Our kind neighbours had a bumper harvest of tomatoes on their allotment this year, (see above photo!) as they had too many, they gave us a large tray. We decided to make a spicy tomato chutney. Chutney goes well with cheeses or cold meats, burgers, pies, chips, veggie burgers and so on. It is very easy to make a chutney!
• 1kg tomatoes, chopped
• 750g Braeburn Apples, cored and chopped but keep skin on.
• 375g light muscovado sugar
• 250g onion, chopped
• 250g raisins/ or Sultanas
• 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
• 1 garlic
• ½ tsp ground ginger
• 1/2 tsp all spice
• 1/2 tsp Ground cloves
• 350ml cider vinegar
• 1/2 tsp salt if liked
Put all the ingredients together into a very large pan. Bring to the boil stirring occasionally then simmer for about - 1hr 1/2 - 2 hours until it sets.
When cooled spoon into clean glass jars,, place wax cover on top of filled jar and seal with lid. Label them with date.
Enjoy your chutney!
Une Semaine caniculaire!
Aujourdhui Il faisait tres chaud partout, presque 30° degrés.
J'ai lu mon livre en français pendant deux heures.
Je pouvais entendre tous les bruits de mon quartier
Il n'y avait pas de bruits de voitures mais seulement
les voisins qui bavardais dans leur jardin. Les autres voisins, les plus bruyants,ils avait décidés de partir très tôt ce matin!
J'ai rempli la pataugeoire et pagayé les pieds dans l'eau.en même temps de continuer de lire mon livre.
Le soleil brillait et mon mari m'a apporté un verre de vin. Les oiseaux qui chantais, brusquement devinrent silencieux. Le ciel etait sombre avec beaucoup de nuages.
Tout d’un coup, le tonnerre se mit à gronder. Nous avons attendu quelques minutes puis une pluie battante est tombée ! et nous avons du courir à l'intérieur très vite!
Heureusement J'avais bu mon verre de vin!
Rich nations are falling short in response to climate change in the world.
Governments from across the world have signed up to various accords, such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the Global Pact on Migration, so there are clear indications that the problem of climate change and its inevitable influence on migration is being taken seriously.
The Global Pact on Migration often fails to understand the reasons that cause people to leave their countries, including natural disasters and damage caused by climate change and to prevent migration happening.
They should be doing more to help those vulnerable countries where climate change is having a huge affect and causing the citizens to flee and escape to other countries. This has an impact on Migration, which then causes problems for host countries to accomodate them.
So why don't they try by helping to stop climate change events happening in the first place? or at least by providing the affected country with the help it needs, such as to improving help for infrastructure, building safer dwellings and provide the expertise, the science and technology they will need, such as early alarm warning systems to combat future events, perhaps by using AI, to predict and prevent damage and death. By stopping catastrophes from occurring again in the future.
Instead they just blame the poor migrants and don't recognise what they have been through. These are climate migrants that are desperately running from anatural disasters like floods, landslides, fires and loss of land, livlihood and starvation in their own country through no fault of their own. Imagine if it was us ? Would we not hope to be made welcome in another country not treated as a criminal?
More and more people are recognising the damaging effects of climate change on the environment. We also have to realise that these have an impact on migration, governments seem to be making it harder not easier for those affected by climate chamge.
By not recognising climate migrants as a distinct group and treating them as economic migrants, they are then more likely to face closed borders or deportation rather than the help and support that they really need.
If all the richer countries could try to get together and help the more vulnerable countries suffering from climate change, to find solutions to the problems, to make it easier for them to be enabled to deal with natural disasters, then this will be a beneficial way for us all to deal with environmental climate change together, both here and elsewhere.
There must also be Respect shown towards climate migrants who are just trying to escape the appalling climatic events in their own country. Spare a thought it could be you!
We are all going to be facing times of growing tribulation due to climate change now and in the future.
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