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Poems Of The Week

A couple of poems to ponder over -

Ask Me

Poem by William Stafford

Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.

I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.



Those blessèd structures, plot and rhyme—
why are they no help to me now
I want to make
something imagined, not recalled?
I hear the noise of my own voice:
The painter’s vision is not a lens,
it trembles to caress the light.
But sometimes everything I write
with the threadbare art of my eye
seems a snapshot,
lurid, rapid, garish, grouped,
heightened from life,
yet paralyzed by fact.
All’s misalliance.
Yet why not say what happened?
Pray for the grace of accuracy
Vermeer gave to the sun’s illumination
stealing like the tide across a map
to his girl solid with yearning.
We are poor passing facts,
warned by that to give
each figure in the photograph
his living name.


Sunday Jazzing

Another selection of jazzy stuff-

Don Byron - Tuskegee Experiments

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In Canterbury

Coffee shop visit done in Canterbury now so soon off to Whitstable do the other job and that is it for the day. Tomorrow is a relaxing day and then Tuesday down to Brighton for the monthly lunch club.


Good Night

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A bit of reading first and then sweet dreams.

Saturday Music Selection - Vocal Jazz

Some more tootling tunes -

Sarah Vaughan - Jive Samba

Ella Fitzgerald - Sunshine Of Your Love

Jon Lucien - Rashida

Eddie Jefferson - Jeannine

Sarah Vaughan - Inner City Blues *Make Me Wanna Holler)




Ashford and Tenterden Visits

Decided to do the two visits rather than four as i had woken up later tan i wanted and noticing that their is enginnering works tomorrow i can do Canterbury and Whitstable via a free replacement bu service.

In Ashford i had a food and drink visit at Spoons. Had my favourite lamb shank. Very delicious food.

So the early start will be tomoorow now.

Two Jazz Tunes

Couple of jazz tunes for you -

Neil Ardley - The Dong With The Luminous Nose

Ivor Cutler narrates this Edward Lear poem.

Don Rendell / Ian Carr - Dusk Fire




Quiet day and Jazz

A much warmer and sunnier day in the end and tomorrow will be as good from the forecasts. I will be travelling early to do a coffee shop visit in Canterbury, then up to Whitstable for a food retailer visit and then Ashford for a pub food and drink visit.

So an earlier night to bed.

A couple of CD's came in the post today - three classic jazz albums -

I have listened to both already .. excellent British jazz from the sixties and seventies.



The Fake Unfakable Coin

Charity worker handed fake new £1 coin in local supermarket - despite Royal Mint claims it's "counterfeit proof"


He says the fake, stamped 2016, came in change from a Co-Op in Addlestone, Surrey

'The coin is completely different...it's a different size'

<br ></img>&quot;I started looking at it more closely and paid the delivery man with another pound coin I had on me&quot;


Good Morning

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Morning Scully. Coffee?

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