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Vincit Qui Primum Gerit https://astrofish.net/blog/vincit-qui-primum-gerit-35/ https://astrofish.net/blog/vincit-qui-primum-gerit-35/#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7018 Thoth Deck

Sunday! This Sunday in SA!

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Sunday! Sunday in SA!

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Looks like Austin, At the Rock Shop Again, at Nature’s Treasures, for a Tuesday.

Often in Austin —

Tuesday at Nature’s Treasures.

4103 North IH-35 Austin, Texas 78722
Store phone: 512-472-5015
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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“First to arrive gets the best deal.”

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Road Music https://astrofish.net/blog/road-music/ https://astrofish.net/blog/road-music/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=6979 astrofish.net/blog

Road Music

Ray Wylie unspooling “Dallas After Midnight,” with miles and miles of highways.

Dallas After Midnight – Ray Wylie Hubbard

Years and years ago, a fishing buddy wrote about listening to a Hank 3 album while six hours of Texas back roads loomed on his horizon. The old route from Ft. Worth to Austin, and now, further south to San Antonio.

For me, this was almost pointless meandering between Austin, and Round Top / Winedale.

I would suggest this is a recent affection of mine, but I’ve got two, maybe three decades, or more, listening to Ray Wylie and his music. For this last road trip, I had a number of his albums stacked up on the phone’s playlist, and I just let the music gently segue into itself, shuffling along.

Hot summer afternoon. The countryside still achingly verdant and lush, with unwatered lawns starting to scorch. Dappled brown against the — feels like — tropical green.

Last time I was out this way was in ’09, fishing trips that fall. Nothing since, as duties beckon elsewhere.

Next trip, like this, think I’ll spool up that Hank 3 stuff again.

Then again, what started this all? British Blues Man?

Warm wind blowing
Heating blue sky
And road that go forever
I’m going to Texas

    Chris Rea, Texas. Warner Music

Texas

Places like Smithville and Round Top are an hour or more east of here. Guess a hundred miles. It’s probably been a decade or more since I fished Fayette County.

I’ve scooted along the Texas Coastal plains for most near all my life, at one time or another. Earliest memories include driving at night to avoid the summer heat.

The music paints a picture, and there was a cause for reflection. One of my oldest, non-astrological, although this is prompted by the current state of the stars, one of my oldest pieces of web-writing, serious proto-blogger material, was about seeing Ray Wylie, and realizing that he was an impressive poetic voice on the Texas music scene. Slowly, over the years, he’s turned out album after album to limited release and minor notice, with each set of songs having at least one piercing set of lyrics.

Part rock, part blues, part Texas Country, part defies taxonomy, the music, the lyrics, there’s the depth of passion, and Texana niche before there were people who told us what niche it was.

Might’ve been a British Blues man who stared this thought process, but it winds its way from Dallas to Poetry, to Austin, and ending in Central Texas with a Texas Troubadour of the highest caliber. Poet’s heart, and novelist’s eye.

Scorpio, too, not that it matters.

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Geeky Shakespeare Memories https://astrofish.net/blog/geeky-shakespeare-memories/ https://astrofish.net/blog/geeky-shakespeare-memories/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7069 astrofish.blog

Geeky Shakespeare Memories

Prompted first by the intro to the feed for this one, seen here, I recalled my first “desktop super computer” I got to play with, a NeXT machine, big cube, and what I liked best?

All of Shakespeare’s texts, looking for that one passage, hearing a snippet then trying to figure out the context and action, implied meaning, deeper meaning, and the surface level, too.

That was what, around 1988. 1989. These days, I carry a Complete Works of Shakespeare, like, on my phone, just in case.

Geeky Shakespeare Memories

I suggested a textual analysis of one of Iago’s bits, but I was able to do that with just counting words, and it really wasn’t worthy of a full paper, more like paragraph. A long footnote.

A short passage from Shakespeare with the same phrasing — ironically — repeated.

Geeky Shakespeare Memories

The textual analysis over the last few years, though, gave rise to theories that Marlowe probably co-authored some the earlier plays, I’m thinking it was the Henry 6th trilogy —

The debate rages ever onward.

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Dream Sequence https://astrofish.net/blog/dream-sequence/ https://astrofish.net/blog/dream-sequence/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=6879 BexarCountyLine.com

“Sandy Springfield” came out of a dream sequence before the show. The first cursory search turned up a “Guiding Light” character, now no longer.

Guiding Light Healing Arts Festival and Market, this coming weekend, San Antonio, TX. Interesting, this is deep roots, same exit as the bookstore, from the beginning of the double aughts.

Been around this town a long time, usually as a visitor, just passing through.

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Marcus Aurelius Book IV https://astrofish.net/blog/marcus-aurelius-book-iv/ https://astrofish.net/blog/marcus-aurelius-book-iv/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7059 astrofish.net/blog

Marcus Aurelius Book IV

“22. Not to be driven this way and that, but always to behave with justice and see things as they are.”

Excerpt From: Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius. “Meditations.” Book #IV

Alternative, archaic interpretation?

“22. Be not whirled aside; but in every impulse fulfil the claims of justice, and in every impression safeguard certainty.”

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Oh Baby Please https://astrofish.net/blog/oh-baby-please/ https://astrofish.net/blog/oh-baby-please/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=6971 astrofish.blog

Oh Baby Please

“Oh baby please don’t kill me, you know I love you, I ran out of gas, I had a flat tire, I didn’t have cab fare, my tux didn’t come back from the cleaners, an old friend came in from out of town, there was an earthquake, a fire, a terrible flood — it wasn’t my fault!”

Jake Blues The Blues Brothers. Warner Bros.

Oh Baby Please


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Security https://astrofish.net/blog/security/ https://astrofish.net/blog/security/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7055 astrofish.net/blog

Security

Single link for Social Cooling.

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No Middle Name https://astrofish.net/blog/no-middle-name/ https://astrofish.net/blog/no-middle-name/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7044 astrofish.blog

No Middle Name

No Middle Name – Lee Child

Old girlfriend suggest the Jack Reacher novels. Patently commercial, with an eye for fiscal success, to me, the novels are like literary candy. Ripping good yarn, characters that me, as reader (consumer), engage with the proper amount of compassion and empathy. The hero is a strong anti-hero, and as I’ve noted before, the literary figure on the page is a little off from one on the screen.

No Middle Name

But as books, the writing is crisp. The narrative compelling. At one point, the author acknowledged, with a background in British TV, that the books were intended to be bestsellers. Which they are, and for good reason, yes, there is a nod to commercial crap, but the artistry involved is there. Well-crafted stories, moving plot, and the hero who is an anti-hero. That strong sense of justice.

No Middle Name

A collection of short stories about the character, Jack Reacher. Of note, in the two movies thus far, the author himself is featured as a background character. Fun, in a way.

No Middle Name

“West Point was in the business of holding the line, against all kinds of things, including enemies foreign and domestic, and progress, sometimes.” Page 72.

There is the strong military tradition that runs throughout the tales.

Still, well-crafted stands by itself as a quality product.

I also know I read at least two, or more, of these stories before, I think , as an Amazon or iBooks short of some kind.

No Middle Name

There is an authorial touch, a deft hand dealing with death. There seems to be a touch more brutality, and more grey areas in the short stories about the character Jack Reacher than previously seen in the novel series.


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No Middle Name – Lee Child

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Summer and Oven https://astrofish.net/blog/summer-and-oven/ https://astrofish.net/blog/summer-and-oven/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7051 astrofish.net/blog

Summer and Oven

Old joke from living in Arizona, “There are two seasons, Summer and Oven.”

Summer and Oven

So when the Beeb let me know it was newsworthy to mention that Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport was closed for heat, it reminded me — I went to school there, that area. I distinctly recall two, maybe three times the airport closed due to temps over 120.

Summer and Oven

It was a bragging point, to me.

Three occasions I can recall, one was a motorcycle ride in the high desert, one was a river trip and one was summer school.

That would be three different summers, between the late 80’s and early 90’s.

(Nascent horoscopes, too, not that it matters; some would suggested I’ve got baked brains.)

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Too Long; Didn’t Read https://astrofish.net/blog/too-long-didnt-read/ https://astrofish.net/blog/too-long-didnt-read/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=6952 astrofish.net/blog

Too Long; Didn’t Read

From a variety of sources, all anecdotal and secondary in nature, the title is Too Long; Didn’t Read — and in itself, explains much.

However, a secondary notation came about, as I was thinking, troubling at times, as another idea collided, “Why bother with Shakespeare?”

Indeed, why bother with the purported works of a single playwright from over 400 years ago, I mean, how can that kind of plot or exposition even be relevant?

One long piece was a CEO/Fortune 500/Captain of Industry type, and in summation? Shakespeare’s characters wrestle with the same ideas every captain of industry must attack.

Too Long; Didn’t Read

So the idea that a single series of plays can help more modern people navigate the lonely seas of high command bears fruit. In late adult (age) I suffered a period of what seemed like an adult version of “Can’t concentrate on this book” phase. What I learned was that some books just aren’t for me.

Rather than actually read all of Shakespeare’s plays, I have listened to them all, and now, frequently, with some kind of back-to-back alongside a podcast of some ilk, explicating points and counterpoints of the play I was listening to. Got to keep this interesting, for me.

Power, politics, love, and romance? All there, all part of the human experience. How to navigate that? Shakespeare offers clues. Good place to start, anyway.

Too Long; Didn’t Read

There is the assumption that most of what I write is crap. Organic male bovine byproduct, and if so? If I don’t write it down, that stuff starts to stink — in my brain. No one wants that.

Too Long; Didn’t Read

Wasn’t where I was going, to start with, as this was originally about my horoscopes — as one dear friend suggested my work was too long to be bothered with.

Then I realized, to a certain extent, this is the problem with the my work: it fits a narrow slice of humanity, and it isn’t about education or location, but about understanding the way the oracle works.

Guided by stars, sure. Ruled by the stars?

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Summer Celebration https://astrofish.net/blog/summer-celebration/ https://astrofish.net/blog/summer-celebration/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=6831 Austin Moon Tower

Summer Celebration

Summer Solstice, Midsummer’s Eve, and the start of Cancer, the sign of the Moon Child…

Austin Moon Tower

Austin Moon Tower

Looks like the Sun enters the tropical zodiac sign of Cancer on June 20, 11:24 PM — local time for me.

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Summer Celebration

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Summer Celebration

The Crab

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All New Testament https://astrofish.net/blog/all-new-testament/ https://astrofish.net/blog/all-new-testament/#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 21:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=6994 astrofish.blog

All New Testament

Not get all biblical, but….

“5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

Matthew: “The King James Version of the Bible.”

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From Book VIII Marcus Aurelius https://astrofish.net/blog/from-book-viii-marcus-aurelius/ https://astrofish.net/blog/from-book-viii-marcus-aurelius/#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=6811 astrofish.blog

From Book VIII Marcus Aurelius

IV. “Thou mayst burst thyself with rage, but they will go on doing the same things none the less.”

Excerpt From: Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius. “Meditations.”

Book # 8, iv

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Coyote Cafe https://astrofish.net/blog/coyote-cafe/ https://astrofish.net/blog/coyote-cafe/#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=6925 Coyote Cafe

Coyote Cafe

It’s a Santa Fe landmark, of sorts. Santa Fe itself is one of the oldest outposts of European immigrants in the New World, with its convoluted history — myriad of threads and timelines.

Looking for the bookstore and maybe some chili peppers, I paused long enough to gather an image.

Coyote Cafe

Coyote Cafe

Coyote Cafe

The memories run deep. Early 1990s, say ’91 or ’92? A long weekend with a Dallas girlfriend that was a weekend of more driving than anything else, ten or twelve hours out and at least ten hours back, in the spring Texas sunlight, glittering off the high plains and open prairies, opening up the Llano Estacado, with singular memories of Santa Fe.

One was a Virgen de Guadalupe tattoo, full upper arm, on a server some place. Awesome art and the first of the tatted up generation, but unique and stellar in my mind, for honoring that symbol. Heavy, India-ink art, against an olive skin, and the image itself looked like an exact copy of the art on the religious candle.

The second was a late lunch, outside on the upper deck at the Coyote Cafe, when the place was relatively unknown. The first of the New Mexico/Southwestern style and cuisine was exported en masse.

I’ve only been back once or twice, and true magic, other than being in Old Santa Fe with its mystical allure, yeah, the magic seems gone from the Coyote Cafe. But the place gets full credit for starting a trend that I heartily approve of: hot food. New Mexico Chile as a serious condiment. New Mexico Style cuisine as a stand-alone culinary art.

Xmas sauces.

That last one doesn’t translate, but the common question is “Red or Green,” and it refers to the type of preferred Chile sauce, either color. I tend to favor both, see which one is better as it varies, day-to-day, as to which flavor is better at the moment.

All started, that turning point, that moment of realization, on the roof of the Coyote Cafe, back in time.

Coyote Cafe

Reminds me of a quote, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” (HST)

Liked the sign, though, that helped — a reminder of a starting point, a nodal axis where everything — for me — shifted. A year later, I was pro.


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Camino Island https://astrofish.net/blog/camino-island/ https://astrofish.net/blog/camino-island/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7023 astrofish.blog

Camino Island

Camino Island – John Grisham

Camino Island

The early buzz was this was a “Grisham Legal Thriller” and there’s a catch: no lawyers. That was the electronic buzz on the inter-webs, at some point in late May.

Preview editions.

Camino Island

When I started reading the digital copy, part way through the first few chapters, I pulled up the map and looked for “Camino Island,” as other other authors tend to use real places, and while the descriptions were good, like it was real place?

Couldn’t find one on the map, not in Florida, which is the setting.

So it is evocatively written and portrayed thus far. The seamy side of book dealing is fun — nothing that hasn’t been covered before.

Slight twist, deft authorial touch, and it does tend to lionize writers, with certain elements that get close to “Writers writing about writing,” and that can get redundant, at times, a little, just a bit.

The backstory with rare books and rare manuscripts, signed first editions, and other material is excellent filler.

Not quite the ending I saw, but certainly a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. Plus, as I noticed, the retail giant Costco is selling this novel by the pallet.

Good read, but not exactly a legal thriller. Excellent tale. Enjoyable.


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Camino Island – John Grisham

Camino Island: A Novel

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Another One From Pink Cake https://astrofish.net/blog/another-one-from-pink-cake/ https://astrofish.net/blog/another-one-from-pink-cake/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=6947 astrofish.net/blog

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

    Winston Churchill
    speech at the Lord Mayor’s Day Luncheon
    London (November 10, 1942)

The one I was looking for?

No, that Scorpio isn’t it.

The one I was looking for appears to be Churchill apocrypha, as in, no reliable source. The way the anecdote was presented to me?

Scene — London, House of Parliament, ravages of war all around.
Lady Astor (female MP): The Prime Minister is drunk!

    Winston Churchill: Yes madam, and you are ugly.
    LA: But the Prime Minister drunk!
    WC: Yes madam, and you are ugly.
    LA: The Prime Minister drunk!
    WC: Yes madam, and you are ugly.
    LA: Lords! The Prime Minister is drunk!
    WC: Yes madam, and you are ugly.
    LA: But the Prime Minister drunk!
    WC: Yes madam, and in the morning I will be sober.

The snippet of dialogue came from a tenured history professor, but the anecdote was not presented as fact. Inter-web searches seemed to indicate it was not a true story. Zero supporting evidence.

Verisimilitude? Sure.

I write horoscopes and I fish. No expects the gods’ honest truth from me.

The long bit attributed to Churchill comes as a follow-up to current conditions.


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My Top Sights for London https://astrofish.net/blog/my-top-sights-for-london/ https://astrofish.net/blog/my-top-sights-for-london/#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7006 astrofish.blog

My Top Sights for London

“Why sir; when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

Johnson in Boswell’s Life of Johnson vol. II

My Top Sights for London

Couple of folks have asked, recently, for my recommendations for London.

In light of recent events and unfolding daily drama, with a nod to some friends headed over?

My Top Sights for London

Start at the Museum of London, part of the old Roman London Wall is there, history, pre-history, a truly superlative overview of what London has to offer.

Yes, the British Museum, sure, that’s good — where the English robbed the world of its antiquities and monuments — but start with a half day at the Museum of London. Well worth the effort as it encapsulates everything from dinosaurs and cavemen, Angles, Saxons, Britons, to the Blitz. Monty Python? I think there was some reference to the 1960s, as well. Kings and queens, rebels and rivals, history, all in one place, about one place.

The other place to start would be the Number 11 Bus. Look it up. Passes everything worth seeing. Hop on, hop off, I’m totally unsure of the current deal. Used to be there was, like, a $20 week-long pass for London Transit, that’s as inner-city tube and double-decker buses. It is a walking city.

Number 11 Bus? That’s a quick, cheap way to see the heart of London. Bus trip. Got a whole bunch of images in a quick trip, and doing it sitting down, well, mostly. I recall one trip on the bus from the top seat, in front. Amazing images. Totally tourist yet, daily riders, commuters, and London’s assorted citizenry and ilk, on and off the whole way.

My Top Sights for London

St. Paul’s — the seat of England, and so forth. There is a tour, or a walk, or something that lets you climb 500 (?) steps to the top of the dome, an observation deck. Worth the effort if the weather is clear, or sort of clear.

In the basement of St. Paul’s, there was a history display, and of particular note, look at the pictures from the Blitz, as everything around the cathedral was blown up, but the church survived.

My Top Sights for London

Then there is all the South Bank, and the easiest tube stop used to be Westminster. There were two walking destinations besides Westminster Abbey.

Oh, holy smokes, there is a noon service at Westminster Abby that is amazing. Well-worth attending. In and out in about 20 minutes, usually officiated by some high church dude, bishop or something. Very cool. Old testament, new testament, homily, grape juice and cracker. I passed on the sacrament one time because it was a shared cup, and I was following what looked like a sickly street person.

The tour of Westminster Abby is worth it.

Part of the history of Westminster is that it was a holy site, as an island, for up to 4,000 years before it was consecrated “Christian.” Holy ground. Holy spot long before the recent wave of religion from Italy showed up. (Do love me some low church.)

Walk across the bridge and head towards the the ferris wheel, then keep on going, and come to the old, recycled industrial building, the Tate Modern.

Tate Modern

It’s also a walking bridge from St. Paul’s, and dumps right into the front entrance. On cold winter nights, there’s various sweet nuts roasting on the copious sidewalk, and in the summer, performers of all stripes. “Careful with thy wallet,” as Shakespeare said.

I have no idea what’s on, but I have seen some of the modern Picasso stuff there, and it was great, and then, on the top floor, they had a number of the huge Rothko pieces, from New York, I thought, on permanent display. Also got to see a touring exhibit that included Edward Hopper, the famous “Diner” scene, only, in person, it was much more moving. The way he dealt with light and shading.

Last time we were there, the cafe at the Tate Modern had London ‘bucket list’ Fish and Chips. Really kind of tasty.

Just a few blocks down from the Tate Modern is Shakespeare’s Globe.

Shakespeare’s Globe

Shrouded in myth, an American actor set about rebuilding the original Globe, the one used by Shakespeare and the King’s Men, allegedly.

The modern one is built upon supposition, inference, and dedicated academic intrigue, but the raw facts are, “We don’t really know.” However, it was built with tools available to 17th century craftsmen, and with wood harvested locally. The only modern touch is some lighting, fire suppression, and fire-proof chemicals on the thatch roofing.

The season tends to sell out a year or more advance, now, and what was widely regarded as a Shakespeare Freak Show has come to be the crown jewel in London’s Theatre Scene.

There will be some ‘day-of’ tickets and get seats. The groundlings area is fine, but who wants to stand with commoners for three hours? So far, there are no bad seats. See an afternoon show, and be forever changed.

My Top Sights for London

High Tea. While there are many, there’s a very traditional setting at the top of Fortnum and Masons, maybe a block from Piccadilly Circus — on Piccadilly, if memory serves. It’s super traditional, and one summer, I think I was refused because I had shorts, ugly American and all. However as service goes, it starts about 4 in the afternoon, 1600, and ends maybe an hour later with a surfeit of carbs.

The original carbo-loading.

It is a diet-buster, for sure, and worth it. Order tea, get tea service then clotted cream and scones, and little finger sandwich things, and just a superlative experience.

Someplace, there’s a funny image of me, over High Tea, wearing a T-shirt that says “Trailer trash.” It’s an Austin thing, might not translate.

Fortnum and Mason’s is — kind of — like a Neiman-Marcus. Upscale grocery goods. Expensive as can be, but some of the quality is exceptional. I still have a leather notebook from there. More than 20 years old. Some stuff lasts forever. British cow skin, etc., I’m sure.

Hatchard’s Bookstore is right next door, was, is? Right next to F&M. Hatchard’s is a bookstore that’s been there for over 200 years. Interesting selection on three floors, but don’t count on the elevator. I tend to ask the staff what they recommend. Kind of a luckless gamble in recommendations. Some good, some great, some, well, the English do know how to bind up nice-looking books.

My Top Sights for London

“In an English ship, they say, it is poor grub, poor pay, and easy work; in an American ship, good grub, good pay, and hard work. And this is applicable to the working populations of both countries.” (Jack London)

Cecil’s Court is situated behind the National Portrait Gallery, on the way to the Theatre District and — can’t think of the tube stop. As an avowed lover of books this used to be an amazing place, a little cobblestone street, blocked from vehicular traffic, lined with bookstores of all types. Think the value of real estate and the Russian, Middle Eastern billionaires divesting themselves of untenable real estate has driven up the price, and I’m unsure if the little book stalls, and book nooks still exist.

Elgin Marbles/Reading Room/Sutton Hoo at The British Museum. Is that the Rosetta Stone, too? Cool gift shop, too. As an adjunct to the British Museum, there’s the British Library.

London Bridge/London Wall

Standing on the grounds in front of a Beefeater Tour Guide, he asked Americans to raise their hands, and we did.

“Just think, all of this could be yours, if you just paid your taxes.”

London Bridge is cool to walk across, the Palace was little over-rated, in my mind, and the crown jewels, “No honey, we’re not shopping,” weren’t really that impressive. The history, though, was. Been a castle for a mighty long time.

There is a recently uncovered site, near the start of the original London Wall, a temple from the Cult of Mithras, stuff dug up since, if I recall, the turn of the millennia.

My father and I once did a walking tour, on our own, not guided, tracing the extant portions of the old London Wall. Kind of interesting. Not much more than a mile, through basements and along thoroughfares where the top of the all is now street level.

English Language Barrier

The United States of America and Britain: two countries, separated by a common language. I used to land there, walk off the plane, and wish that someone spoke English.

“Wot say guv?”

Huh?

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My Top Sights for London

Other spots worthy of mention, but no one gets it on this side of the pond?

  1. Mornington Crescent
  2. Abby Road
  3. Camden
  4. Covent Garden
  5. Canterbury
  6. Grosvenor Square, like the song
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To be in England in the summer time, close to the edit

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Just a Reminder

“Metaphysical skill does not
guarantee spiritual integrity.”

    —Danielle LaPorte

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Typesetting

Should be filed with “word porn,” or some similar topic.

Why the double space after a period is no longer a thing, seen here.

More on my take of word porn, tools.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/2.4
  • Camera: iPad Pro
  • Focal length: 3.3mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Location: 29° 35′ 47.37″ N 98° 28′ 13.35″ W
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s
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