Friday, 27 March 2020

Zen My Ass Pandemic Bog Paper


Toilet paper has never been so popular. Zen suggests a commemorative design to mark the event. 

  Strictly limited.  One sheet per customer. Framed or Unframed. Standard toilet paper size.

Thursday, 26 March 2020


Icelandic author Olafur Brynjulfson painted this picture of the one eyed god Odin (dated 1766).  The image is taken from the German version of Wikipedia. Odin's parents who were Giants emerged from the melting ice in the north during a global warming period. Their arrival was witnessed by a crow. You may believe in the transmigration of souls or you may not but you probably know in the Old Testament it is written "there were Giants in the earth in those days". Genesis Ch 6 v 4.  Odin you should know killed the serpent with one blow which split the thing into nine pieces. Not a god to be treated lightly.

This is a picture I'd like to hang on my wall. I think to order a copy from the firm that produces my annual photo calendar.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Doris Day sings The Party's Over

There are many reports concerning the usual idiots. In this time of crisis groups of them are holding so-called coronavirus parties.  It is even reported today that some of these brain dead cretins are spitting in people's faces on railwaystation concourses and other public places and causing alarm with their inane outpourings -  Ha ha I've got corona virus!  and words to that effect.

Let's hope the insane partying and unpleasant behaviour doesn't get any worse. Hopefully the police will catch up with these people and put them where they belong.

Meanwhile here's the lovely Doris Day with a classic rendition of a golden oldie from way back.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Italy (19 March 2020 update*)

A paining by Franco Rivolli on a house wall in Venice featured on the front page of today's Kronen Zeitung newspaper in Austria shows an Italian health worker holding the body of the nation of Italy the first European country to record 1,000 covid-19 deaths. The last 189 of them in 24 hours.

*Today 19th March 2020 saw Italy (now 3405 victims) overtake China. Ironically the only country helping Italy is China which is flying in corona virus experts and medical equipment.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Friday, 6 March 2020

The last item on the current agenda

In Gubbio:

Francis of Assisi and the wolf 

In Fernand Braudel's 'A History of Civilizations:

. . . debates about customs duties, prices and production levels . . . address only the spirit of calculation.

. . .

It is disturbing to note that Europe as a cultural idea and objective is the last item on the current agenda. No one is concerned with a mystique or an ideology; no one pays any attention to the misleading calm waters of revolution or socialism, that still run deep; no one seems concerned by the living waters of religious faith. But Europe will not be built unless it draws upon those old forces that first formed it and still move within it: in a word, unless it calls forth the many forms of humanism that it contains.

In fact, it has no choice. It will either work with them or, inevitably, sooner or later, they will overturn it and cast it away. 'Europe of the peoples' is a fine slogan; but it remains to be achieved.

Monday, 2 March 2020

Two views of the Mad Cow

I'm sorry but I've no idea who created this monster. I think the nearby Ferry Cafe' people will use it for burning old wood. The collected timber will I suspect be heaped on the back of the iron beast and be set alight on midsummer night or other such occasion. It should be quite a show. I hope I'm there to see it.