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What is it about weightlessness that haunts our dreams? A return to the womb? A desire to overcome the limitations of our feeble bodies under the predictable constraints of a clockwork physical universe? A remembrance of our time as birds/angels? Arguably, though related, weightlessness is different to flying/floating/falling which are all in some way active or imply another agent [floating suggests on something].

Travellers Caught in a Sudden breeze at Ejiri (c.1832), Hokusai (1760-1849)

Is this why we thrill at the Indian rope trick, the Kung Fu artists that can ‘levitate’, the idea of escape from harm in a plummeting lift through jumping at precisely the right moment?


Julie De Waroquier

In our day and age it is difficult to visually represent this ‘feeling’/notion; once we know Klein’s Leap into the Void photograph was doctored, once we understand how digital manipulation can airbrush out bubbles [I love that term in an underwater photograph context], how trick photography works, how the camera can capture an event that was staged dozens of times to get just the right shot…



Labyrinth II and The Dark Crystal II. With lots of modern tech and no ‘puppets’? Would be a shame, so hope not.

Twin Peaks series III sounds even more intriguing/appalling. Where can it go? If there had been no top n tailing Fire Walk with Me then perhaps [as Dale Copper was seen in the lodge as an old man] there could have been a 25 years later continuation without too much trouble? In fact that would have been a quite neat trick.


Classics should be left alone in my opinion. Yes you allow a new audience to engage but … [Dallas the reboot] cult books/movies etc are of their time for a reason.

Apparently even Ghost in the Shell is gonna get a live action Hollywood make. Just as The Equalizer recently had a filmic version. Jesus get some new ideas guys.


I am still waiting for a ‘complete works of’ Heath Robinson. In my opinion just as madcap and inventive as his American counterpart but a much better draughtsman/illustrator; Goldberg arguably more a cartoonist.

finnegans wake illustrated

Looking like a wonderful book. All books of substance should be made this way. I wonder what is considered the most beautiful book ever made? Presumably a medieval handwritten and illuminated or a later hand printed and bound tome? I’d guess that any such book would have to [by our modern day standards] seem closer to an artwork/artist’s book?



It’s always wonderful to happen across little treasures that others have thrown away/forgotten/left behind. Today I picked up a 1944 hardback book How to Draw Trees by artist Gregory Brown. The dust jacket is rather tatty but otherwise the book is in good condition. Seems like it was one of his last works?

treesI had never knowingly heard of him before but if he is the same artist that produced the lovely tree posters for the London Underground in the early part of the 20th century then I would have seen his work before now.


the giving tree

Found this book today, and can’t think of a sadder more poignant tale. The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein, 1964.


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hazy autumnal sun

Pouring down with rain outside and I’m minded of the smoky protective tint scrolling down the windows in Tyrell’s apartment in Blade Runner, Tetragrammaton Cleric John Preston peeling away the obscurificating window film to see his city for the first time through emotioned eyes in Equilibrium, Bob Shaw’s slow glass in Light of Other Days.


bare eyed

Having worked in PR I have to say I found this billboard advert that I happened across today to be both very clever/witty but also ever so slightly ‘creepy’. I guess Halloween is just around the corner!


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words on a blackboard

Probably for the third time in my life I am ‘going through’ the dictionary. Or rather I started doing so some time ago but the ‘project’ has lapsed. Naturally I mean a particular dictionary [different ones each time over the past years] and that does not equate to the whole English language; neither as it currently stands documented nor as it currently is in practice [a new word is added to our lexicon every ? days]. The process is simply; mark a word so far unknown and mark words that I have forgotten.


Having ‘accumulated’ several dictionaries over the past few months, dating back to the 1940s, it is fascinating to note words that have ceased to be in usage whilst arguably still being extant [is it possible to 'uninvent' or 'decoin' a word?]

Apparently there are now well over a million words in the English language [not including a vast number of specialist scientific words], though most of us know only around 50,000 and [unless we are Will Self] use less than 35,000 in everyday speech [I think in this age of 'word poverty' for most this is probably too high an estimate?]

My attention was refocussed to the endeavour today by the discovery of one of those little silica gel [I've always thought that would make a great name for a band] packets in a box, with the word Desiccant written on the side. Realising that I should/do know what that means but that the definition had momentarily escaped me, I remembered the dictionary marking ‘exercise’.

Words I particularly like are those whose definitions are modified nouns, as in Serendipity ~fortunate happenstance or Melancholy ~ beautiful sadness. Certainly given a cat’s nine lives I would happily give one over completely to the investigation of WORDS. And not just to become a world Scrabble champ.

Must get back to those daily words. At 50 words a day it will only take another 50 years. Remembering them is another matter though. I’ll have to use a blackboard.

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