An authentic character ….

So …..this weekend I spent in the company of ….fellow blogger/writer …take by the ‘virtual’ shoulders and shaker ….Dermott Hayes …….and it’s been great

Dermott is encouraging me to ‘write’ ….( or trying to :D:D) …take my lifelong journal writing and 1/2 arsed attempt at blogging in a different ….or mor focussed direction ….coming up with ideas and writing in a way I’ve wanted to but maybe not had the confidence really …so I thank him for that

And meeting  in person did not disappoint ….yep here is a guy who has certainly lived a life ….a bit of an old rogue:D:D:D ….yep ….he came to meet me after having been the sole male at a table of 11 glamorous women at a charity lunch:D:D:D

If you’ve seen and read anything of Dermotts …to meet him in person you get EXACTLY what it says on the tin

Annoying tho I found him at first ( and no doubt will again) …he is actually very thoughtful …a gentleman ….an obviously loving father and grandfather …( he HAS to be the coolest grandad around with HIS music collection) …and COOK!!!?? ….my GOD!!! ….Dermott has a cookery blog called ‘Last night I boiled an Egg’ the title of which is misleading in the EXTREME :D:D:D  I urge anyone who likes food to take a look at this blog

So …all in all I have felt spoiled rotten

Meeting on O’Connell Bridge …a quick trip to the pub:D:D:D

Visiting one of Dublins organic food markets ….(feeling a bit of an idiot as it was raining and had to borrow Dermotts Parker …the hood making me feel like Kenny from South Park)…a friend of Dermotts and greengrocer who sliced us up some pear to eat as he told us some daft tale about this woman and her husband in a way only an Irishman could :D:D:D ( Sorry if that sounds like stereotyping but it’s true and meant in a good way)

Food …..Food ….and more food

Spicey scrambled egg and advocado

Stir fried fresh king prawns and Greek salad with some kind of chilli and garlic dressing

Fresh hunks of Hake with green beans and new potatoes ….cooked to perfection AGAIN with JUST the right oil and herb mix …I think this time it was garlic, mint and something else ….GOD!!! ….I HAD to mop up the juices with a thick slice cut from the home baked whole meal loaf ….I don’t think I’ve ever eaten as well in my LIFE:D:D:D ….we’re talking 5 star restaurant status here …..actually …..better than …..SERIOUSLY

I can honestly say it’s been LOVELY visiting Dermott in his little artists Garrett …. because that’s what it is …a peaceful little haven amongst the madness of inner city Dublin with its little roof garden overlooking the churchyard … his writing desk in the corner and his music:):):):)

And I’ve come away with books …goodies …a Bjork boxed set thingy ( in pristine condition …I think D maybe had one listen and thought ‘for fucks sake’!!!:D:D:D) ….and a download which now gives me no excuse not to crack on with my ‘homework’  as it has proper editing features etc

ANYWAY ….thankyou Dermott ….an alternate weekend with a difference …you’re an absolute star 🙂

The Faith that does not Speak its Name- Signs of the Time#15

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Let’s keep things in perspective ….

So where shall we start ….Ooh I know lets go into space:D:D:D


Now it’s been in the back of my mind that I need to briefly critique my recent reading ….yep old Hawkins is vey interesting but reads a little dry if you ask me ….hmmmmm he is a scientist and android afterall BUT he must be commended on possibly being the first making some of the bigger scientific thoughts accessible to the public ….breaking down barriers and all that  ….in actual fact he’s the first real android….so YES I like Hawkins and as a fan of the Simpsons I doubly respect him for having made a guest appearance on THAT particular show a number of years ago  …….yes Mr Hawkins if you fancy employing a new aide let me know …..I am adept at hooking folk up to various  adaptations, have operated suction and I.V apparatus in the past ……hmmmm may need refreshers and would DEFINATELY need further training in the electronics department …..would hate to think I would forget to plug you in ….but if you’re prepared to take a gamble just drop me an e’mail 😉 :D:D:D

HOWEVER it has to be said that I LOVED ‘The Elegant Universe’ by Brian Greene …so thanks to Joe for the recommendation ….THIS book goes a step further than Hawkins books in my view ….it presents the crazyness of various theories in the quest for the ultimate theory (  string or multiverse) to explain what the hell is going on both on the microcosmic and universal scales and fits very nicely with my very own ‘soup theory’ if I say so myself:D:D:D ..including the bizarre time/space….. waves which are actually particles …the as yet unseen …including dark matter…. black holes …. AND that we don’t have the numbers to go there which has the scientific world in a state of frustrated flux as they HAVE to fit everything into mathematics as it is the LAW ……Oh dearie me ….this book is written with such humour it had me laughing out loud at 2 pages in:D:D:D  He also advocates the different scientific fields all pulling together to work in multi disciplinary teams which makes sense doesn’t it? ….collaboration and all that

But how to summarise when I am a barely literate non scientist or academic!!!???:D:D:D

WELL it just so happens that when exchanging polite chit chat with a stranger on a bus recently I happened at one point to mention this book and what it was about ….last week I was sent a link to this video which I only saw last night ….another good explaination of current thinking in the world of Physics which takes it to yet ANOTHER level in terms of the ‘Ever so simple theory of everything’ …….the title alone of which speaks to my soul ….Oh and they think they’re about to solve the numbers thing with the recent invention of quantum clocks ……oh dearie me ……all this is amusing me no end:D:D:D

Who needs drugs? …..just go with this stuff …..you will be amazed …..amused …..and realise how crazy and insignificant we actually all ARE:D:D:D

Anyway if you’re interested here’s the link …..it’s a bit dry but just bare with it …..you may need to watch it in chunks to digest each little segment …stop …think …laugh …then watch the next bit:D:D:D

Buggar! …it won’t let me post the link …will have to try again later ……..but anyway …..

We ALL know there is a kind of ebb and flow to everything ….a reciprocal arrangement …..think of anything in nature …all the energies needing to function cyclically, rythmically to maintain the whole …..BUT I LOVE this idea of all the energies eventually being pulled back together untill it is a teeny tiny mega super energy that can no longer contain itself and implodes forming a black hole …..but here’s my hypothesis ..yes ….yes ….I can have one on my own blog …. what if at the point of implosion of the tiny dot forming the black hole …there is then another explosion at the other side …..another Big Bang which they’re now not sure WAS a Big Bang ..maybe as the dot sucks in and disappears it pops out again in a kind of black bubble …kind of lava lampish to start all over again ….am I going off on one here?….where was I? ……oh yes…and as there are black holes ALLOVER the place ….this could in fact be going on all the time …. ANYWAY this ‘Simple theory of everything’ does indeed accommodate all theories including that of the apparantly random multiverse …EUREKA!!!  ….it IS just one great big soup that can be taken down and down and down to the teeny hyperenergy dot ..or God particle …or Om ….or whatever you want to call it ……OR following explosion it can be taken up and up and up on a vast scale …and we therefore ARE made of AND create this universal energy WHICH if you think about it …CAN therefore accommodate the principle of karma …tuning into Om IS a DIY job:D:D:D  There  are certainly no men with long white beards proclaiming us saints or sinners …No just tune into Om and all will be fine …it’s there ANYWAY whether we like it or not:D:D:D

So there we are ….SOLVED!!!:D:D:D

Oh I would LOVE to visit the giant hydronic collider in Switzerland and chat to folk there ….maybe meditate together ….maybe I can accompany Steve when I take up my new employment:D:D:D   Hmmmmm YES this is my dream …then   I will retire to Jaipur ….join the book club and hang out with the art crowd untill it’s my turn for my energies to be dispersed from this human clump ….hmmmm I fancy being a cosmic ray but better not get ideas above my station ;D :D:D:D …could end up coming back here as a slug or a bluebottle or something:D:D:D

Anyway for now let’s bring it back down to earth ……that’s it …..doooooooown we come ……grooooooound ourselves:D:D:D

Yes …I’ve ALWAYS found these humble little ‘weeds’attractive


Today I ate one ……..Euuuuugh!!!  Blah!  Blah!  spit spit     blaheuuuuugh …..

Day 10 of the detox

Evolve

Birth ………….

………….Belief

Border ………..

………Boundary

Break ………….

………..Broaden

Birth ……………

………….Beauty

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Ok ….Ok ….so maybe getting a bit carried away:D:D …..had the weekend lock in ….still can’t move for press in Birstall apparantly……big decision time this week for the UK

Now is NOT the time to pull up some kind of nationalistic drawbridge is it!

Whooooooooooosh!!! ….or should I say ….sloooooooooowly morph:D:D
C’mon lets slooooooooowly morph ….it’ll all be fine ….take it eeeeeeeeasy:D:D

Blogroll alert

 

Earth landing

And Tim Peak has just this minute arrived back on earth ….why I am saying this I don’t know ….but he has…..so there we go

Just adding a paragraph and giving a title …..
Apparantly Tim has said that although he had enjoyed his time on the international space station it was better being back on earth breathing fresh air

I’ve heard before astronauts say things like the best thing about being in space was the view of the earth etc
I would imagine it puts things in perspective for them

And that’s just it ….just LOOK at the planet we live on …it’s AMAZING ….we are RIDICULOUS with our hidden agenda’s and squabbles ….can we not just ‘get’ with the deal ….work together and enjoy the ride?
Here on earth!
Now we can’t all go up there and enjoy the view …but here’s the next best thing ….and yes …yes …it’s a google image that I’ve used before ….

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GORGEOUS isn’t it?:):):):):)

‘It’s easy putting up walls but what about building bridges?’

Homophobia
Islamophobia

Too many isms create schisms RIGHT?

On getting up this morning heard on the radio re a young ( I dare say disillusioned young man) an alleged ‘Islamist’ shooting and killing 49 people who happened to be homosexual in the US…….during the holy month of Ramadan? ….. In the name of Islam? …. I  don’t THINK so!!!

‘Oh god ….here we go again’  thought I ….Monday morning and my heart sank into my boots …….no ….fell through the floor with the tragedy and insanity of it all ….AGAIN!!!!

BUT we are fortunate enough to have a wonderful local radio station here ….and even MORE fortunate to have a presenter on it who was born and brought up in the area. His Father is Muslim originally from Pakistan and Mother, a local white girl who is now a public transport bus driver in the area and occaisionally guests on the show ….the exchange between Mother and son HILARIOUS to listen to 🙂

So anyway …..thank god for his show this morning ….what comes across is this guys seemingly boundless positive energy 🙂

As I have mentioned ….this area is a diverse mix of folk including a large Muslim population …the MIX being why I AND many others LOVE IT!!!  And YES …sadly 3 of the 4  7/7 bombers were from the neighbourhood where I live and work …..we’ve been through some RIGHT upheavals ….and as I have said before there is ALWAYS a kind of collective holding of the breath when these incidents occur around the globe ….wondering if anything is going to kick off in our community ….but you know what? …..to date it HASN’T!!!  I sincerely believe that the vast majority of folk just get on with their lives ALL as concerned as each other WHATEVER their personal background. YES there are bigots ACROSS the spectrum but by and large people just get on with their lives and each other:)

It was very interesting listening to Nick today whose aim of the show was the title of this post …..he not only held a ‘phone in’ but also had as guest the current leader of the local ‘Council for Mosques’ who was talking about when growing up all the different communities seemed to rub along together, and that HE felt people had started to close off and start to put up stronger barriers following the 9/11 attacks in New York …..and it’s TRUE ….THAT and the subsequent TOTALLY knee jerk war on Iraq were a turning point ……..maybe globally.

I reckon Nick and the current leader of the council for mosques are probably around my age given their reminiscences ….and don’t get me wrong …it was NEVER perfect …BUT it had felt like we were starting to head in the right direction ….then BANG!!!!

I must say there has been MUCH community cohesion work going on behind the scenes …PARTICULARLY since the 7/7 bombings …….today the current leader of the council for mosques ( who is a good guy and has helped preserve and promote a local synagogue …..a previous council leader who burnt Rushdies book was a Twat but we won’t go there …. ALL religions have their arsey leaders ….thank god currently we have a good egg)

ANYWAY where was I ……oh ….yes ….our current local leader pronounced on radio that there was no room in Islam for homophobia and messages of hate ….that Islam IS and should be about promoting peace and love ….HURRAH!!!!:):):):)

That’s what ALL religions promote at their core isn’t it?  What we need to get our heads around is that the rise of the so called ‘Islamists’ is not religious as such …its POLITICAL ….and the current holders of power ……global corporations and governments ( Arab countries included) AND religious leaders need to take a good hard look at THEMSELVES!

Because untill they do ….my feeling is …it ain’t going away ….and it ain’t just the alleged ‘Islamists’ who are pissed off:)   The whole shebang is neither sustaining nor sustainable …..GLOBALLY!!!

So ….that said …here are some positive images ( yep ok courtesy of Google) in homage to the 50 lives lost today (yes I include the kid with the gun)
And to anyone who thinks gay Muslims don’t exist ….oh yes they do …and many obstacles they face ….but love is love RIGHT?

As I have said before …I have deep respect for folk who follow a relgion …ANY religion … I don’t personally ….I do have faith tho ….but AGAIN like I said before …tuning into Om is a DIY job …and no’one is excluded 🙂

……. and a tribute to another warrior 

Yep …….another warrior of FAR greater importance :D:D:D ……..a human life is to be ‘lived’ isn’t it? …..in its entirety and set against the socio/political climate of his/her time …and let’s not forget that this guy was born and brought up in the US when segregation was still prevailant….it’s not THAT long ago really is it?

I watched a documentary on his life last night:) ….a REMARKABLE man:)

I can remember watching Mohammed Ali on Michael Parkinson’s chat show as a little kid with my Dad ……charismatic, funny .. .arrogant YES …but mostly to fire HIMSELF up I feel…done with a twinkle in his eye but a SERIOUS political message …..Oh …..and the best boxer of all time to boot:D:D:D  which was his vehicle really:) ….    Although I was never into boxing …my Dad was, and ADORED Ali …..so did my ex ….so did EVERYONE didn’t they?


Hmmmmmm and he doesn’t look much older than my eldest in this bottom pic …


So here is my personal tribute to  a TRUE icon of the latter 1/2 of the 20th century …….a life ‘fought’ and ‘lived’ fully ……one to be remembered for sure ………and YES Mohammed …not only were you ‘The Greatest’ in many ways ….but you WERE ……as you rightly said …also VERY pretty :D:D:D;)

Respect:)

Is it me or do there seem to be an awful lot of folk popping off at the moment? …….yes ….yes ……I know I got it wrong with David Attenborough :D:D:D …..but still 🙂

ANYWAY ….I am still very much here and need to get my own act together to face another week in my world:D:D

Oh …………and just been to see my own Mohammed who tells me Ramadan starts tomorrow ……hmmmm that’s the last of HIM being jovial for the next couple of weeks:D:D ….all cooped up in a boiling laundrette in the height of summer AND fasting ….I’m told the first 2 weeks are the hardest …..Hmmmmmm it means a few folk going ‘off it’ a bit too in my line of work ……Ahh well ……such is ‘life’:)