Listen

Listen to the car air conditioning, engine noise, tick tick of indicators and all the others on the road backwards and forwards busy busy always going someplace   Listen to the people talking always talking sometimes good and deep, songs and beauty sometimes mean and cruel and shouting often chatter chatter echoing in emptiness  …

Review “Rashomon”

This film was released in 1950, and directed by the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Ostensibly a murder mystery, it relates the tale of a samurai who has been found dead, his wife raped, and the enquiry into how this happened. The whole story is told in flashback. The framing device is that of three…

Cat Demands

Flighty cat, in a mood says give me cuddles, give me food let me out and let me in scratch me underneath my chin let me sleep upon the bed let me climb onto your head I will flex my claws and purr I will shed a lot of fur I will yowl and wail…

Review “Onibaba”

‘Onibaba’ was released in 1964, and is a black and white Japanese film directed by Kaneto Shindo. It’s often billed as horror, and it is certainly horrific, but not in the way you might expect. In fourteenth century Japan, during a time of civil war, two peasant women (Nobuko Otowa and Jitsuko Yoshimura), struggle to…

The mirror’s reply

Magic mirror on the wall who is the greediest one of all Politician, autocrat, living soft and getting fat Mining magnate, money maker Earth destroyer, lying faker, Oil exec, smog purveyor air killer, world betrayer All the rest, half asleep led around like mindless sheep Magic mirror on the wall says all of you. I…

Adventuring with Asterix

‘The Adventures of Asterix’ is a series of French comics published from 1959 onwards. Created by Goscinny (the writer) and Uderzo (the artist), they relate the adventures of a warrior called Asterix and his friends, at a time when France was still Gaul and the Roman empire ruled. The setting, as well as historical character…

Follow the Tide

The tide goes out and I will follow to the ocean to search for adventure to islands and new lands to see whatever is wondrous and new   Flying over the blue-grey water Like a great sea-bird I observe the endless miles of ocean and of sky rolling away beneath my wings   Then diving…

Imitating

Watch the skill of your hands bring into being the pattern of imagination take delight in moulding with love and fire and the spark inside something new and beautiful to use in this world God-given gift to make your offering wrought in art and beauty imitating in sincere flattery the works of your creator.

Music of the Earth

When rain falls it patters against the trees, rolling then dripping from leaf’s end to the earth it is soft on the grass barely to be heard it thunks on the soil which receives it quickly, leaving little behind it pelts on roof and pavement drums and thrums against windows drips and drizzles from drainpipes…

Prosperity preaching – why it’s wrong

The idea of so-called prosperity preaching within the Christian Church is not as new as you might imagine. It started to creep into church teaching in the USA as far back as late nineteenth to early twentieth century. The basic idea is as follows: God will bless those who have faith in a material way,…