August 10, 2018

Dehumanising Burquas?

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:39 am by aleksan

Johnson has said that people wearing Burquas should be allowed to do so, but look like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”. Is he demonstrating freedom of speech or is this offensive to a minority? Is being offensive part of free speech or does this sort of comment lead to more racism, or more radicalism? A Moslem lawyer on the radio this morning said that his comments were unacceptable because they were “dehumanising”. But is this not Johnson’s point – that people who wear clothes like this are dehumanising themselves or more likely dehumanised by their culture? This has led to an interesting debate, but there is a tendency by some to close down discussion by saying they are offended. So what? Being offended is indeed a part of a healthy democratic life, part of free speech. Bring it on! If no one is offended by this post I will be disappointed!


August 9, 2018

Sexual abuse in Christian Schools

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:17 pm by aleksan

The Abbott of Downside School once came to my old school, Kings College, Taunton. He gave a sermon, and I never forgot his words “We prepare our boys for death” – now do we know what he meant?

To elaborate:

Having been the victim of a fumbling attempt at sexual abuse at Marsh Court School by Mr Hugh—Jones, the assistant Latin Master, I received a leavers warning talk from Mr Wright to watch out for “Pansies” at my Public School. As HJ was, in retrospect, so obviously one of those, I do not really believe that our upright Head Master really knew what a pansy was…I didn’t see any pansies, or did not know what to look for, at Kings College, Taunton, but well remember a Sermon by the Visiting Abbott of Downside School – who frightening declared “We prepare our boys for death”. Now I know what he really meant – death of the Soul through sexual abuse of boys by the Monks. Of course he did not mean that, but that is what his words mean to me now, hearing the appalling news about continuing sexual abuse of boys at Britain’s top Roman Catholic Boarding Schools, especially in the Junior part of those schools.

August 7, 2018

Let’s plant more trees and save the Earth from over heating…

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:25 am by aleksan

We are apparently near the point where the world gets hotter in an irreversible way. I spent several hours on Sunday in the cool of the New Forest. The micro climate was refreshing, and walking and exercise were pleasurable. There was an airy feel and a sense of being at home in the best place. The trees breathed oxygen out for us animals and we breathed out carbon dioxide which the leaves took in to give the trees life. When we came out of the Forest the heat was searing and exhausting, moving was difficult and we got some respite from the car’s energy using air conditioning.

More than ever I realised how much this planet needs trees, and more trees. The whole planet now needs to keep its trees, and plant more and more of them. We are essentially a forest people and the planet functions most equably when it is covered in living, breathing,trees the natural air conditioning system of Earth.

July 25, 2018

The River Test, flows on – but does need water….

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:01 am by aleksan

The River Test is an ancient waterway and the overall river management is coordinated by Natural England. The whole river system within the County of Hampshire is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest SSSI and strictly regulated. The are many ditches and sluices and the overall aim I understand is to flood the water meadows without flooding the villages along the length of the river. So all Landowners and Leaseholders by this river are obliged to fit in with an overall strategy to increase the environmental aspects of the River and its Valley while working together with Fishing, Farming and Recreational interests. But to flood the meadows we do need plenty of water stored in the Chalk Downlands, like sponges, each side of the Upper and Mid Test Valley – sponges that need rain to keep the river flowing….

Adapting to the heatwave

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:02 am by aleksan

The heatwave grinds on all over the Northern Hemisphere with deaths in many countries, and major tragedies in Greece and Japan. We are to expect this trend to continue and worsen over the next few decades even if we all agree to slow down Global Warming and Climate Change. Us old people find it harder to personally adapt to continuous heat and there are increasing deaths. The garden and farm need a good dose of rain and here at Terstan we have been exploring drought resistant planting. My brother David and my sisters Isobel and Jane are growing long rooted grasses and Lucerne on the farm with some success – we will all have to adapt to survive, or become extinct a bit earlier than predicted

July 22, 2018

What do you mean by your “Inner Guides”?

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:39 am by aleksan

My Inner Guides

No simple answer to a complex question, but it is about intuition and connection to trans-rational aspects of existence. I have several inner guides that I can consult, and who can alert me. To understand what I am saying you need to open your mind to what Carl Jung called the Collective Unconscious and the Archetypes, like for instance the Animus, the male psychological part of a woman, or the Anima, the female aspect to male identity. There is also a Spiritual, as opposed to religious side to Inner Guides, who may be Ancestors, Animals, Trees, Stones, Dragons, Angels, Historical figures or Human entities operating across the boundaries of time and place. If that interests you read Jung’s book “Memories, Dreams and Reflections”. This is an impromptu response to your question I know, but hope you can understand what I am saying – many people are not experienced in or are frightened of the realm of the trans-rational, but you can develop this side of yourself though poetry, art, music, and visualisation meditation techniques. In my case I have always had innate ability in this area, but am enhancing this as I come to the last few years of my life here by studying Druidry and being part of this ancient tradition and making it central to my life.

July 4, 2018

Bert the Bogger – memories from 1958

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:00 am by aleksan

The “sit down toilets” in Fort George, an ugly toilet block at my new boarding school, Kings College, Taunton, did not have doors….there was a long row of these facing a corridor and then a whitewashed wall. I was 13 and this was 1958 and for a shy boy like me this was to say the least anxiety making. However even more stressful, as one sat on ones throne, was to hear “Bert the Bogger” with his bucket and mop talking to boys also on their thrones down the row. As he and his clanking bucket got nearer panic set in, but there was no escape. There he was, brown coated, mop in hand, friendly and sociable as always, peering into my open doored closet discussing the weather or cricket! I can’t remember when they put doors in, but now there are girls as well as boys at the school I expect things have changed – or is there now a Fort Mandy and a lady Bogger with pink coat and who discusses Hockey as they sit on there thrones?

June 28, 2018

Growing Fascist tendencies in the world

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:05 am by aleksan

Just been listening to Madeleine Albright talking about her book “Fascism: A Warning” – there is an increasing awareness that populist movements in the US, Turkey, Hungry and Poland are on the verge of Fascism. But what exactly is Fascism? It seems to begin with a culture of not listening to other people’s views if they conflict with the majority, and then persecuting minority groups not agreeing with the majority tribal view. What Fascist thinkers dislike most is a free press and media, and opposition in any form. These majority tribes can develop from Left or Right wing ideologies. Professor Jordan Peterson suggests that PC culture has these undemocratic tendencies, together with any intolerance of others with different views from our own. To quote him “The views of the individual should never be sacrificed to the Tribe”. Free speech, which will always offend someone, is sacrosanct in a truly open and democratic community.

June 16, 2018

Who exactly was Karl Hundason?

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:05 pm by aleksan

Karl Hundason – “Peasant Son of a Bitch”

Who really was a Karl? Was this an insulting name given to the troublesome King Mac Beth by Earl Thorfinn? (This excerpt is from Wiki)

The Orkneyinga Saga says that a dispute between Thorfinn Sigurdsson, Earl of Orkney, and Karl Hundason began when Karl Hundason became “King of Scots” and claimed Caithness. The identity of Karl Hundason, unknown to Scots and Irish sources, has long been a matter of dispute, and it is far from clear that the matter is settled. The most common assumption is that Karl Hundason was an insulting byname (Old Norse for “Churl, son of a Dog”) given to Macbeth by his enemies. William Forbes Skene’s suggestion that he was Duncan I of Scotland has been revived in recent years. Lastly, the idea that the whole affair is a poetic invention has been raised.

According to the Orkneyinga Saga, in the war which followed, Thorfinn defeated Karl in a sea-battle off Deerness at the east end of the Orkney Mainland. Then Karl’s nephew Mutatan or Muddan, appointed to rule Caithness for him, was killed at Thurso by Thorkel the Fosterer. Finally, a great battle at Tarbat Ness on the south side of the Dornoch Firth ended with Karl defeated and fugitive or dead. Thorfinn, the saga says, then marched south through Scotland as far as Fife, burning and plundering as he passed. A later note in the saga claims that Thorfinn won nine Scottish earldoms.

Whoever Karl Hundason may have been, it appears that the saga is reporting a local conflict with a Scots ruler of Moray or Ross:

[T]he whole narrative is consistent with the idea that the struggle of Thorfinn and Karl is a continuation of that which had been waged since the ninth century by the Orkney earls, notably Sigurd Rognvald’s son, Ljot, and Sigurd the Stout, against the princes or mormaers of Moray, Sutherland, Ross, and Argyll, and that, in fine, Malcolm and Karl were mormaers of one of these four provinces.

June 13, 2018

Introducing Fred the Wheeler – a mobility aid that frees the body and the spirit!

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:03 am by aleksan

I am now using a walker with wheels to get exercise without falling over, and to take the strain off my gammy right knee. I can go fast, and when tired, sit down on it and enjoy a new view. It belonged to my mother who used it after her hip replacements. I am a bit self conscious about being seen in public with this, but it is proving so useful that I will have to man-up and deal with my vanity, which I have not yet eradicated from my Ego – but old age really helps you see what is important in life and not to attach to a self that no longer exists. Sam loves my Wheeler and Penny Burnfield calls it “Fred”. This morning Fred, Sam and I went for a walk round in the garden, and we found o lovely view and thanked the Spirit of Sun for Light and Life, before I did some joyful chanting – Blessings of the Bright Light to you all and don’t forget to dance and love one another at this time as the lengthening days herald the Summer Solstice and St John’s Day 💥💥💥

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