December 11, 2017

Day Surgery tomorrow, and I cannot escape!

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:17 am by aleksan

Tomorrow I go in to Winchester Hospital for Day Surgery. Not something I look forward to exactly but I am looking forward to getting it over, because the waiting takes away my focus on other people and interests. I had to have my tonsils out at the same Hospital when I was five. When it was time to go I made a run for it and hid round the back amongst the farm buildings, listening to my parents calling for me! Now I am a bit older I will escape again for a while – into an absorbing book…


December 9, 2017

And lead us not into temptation?

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:40 pm by aleksan

“And lead us not into temptation” The Pope is correct – it is not an accurate translation into English. But the Lord’s Prayer in the poetic and beautiful English of King James is familiar and apropriate and not sectarian. Perhaps the lovely poetry of this Prayer, that people of my generation were taught almost from birth, should not be changed. Meaning cannot be absolute and we must create it ourselves from our experience of life. It was originally a prayer given to others in his group by a clever and kind Jewish Rabbi two thousand years ago. “Dont let temptation lead us” is most ikely what he meant, but it just hasn’t got the patina of the distorted English version….

December 8, 2017

Integrating the Child and the Old Man – a paper by Jules Evans

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:46 am by aleksan

A great paper! As a boarding school survivor, a psychiatrist, and now a Bard in the Druid tradition it all makes good sense. I had a Jungian Training Analysis many years ago since when creativity and art, as well as Buddhist and Stoic philosophy has been valuable and inspirational to me. I find that I can integrate and balance the Puer and Senex through the practice of Druidry, with its spontaneity, no fixed belief system and strong emphasis on living what Jung called the Symbolic Life in the here and now.

December 7, 2017

A University that does not allow the free exchange of ideas is no longer a University…

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:13 am by aleksan

Just heard on the radio “A University is a place for the free exchange of all ideas – when it stops allowing the exchange of all ideas, it stops becoming a University” KAREN COX
I may not have got this quote exactly right, but the sentiment is, I believe, crucial in a free democratic Society, as is freedom of the Press and Media, however much it clashes with our own security or interest. Everyone should be able to express there beliefs, political or religious, freely and without fear of being laughed at, hated or punished. Darwinian principles of survival of the fittest, and of the most adaptive behaviour, also applies to cultural memes – may the most helpful memes win!

December 6, 2017

The Aged Burnfied – Gratidude and Bright Blessings!

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:03 am by aleksan

Well I am the grand old age of 73 – a miracle! It was a quiet day for a Birthday – that’s how you like it when you get older – less energy, a bit deaf, not wanting to turn out at night. But it sure has been buzzing on FB! Rather overwhelmed by all the good wishes and kind messages….wonderful to hear from so many, young and old, from near and far. Thank you all so much. Love, gratitude and Bright Blessings xxx

December 2, 2017

Microwave poached eggs in just over a minute without buying plastic rubbish to do it

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:19 pm by aleksan

It’s not very nice out there, and home alone, so I thought I would do some cooking. Now I am not Cordon Bleu and I confine myself to eggs – usually boiled, poached or scrambled. But I read an advert on Facebook proclaiming a wonderful microwave poached egg plastic container, complete with two sections, one for each egg, lids and integrated cullnder (sp.) – at an extortionate price …..why buy that rubbish?

So decided a do-it-yourself system. Method: Crack open two eggs, and place them in a small bowl half full of water so water covers the eggs. Pierce yolks with a sharp knife (the clever bit). Microwave for….I minute and 10 seconds (I increased the time because there were two eggs in one bowl.). Drain in a cullinder (sp?)

Result: Delicious poached eggs, served on French Sourdough toast with plenty of salt and pepper. Who needs expensive plastic rubbish when a dumbo can do it with normal stuff in the kitchen?

December 1, 2017

Should Psychiatrists pontificate from afar about the Mental Health of Politicians?

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:05 am by aleksan

It is easy for us Psychiatrists to pontificate from afar about the Mental Health of Politicians, but is this heplful? The conclusion here, as so often in professional matters, is to stick to obervable behaviours before commenting, and not to speculate about past traumas and “feelings”
eg it might be reasonable to conclude that Trump manifests behaviour concordant with a “diagnosis” of NPD (Narcisistic Personality Disorder) but not to make psychoanalytic interpreations.

November 23, 2017

A Twinkle in his Eye and a wag of his Tail

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:23 am by aleksan

Old Sam looks at me with a twinkle in his eye. He prods me with his paw and wags his wee tail. What does he want, this fierce wolfling, terror of postmen? He has had his breakfast, been out for a walk and scoffed his treat….of course he wants a fuss, a game and a tickle! Fun for both us old dogs, still puppies at heart!

The Intoxicating Scent of Sam

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:16 am by aleksan

Sammy comes to see me each morning when Penny brings me a mug of tea. He finds it more difficult to jump on the bed and looks round for Penny to lift him up. He speaks eloquently and with charm. He is now up close and cosy and I breathe in his indescribably wonderful and unique smell – slightly pungent, relaxing and essential Sam – it can’t be bottled – it is special to this lovely dog in the hear and now. Horses have the same powerful effect on me – but I have to get out of bed to enjoy that…

November 15, 2017

My Family Origins – an update

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:04 pm by aleksan

For years I have been trying to discover the paternal origins of our Burnfield family. Genetics reveals that our ancient paternal origins in Scotland were Norse Viking and that we descend from the family of Gillebride and Somerled, precursors of many Highland Clan Chiefs – including the Mac Donalds, Mac Innis, Douglas and Mac Alister Clan Chiefs.

The Burnfield name comes from my father’s grandmother’s father, and descends from Robert de Burnville who came into Scotland with Robert de Bruce and other Normans in the 1200s. He was also of genetic Norse origin.

But I have now found out that my paternal Grandfather was more recently an offspring of one of the “Dogs of Mentieth” – and I can push back our Family History paper trail on the paternal side to John Doig of Rattray Perthshire, Scotland, born on 1642 and who died in Rattray in 1701.

The name Dog, or Doig is from the ancient Servants of St Cadoc, a Welshman, great healer and descendant of Augustus Caesar. St Cadoc was revered in Scotland and the Earl of Mentieth founded a Priory in Perthshire in the Saints name, although St Cadoc did not get to Scotland himself as far as I am aware. Penny says she is glad that we are called Burnfield and she is not Mrs Dog – for reasons you might be able to discern…!


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