Thursday, 12 October 2017

"Perhaps Coleridge owed his very greatness to his struggles with his self-destructive urges"

"Perhaps Coleridge owed his very greatness to his struggles with his self-destructive urges."


"There is a funny side to what you face. There is also a serious factor to be taken into account. Can you laugh and frown at the same time?"

"There is a funny side to what you face. There is also a serious factor to be taken into account. Can you laugh and frown at the same time? Can you see what's so pathetically hilarious, yet also so desperately unacceptable? Can you apply firm treatment with a light touch? Can you be amused, yet outraged? You need to take action, but you also need to take a certain threat or problem with a pinch of salt. Neither be too good-humoured, nor too furious today. Just be effective and clear."


Sunday, 1 October 2017

"Although you know you can't be away for long you may be tempted to do a disappearing act"

"Although you know you can't be away for long, you may be tempted to do a disappearing act. And a Mercury-Venus alliance suggests others will encourage rather than criticise you. The destination itself might seem relatively unimportant, but the journey is the reward."


Saturday, 30 September 2017

"Still waters run deep as you are to prove. Over the next four weeks there'll be times when you want to retreat from the crowd and withdraw into your shell" (22nd September 1999)

"Still waters run deep, as you are to prove. Over the next four weeks there'll be times when you want to retreat from the crowd and withdraw into your shell. This will help you to recharge your batteries. It will also offer you the opportunity to take stock of everything that has happened to you over the last year."


"Play your cards right and you will soon have people eating out of your hand" (21st September 1999)

"Play your cards right and you will soon have people eating out of your hand. That's especially likely if they have authority over you. Something that happens now puts a spring in your step and gives your ego a boost. It seems someone is impressed with your abilities and they want to pat you on the back."

Shackleton comes in from the cold (19th September 1999)


Saturday, 2 September 2017

Embattled chancellor woos voters with party food


"Boswell's is a story of thousands of pieces of paper. He made himself famous"

"Boswell's is a story of thousands of pieces of paper. He made himself famous, of course, by writing his captivating record of human contradictoriness and conversational vivacity: the Life of Samuel Johnson, published in 1791. Yet his own life would not be such a rich subject for a biographer if it were not for a series of wonderful, unlikely manuscript discoveries, in the rambling houses of various Irish and Scottish aristocrats, diligent American Boswellians found the pages of his journals and letters--stuffed into sacks and cupboards, in one case lining a case for croquet balls.
Miraculously surviving, Boswell's papers, especially his journals, have given us an extraordinary self-account. As Peter Martin recognises, a proper biography has to be a running commentary on this autobiography. "As a lady adjusts her dress before a mirror, a man adjusts his character by looking at his journal", wrote Boswell. He studied himself, writing with the thought that his closer friends would want to read his recollections. He produced a personal confession which is also, in the style of his times, an enquiry into human nature itself."
John Mullan on the man who played Boswell to Boswell, The Guardian, August 1999. "A Life of James Boswell" by Peter Martin.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

I am BAD and WICKED. And am FLAUNTING IT

I am BAD and WICKED. And am FLAUNTING IT. With a black, shrewd, mischievous grin, flaunting my INSOLENT DISPLAY OF LUXURY. WORSHIP MY SOVEREIGN NUDITY. I am a revolutionary. You can't win a revolution if no one notices you, or sees what you're trying to do. Now the temperature has been turned up, they are suffering. From their repressed desires.