Saturday, May 17

Negative Capability
"....several things dovetailed in my mind, & at once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in Literature which Shakespeare possessed so enormously -- I mean negative capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason -- "
(John Keats)

Sunday, May 11

A Challenging Message
Steve Paynter gave a good presentation on Angola and the Church there, in particular the church building project supported by St Mary's, Ealing.

Reading: 1 John 3:17 - 18
How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little Children, let us love, not in words or speech, but in truth and action.

Friday, May 9

Random Family Intervention
On our fridge we have some word magnets. The creative possibilities are limited - for example there is only one and. The words don't stand still, they fidget and rearrange continuously. This is where they are today....

win the crazy home at my awsome laugh
and dream lazy blue sleep all night

make for a jump some day run good thing
show I need you call it love

believe in me great friend

Friday, May 2

The Tate Modern
Some nuggets from a visit to the Tate Modern today.


For some comments on the excellent Bill Viola work (above) may I direct you to Jonny Baker's blog

Guillame Apollinare

Alone in Europe you Christianity are not antique
The one modern European is you Pope Pius X
And you whom windows watch what shame keeps you
From entering a church and confessing your sins this morning
Handbills catalogues advertisements that sing overhead
Furnish your morning's poetry for prose there are newspapers
Dime detective novels packed with adventure
Biographies of great men a thousand and one titles

( From "Zone" by Guillame Apollinare)

The man who, when he paints a bottle, attempts to
express its material substance rather than paint
a group of coloured forms, should be a glass-blower
not a painter.

(Juan Gris)

Cezanne believed that conventional
perspective, which uses a single viewpoint, did not
accurately reflect the way we perceive the world.
He would paint the same subject many, many times.

Henry Moore was interested in the way subjects translated
into other media such as stone - not by trying to represent
the subject but by imagining what a person would be like
if they were a rock or a mountain - preserving the nature
of the medium.

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