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I only knew about a few tracks that sometimes do this to me.  Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin), Song ToThe Siren (This Mortal Coil), the lead break on Vital Transformation (Mahavishnu)

Then randomly Candy Store Rock (Led Zeppelin) appears on Radio 6 Music and does it to me.

I've no idea what makes some track have this physical effect on my spine.  Apparently it might be subconscious memories.  It's quite cool.

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Maybe the arguments most touted by the Yes campaign give away their real intentions whether they know it or not.  For there is usually a fairly detailed description of the policies that an independent Scotland 'would' pursue.  I begin to suspect it's just another political class rubbing their hands at the thought of all that power. Do they want Scots to be free (to not choose socialist policies for instance) or do they think they are campaigning for a mandate for independence and their policies as a single package?  For these are entirely separate. Ok these outcomes might happen, but what right have a 'pre government' campaign to decide on a putative future nation's position on nuclear power/ Trident, for instance?  If you buy a carton of milk with a bowl of muesli pictured on the cover, remember, that's just a serving suggestion, what you're buying is milk.  If you see an independence campaign laying out the policies of a Scottish government, remember that's just one possible scenario, and what you're buying is the creation of a new sandpit for the political elite to get their buckets and spades out and build castles on.
sometimes I leap up and down and smile
So 'the entire Western world' condemns Russia for moving troops into the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine where a big strategic Russian naval base is located, and Russian-supporting, Russian-speaking people are in the majority - and thinking about doing the same in the east if the country where there is a very large Russian/Ukrainian trade and the main industrial base of the nation using Russian fuel.

I can see that the USA has no experience of being an 'ex-empire', but they do have military bases in other Lands.  So I wonder what the USA would do if it had a large naval base in the Crimea for instance, and it was full of US-supporting, English-speaking people?  I would guess they would have warships in the water and troops at airports (at least)?

Basically the West's politicians are saying to Russia,  'OK you have allies in a neighbouring country that is in political turmoil with one part do the country trying to split from you, and other parts where you have huge public support  and strong trade links and a military base -but we want you to do nothing'

Surely Obama knows in his bones he would be acting EXACTLY like Putin in the same circumstances?!
Bright light a shiver up my spine into my brain
Vision danced with brilliant dreams
Mind and self about to float away 
Grabbed a floating rope and pulled me back
 










I, born in Scotland, don't even get a vote because I wasn't in Scotland last year.  Though there may be legal action on that, as there are over a million disenfranchised expat Scots, while several tens of thousands of non Scots get the vote due to accident of residence last year.
Well, to live for  a while yet anyway.  We are living in such a remarkable time - a quickening of humanity.  The thought was triggered by coincidentally reading an Iain M Banks novel and seeing a trailer for a series on TV of wildlife filmed by remote controlled fake creatures that swim amongst their subjects.  The next few decades (at least) may well see a number of wonders emerging - as technologies come together and fundamental insights into the nature of existence are gleaned from our wanderings on the fields and forests of science and spirituality. Drones will become avatars, fusion or solar energy capture will happen some time, some AI will pass the Turing test and fundamentally challenge our anthropocentric understanding of consciousness... who knows?  Will it be a disaster or a wonder or somewhere between?  I'd quite like to see.

That's if the species survives and thrives of course.  People do seem very susceptible to weird ancient goddist fantasies and political/economic conspiracies (or is it just  that out-of-control emergent systems arise from the growing complexity of human culture?)
The death of President Nelson Mandela of course came both as a reminder of someone remarkable, a genuinely shining beacon of light and a role model of forgiveness and looking forward.   But something that is increasingly troubling is the way the world media steal this type of event and co-opt it to their own purposes, making the end of a great life into just another bit of fodder to feed their hunger for material to fill their screens, web pages, news pages, air time, tweets and magazines.  

How can it be that instead of a reverential memory of the man, we are led to the point of yelling at the TV, radio, newspaper "all right we know, we heard that eulogy 4 times now, we saw that footage every hour for a day, can't you shut up about it now?  Oh God, not another panel discussion of the Great Man!" This happens with every event - the death of passengers in an American train wreck, huge earthquakes and tsunamis, a helicopter falling into revellers on a Glasgow night out, the end of communism, climate change, the assassination of a president, the invasion of a foreign land, all just become sausage meat churned out by the news entertainment machine. 

Sometimes it gets embarrassing, when they think they have to suspend everything for a story but they actually have nothing to say.  I remember when they would have just done a news bulletin every so often and carried on with their routine. But now they just mindlessly repeat the 20 seconds of actual footage they have while telling you in three different ways on the screen that something is happening and it's really important but they are waiting to hear what it is.

Would they start creating news if it wasn't happening?  Do they already?  Is there somewhere a real world that is maybe not the fantasy and filtered telling of tales being injected into our senses day and night? 
According to an advert for Disney World in early October, everyone wishes the magic of Christmas could come early?

Yeah right.
Train stations are more interesting when you're not traveling, I discovered. While waiting at a station.  You watch the people, you see the trains, you have no luggage and no hurry.  It's very cool. You see a lot of different types of reaction to the pressure of travel. From panic to excitement to being very organised.  People are quite fun.
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Train stations are more interesting when you're not traveling, I discovered. While waiting at a station.  You watch the people, you see the trains, you have no luggage and no hurry.  It's very cool. You see a lot of different types of reaction to the pressure of travel. From panic to excitement to being very organised.  People are quite fun.
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So now smokers have been swept out of the shops and workplaces and public transport and malls and bars and restaurants, what do they do?  Why, they pollute the entrances to offices and malls and bars and train stations, so everyone has to run the gauntlet of their acrid fumes, watch their prematurely wrinkled old features (or worse watch young people poisoning themselves so they will have wrinkled leathery skin in their mid forties if they don't die of lung cancer, mouth cancer or heart disease)

Anyone who works in the Docklands office area of London (for example)  knows how the entire Oren space between office blocks is filled with smoke fumes.  If it was there for any other reason it would be cleaned up as an industrial pollution.

What is it about this particular dirty habit that somehow gives these addicts the right to mess up our world, make us cough, give our kids asthma, make our pleasant outdoors into an unbreathable smog?  We don't tolerate littering, injecting heroin, public alcohol drinking, sniffing cocaine or glue...  why are we tolerating smoking?  We know it would give these addicts years of healthier life; everyone else would be happier and healthier; they wouldn't miss it after (at most) a few weeks; innocent teenagers wouldn't be tricked by age and ignorance into starting; what's stopping us just putting a halt to the whole sad story of tobacco addiction right now?
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They seek him here
they seek him there
they seek the Panther everywhere

but when they think
they've got him found
they realise he's not around

he can't be bound
he's gone to ground
he makes this sound:

"yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaeeeeeooooo'
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I'm British but I've lived in New England,  and when I see what these bastards  have done I don't feel it's happened in some" foreign country",  we're one community and they did it to all of us.   Specially with the London Marathon  coming this weekend, a marathon that  Boston helped inspire.

People all over  the world feel for you and grieve with you.  it's really too awful to imagine.

and if it turns out to be driven by grief and madness  caused by having had some Western bomb  doing the same thing to a family or a village in some distant  land,  let us swear to not do to others what we would not have done to ourselves.
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so  the UK prime minister has just declared that North Korea is a reason why the UK has to spentú25billion  on nuclear weapons.   the USA has sent ships and aircraft over  Korean airspace.   just as we ran out of bogey men,  up pops a Korean one.   western educated,  having lived in Switzerland.  Mr Kim  is conveniently justifying huge expenditure on arms by western nations,  and no doubt also some eastern ones.    How does it benefit North Korea to be bellicose?   this is a great mystery.   How does it benefit the military/ industrial multinationals,  and western governments?   fairly simple and clear,  that one.

hmmm.
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so all my life I was told stuff like...

eggs  are high cholesterol and bad
eating fat makes you fat  - and low fat  food  and milk is better
antioxidants are good for you and free radicals are bad
salt is bad
whole grain cereals  are better than  husked white flour  and grains are good for you
and brown  flour is better than white
grains, bread and pasta are wholesome and good
fruit juice is concentrated  fruit  and good for you
artificial spreads are healthier than full fat butter
burnout exercise  builds muscle and stamina and health better than gentler walking and occasional slot bursts  of  intense exertion

I  could go on,  for a while.   seashell extract for joint pain?  statins? muesli..   sugary "yoghurt"...  beans...  "health"  breakfast bars...


all this stuff is either lies  or exaggerations.   some of it makes you ill.
much of it is based on lazy research or the profit motive.

I  have started changing my diet and lifestyle.  my blood pressure is more normal,  I  lost lots of weight. I  have  more energy, I  have a clearer mind.  a  year into it I am completely convinced.  I  was lied to my whole life.

I  only wish I knew years ago.

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the mood of the world of people changes
with the cloud cover
 the sunspot cycle
  the time of day
    the  magnetism of the earth
  - and with it changes my mood

and yet, while I  ride this shared carriage,
while I am swept along in the flood of the great river
I find  I bob up and down in my  own small turbulent eddies
distinct from that great flow
small swirls and undercurrents
in which I am
distinctly
unsettled
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remarkable.  time just  seems to carry right on carrying on.   how did this happen?   I'm sure you say that on your last legs at 97 -  you say "What?  how did this happen?  I'm sure it hasn't been that long since I was...  "
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a new phenomenon for me.  I'm noticing that very few nudes interest me any more.  I  think I've seen it all. obviously  if I see a nude of someone very beautiful I react  like I've seen someone beautiful,  but the nakedness is starting to seem like the least  interesting aspect of the image.

maybe it's a temporary thing.  maybe you really do lose that all embracing libido that colors all you see and do with the pink glow of a need to reproduce.  anyway I really don't have the urge to do girlie pictures at the moment and I really like doing landscapes.

someone commented on a picture of a train I posted - to the effect that it would be better with a nude girl,  and this brought home  that I really really don't think so!  in fact that would be cheapening  the pic  even if it was a really petty chick.

anyway,  who knows,  this may be a passing mood...
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