Monday, January 21, 2019

Happened upon this while trawling for Jarman-related stuff.

Tempest - as a name - is uncannily apt. However, if I’m honest, the words grate. The voice sounds all too much like a Kerouac wannabe. I’d prefer the doleful tones of Iain Sinclair rakimg up the phlegm of the past as the tide comes in.

Snow rumoured for tomorrow ...

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Oh how I hate this unseeing


spirit in matter


(Written in the entry for Wednesday 24th May 1989 - Derek Jarman, Modern Nature)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

minus 3 degrees

hard white frost

sun & clear blue sky

a proper winter's day

- hooray!

Friday, January 18, 2019

An afternoon class describing the passage from “O” to “o’er” and then “ear” to “odour” in the opening speech of Orsino in Twelfth Night.

Truly a stealing and giving of sound and sense/ scents.

It’s a moment when you feel you could be looking over Shakespeare’s shoulder - quill in hand, hesitating before writing the final word ... perfume? ... scent? ... fragrance? ... then ... odour.

A gift of sorts.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The silence on the floor of my house is all the questions and all the answers that have ever been in the world. The sentimental furniture interrupt the peace. The reflection of sunset speaks loudly of days.

(Agnes Martin)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Just tuning in ... Corbin has just called for a vote of no confidence ... & 230 votes against the Brexit deal ...

Interesting times ...

Monday, January 14, 2019

Having a Derek Jarman enthusiasm ... the Sketchbooks, Chroma, etc..

Secretly it’s the handwriting ... I copy one of his pages noticing his curled over ‘d’s ... his long downstroke of the ‘p’, the occasional ligatures between words. And, as always, it’s not simply the letters themselves but the air each stroke inscribes, the spacing between lines, and then the sense of the page. Elegance. Rhythm, too.

Such writing speaks of consideration. A daily habit of attention. A sitting to attention at the desk, pen in hand, to compose - oneself and the page.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The elder Wafflette has just discovered that The Crust (CBBC) has popped up on Youtube - who knows for how long.

We loved this ... after school ... sitting on the sofa ... tea & marmite sandwiches ... . Pure joy.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Ear Food


First visit to the Mediatheque in 2019 ...

  • Carla Bley, Trios
  • Donald Byrd Quartet, Au Chat Qui Peche
  • Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet, Wislawa
  • Genesis, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
  • Valentin Silvestrov, Hieroglyphen der Nacht
  • Nils Petter Molvaer, Buoyancy
  • Art Tatum & Ben Webster, The Album
  • Freddie Hubbard, Blue Spirits 

Friday, January 11, 2019

At work, with the help of one of our IT gurus, I finally sort out a glitch with the report writing software.

She suggests a few options - which I dutifully try - & lo & behold it works.

With disarming honesty she admits she can’t explain why it works. But, evidently, it does.

“Magic?” I suggest.

She agrees. Happened upon this while trawling for Jarman-related stuff. Tempest - as a name - is uncannil...