Saturday, 28 September 2019

17th Street, Sarasota, FL.

Commercial/Industrial/Warehouse building.

Was a faded and dirty red barn colour.

Renewed and painted.

I like it!



Orange and the new Black.



Two Rotten Peas From The Same Stinking Pod.



Friday, 27 September 2019

If this makes me a Socialist, then I am proud!



I picked up my scrip at Walgreen's today.  I paid $15 for  the Clopidogrel tablets (90 days supply)  tablets which should have cost $419 -- this enormously reduced cost is thanks to my superb (Episcopal) Church Pension Fund coverage.

Many American citizens who need Clopidogrel   (especially those without Insurance coverage) would be faced with an annual cost of  nearly $1600  for this essential medication, but I pay only $60 per annum.

Doesn't seem fair, wise, or just. Especially because the cost for the poorer citizens eats up a high percentage of their meager enough incomes, long  before paying for rent, food, and transportation to and from  work.

We clearly need an equalizing national health system which provides the best care at the lowest cost for all citizens.

But you, my republican friends, will protest that such a system would be "socialist" (so it must be bad).

Oh phoney baloney; get your mind and act together!  Move beyond your unintelligent and politically biased  prejudices, and vote and work for that which is best for all Americans.

"One Nation (under G-d) with liberty and justice for ALL"













Thursday, 26 September 2019

Christeeny's Cakes:- a work of art

"Christeeny"  (Christeen) is the fiancee of my dear and good nephew Daniel James Povey.


Based in Bristol, U.K.  she makes the most wonderful special occasion cakes:











God willing, and if the crick don't rise, I'll officiate at Christeen and Dan's wedding in 2020.  




Wednesday, 25 September 2019

September 1 1939 ------ September 25th 2019








From a poem by W.H. Auden (thanks to Bruce L for the tip-off  on this)




September 1, 1939

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:

Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death

Offends the September night.

Greta Thunberg; mocked and derided.


Greta Thunberg, that amazing and prophetic woman,  is calling our world leaders to repentance and change in the face of the impending world wide disaster as a result of climate change.

The best that the President of the United States can do in response to her wisdom,  is to mock her in his cruel and malicious twitter post.

President Trump you are not a nice man. In fact, you are evil.  

Who could ever imagine that the bully pulpit of the White House would be used to deride a sixteen years old woman?   Has Trump  no decency?

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Trump loves to hang around with some American Evangelical leaders who endorse his every utterance (and fart).

"Evangelical"  leaders in the U.S.A., and in many other lands,  claim to be Biblical Christians,  even as they amass their wealth as a form of pseudo protection in the face of the impending disaster.

Have these so-called Biblical leaders never read the New Testament book of James?   

Heed Greta Thunberg, and hear the Word of God from the letter of James  you uber-rich leaders  (Joel Osteen, Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffries, Jerry Falwell Jr. to name a few.)  

Your wealth will not save you in the coming days of disaster.

Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure[a] for the last days. Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.











Monday, 23 September 2019

A bit of humour for those who listen to "Classical" Music via the Radio in the U.S,A. and the U.K.





St. Martin in the Fields -  a sacred and quiet  space in London's busy and hectic Trafalgar Square.


Classical Music lovers may never had darkened the doors of St. Martin in the Fields, but they will most certainly be acquainted with the Chamber Orchestra known as the "Academy of St. Martin in the Fields" and its founder and long time leader, the late Sir Neville Marriner. 

(The Orchestra is now led by the famed Violinist  Joshua Bell).

But here is a bit of humour re the identification of the Orchestra with its founding leader. (via WCRB Boston).

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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields


Turn on any classical radio station and you’re guaranteed to hear the ASMF at some point or another, probably conducted by Neville Marriner. 

This phenomenon was parodied back in the 80s by cartoonist Charles Rodrigues in the magazine Stereo Review. A man listens to his radio announce “the Academy of St Martin in the Fields,” while his parrot chimes in, “Neville Marriner conducting.”








Sunday, 22 September 2019

Off they go (or bye-bye Ann Albritton)



I have lived in Sarasota, FL  since 2006.

My move from Massachusetts to Florida has had many challenges and blessings.

The blessings have included making new friends  -  women and men who I would want to be near me when I approach death.

The challenge is that "off they go".

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The Revd. Deacon Alan Rogers, taken away by death.  I miss him so much.



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The Revd. Andrea (Andi) Taylor, taken away by her call to a new parish on Cape Cod, MA


Andi and her husband Jonathan

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The Revd. Wesley Wasdyke and his wife Cindy Wasdyke who have moved from Sarasota, FL to Chapel Hill, N.C.



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And today;  the wonderful Ann Albritton (retired Professor of Modern Art at Ringling College of Art and Design  in SRQ) who is moving to Thomasville GA this Friday 27th Oct. 2019, to enjoy  retirement near to  her kin.



ZION and I were at her farewell party today. 

Zion behaved, and so did I.  But dear Ann I will miss you greatly.

My modern art appreciation reaches at least to Salvador Dali, that's why I have posted his "Christ of St. John of the Cross" in your honour.