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Road to nowhere

Backup hell

Beyond analysis

Winter solstice

Judge Judy

Betjeman Christmas

Veiled Modesty

Energy made easy

Nobel Ceremony 2016

Schober? [9]

The month 11

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Word Of The Year

Man and machine

Cognitive dissonance

Schubert trajectory

No change

The month 10

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That man again

Freedom of speech

A victim remembers

The conquering hero

Schiaparelli

The Man in Black

Cox and Box

Bees pulling strings

Those formative years

John Dalton

The grape harvest

Babi Yar

Bible studies

Jacobin Conspiracy [6]

The month 09

Scrapbook 09

Wrong again

That Sappho thing

Rustling inspiration

Channelled speech

The houseman's friend

Wishful thinking

Churchill in Zurich

Franz's belljar

The other Spaun

Walking with Walser

Stephen McIntyre

The month 08

Scrapbook 08

Arthur Szyk

Climate alarmism

Citroen DS23

Artificial Intelligence

Portrait of the age

Shipwreck [7]

The month 07

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The Bastille Spirit

Classic books

Mechanics

Devaluing the family

Andrea Leadsom

Outrage

Habsburg cradle

UK politics

The month 06

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The Chosen Ones

Referendum mop up

Voters

Wonderment

Last words

Gretchen am Spinnrade

The alien hatches

Carbon dioxide

Ignorants

Electoral Commission

Sahra Wagenknecht

The green tick

The month 05

Scrapbook 05

The Sun Queen

Before Schubert [5]

European wars

Timelessness

Saving time

EU referendum

Protestant Ethic [9]

The month 04

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Cherry blossom

Dark chocolate

Out of the swamp

Richard North

Do not sleep

Imperial chemistry

Lili Marleen

The Habsburg lip

The month 03

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Bedsheet, spreadsheet

French dodo

Lenten thoughts

Heinrich Heine

The great survivor

The Swiss muddle

Hans Erni

Switzerland defused

Tristram's bad start

Montségur [5]

The month 02

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Frosty wreck

Language lab

Referendum reloaded

Graven images

Die Forelle [5]

The grass on the weirs

The month 01

Rabid lexicography

Not like us

Language lab

IKEA's loose screw

Nathan's rings

Brief Encounter II

Mohammed, not my prophet

Lunatic calendars

Hidden Hemingway

Sharing the risk

Bathtime for St. Kevin

The dismal science

The below above

Sanitised swearing

Souvenirs

Rockers do it better

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Quote and image of the month 06.2016

Quote of the month

Brag, sweet tenor bull,
descant on Rawthey’s madrigal,
each pebble its part for the fells’ late spring.
Dance tiptoe, bull,
black against may.
Ridiculous and lovely
chase hurdling shadows
morning into noon.
May on the bull’s hide
and through the dale
furrows fill with may,
paving the slowworm’s way.

The mason stirs:
Words!
Pens are too light.
Take a chisel to write.

Basil Bunting (1900-1985), Briggflatts, Fulcrum Press, London 1966, p. 11/14.

Image of the month

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Aureliano de Beruete (1845-1912), Espinos en flor. Plantío de los Infantes (Flowering Hawthorn), 1911. Image: Museo Nacional del Prado Madrid.

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Apart from the fact that the hawthorn – may – is now in flower on the fells of England where Briggflatts is set, there are some calendar coincidences to be noted.

Basil Bunting finished the poem fifty years ago in 1966. Its first public reading took place in that year and it was published in December.

My copy of the book (left) is dated inside by me 1967, near enough to fifty years ago to make now no difference.

Basil died on 17 April 1985, near enough to forty years ago to make now no difference.

Briggflatts is a poem that depends as much on its sound as it does on its text. A large (60 MB mp3) recording of Basil reading the poem can be downloaded free directly from the Writers at Warwick Audio Archive.