‘Before the Coffee Gets Cold’, Book Review by Milly Reynolds

The Traditional Model of the Cosmos, Part II: Plato, Aristotle, and Perfect Form — The Wisdom of Our Grandmothers (Reblog)

Part Two of the series about the Traditional Model of the Cosmos is now ready. This one gives a brief description of the differences between Plato and Aristotle on the subject of Perfect Form. For further reading, see: Robert Hand, On Matter and Form in Astrology Traditional Science, Quantum Physics, and Simulated Worlds

The Traditional Model of the Cosmos, Part II: Plato, Aristotle, and Perfect Form — The Wisdom of Our Grandmothers

Progressive Rock Favourites: Yes, ‘Survival’

Progressive rock, classic rock, art rock… whatever you want to call it, this is one of my favourite pieces from the early song catalogue of British band Yes — captured live from 1969.

This line up shows Peter Banks on guitar and vocals and Tony Kaye on keyboards, a year before they were replaced by Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman, forming what some still regard as the ‘classic’ Yes lineup — there have been many changes since.

Eclectic rock might be the better word for this style of music. Yes went on to be one of the very best exponents of this genre, in my opinion.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

The Magical and Mysterious Number 7

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Poem: Edifice

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Who would have the time, 
the patience
and the patronage,
to build a new edifice to faith?
Today's monstrosities arise to lesser gods,
steel and glass tombs where no one lives,
while shanty towns mass around 
in some claustrophobic hell, 
whose denizens fight and beg 
just to stay alive.
Such juxtaposition is not new -
only the extremes.

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Tanka: Intervention

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I knock on the door
No one will ever answer
Seek intervention
but silence reigns in the sky
Connivance rules the dark world

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840-1893

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Tchaikovsky, born today in 1840, remains one of my favourite composers, who embodied Russia and his times.

My particular favourite is his Serenade for Strings in C major from 1880, actually the first piece of music I ever heard on CD.