Sunday, 28 January 2007


Sunday, 21 January 2007


I've posted before about Carl Sagan and one of his books is on TV tonight. Five is showing Contact at 9pm this evening. I first saw the film at the cinema when it first came out (1997) and I've seen it a few times since (on DVD and TV) - but it still has an impact on me. Although it has its share of silly Hollywood nonsense, it has some truly wonderful moments - one of which is the opening sequence which should not be missed.

I've also read the book, which is very good and has none of the Hollywood smaltz.

Friday, 19 January 2007

Wendell Berry

Recently been re-reading Wendell Berry .
Worth checking out for his ecological insight.

We have lived by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives, so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption that what is good for the world will be good for us. . . We must recover the sense of the majesty of the creation and the ability to be worshipful in its presence. For it is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it."

"What I stand for is what I stand on."

"Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy."

"Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts."

"Eating is an agricultural act."

"Every day do something that won't compute. Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing...Love someone who doesn't deserve it...Plant sequoias...Practice resurrection."

"There is no sense and no sanity in objecting to the desecration of the American flag when we tolerate, encourage, and as a daily business promote the desecration of the Country for which it stands."

"The line that connects the bombing of civilian populations to the mountain removed by strip mining ... to the tortured prisoner seems to run pretty straight. We're living, it seems, in the culmination of a long warfare -- warfare against human beings, other creatures and the Earth itself."

"Once plants and animals were raised together on the same farm - which therefore neither produced unmanageable surpluses of manure, to be wasted and to pollute the water supply, nor depended on such quantities of commercial fertilizer. The genius of America farm experts is very well demonstrated here: they can take a solution and divide it neatly into two problems."
"It maybe when we no longer know what to do, We have come to our real work, And that when we no longer know which way to go, We have begun our real journey."

"Denounce the Government, Embrace the flag"

"To be sane in a mad time is bad for the body, worse for the soul"

"Cheap at any price"

Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Roy Keane v Patrick Viera in tunnel

I remember SKY showing the end of this, but not the swearing part.

Monday, 8 January 2007

Tuesday, 2 January 2007