"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)


There was a fascinating article in the May 10th edition of The New Yorker.

Malcolm Gladwell discussed the problems of separating truth from fabrication in espionage and counter-espionage.

On a more mundane level, the same dilemma faces all of us. Accepting life at face value has attractions but also bears inherent risk.

I tell myself that I embrace living with uncertainty. But is this just another aspect of the deception?

Discarded or protected?


Unwanted and unlovely?


Suspended or fallen


Working or resting


Locked in – or locked out?


Clear or uncertain.



4 responses

  1. Jolyon

    Lovely, but why did you choose Arabesque to end this theme?

    May 31, 2010 at 12:27 am

    • For two reasons:

      1. Classical musicians came up with a whole genre of motifs that they thought of as Arab-like (arabesque). Now, although still finding the form very beautiful, we can see it is all about the sensibilities of Europeans and has nothing to do with Arab culture.

      2. I like it.

      3. To avoid being constrained by preconceptions

      May 31, 2010 at 8:10 am

      • Jolyon

        Lucille used to play it expertly but has been too modest to comment!

        June 9, 2010 at 3:16 am

      • Lucille: the complete renaissance woman!

        June 9, 2010 at 9:59 am

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