I heard an excerpt from one of his books on NPR a few years ago, & knew at once that I needed to read that book. As is my won’t I bought all three of his then published books at the same time. Here they are:
I learnt a lot from his ‘The Disappearing Spoon‘ — which was the first one I chose to read. Until I read it in the book I had never heard of ‘Argyria‘ (i.e., permanently turning blue from ingesting too much silver) or how our brains need iodine in order to function satisfactorily.
So now I have learnt about ‘synesthesia‘, i.e., when one sense invokes another, e.g., seeing different colors when they hear noise. Franz Liszt (1811 — 1886), the Hungarian composer, had synesthesia. He was as such a synesthete. But, there are lots of other forms. Some might see colored shapes floating around them while having sex.
Wikipedia as a fairly decent article about it. Start there if you are interested — & you should be.
LSD, I also learnt, invokes temporary synesthesia! Didn’t, of course, know that either.
During their visit to Ceylon in 1954. My parents met them & my mother got to know the Queen.
He was NOT my favorite Royal. I ONLY became a Monarchist late in life & that solely for MY QUEEN, & my Queen alone. I used to be quite the anti-monarchist in my youth & some traits stayed on.
Philip was OK, but I recall that his less than diplomatic comments mainly to US colored colonials. Watching Netflix’s excellent series ‘The Crown’ reminded me of some more, like making fun of an African tribal king wearing an elaborate crown. And here is a link to some of his non-racial barbs.
Plus, I thought he was supposed to have had a number of affairs while married to the Queen. Now he is being portrayed as this ultra-faithful & dutiful husband. To I he never came across as that.
Given my admiration for the Queen I give him some deference as her husband & consort.
But, he has, until his death, ‘ruled’ my entire life. Hence, why I see it as the end of an era.
I am also now acutely aware that we are all going to wait for that OTHER SHOE to drop. That will not be fun.
He, however, was NOT my least favorite Royal. That, hands down, is Charles. I do NOT like Charles. Period.
Netflix “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” (2019) Movie — Inspiring & Invigorating, With A New Hampshire Connection To Boo.
Quite the story. Netflix had been trying to get me to watch it for weeks. But, I kept on ignoring the suggestion thinking that it would be trite — a glorified documentary. I was wrong. It proved to be QUITE the movie. Extremely inspirational. Wow. Talk about grit & graft to overcome adversity.
Also made me realized, acutely, that even though I grew up in a third-world country, I have NEVER had to face or experience long-term hunger, let alone starvation. Seeing a pet dog die of malnutrition is distressing.
I loved this movie. Knew it was a true-story. Not 100% sure whether he really used a bicycle dynamo as his first generator. I remember those dynamos from MY youth 50-years ago. Rugged & reliable but I do not think they produce that much power.
Yes, another “thinking-person’s” movie. In the end it is definitely a feel-good movie. Well, the title tells it all — & it is set in a poor African country. That is all you need to know in order to decide whether this might be YOUR kind of movie. I hope it is.
Thank YOU, Netflix.
I happen to speak to 4 on Monday within the space of 3-hours. That is what got me thinking.
WOW. You can’t trump them when it comes to the ‘Darwin Award‘.
What gets me, most, is that they don’t get the contradiction & irony. Trump, with ‘Warp-Speed’, was who got the vaccines developed. So, they are saying they DO NOT TRUST Trump! Ahhh? Come again? Moreover, Trump got himself vaccinated even though he had already had COVID, & furthermore got powerful, experimental antibody treatment. So, he was better protected from getting COVID, again, than most.
I am curious to see how this pans out. How many people, in the end, will refuse the vaccine.
Till then, lets celebrate them by giving them the much coveted ‘Darwin Award 2021’.
Night Splint, Brace & Compression Sleeve Can Definitely Help Alleviate Pain/Discomfort From ‘Plantar Fasciitis’.
All from Amazon.
Plantar Fasciitis is a new affliction over the last few months. Yes, kind of a pain. Recently I have tried using all the above aids & it has definitely helped — along with decent arch supports in my walking shoes.
Just wanted to share this with you in case you too were having issues. These aids are cheap enough. So worth trying. The secret, I have found, is to really lift up the arch.
Best of luck. Let me know how you fare.
Had to make room for the Volvo. We only have room in the garage & driveway for so many cars — for now 6. The Volvo would be seven. Don’t want to start parking cars in the yard. So, at least one had to go into storage. Had thought about putting BOTH Jags in storage BUT had trouble finding a place for one let alone two. So, decided to store the XJS. The XJ8 will get moved to the driveway with a fancy cover. But, I plan to continue driving the XJ8 when the weather is good. Since the Volvo is leased, & as such does carry a mileage allocation, having the XJ8 around will help.
Hoping that the Volvo XC60 will get delivered next week.