compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
Posted by Michael Grove on January 13, 2019 at 11:30
The probably greatest political misconception of our time is that the
public is insurmountably divided over Brexit. How is this a misconception
when the two sides are constantly at each other’s throats? Because when
surrounded by negotiation and campaign dust [IT] IS EASY to forget that
both sides are fighting for the same things: international trade, political
moderation and an intact democracy.…Continue
Dick Whittington and His Cat is the name of English folklore surrounding
the real-life Richard Whittington (c. 1354–1423), wealthy merchant and
thrice Lord Mayor of London, alleging he escaped his poverty-stricken
childhood and made his fortune thanks to the ratting abilities of his cat.
However, the real Whittington did not come from a poor family of common
stock, and there is no compelling evidence that he owned a cat.
Another element considered essential to the legend is that Dick attempted
to flee his service as a scullion one night, but was dissuaded by the tone of
the church bells, that promised he would become mayor of London one day.
[IT] WAS in the school attached to Charles Barry's, Grade II listed, St. John's…
Posted by Michael Grove on January 9, 2019 at 11:00
Posted by Michael Grove on January 9, 2019 at 7:30
this landscape design book explores the ingenuity and
range of Japanese landscaping, from the self-imposed
confines of courtyard designs to the open expanses of
the stroll garden.
No two Japanese gardens are ever the same. The Japanese ZEN garden
is a work of art equivalent in scale to an installation, but it is also an
urban refuge, a setting where we can attain composure and equipoise.
It is a place to collect our thoughts, examine deeper feelings, and
ponder our responses to managed nature. ZEN gardens comprise a
sensory as much as a cultural experience. They are multifaceted,…Continue
after centuries of development in China and with that coming of Buddhism,
Japan was introduced to a concept of systems, routines and regulations.
Buddhism channelled silent and spontaneous interaction with spirits
into an organised programme of ritual observance, and explained the
mysteries of life by the Law of Cause and Effect.
The new theology, with its inexorable focus on the after-life, must have both
disturbed and inspired followers of Shinto, who suddenly found previously
vague sentiments now clearly articulated and vigorously systemised. The Aryan
mind of India had been absorbed in metaphysical subtleties for centuries and
had learned to analyse phenomena and control consciousness even before the
birth of Gautama (567-488 BC), the historical Buddha.
After attaining total enlightenment the Buddha explained that…
Posted by Michael Grove on December 27, 2018 at 11:30
WE ARE making [RE]newed contact with Japanese culture. Once we have
understood one form, we may readily appreciate a.n.other. In appropriating
different elements of Japanese culture, the Japanese garden prepares us
for an examination of other arts and practices.
Japanese aesthetics, the fine-tuning of taste, the development of
connoisseurship through the appreciation of beauty, came later than the
proto-gardens of the pre-Shinto era, but the transition from divine nature
to art was relatively seamless. And yet, the revisualisation of nature that
takes place through the filtration of art in the Japanese garden is often
quite different from what we are accustomed to. Disarmed, for example,
by THE vision of compositions purporting to be landscape works but made…Continue
The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, commonly known as Eurocontrol was first mooted in 1960 when The Eurocontrol Convention was signed and subsequently ratified in 1963. Before the Convention entered into force that year, there were already indications that the matter of national sovereignty would complicate the full implementation of the organisation’s founding mission.
The first European plan for a harmonised air traffic control (ATC) system, proposed in 1962, was beset by the refusal of both France and Britain to comply, largely due to reasons closely linked with their national military airspace control. The other four original members (the Federal…
Posted by Michael Grove on December 21, 2018 at 11:00
1. These files are in the recommended reading order for a very good reason.2. In The Milk Is White read from the very first page viz. the title page.3. Most, perhaps all, questions that arise in the…Continue
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