over which Queen Victoria ruled with an iron fist of discipline, forever committed to her own
soul-mate connection with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Unfortunately that
'iron fist of discipline' precluded Victoria as Queen, from the inter-personal relationships with
others and particularly her children, which are best alluded to by Muriel Rukeyser, in her
Speed of Darkness poems. As the Goodreads synopsis states ... In an essay on the poet
Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich writes that Rukeyser "was one of the great integrators, seeing
the fragmentary world of modernity not as irretrievably broken, but in need of societal and
e the LNWR when building the bridge
discovered the foundations of her ninth century castle.
Ethelfleda’s name is also spelt Ethelflaed, Ethelfrida and Aelfred. This “Lady of the Mercians” was
the daughter of Alfred the Great, of Wessex, sister of King Edwrad & wife of Ethelred, Earl of Mercia.
She was a formidable character in English history, with many Cheshire connections. Little is
known about her personally, because of the shortage of documents written in the so-called
“Dark Ages”, but also for another reason. Her brother, Edward the Elder, did not like his
enemies to know he was dependant upon his sister to hold the North West for him.
His chroniclers therefore tended to ignore, or belittle HIS efforts - in no uncertain way than
has been the case, throughout history, for the mediating influence of the feminine on the
predominately patriarchal control of our masters.
of Milan. One day Leonardo sat down and inscribed the top of a sheet of paper
using his idiosyncratic right-to-left mirror writing with the words, “On the 2nd day of April 1489”,
adding later: “Book entitled On the Human Figure”. As a new exhibition of his anatomical
studies at the Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh suggests, though, it
would be another two decades before he really hit his stride.
It is only a year, of course, since Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist, a magnificent exhibition at the
Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace that showcased the full breadth of around 200 sheets of
anatomical studies by Leonardo in the Royal Collection. Inevitably, the new exhibition, also
curated by Martin Clayton, feels less significant. While it sets Anatomical Manuscript A in
context by providing a handful of representative sheets from earlier and later in Leonardo’s
career, including one of the famous 1489 drawings of a sectioned skull, it does not offer a
comprehensive overview of his activities as an anatomist.
to their environment. They do it with something called swarm intelligence.
One key to an ant colony, for example, is that no one's in charge. No generals command ant warriors. No managers boss ant workers. The queen plays no role except to lay eggs. Even with half a million ants, a colony functions just fine with no management at all-at least none that we would recognize. It relies instead upon countless interactions between individual ants, each of which is following simple rules of thumb. Scientists describe such a system as self-organizing.
The collective abilities of such animals - none of which grasps the BIG PICTURE but each of which contributes to the group's success - can surely be analagous to the interconnections & the inter-reactions of interconnections of the crowds of peoples - in Hong Kong, Central London, Glasgow & Wembly over the course of the week-end - in no dissimilar way than swarming honey bees, which frequently differ about where to establish a new nest - invariably choose the best site - or "the birds" flocking through the trees of the forest in Psyop's superbly integral artistic animation for high definition MTV - perform with balletic co-ordination.…
blic service. None of the honours in her own gift (such as the Order of Merit, or the Royal Victorian Order, which acknowledges personal service to the sovereign) has never, to my knowledge, been contaminated. The degradation has always come through the usual run of honours which are awarded by the monarch on the advice of the prime minister.
All too often these have been very smelly indeed.