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Isaac Newton, it is said,
Was sitting after lunch
Under an apple tree.

You know what happened next.

An apple, ripe, ready
To be picked, left the branch
Where it had grown, ripened,
Swelled to its juiciest.

Falling on Newton’s head.

That’s why we have gravity.

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I cracked the screen of my mp3 player, and half the buttons don’t respond any more. No more Glenn Gould.

It seems like mp3 players are carefully manufactured for planned obsolescence. When my young friend Melissa was having trouble with her iPod, the staff person at the Apple store said, “Well it is almost 7 months old”.

I don’t know a single iPod owner who hasn’t had to send their player back for whatever reason. Maybe the Americans export the defective ones to the UK. Bastards.

But, here’s a good question: Why do we feel the need to listen to music audibly when we have it in our head? What’s so much better about hearing it? I have the Mahler Piano Quartet in my head right now, I can play it from beginning to end, but why is it that I’d really want to put it on the CD player?

Black Dogs Defined

This is the best of me; for the rest, I ate, and drank, and slept, loved and hated, like another: my life was as the vapour and is not; but this I saw and knew; this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory.

(John Ruskin, Sesame and Lilies)

Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not.

(Alan Sillitoe, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning)

This is my letter to the world, that never wrote to me.

(Emily Dickinson, This is my letter to the world)

Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:
Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!

(Edna St. Vincent Millay, Second Fig)

R.A.D. Stainforth

I was born before The Beatles’ first LP and brought up in the reeking slums of Jericho. I am in love with a woman called Hazel and in love with her daughter, also called Hazel, both of whom I met at Alcoholics Anonymous.

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