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Those I was there days

June 21, 2016
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Some of you, in fact, very few of you may have been lucky enough to have great, great aunts (or uncles) who lived in this world well beyond a century. This would mean that in terms of their unique longevity, they would have been great human beings into the bargain. There would have been those uncles and aunts who have lived in not just three centuries, but at this point of our human history, in two millenniums.

How wonderful is that? In fact, as we speak, there are such remarkable men and women who are still living to tell their tales of history. Wouldn’t it be nice if you were blessed in such a way and could tell the rest of us what stories those magnificent people shared with you over the years? Continue Reading…

History, Music and its Words

Tanita Tikaram and her worldly imagery

June 21, 2016

This may be one of the most difficult posts I have chosen to write. Many of my sparks begin so quickly. And because time is so limited, there’s hardly a moment left to follow through on an inspirational thought or piqued interest in an artist, in this case singer and songwriter, Tanita Tikaram. Some of you may be familiar with her work and yet because this New Zealand-born folk singer and writer is not part of the mainstream world of music, many of you may not be.

It is hard for me to acknowledge that while I list Tanita Tikaram among my all time favorite songwriters, I have only ever had her debut album, Ancient Heart, in my small music archive. And before I make an unqualified remark about this being her best work of all the albums she has produced over the years, I had better watch my step. I have only listened to Ancient Heart, over and over again, and amazingly, am not yet familiar with the rest of Tanita Tikaram’s oeuvre. Continue Reading…

History, Poetry and its Words

Nelson Mandela’s poetic icons

June 21, 2016

There will be no direct quotations from the poems that I’m about to mention, but if you are interested, you can surely look up these quickly over the internet. It is that easy nowadays to access poems from famous poets and hundreds of others whose names are not (yet) part of legend. Many of you may not have access to printed anthologies right now, so the internet is a quick search and find resource. In this case, all you need to do is look up these two poems listed below.

The first one, many of you might know quite well. Some of you may have even received it as part of a prescribed reading list back at high school or college. Continue Reading…

History, World Events

Who do you think are the most influential women in the world today?

June 21, 2016

Come on ladies (and gentlemen). Surely you must have some ideas of your own? I ask this question purposefully because, apart from my own interest in who influences you the most, it is also part of my own cultural expression to the world out there. Invariably, because we are all so different from one another and live in different parts of the world, we’ll all have different ideas. Isn’t that enriching? Imagine if we all agreed on the same old things and faces.

The world wouldn’t be too interesting, would it? Nevertheless, I will be a little more objective with my thoughts tonight because even though some of the women I am about to mention have done sterling work over the years, I am not sure I agree with their ideologies and motives in life. This also means that I may differ from some of them on a cultural, personal and moral level. But it is only fair to readers to make up their own minds of what they think. If there is a woman or two that I happen to adore, please forgive me if I thoughtlessly revert to a little subjective expressionism. Continue Reading…

History

My brief history of the cultural universe

June 21, 2016

Originally, I was going to label this post as follows;

My brief history of the world.

But, thinking on the theme for my blog, I decided to change it to the title you now see before you. I also thought, perhaps that my original choice sounded a lot too familiar, like Richard Dawkins’ A Brief History of the World – I’ve never read this thick tome, by the way – or Steven Hawkins’s musings on a brief moment in time, or some such thing. Nevertheless, I remain attuned to how culture has largely been ignored during earth’s short encounters with humanity. Continue Reading…