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Missing winter…

I remember we had a light flurry of snow back in November. Just the once. There may have been more that I blinked and missed, but I only saw snowflakes that once in late 2015.

Awake overnight on 16th January I revelled in the sight of snow falling and settling. At last, winter arrives… or saw I thought. I stayed up beyond late, enjoying the magical coating adorning the trees against the silvery sky – a beautiful Christmas-esque landscape! Christmas would have been so much nicer with snow (I can’t imagine how warmer climes manage Christmas!) My dog ran outside to sniff around the garden and prance and roll in the accumulating layer of snow, and catching the occasional snow flake with her tongue.

I wasn’t quick-thinking enough to take a photo, as when I woke, late the next day, the layer of snow had already been thawing. Now there was very little left. My dog, eager to get back out there, looked at the garden in disgust. We both huffed in disappointment.

Three days later, I managed to break free from my housebound hibernation, for an essential short walk to the shop. Not far from my home, a neighbour’s children had gathered what must have been every last scrap of snow in their garden to build a snowman.  I had to capture him! There might not be another snowfall this year.

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3 days after – one last, lingering, sign of snow…

Here in the Midlands, UK, our bleak mid-winter so far has brought strong winds, mostly overnight gales, lots of rain with flooding in some more northern parts of the country. I suppose there might still be time for a ‘proper’ winter yet. Maybe I’m just impatient – but I was looking forward to the promised cold and snowy winter to be expected that some UK newsmedia had announced a few months ago.

If only the USA would share better… 🙂

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Authors Who Made History: Jean Genet

Bit carried away making a longread for my first guest post at Blogger’s World for today’s weekly #authorstory feature…

I realised after posting that 2011 marked 25 years since Jean Genet died and that will probably be why his life and work became the subject of a contemporary art exhibition. I then of course also realised that in April this year is 30 years since Genet’s death…

I am aware that most readers who catch sight of my post are not going to be rushing over to read 2k more words! So, I bring here to the top my top pick of the links I shared in my essay…

Even if you have limited or no understanding of the French language, if you have 25 minutes and 16seconds to spare, this reading of Genet’s poem ‘Le condamné a mort’ with music is superb.

Or, you might prefer a four minute listen to the Dire Straits song, ‘Les Boys’, a post-humous-tribute to Genet…

Before I go too much further increasing the combined word-count even more…

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Giacometti’s 1954 sketch of Genet

… if I were forced to limit to just one more top-pick-link to share something of Genet with you, then it would just have to be Nottingham Contemporary’s Genet exhibition guide (pdf) from summer 2011 – oh, and this webpage from the gallery too, because it shows extra pics from the exhibition… mostly not of Genet, but of contemporary artists’ works inspired by Genet.

If you prefer a standard chronological type biography and list of works, then I think you should find one by clicking the hyperlinked ‘Genet’ in the title of my post below. Cheers for reading 🙂

P.S. If my tags seem inappropriate it’s because they apply to the essay as a whole, not just the reblog portion….

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A personal essay – An Introduction to Genet

“To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.” Jean Genet, from The Thief’s Journal, 1949.

JeanGenet-HansKoechler1983-cropped French writer Jean Genet, born in Paris, December 19, 1910 and returned to Paris shortly before his death. He was found dead aged 75 years, on 15th April, 1986, in his room at Hotel Jacks, not far from the clinic where he had been born.

Although Genet had been ill with throat cancer for many years, it is believed he died after falling in his hotel room and hitting his head.

“… Genet’s own death, intimately anticipated, still caught him violently by surprise. And that surprise of death struck Genet’s readers too, since almost all had assumed him already dead after a silence of many years: Genet’s death contrarily recussitated him.”

(biographer, Stephen Barber, from Chapter 1, page 11 of his book ‘Jean Genet’ *screenshot…

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Immortal (Limerick)

The prompt for this week’s Limerick Poetry Challenge at Mind and Life Matters is ‘Immortal’. This word or an appropriate synonym must appear in the poem. That gave me a slight problem in realising the need to completely rework my second line. My use of the prompt word ‘immortal’ might not quite have fit the bill as it was – not that I’m after the grand prize myself 🙂 So, I managed to include a synonym just in case my ‘immortal’ was lacking and I ended up with an improved version compared to my original draft. 🙂 Yay!

I found this fitting image (below) on pixabay.com –  my limerick is below the pic 🙂 Enjoy!

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There once wished a happy old couple
endless life but that wish burst their bubble –
He forgot his wife’s T,
left with immoral, she
yelled “to hell with ya and on the double!”

(©Colette Bates 2016)

Now that I managed to write one for the challenge prompt myself, I can get around having a read of everyone else’s entries so far… and look forward to the next challenge prompt out on 14th (tomorrow!)


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“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”

Confucius

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“If you do not think about your future, you cannot have one.”

 John Galsworthy

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“The future is no more uncertain than the present.”

Walt Whitman

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