Positivity thread

Re: Positivity thread

MarcusRann 21 Jun 2020 07:42 am said..

Nobbler great spot what a game. Lara is pure class.
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Nobbler23 21 Jun 2020 10:28 am said..

Just heard on Desert Island Discs, pure positivity, Paulo Nutini "Nothing's Going to Bring Me Down", "I've got food in my belly and a licence for my telly, nothings going to bring me down", genius.
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madders 21 Jun 2020 14:57 pm said..

Paulo should sign the "defund the BBC" campaign.
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Re: Positivity thread

MarcusRann 22 Jun 2020 09:50 am said..

From MERCIAN HYMNS, Geoffrey Hill

I


King of the perennial holly-groves, the riven sand-
stone: overlord of the M5: architect of the his-
toric rampart and ditch, the citadel at Tamworth,
the summer hermitage in Holy Cross: guardian of
the Welsh Bridge and the Iron Bridge: contractor
to the desirable new estates: saltmaster: money-
changer: commissioner for oaths: martyrologist:
the friend of Charlemagne.
'I liked that,' said Offa, sing it again.'

XIV

Dismissing reports and men, he put pressure on the
wax, blistered it to a crest. He threatened mal-
efactors with ash from his noon cigar.
When the sky cleared above Malvern, he lingered in
his orchard; by the quiet hammer-pond. Trout-fry
simmered there, translucent, as though forming the
water's underskin. He had a care for natural min-
utiae. What his gaze touched was his tenderness.
Woodlice sat pellet-like in the cracked bark and a
snail sugared its new stone.
At dinner, he relished the mockery of drinking his
family's health. He did this whenever it suited him,
which was not often.
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Re: Positivity thread

MarcusRann 23 Jun 2020 08:14 am said..

from Midsummer Morning Jog Log, Michael Horovitz (1935-)


Ah - holla there - silent
Sunflower! Forget-me-not - your smiles
light up the soul of the world
my soul belongs to, now I forget not you
and begin to look - and perceive
the one unbounded primeval garden - its seeds
and springs like first light - never lost
since the very first dawn

...begin to listen, and hear again
distantly gathering trills
of the unending concert of spiritual sensation
in which I apprehend all our steps are envelopt

... like the petalfaced grenades of pollen
- like nectaries poised to exude honeydew,
ambrosia ... of 'that sweet golden clime -
that gleams in Samuel Palmer's vaulted sheepscapes
raining amber light from Cotswold stone
through happy fields, here and now
- celestial in the sense of wordless but grounded

... like these gaggles of new lambs exploring
their enormous orchard straining wobbly legs
for precedence at the fleecy private bar
- like these blotchy bevies of bullocks
that snort at tough tussocks and sheepdogs
and joggers and wasps..
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Re: Positivity thread

MarcusRann 24 Jun 2020 05:50 am said..

At Grass, Philip Larkin (1922-1985)

The eye can hardly pick them out
From the cold shade they shelter in,
Till wind distresses tail and mane;
Then one crops grass, and moves about
- The other seeming to look on -
And stands anonymous again.

Yet fifteen years ago, perhaps
Two dozen distances sufficed
To fable them : faint afternoons
Of Cups and Stakes and Handicaps,
Whereby their names were artificed
To inlay faded, classic Junes -

Silks at the start : against the sky
Numbers and parasols : outside,
Squadrons of empty cars, and heat,
And littered grass : then the long cry
Hanging unhushed till it subside
To stop-press columns on the street.

Do memories plague their ears like flies?
They shake their heads. Dusk brims the shadows.
Summer by summer all stole away,
The starting-gates, the crowd and cries -
All but the unmolesting meadows.
Almanacked, their names live; they

Have slipped their names, and stand at ease,
Or gallop for what must be joy,
And not a fieldglass sees them home,
Or curious stop-watch prophesies :
Only the groom, and the groom's boy,
With bridles in the evening come.
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Re: Positivity thread

MarcusRann 25 Jun 2020 09:32 am said..

Imitation, Ivor Gurney

The door stands open
Light is golden on the wall
Tea-time is content within there
Five o'clock winds call

Of summer and the hot breath
Is cooled of soaked air,
Afternoon rests after its strain,
Time moves steadier

To a smooth going
And flowing. Cottagers take
Content in thought of rested
Strain, the evening's new lake

Of gold is looked for. Meanwhile
The Jubilee pictures are noted,
The blue and white china,
And past summers are quoted.

Cottagers are happier now
Than any perhaps
Of the townsfolk, tired
Decent at hours' lapse.

Seeing as of right the true
Texture of rare living
Azure had into nature, green
Tasted, thanked of giving.

All common loveliest,
Trifles apprehended,
Possessed, put aside then
Garden calls, tea's ended.

While they must walk the Broadway
Dusty, torrid with the town sun,
And not knowing anything save
The day's doing, the week done.
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Re: Positivity thread

plod 25 Jun 2020 09:45 am said..

Competitive rugby returns on 18th September with the European quarter finals.
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Re: Positivity thread

Gloucester Mute 25 Jun 2020 09:58 am said..

Premiership Rugby due to start on 15th Aug Plod - and that will feature GRFC.
Nothing wrong with free speech or having an opinion - as long as it matches mine !!
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Re: Positivity thread

SirHenry 25 Jun 2020 10:09 am said..

What about GRC?
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