Monthly Archives: August 2011

When seizing is too hard

Newsletter reader Jo says that seizing the day is all very well, but every once in a while, when negative events are crowding in upon you, seizing anything just seems too much like hard work, and you need a “doona day”. … Continue reading

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More on carpe diem

Very much in the carpe diem genre is the rousing Latin song usually known as “Gaudeamus Igitur” (but more accurately titled “De Brevitate Vitae”, which means “On the Shortness of Life”), still sometimes sung at university graduation ceremonies. There are at … Continue reading

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The “sublime” notion

Reader Lyn tells me that the search for “the sublime” (as mentioned in BDN #46) was an important motive for European travelers in days gone by. Wikipedia, in an article on “Sublime (philosophy)”, says that “the sublime is the quality of … Continue reading

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The carpe diem genre

In writing a short piece in BDN #46 about carpe diem — “seize the day” — I hadn’t realised there is a carpe diem genre! And that one of the pin-up boys of the CDG is the poet Robert Herrick … Continue reading

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84, Charing Cross Road

In BDN #46, I mentioned a book I had read and really enjoyed called 84, Charing Cross Road. Newsletter reader Blythe told me there was a movie based on the book, and recommended it. I googled it and discovered it was … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Apart from this blog, I write The Bobby Dazzler Newsletter (BDN) which is mostly about the Australian Outback, but sometimes wanders off the Outback track a bit. It comes out by email every two months, and produces some interesting responses, so I decided … Continue reading

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