August 27th, 2007

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The Edge

Not entirely sure why, possibly me thinking about life currently and over the last few years this evening, but I've just written and finished two brand new poems for the first time in years. In fact I can't really remember the last time I was regularly writing poetry - must have been about 10 years ago. I know I was immersed in the stuff up to my relationships with Angela and Melissa. I guess I was more chilled out and at oeace with life after that.

I had a good chat to Lady Bug this morning about life and how being content, and having a safety net, makes you lazy and loose the edge. I valued that edge for years and molded it for a lot of creative expression through fiction, poetry and game writing. I also had a lot of fun whilst I was at it.

Now I know I'm a lot older than I used to be and much of my misbegotten youth would probably comatose me these days but I have allowed myself to get bogged down with certain things. I still, sometimes/rarely, push things towards the edge to remind myself that I still exist and have something to offer but it's not often enough.

I mentioned the other day I had three things I wanted to accomplish this week. I realise that two of them tie in with regaining some of that edge and sense of fulfilment and living.

I guess it's been on my mind for longer than I realised.

I am really looking forward to the future. But I also need to go through a self-cleansing process to be on top of my game and start feeling properly alive as opposed to wandering through a fog and watching time flash past me without being able to slow the process down and utilise it.

This week really see's me start walking down that avenue.
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    In Strict Confidence
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Myspace/Facebook

For those whose ego's are not limited to LiveJournal and feel the need to spread their wisdom far and wide you can also find me on:

Myspace
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LinkedIn - under my angus @ cubicle7.freeserve .co.uk address

There are some other sites but I rarely use them anymore.
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The Greek Fires

The fires raging through Greece at the moment are a tragedy on so many levels. There are so many of them and they have already destroyed so much land and so many homes.

Now one of the fires has entered Olympia, a 3000 year old archaelogical site and birthplace to the Olympic Games 2800 years ago. Firefighters have fought off, and held off, the fire so far but who knows what the next few days will bring. Some of the fires are travelling at more than a mile every few minutes.

Now whilst it is obviously so important to protect such a cultural and religious site and it's museum how can this be weighed against trying to save other people and their homes and businesses? Many villages are being ignored and left to fend for themselves. It's a really tough call and one I'm so glad I'll never need to make.

I have friends who live in Athens (which is also on fire in some suburbs) and I hope they and theirs are alright.

Another really terrible thing about all the fires and the deaths (over 50 confirmed so far) is that the majority of the fires around the country are suspected to have been started by arsonists.

Fight to Save Olympic Birthplace (BBC News Online; Sunday 26th August 2007)

I visited Olympia when I was in Greece as a student. It, along with so many of the historical sites in the country, is an amazing place. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to see it and would love to do so again in the future. I hope I, and many other people, get the opportunity to.
  • Current Music
    Fields of the Nephilim