playing it safe….

Living where and how we do acts as a prophylactic, a spiritual condom that shields us from the reality of the ever more imaginative madness of mankind. Growing old in peace is not an unreasonable expectation yet it is becoming an increasingly rare luxury and one that we, here in La Moussiere, are, presently, lucky enough to enjoy. Donald and Boris, both fine examples of the perambulating gargoyle, are currently competing for Buffoon of the Year which competition, being that Daft Donald may soon gain control of the world’s greatest arsenal, may be the last of its kind. But, ignoring the desiccated rhetoric and big swinging dick posturing of Boris and Doris, I shall swiftly segue into the life and death of local marine molluscs which interests me more and which I refuse to spell with a “k”..madness lies that way, Mr Spellchec. Unlike the majority of food stuffs, molluscs retain their good looks right up to the moment when they enter that last great seaway, the alimentary canal, in which they gently transmogrify into that which will most certainly hit the fan if either Boris or Doris have their misguided (Boris) or insane (Doris) way. I mention this concern with appearance as I feel that  lambs, pigs or beef cattle look so much more winsome, charming or handsome when frolicking, mud rolling or grazing than does the dismantled version of those same creatures when bloodily displayed in the car crash that is the butcher’s window. Mussels and clams look as sculpturally beautiful in their habitat as they do in the serving bowl and it may be said crayfish and lobsters most certainly gain in beauty after a bath in boiling water. The same cannot be said of liver or kidneys which clearly benefit from concealment within a handsome hide. However, this is just a matter of opinion as is the need to build a wall to stop Mexicans entering the US or the decision to wave a frayed flag for an even Greater illusion of a Great Britain than already exists in the minds of the far right in the deep South of England. It was interesting to note that, according to Radio 4 this morning, the cartoons in the Sunday newspapers ridiculed the blonde bombshells but there was no sign of any such disrespect to Mr. Murdoch and his fragrant bride.



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38 Responses to playing it safe….

  1. Sally says:

    All of which is quite bizarre and ridiculously scary…. Except for the subject of your last sentence which is just the former!

  2. Nadia says:

    Love the photograph!!

  3. Those cartoonists were playing it safe for sure. You have gorgeous molluscs Mr Stowell!

  4. Sculpturally beautiful indeed. Flying to France tonight and hoping to join you in finding that inner peace, for a bit at least:)

  5. Mad Dog says:

    I’m at a loss to understand Jerry’s attraction to Rupert – perhaps she’s short sighted and has mistaken him for a cuddly bear with check trousers… 😉

  6. That is indeed a good looking pot of molluscs (no k).

  7. ardysez says:

    We leave for the USA on Thursday and I’m relishing the visit like a trip to the dentist for a root canal…except for seeing my dear Mum. Her politics make me feel a bit ill, however. I’m wondering also what Rupert sees in Jerry, so perhaps that makes them the perfect couple 🙂

    • Eha says:

      Wishing you the best! I have enough US friends and blogfriends to understand!!! However much one make hate RM, he has always married for feeling – his second of 31 years and 3 children was to Anna Torv [an Estonian like me. a witty and intelligent journo and you cannot come form a smaller country than that!] Well, if the divorce is to be believed she got over a billion and married more money immediately afterwards 🙂 ! Don’t think either is a fool and he must have something bar money to attract some rather unusual and cluey gals . . .

      • As I said to MD, I am not at all surprised at the union of Murdoch with J.Hall….power is very attractive and he needs a consort who will not be uncomfortable in the corridors along which that potent element stalks. What I thought was a clear manifestation of that power was the lack of newspaper cartoons of what one radio journalist described as the biggest open goal of the day:)

    • Good luck on the trip and with Mother’s politics:)

  8. Eha says:

    Oh c’mon on: let ‘poor’ M/M Murdoch be . . . loathe him to the proverbial bits [or should that say ‘pits’] but they actually look quite relaxed together – rather obvious why from both sides. ‘Daft Donald’ . . . now, methinks, that should very much read ‘Dangerous Donald’ still . . . . someone way back had subscribed me to a US absolutely, definitely very right-wing newsrag: after initial disbelief I have actually ‘kept it on’ in utter horror and fascination:and oh baby are there a lot of fruitcakes seeing it his way !!!! Seeing there is no compulsory voting in the US . . . . what damage might they just do . . .

    • As it is said that youth is wasted on the young, so it may be that democracy has been wasted on the US of A:)

      • Eha says:

        That Milord is a very ‘dangerous’ statement ! To which I subscribe by the way!! With respect to those who think otherwise!!!! And much more important than that: how come almost every of the very many US friends/blogfriends I am fortunate to have seems to think alike!!!!

      • The unpleasant truth appears to be that there is an immense rift in society which seems to be based on education…..

    • Eha says:

      Agreed! But education begins at home methinks – my father being a middle-aged military lawyer when I was born took me on these long ‘healthy’ walks practically from the time I could . . . we talked and talked and talked: not of kiddy-cat things [he would not have known how 🙂 !] but I knew what ‘ethics’ and ‘morality’ meant ere I could properly pronounce or spell them . . . . strange: perhaps, but have I been ever-so-glad all my life – ‘To thine own self be true, and it follows as the night the day . . . .’ so I see it as the ignorance, perceived lack of power and importance and fear in the parent coming forth in an exponential form in the child. Thank you for a v interesting post . . .

      • It is not unusual to find that the children of articulate and educated people will benefit from their parents wisdom. Unfortunately it is often the case that the least emotionally secure and the least educated take it upon themselves to home educate their children under the belief that Google can teach their children anything and everything that they need to know.

  9. WOW, I do LOVE the drama in your image, high contrast serves it very well.

  10. Conor Bofin says:

    As far as the marriage goes, I look at myself and say that if the Wife chose me, then there is no surprise in Jerry picking the small bald billionaire.

    On the Donald, I believe that even the vast swath of blue collar wearing ‘middle America’ won’t put their hanging chads to his name.

    On the Boris, as we say here in Ireland, “You gotta’ love the Brits. So superior yet so pigheadedly stupid.” (The Wife is a Brit BTW). Boris will make a fine PM for Airship One.

    Things could be worse Roger. You could live in the UK.

    • Eha says:

      Conor dearHeart – going back to your first para: my first husband of a few decades actually did not look unalike RM – altho’ there was money aplenty in the family at that time, it never ever entered my side of the equation: life with him was simply SO rich both intellectually and physically when we were together, he looked after everything so perfectly, we could not wait to be alone . . . why not with two high-power individuals like the Murdocks ? Never mind the bloody brass, I would have loved to have a quiet dinner with RM a deux even if I disagreed!!

    • I share your opinions on marriage exactly except that my wife had to accept the lack of billionaire status together with the other two less attractive traits ( although we did get married in ’73 when I had a lot of hair but still no money). As for Donald; I don’t think he’ll actually land the job but it’s the revelation of the extreme fascist views of large numbers of the American people. As for Boris: I just don’t know…and don’t really care that much:)

  11. Conor Bofin says:

    Airstrip. Damn, Airstrip One.

  12. The election is such an embarrassment! I want to go to a place where we can “play it safe” as well. Sigh.

  13. Michelle says:

    Sigh. Great pic though!

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