Tuesday, November 27, 2007

no one is above the law in modern china

You couldn’t make it up … I just got in late from work and heard the end of the six o clock news on BBC radio 4 … their reporter said the Chinese government have angrily denounced the Dalai Lama’s proposals for finding his successor, … pointing out that “any re-incarnations without government consent were illegal” ...

Thursday, November 22, 2007

a church at godstone


In Tenebris by Thomas Hardy

Wintertime nighs;
But my bereavement-pain
It cannot bring again:
Twice no one dies.
Flower-petals flee;
But since it once hath been,
No more that severing scene
Can harrow me.
Birds faint in dread:
I shall not lose old strength
In the lone frost's black length:
Strength long since fled!
Leaves freeze to dun;
But friends cannot turn cold
This season as of old
For him with none.
Tempests may scath;
But love cannot make smart
Again this year his heart
Who no heart hath.
Black is night's cope;
But death will not appal
One, who past doubtings all,
Waits in unhope.

an illustration from a favourite author, her birth certificate, & herself with relatives