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Other Mens Flowers

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Other Mens Flowers

What is this all about?

“I have gathered a posse of other men’s flowers and nothing but the threads that binds them is my own” This was written by Montaigne, but I got it from An Anthology of Poetry that I found in a second hand bookstore many years ago called “Other Mens Flowers” . The compiler was Field-Marshal Viscount Wavell, who fought in the Boer War, and World War 1, ending up at his retirement as Viceroy of India. He was certainly a product of another time, when reading poetry was probably akin to watching unbox, or cat video’s on Youtube. In his words,…
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R-IF-fing on Kipling

I first found this poem in the Other Mens Flowers anthology. I believe that Kipling wrote it as advice to his son on how he should live his life. I really like the way the poem is structured. The way it suggests a virtue, and then the scenario that will require that virtue. ie. take a panadol…if you have a headache. I have wanted to write about this poem for some time, to really beak it down to see why it resonates with me so strongly. I have presented the poem in its entirety at the end of this post…
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A Spoon full of Oil – The Secret of Happiness?

I recently listened to the audiobook of the The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I had not read the book itself, but the audio book was fantastic. I was struck by a particular metaphor , which I have quoted below (in italics). Following on from my post on Greta Thunberg, and our obsession with money and economic growth, I thought this was topical. "A merchant sent his son to learn the Secret of Happiness from the wisest of men. The young man wandered through the desert for forty days until he reached a beautiful castle at the top of a mountain.…
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Greta Thunberg

I have watched with some interest, some amusement, and some disgust the commentary around the speech by Greta Thunberg at the United Nations (see below for YouTube Link and full transcript). What she had to say was horrific in the context of climate change, and the way that the climate change sceptics in politics and the media went after her, playing the man, not the ball was disgusting. I don’t really want to tackle client change here. It is a big topic and I have not un-packaged enough of my thoughts on the subject to feel comfortable discussing it. The…