My Kids In The Shard: Perspective

How often the imagination compensates for the limited world view of the young.

Town borders; forest edges; the last stop before the motorway slip road. These are the limits of their everyday world.

But then they are elevated high, and their vision expands, the world opens up and they feel themselves diminishing.

Look there, on the horizon: it’s the future; it’s the unknown.

Go explore.

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Claws for the Weekend: Blake

The original 19th Century Manchester magazine City Jackdaw used to have a regular feature named ‘Claws of the Week’. I thought it would be fitting to include in my Blog a ‘Claws for the Weekend’, giving a nod to the inspiration for, and local roots of, the title of my Blog.

When I was a teenager I used to read some William Blake, like his Songs of Innocence and Experience, although I have never read his longer prophetic books.

These lines were always my favourite, taken from the poem Auguries of Innocence:

‘To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower;

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And eternity in an hour.’

Hope you all manage to attain such vision this weekend, without the use of chemicals.

See you on the flipside.