Mini Mag 105

Posted by Anthony North on April 22, 2012

Prof Isaac Galistein says … Extensive fracking for gas expected to go ahead in UK, even though initial operation is suspected of causing two earthquakes. Fracking madness.
My Environment page

Major de Ranger says … India launches nuclear-capable missile with range to reach Chinese cities. As WMD proliferate, we’re approaching a test. Civilize ourselves or bang!
My Warfare page

RATTLERS’ TALE

ENCHANT: Africa & magic were closely
related. White man stood with the tribe
for the ritual. His TV enchanted them &
they were possessed by the West.
***
The Verdant plant
green in colour and intent
So easily cut down

ESSAY: ORDINARY - Are you ordinary? I think individuality is elusive – a product of genes, emotion, society & culture, which are due to outside, and ordinary, influences. For instance, emotion may be individual to the person in expression, but the actual emotion is of the species. Through experience and thought, it’s our task to rise above this ordinariness.
My Individuality page


Blogger Bard says:

A conversation
Never ceases; always there
No one to talk to
***
To see clearly
We need smog free air; which needs
Clarity of thought

Succinctly Yours, ABC Wednesday, Magpie Tales, dVerse, Haiku My Heart, Haiku Wednesday, Haiku Heights, Friday Flash 55, One Single Impression
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53 Comments

  1. Ramesh Sood said on April 22, 2012

    so easily cut down.. it is so touching Anthony sir.. great haiku.. RS:)

  2. Anthony North said on April 22, 2012

    Hi Ramesh, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  3. Grace said on April 22, 2012

    I like that clarity of thought ~

    Individuality is hard to achieve..one way or the other, our words and actions show we are a product of our society and culture ~

    Too bad the green fields are easily cut down ~

    Happy week to you ~

  4. Geraldine said on April 22, 2012

    I got a chuckle from your words about the TV, yes indeed.

    And so true about the verdant green.

    Have a wonderful week Tony. G

  5. Anthony North said on April 22, 2012

    Hi Grace, thanks for that, and you’re so right about individuality.

    Hi Geraldine, many thanks. Much appreciated.

  6. zongrik said on April 22, 2012

    i found the story about india able to hit china with nukes rather interesting too

    sonnet 24

  7. Karen said on April 22, 2012

    The verdant plant, so true and so sad.

  8. Sandy Carlson (USA) said on April 22, 2012

    What is verdant is also vulnerable. Well done, Anthony.

  9. Kay Davies said on April 22, 2012

    I like your use of “enchant” here, Anthony. I thought about Africa, but couldn’t think of anything to write about it.
    I love your “clarity of thought” at the end, however. Nice pun, nice message.
    K

  10. Pat said on April 22, 2012

    I love your combination of Africa, magic and TV! That’s my son, Tim, in 2009, when he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger.

  11. Anthony North said on April 22, 2012

    Hi Zongrik, yes, it’s getting dangerous again.

    Hi Karen, yes, sad, indeed.

    Hi Sandy, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  12. Anthony North said on April 22, 2012

    Hi Kay, many thanks. Glad you liked them.

    Hi Pat, thanks for that. Your son was doing a very worthwhile job.

  13. Akelamalu said on April 23, 2012

    I wonder what was on TV that enchanted the natives? :0

  14. Anthony North said on April 23, 2012

    Hi Akelamalu, ah, the same old message – go west, forget your own culture ;-)

  15. Calico Crazy said on April 23, 2012

    Anthony, a clever, if slightly sad, take on this week’s succinct.

  16. Anthony North said on April 24, 2012

    Hi Calico Crazy, yes, it is sad.

  17. EG Wow, Canada said on April 24, 2012

    I’d like to think no one is truly ordinary… but when it comes to fracking madness I’m afraid many politicians are fracking ordinary.

  18. Anthony North said on April 24, 2012

    Hi EG Wow, they certainly are. Any politician who is in it for a career has no place in politics.

  19. Roger Green said on April 24, 2012

    I recall on Facebook: You are unique. And so is everybody else.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  20. Anthony North said on April 24, 2012

    Hi Roger, eventually, but I’m amazed at groups of kids expressing their individuality by looking exactly the same :-)

  21. Grandma's Goulash said on April 24, 2012

    A sad, but true, succinct. Well said, Anthony.

  22. Reader Wil said on April 24, 2012

    Are we unique? Are the British unique? You said some time ago that the British public behaved unbritish at the funeral of Princess Diana. They didn’t show the British stiff upperlip. That means that you suppose all British ought to be calm and phlegmatic. So if we all behave the same or are expected to do so, then we are not unique. We are bound by the culture of the country we inhabit.

  23. Anthony North said on April 24, 2012

    Hi Grandma, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Reader Wil, I’d say we’re bound to the consensus to which we belong, be it a nationality, philosophy, religion. It plays an important part, but we can try to strive for an individual identity within it. Whether we achieve it, I’m not so sure. Some do, most, I doubt it.

  24. Kay Davies said on April 24, 2012

    Ordinary? I might be, but not you, Anthony, never you!
    K

  25. Rajesh said on April 24, 2012

    Nice one on conversation.

  26. zongrik said on April 24, 2012

    nice verdant plant

    organize

  27. Anthony North said on April 24, 2012

    Hi Kay, thanks for that. I try not to be ;-)

    Hi Rajesh, many thanks. Glad you liked it.

    Hi Zongrik, many thanks for that.

  28. chubskulit said on April 24, 2012

    I think that individuality is elusive too!

    O is for….
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  29. carol said on April 25, 2012

    irony of conversation ~ sometimes there is ‘no one there’ to talk to ~ great blog ~ great thoughts ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

  30. Anthony North said on April 25, 2012

    Hi Chubskulit, yes, it is indeed.

    Hi Carol, many thanks for that.

  31. Karen said on April 25, 2012

    Blogger Bard, when there is no one there, I have a tendancy to talk to myself!

  32. Anthony North said on April 25, 2012

    Hi Karen, I certainly know the feeling.

  33. becca givens said on April 25, 2012

    Another successful edition … you amaze me with the wealth of information in each one.
    Sensational Haiku Wednesday – What were you saying?

  34. Anthony North said on April 25, 2012

    Hi Becca, many thanks for those kind words.

  35. Sharp Little Pencil said on April 26, 2012

    TONY! Would you believe I’m an environmentalist and my nephew is a FRACKER? Makes me ill. His mom, my Fundie sister, complained about the unprecedented earthquake under her home in Virginia; I replied is was due to fracking, and it also went up and down the east coast, from a single site in Pennsylvania, hundreds of miles to the north. The same site has made the tap water in our hometown flammable and damaged the Washington Monument. Her only comment: “Your Obama says we can’t get FEMA help.” My reply? “It’s fracking, so tell Joe to stop. And it’s YOUR Republican Congress who denied the FEMA money.” God, someone put duct tape over Rush Limbaugh’s mouth! Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/04/26/omaha-nebraska-abc-weds/

  36. sandra said on April 26, 2012

    so true…!!

  37. Cathy said on April 27, 2012

    To see clearly
    We need smog free air; which needs
    Clarity of thought

    Indeed…We all need clarity, especially me. Have a wonderful day!

  38. rebecca said on April 27, 2012

    i am all for clarity of thought!

  39. Lea said on April 27, 2012

    Hello Anthony, When I first read Essay:Ordinary, I saw Essay:Obituary! Will there be an obituary I wonder if everything goes bang? I live in earthquake country and will be in your country in a week, I promise not to bring any extra earthquakes with me!

  40. Anthony North said on April 27, 2012

    Hi Sharp Littler Pencil, it’s a serious problem.

    Hi Sandra, indeed.

    Hi Cathy, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Rebecca, yes, me too.

    Hi Lea, it’s certainly getting scary.

  41. Lenora said on April 27, 2012

    love the clarity of thought haiku! how poignant! truth.

  42. Anthony North said on April 27, 2012

    Hi Lenora, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  43. Libby said on April 27, 2012

    Anthony- I always enjoy coming by to see what you are up to and to read your views on this and that :)

  44. carol said on April 27, 2012

    Love the verdant green haiku ~ so true ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

  45. magicalmysticalteacher said on April 27, 2012

    Ceaseless conversation? Oh, deliver me! :)

    Sniffing Temptation

  46. Fran aka Redondowriter said on April 27, 2012

    You are one busy man, Anthony North. Blogger Bard gives us two haikus today, both so thoughtful.

  47. Anthony North said on April 27, 2012

    Hi Libby, many thanks. And it’s good to see you.

    Hi Carol, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Magical Mystical Teacher, I know what you mean :-)

    Hi Fran, many thanks for the kind words.

  48. Marit said on April 28, 2012

    ‘Clarity of thought’… love that line and haiku!

  49. Anthony North said on April 28, 2012

    Hi Marit, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  50. wordwand said on May 1, 2012

    Hi Anthony , I miss your informative posts.happy to find your blog again.I’d be delighted to get your visit and comment on my new poem.take care and have fun.

  51. Anthony North said on May 1, 2012

    Hi Wordwand, and it’s good to hear from you again.

  52. Sandy Carlson (USA) said on May 2, 2012

    Your Blogger Bard piece speaks to my heart.

  53. Anthony North said on May 2, 2012

    Hi Sandy, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

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